Upon analysis of the non-invasive wearables market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Eccrine Systems Inc. (Eccrine Systems) with the 2017 North American Technology Innovation Award for its sweat-sensing platform for use with non-invasive wearables. The Sweatronics platform offers a rapid and mobile solution for monitoring dehydration status using sweat biomarkers. It consists of proprietary sensors, data processors, and management systems that can detect and manage sweat-sensor data.
Eccrine Systems is set to introduce its first product, a wearable armband, in early 2018. It is designed to monitor dehydration status during thermally intensive activities and provide real-time alerts to end users and safety personnel to help avoid the dangerous effects of serious heat stress.
The Sweatronics platform continuously monitors sweat biomarkers and sends the data to a remote system through a transceiver. The unique sensors and arrays allow a device to effectively analyze sweat rate and other biomarkers in a single, continuous, or repetitive manner. Breakthroughs in upcoming development include applications with end users for whom conventional sweat-sensing technologies are difficult to deploy, such as bedridden or inactive people with negligible or non-existent sweat rates. In addition, the company's technology incorporates multiple sweat-sensing methodologies, making it more scalable than competing solutions. The technology also includes solutions in development that detect several types of molecular biomarkers, including toxins, analytes, and proteins that pertain to various health conditions, such as depression, diabetes, and even infection.
Eccrine Systems, a spin-off from the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, has received a contract of $3.96 million from the US Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) to monitor dehydration and cortisol levels. These measurements are used to determine stress, which is critical for Air Force pilots. The company is currently focused on developing both upstream and downstream business-to-business (B2B) partnerships, as well as expanding its portfolio of proprietary technologies. Eccrine Systems has or controls several published patents related to sweat-sensing devices, methods, and sub-methods, giving it the ability to leverage its Sweatronics platform and its patents to develop application-specific sweat-sensing solutions in collaboration with its partners.