Sensabues AB is a drug detection and health monitoring technology company, spun-out of the Karolinska Institute in 2010 to commercialise the discovery of a new sampling biomatrix referred to as EB. This is a chromatographic-mass spectrometric based test method, using exhaled breath.

Sensabues has developed EB into a complete and flexible solution platform that offers a non-invasive biological sample collection procedure, together with a specimen preparation and a test method, that detects indirectly the presence of certain non-volatile compounds in blood, by capturing bioaerosol particles released via exhaled breath.

Collector ready to send to the lab

Specimen sampler ready to send to the lab

EB is a validated analytical testing methodology with over 20,000 drug tests performed in Scandinavia using this technique. To date, over 60 substances and metabolites have been detected with more being added constantly from multiple ongoing collaborative research projects and evaluation studies.

EB is in daily use for workplace drug testing (WPDT) at large industrial corporations in Scandinavia. EB has been applied on-site in high schools, criminal justice settings, substance abuse clinics, hospital A&E as well as for WPDT programs. It is also used in a wide range of research projects and is being evaluated for therapeutic/prescription drug monitoring in pain management and medication adherence monitoring applications. EB is being used for metabolomics studies and biomarker determination.

The low cost, ease of use and non-invasive nature of this method are seen as being potentially beneficial for clinical research organizations (CRO) undertaking pharmacokinetic type studies, particularly in resource poor locations, and for medication adherence monitoring, especially for children.

There are very few established biomatrices that are readily accessible for collection and pharmacologically useful for drug testing. The primary ones can easily be counted on one hand. So, for Sensabues to offer a new matrix, together with the supporting methodology, that provide such clearly delineated and sustainable competitive advantages, that are applicable immediately to a wide range of existing and new applications, is of significant interest as a useful alternative and complementary biomatrix.

Sensabues is following a business development approach based upon collaborative partnerships, using the highly differentiated core IP to enhance the potential of existing commercial opportunities, as well as providing innovative solutions to enable new applications within established as well as emerging high-growth markets.