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Introducing the BlinQ system by Optalert

Optalert is pleased to introduce the BlinQ system for the measurement of drowsiness or wakefulness in clinical trials. Optalert uses advanced patented algorithms to determine the exact drowsiness or wakefulness of a subject.  By applying Artificial Intelligence techniques and machine learning Optalert has been able to objectively quantify drowsiness or wakefulness.  Utilising the Johns Drowsiness Scale (JDS), Optalert's future-proofed approach can advance clinical drug trial timelines and deliver new therapies to market faster. Current methodologies for measuring drowsiness or wakefulness are used across a wide range of clinical drug trials including anti-depressants, shift-work disorder, narcolepsy [...]

By |2018-12-17T15:50:16+00:00December 17th, 2018|Pharmaceutical|

Challenges of pharmaceutical companies

Pharmaceutical companies face many challenges, with hundreds of new drugs required to transition through clinical trial phases, regulatory processes and to market, more quickly and more efficiently. The Centre for the Study of Drug Development (CSDD) estimates the cost of developing a prescription drug that gains market approval at $2.6 billion. Even more remarkable is that 90% of medicines that start being tested in people don’t reach the market because they are unsafe or ineffective. “May cause drowsiness” This is a common warning label on [...]

By |2018-11-08T10:52:12+00:00November 2nd, 2018|Pharmaceutical|

5 of the greatest technological discoveries in the medical field

Every technological discovery aims to improve our health, safety, and quality of life. Every day, we marvel over exciting new developments that emerge from each corner of the globe. A few weeks ago, we looked at seven of the most significant pharmacological discoveries, and this week, we want to expand our exploration into great technology that help diagnose or treat disease and improve health. As we find ourselves increasingly immersed in advanced digital technology, we’re introduced to new discoveries that sound almost as if they came straight out of a [...]

By |2018-10-11T13:08:24+00:00October 10th, 2018|Pharmaceutical|

From ESS to the JDS: Dr Murray Johns’ drowsiness detection technology enters the pharmaceutical industry

Optalert revolutionises pharmaceutical research with in-clinic test for wakefulness. Richmond, VIC: Optalert is pleased to introduce its latest wakefulness detection technology to the pharmaceutical industry for use during clinical drug trials. Optalert’s technology enhances clinical testing by offering pharmaceutical researchers an objective, measurable and real-time scale of drowsiness in addition to the alternative wakefulness, common outcomes and/or side effects measured in pharmaceutical drug trials. A highly sensitive LED camera fitted in Optalert’s glasses tracks eyelid movement, speed and blink frequency at a rate of 500 times per second. Results are [...]

By |2018-10-11T13:06:00+00:00September 11th, 2018|Pharmaceutical|

What’s involved in a pharmaceutical trial?

It is estimated global pharmaceutical company Johnson and Johnson employs more than 127,000 people. And in the US alone more than 800,000 people work in the pharmaceutical industry developing, testing, and producing drugs for a range of medical ailments. From vaccinations and Insulin to contraception, each medication must face scrutiny and assessment through vigilant testing and trials. Side effects and health risks are assessed through various trial stages. Once a drug is approved for use, it is then marketed and sold. Fast facts about the pharmaceutical industry The industry achieved [...]

By |2018-10-11T13:06:11+00:00August 19th, 2018|Pharmaceutical|

7 of the greatest pharmacological discoveries in the health industry

As science and medicine progresses, the research community has had an incredible effect on life expectancy and I’ve looked at seven of the greatest discoveries to impact human health. ALS/MND breakthroughs Year discovered: 2016 and 2017 Remember the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge that flooded social media back in 2014? The impact was huge: People shared more than 1.2 million Ice Bucket Challenge videos on Facebook It received more than 2.2 million mentions on Twitter Wikipedia’s ALS page grew from an average of 160,000 views per month to 2.89 million in [...]

By |2018-10-11T13:06:26+00:00July 31st, 2018|Pharmaceutical|

Measuring drowsiness in clinical trials

Using Optalert’s Johns Drowsiness Scale (JDS), various studies and trials have accurately measured a user’s state of alertness and drowsiness. In the study below, first published in 2008, we understand the effect of caffeine on already-alert people using the precision and sensitivity of Optalert’s patented JDS technology. By identifying a direct link to human alertness, we gain a quantifiable measure of wakefulness, literally putting a number on how drowsy or alert you are (not just how alert or tired you may feel). Publication: Michael, N., Johns, M., Owen, C, Patterson, [...]

By |2018-09-27T15:41:05+00:00August 24th, 2017|Pharmaceutical|

The impact of exercise on sleep

There is no doubt sleep plays a vital role in your overall health and wellbeing. When you aren’t getting enough good quality sleep it can impact your short- and long-term health. As we discuss regularly, there are many ways to improve the quality of sleep and in this blog we’re looking at the impact of exercise. The benefits of exercise It’s clear that exercise offers many benefits, from health and mood to sleep and stress. Lifts mood No matter how much you dread walking into the gym, there’s no denying [...]

By |2018-09-27T15:44:10+00:00June 26th, 2017|Pharmaceutical|

When to take sleeping tablets

Given what we know about the negative impact on your health if you aren’t sleeping well, sleeping tablets may help. However, there can be a real stigma attached to the notion of sleeping tablets. A possible reason for this stigma is that when we read about sleeping pills, it is often attached to a negative story of misuse. Nevertheless, if used correctly there could be significant benefits to the individual’s health and well-being. What do sleeping tablets do? Sleeping tablets are designed to induce drowsiness. They are usually short-acting and [...]

By |2018-09-27T15:46:50+00:00June 15th, 2017|Pharmaceutical|

Sleep deprivation… as a form of torture

No matter how many times we discuss it, it seems some people still dismiss the extreme effect drowsiness or sleep deprivation can have on our health, mind and cognitive actions. In fact, sleep deprivation has been used as a form of torture throughout history. Think that sounds absurd? Read the dark stories and make up your own mind… Witch hunters in Scotland In 16th century Scotland, civilians participated in several nationwide witch hunts. At the height of sorcery and witch hysteria, women who allegedly practised witchcraft were captured and trialled. [...]

By |2018-09-27T15:49:22+00:00January 24th, 2017|Pharmaceutical|
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