Partnering opportunity

Innovative method and device for very precise diagnosing of the "dry eye" condition


A Bulgarian research institute has developed an innovative method and device applicable for precise diagnosing of the "dry eye" medical condition. The institute is looking for commercial agreements with technical assistance with companies for the implementation of the innovation.

Partner sought

- Type of partner sought: industrial partners; - Specific area of activity of the partner: companies working in the medical and clinic sector, ophthalmology and diagnostics and related sectors; - Task to be performed by the partner sought: commercial agreements with technical assistance with companies interested in the implementation of this innovative technological method and device.


A Bulgarian research institute with more than 50 years of experience in R&D in the field of physical chemistry has developed an innovative opto-electronic method and device for the studying of micro amounts of tear film to determine the elasticity as a diagnostic parameter for changes in the normal condition of the eyes. The diagnosis of dry eye is currently still a challenging task in most cases. Several factors contribute to making diagnosis difficult and warrant further attention: the invasiveness and low degree of standardization of most conventional, the still incomplete knowledge about the pathophysiology underlying the phenomena measured by some of these tests and the overlapping of dry eye symptoms with those of other conditions. Noninvasive tests are still not wide-spread, either because they require expensive instruments or because of their complexity. The method and device are one of a kind. The whole process which is a secret know-how of the institute ensures very high precision and very quick testing (several minutes) in comparison to existing tests. The institute is looking for commercial agreements with technical assistance with companies working in the medical and clinic sector, ophthalmology and diagnostics for the implementation of the innovation into the practice, providing the necessary know-how and adapting it to the specific needs of the company.

Advantages and innovations

- the method and device are unique. There is no analogue in clinical practice - high precision is ensured - very small quantities of the testing substance are used - the testing is very quick: it takes several minutes

Development stage

Under development/lab tested

Intellectual Property Rights (IPR)

Secret Know-how

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