Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - SCU Access Only


Santa Clara : Santa Clara University, 2021.



First Advisor

Ashley Kim


To combat the pain and costs associated with conventional glucose monitoring for diabetic patient care, minimally invasive continuous glucose monitoring systems offer a promising solution. Conventional methods of detection such as blood glucose meters require frequent blood samples from patients to generate instantaneous results that fail to account for daily fluctuations. This paper proposes a minimally invasive continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system that senses glucose levels from interstitial fluid through the use of solid and hollow 3D-printed microneedles in an effort to optimize cost, reliability, and accessibility.

The novel biosensor would have extensive applications in helping improve patient care for diabetics, providing them with a way to continuously monitor their blood glucose level concentration while reducing the amount of pain a patient is currently subjected to. In addition, this continuous monitoring system would allow for more patient involvement with their health decisions and ultimately serve as a guide towards more effective diabetes management.

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