ZURICH: Novartis Chief Executive, Joe Jimenez, told a Swiss newspaper that the first human tests of a contact lens it is developing with Google for diabetic patients will be conducted in 2016.
"This project is progressing well," Jimenez told Swiss newspaper Le Temps in an interview published on Saturday.
Starting in 2014, Novartis, maker of cancer drugs including Glivec, and Google announced a cooperation to develop "smart" contact lenses to help diabetics track their blood glucose levels or restore the eye's ability to focus.
"I had said it would take about five years to see a product on the market," Jimenez told the paper. "The calendar is light and we are already developing a technological lens prototype (that) should be tested on humans in 2016."
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