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Skin-like sweat sensor launches to tackle athlete dehydration

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Epicore Biosystems has joined forces with Denka Corporation in Japan
The partnership will see the skin-like microfluidic wearable rolled out across Japan and the Asian market
Climate change is triggering heatwaves with 15,000 heatstroke victims hospitalised in Japan in June 2022
Sports and wellness industries to be the first targeted sector, followed by industrial and medical
Dehydration has become a leading cause of concern. There is now an enormous demand to address these challenges and identify personalised solutions for tackling hydration problems , Roozbeh Ghaffari, CEO and co-founder of Epicore Biosystems
Credit: Epicore Biosystems
Dehydration has become a leading cause of concern. There is now an enormous demand to address these challenges and identify personalised solutions for tackling hydration problems
– Roozbeh Ghaffari, CEO and co-founder of Epicore Biosystems

Sweat-sensing wearable manufacturer, Epicore Biosystems – whose products provide real-time health data on a range of metrics, including hydration and stress levels – has announced a partnership with Denka Corporation that will see its products launching, initially into the Asian market.

The wearable was originally developed at Northwestern University's Querrey Simpson Institute for Bioelectronics.

In addition to giving hydration feedback, the products can provide a range of personalised data on stress and glucose levels, which can help manage sports performance and health management.

The sports and wellness industries will be targeted in the first wave of distribution with the industrial and medical sectors following.

“As temperatures continue to rise around the globe, dehydration has become a major cause for concern,” said Roozbeh Ghaffari, CEO and co-founder. “There's now an enormous demand for solutions to address these challenges and tackle hydration problems before they impact long-term health.”

The wearable is a thin microfluidic substrate that captures eccrine sweat. It can measure biometrics such as sweat rate, sodium concentration and sodium chloride loss.

The data is analysed through a proprietary cloud-based system and delivered to the user via a mobile app which issues hydration alerts, while fluid and electrolyte refuelling plans are delivered so users can rehydrate effectively.

The product range includes the Gx Sweat patch, which helps athletes optimise hydration and refuelling after exercises; the Discovery Patch Sweat Collection System; and Connected Hydration, which constantly monitors sweat volume loss, electrolyte loss, body temperature and body movement.

The technology has been tested at sports physiology labs and research hospitals, including the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, University of Connecticut Korey Stringer Institute, University of Massachusetts Amherst Center for Human Health and Performance, and the Gatorade Sports Science Institute.

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Skin-like sweat sensor launches to tackle athlete dehydration

By
Epicore Biosystems has joined forces with Denka Corporation in Japan
The partnership will see the skin-like microfluidic wearable rolled out across Japan and the Asian market
Climate change is triggering heatwaves with 15,000 heatstroke victims hospitalised in Japan in June 2022
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The wearable was originally developed at Northwestern University's Querrey Simpson Institute for Bioelectronics.

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