TLT targets UK for hi-tech manufacturing base for revolutionary
optical blood pressure sensor
21 December 2011
Tarilian Laser Technologies (TLT), developer of a
revolutionary optoelectronic sensor for measuring blood pressure, has
announced that it will build manufacturing capabilities for sensor-based
devices in-house at its Welwyn Garden City headquarters.
The company is completing the manufacturing scale-up and
translation programme for its first product, a cuff-based blood
pressure measurement device which, based on advanced orders, is
expected to reach a sales volume of one million units in the first
year. TLT has created a unique production process to manufacture
large volumes of the optical sensor and which will enable it to
rapidly scale up production volumes.
TLT has chosen to base its manufacturing in the UK because
production costs for this type of technology are competitive with
international manufacturing centres, including the far east. In
addition, the UK has the manufacturing capability for key components
of electronic devices based on the sensor, so it expects that there
will be significant knock-on benefits in the UK hi-tech
manufacturing sector as suppliers are taken on board. TLT itself
plans to employ 19 more local staff in the first year as it scales
up manufacturing output.
Nita Shah, Programme Director for TLT, said, “TLT has developed a
novel technology and alongside that a novel manufacturing process to
support large-scale manufacture. We are indeed breaking the mould!
We are excited and proud that the company can grow into a
manufacturing entity here in Hertfordshire whilst having a global
The company's next-generation sensor, Sapphire, which has
undergone rapid development this year will open the market to a wide
range of new easy-to-use, accurate blood pressure products for
clinicians, medical research, home healthcare and sports — where
monitoring physical performance of elite athletes can be critical.
The sensor achieves greater accuracy than all current blood
pressure devices, including the current “gold standard” mercury
sphygmomanometer. In addition, it provides continuous beat-to-beat
blood pressure measurement in digital form, so blood pressure data
can be stored electronically. This data can be further analysed to
give cardiovascular information such as heart performance. Having
electronic data also means there can be a complete audit trail for
applications such as clinical research.
Source: Tarilian Laser Technologies