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Hemoglobin test without needles

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Hemoglobin is a protein in our red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout our bodies and transports carbon dioxide from our tissues and organs back to the lungs. Measuring hemoglobin level is critical for evaluating physiological status, diagnosing chronic diseases such as anaemia, and helping with decision-making such as operational intervention and blood transfusion.

Hemoglobin is usually measured through invasive method, where blood samples are collected from patients and then evaluated by hematology analysers. The problems with the traditional invasive method include delay in diagnosis, inefficient operations and unpleasant patient experience.

National applied research and development (R&D) centre MIMOS has developed a new medical screening device known as Re-agentless Blood Testing and Vital Sign Analyzer (REVA™), a portable, non-invasive hemoglobin meter combined with vital signs analyser.

Developed by MIMOS’ Photonics Technology Lab, REVA incorporates Visible Near-Infrared (VIS-NIR) spectroscopy and Artificial Intelligence (AI), which enables users to measure hemoglobin level without the need to draw a blood sample.

REVA gathers and analyses blood component and vital signs of a patient via a built-in chemometrics analysis and Photolethysmography (PPG) platform.

Head of MIMOS Photonics Lab Zalhan Md Yusof said the device provides a rapid scanning, re-agentless, non-invasive and real-time single point of detection.

“It checks the user’s overall health, provides a pre-emptive measure for a severe medical condition screening and monitors a medical condition.

“REVA offers remote monitoring analytics using Spectral Processing Engine which consists of chemometrics and deep learning for spectral. Another unique feature is the connectivity of mobile apps communication with REVA to display data spectral collected,” she said.

The baseline algorithm testing accuracy is 80%, while its baseline algorithm for validating accuracy is ~60%.

In terms of technology innovation, REVA combines Spectral Analysis and PPG analysis for a robust hemoglobin algorithm. The AI technology spectral processing engine has enabled speedy model development and accurate reading.

The compact palm-sized and lightweight device, enhanced with mobile spectral and PPG modules, allows friendly usage and portability to its end-users.

Besides REVA, MIMOS Photonics Lab has been successful in the development of several non-invasive and non-intrusive medical technology platforms using ultraviolet (UV), VIS-NIR spectroscopy methods including Glucosenz, a blood glucose monitoring device; an Alzheimer’s scanning headband; and dental caries screening.

Enhancing capacity and capability

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Continuing its capacity and capability building initiatives, MIMOS hosted training courses for industry players and future talents to assist them in developing knowledge and skills in the E&E domains. Apart from that, MIMOS also provided health, safety and environment (HSE)-training to equip its staff with basic occupational first aid skills.

  • Overview of IC Design

On January 19, Universiti Malaysia Sabah students attended the Overview of Integrated Circuit (IC) Design Training where they learned about IC Design, Analog and Digital IC Design (Front End and Back End).

  • PSF Training – Digital Front End Design

Post-School Finishing Training is one of the courses that assists the younger E&E generation enhance their technical skills. Held on March 10, participants from universities and industries were given an overview and practical module of digital back end design.

  • HSE Training

On February 9 and 10, MIMOS First Aider team was given training sessions on basic occupational first aid, cardio pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the use of automated external defibrillator. The training was in line with the Department of Occupational Safety and Health guidelines which stipulates the requirement for the First Aider team to provide initial treatment to persons suffering from injury or illness at a workplace before qualified health personnel are able to attend to the patients.

Roaring in the Year of Tiger

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An array of cherry blossom trees, vibrant flowers and traditional lanterns were beautifully decorated around MIMOS’ lobby area as part of Chinese New Year celebration.

On January 28, MIMOS top management including its President and CEO Dr Iskandar Samad, Corporate Services Senior Vice President Emelia Matrahah, MIMOS Semiconductor (M) Sdn Bhd General Manager Wan Azli Wan Ismail and MIMOS Technology Solutions Sdn Bhd CEO Faisal Ahmad joined fellow MIMOSians at the lobby to usher in the Year of Tiger.

To add to the festive atmosphere, some MIMOSians donned in Chinese traditional attire and red outfits to symbolise the colour of prosperity. MIMOSians also took part in the yee sang tossing session and were then given mandarin oranges.

More than just knowledge-sharing

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Despite the pandemic, MIMOS continued to engage with its stakeholders through physical and virtual conferences as well as exhibitions. The first quarter of 2022 saw MIMOS reaching out to the masses to raise awareness about its roles, R&D efforts, technological know-how and current direction.

 

  • DBKL ICT Day

A crowd of people thronged MIMOS booth during the DBKL ICT Day to learn the agency’s technological capabilities and R&D core areas which include renewable energy and future grids, electric and autonomous vehicles, E&E manufacturing and automation and sensory in primary industry sectors.

Visitors also did not miss the opportunity to try their hands at GlucoSenz, a non-invasive blood glucose test device developed by MIMOS’ Photonics Lab. The event, which took place from March 15 to 17, was in conjunction with Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s 2022 Golden Jubilee celebration.

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City Hall studying smart parking system in open parking areas (The Sun Daily)

DBKL kaji sistem parkir pintar di tempat letak kereta terbuka (Sinar Harian)

 

  • EPCON Asia 2022

On March 10, key players and experts from the semiconductor industry gathered at the virtual Electronic Packaging Convention (EPCON) Asia 2022: Workforce of the Future to exchange insights on future workforce and talent readiness to brace through Industry 5.0 and future technologies.

The dialogue session, moderated by MIMOS Corporate Technology Director TS. Shamsul Anuar Abdul Wahid, addressed the shortage of high-end skills and how semiconductor industry can play a role in the research and innovation ecosystem.

EPCON Asia 2022 is an annual conference and workshop series that assembles semiconductor industry players to exchange insights on the current pressing crisis on chip supply, overall market recovery and its strategies, as well as advanced technologies.

Related link:

(Facebook) EPCON ASIA 2022 Conference

 

  • Offshore Technology Conference Asia 2022

Automation and remote operations are increasingly being adopted in many industries including shipping, aviation, logistics and automotive due to their ability to boost overall operational efficiency. 

If the oil and gas sector uses automation and remote operations to their full capacity, the technologies can enhance safety, on-site productivity and reduce costs, in addition to increase operational reliability.

This was among the topics discussed by MIMOS Senior Staff Researcher Dr Suhairi Saharudin, who was one of the panellists during the Automation and Remote Operations: Safety and Efficiency session at the Offshore Technology Conference Asia 2022.

Held on March 24, the discussion highlighted the benefits of automation and remote operations and what it takes to speed up the adaptation of these technologies in the oil and gas sector.

Powering Navy’s ICT

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The need for Malaysia’s security forces to be up to date on the latest innovations in information and communications technology (ICT) remains critical. This is vital to counter and protect the nation against the growing uncertainties of cybersecurity threats around the world.

To further reinforce its ICT capabilities, the Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) and MIMOS had once again formed a partnership to review and enhance the Navy’s ICT aspects.

A five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), lasting until October 29, 2026, was signed by both parties on October 30, 2021.

The MoU was officially formalised on February 8 following RMN delegation visit to MIMOS led by Malaysian Chief of Navy, Admiral Tan Sri Mohd Reza Mohd Sany. The MoU document was exchanged between Admiral Tan Sri Mohd Reza and MIMOS President and CEO, Dr Iskandar Samad.

Among the activities and cooperation discussed between RMN and MIMOS were the technical advisory services for the development of RMN’s overall digital management system (RMN-ILIS), training and technology system for TLDMnet, and proof-of-concept for TLDM’s ICT development. In addition, MIMOS will also provide technical assistance for the development of RMN’s future information system known as RMN-IRIS.

Following the MoU, MIMOS paid a visit to the RMN Lumut Naval Base on March 15 and 16. MIMOS delegation, led by Dr Iskandar Samad, visited some of RMN’s assets and facilities such as KD Jebat, Western Fleet Maintenance Depot and Western Fleet Supply Depot, both of which are equipped with Automated Storage Retrieval System.