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Mar 31, 2021

'Sweat Sticker' Diagnoses Cystic Fibrosis on the Skin in Real Time

Northwestern University Engineering News

Epicore Biosystems, alongside a Northwestern Engineering-led research team has developed a novel skin-mounted sticker that absorbs sweat and then changes color to provide an accurate, easy-to-read diagnosis of cystic fibrosis within minutes. While measuring chloride levels in sweat to diagnose cystic fibrosis is standard, the soft, flexible, skin-like “sweat sticker” offers a stark contrast to current diagnostic technologies, which require a rigid, bulky, wrist-strapped device to collect sweat.

After developing the sweat sticker at Northwestern, the researchers validated it in clinical pilot studies involving cystic fibrosis patients and healthy volunteers at the Cystic Fibrosis Center at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. The sticker showed enhanced performance in collected sweat volume and equivalent accuracy to traditional platforms. The research and study findings were published March 31 as the cover feature article in the journal Science Translational Medicine.

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Mar 1, 2021

Gatorade's Gx Sweat Patch delivers hydration, fitness guidance to athletes' phones

Mobi Health News

It's a concept that Gatorade first teased nearly five years ago before formally announced a partnership with Northwestern University and spinoff lab Epicore in 2018. Called the Gx Sweat Patch, the one-time use wearable is worn on the forearm during exercise to collect measurements and inform personalized fitness and nutrition recommendations. Gatorade is the latest to take a run at the connected fitness consumer. The PepsiCo brand launched today a sweat-tracking wearable patch and accompanying fitness monitoring app platform designed to help athletes track their workouts, hydration, salt concentration and other fitness-relevant metrics.

"The Gx Sweat Patch is the first of its kind soft, wearable, microfluidic patch," Roozbeh Ghaffari, CEO and cofounder of Epicore Biosystems and a research professor at Northwestern University's Biomedical Engineering Department.

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Mar 1, 2021

Gatorade made a smart patch that measures your sweat and hydration

CNBC

Alongside Epicore Biosystems, sports drink maker Gatorade is launching its first ever wearable device, the Gx Sweat Patch. The patch is a one-time-use wearable that analyzes sweat to provide athletes with insights about their athletic performance and hydration levels.

“Ultimately our goal is to bring the advanced science and services we provide elite athletes to anyone who’s looking to improve their performance,” said O’Brien. He says democratizing lab-based sweat testing allows everyday athletes to get one step closer to the pros.

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Nov 20, 2020

New Flexible Skin Patch Can Help Track Your Health Through Sweat

VeryWell Health

Just a drop of sweat can reveal a lot about a person’s body. Now, understanding some key components of your biochemistry can be as easy as slapping on an adhesive patch and swiping it near your smartphone.

In a paper published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team of researchers announced the development of thin, flexible patches that can collect and analyze small quantities of sweat in real-time.

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Sept 5, 2020

Why Gatorade wants to analyze your sweat

CNN Business

CNN Business coverage highlights Gatorade's Gx Sweat Patch and smartphone software app. This personalized hydration platform is powered by Epicore Biosystems sweat microfluidic technology, which tracks sweat and sodium levels and provides rehydration and nutrition recommendations to individual athletes and consumers.

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Apr 14, 2020

Sweat-analyzing patch could help spot biomarkers linked to inflammation and immune response

Digital Trends

Epicore Biosystems has been hard at work creating sweat-sensing smart patches which could be used to help measure sweat components in athletes and a variety of other individuals — and could even have potential application for medical use in helping keep tabs on crucial biomarkers for patients suffering from COVID-19.

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Apr 10, 2020

A Sweat Sensing Patch Aimed at Athletes Takes on COVID-19

IEEE Spectrum

Epicore Biosystems has been working on wearable sweat sensors for athletes. Now the startup aims to use the patches to fight the coronavirus pandemic

Epicore’s sweat-sensing technology may have several roles to play in the response to the coronavirus pandemic, including monitoring patients’ electrolyte levels and fatigue and non-invasively measuring their sweat cytokine levels. Physicians could use that information to predict cases in which COVID-19 will become life-threatening. And—if the technology were built into an N95 respirator mask—it could also track the health and fatigue of medical staff.

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Mar 19, 2020

It’s Too Late to Undo Climate Change. We Need Tech in Order to Adapt

IEEE Spectrum

A raft of companies are developing tech to help us live in a warmer world.

One of the biggest risks in a warming world is that both outdoor workers and their equipment will overheat more often. Epicore Biosystems is building wearable microfluidic sensors that monitor people for dehydration or high body temperatures. The Epicore sensors are already being used for athletes. But it’s not hard to imagine that in the near future there’d be a market for putting them on construction, farm, and warehouse workers who have to perform outside jobs in hot weather.

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Feb 16, 2020

Gatorade Gx Sweat Patch TV Commercial, 'Push the Game Forward' Featuring Jayson Tatum

Aired First on TNT

Best-in-class athletes like Jayson Tatum are always looking to push their game forward, Gatorade says, and that is where it comes in. The drink maker partnered with Epicore Biosystems to develop a first-of-its-kind wearable, the Gx Sweat Patch, which measures personalized sweat rate and composition. When athletes know what they sweat out, Gatorade says, they better know what to put back in.

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Feb 12, 2020

Can Sweat Shed a Light on Disease Severity in Atopic Dermatitis?

Dermatology Times

Wearable sensors might soon provide dermatologists and patients with unprecedented real-time information about skin health.

One such device in development, Epicore Biosystems’ wearable Discovery patch (Leo Pharma and Epicore Biosystems), aims to assess inflammatory biomarkers found in sweat and interstitial fluid in individuals with atopic dermatitis. The wearable technology will analyze cytokines in sweat to offer real-time objective assessment of the state of disease in adults with the chronic skin condition.

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Jan 30, 2020

The Gx Sweat Hydration System is a Finalist at the 2020 SXSW Innovation Awards for Wearable Tech

SXSW

The 23rd annual SXSW Innovation Awards Presented by Sprinklr recognize the most exciting tech developments in the connected world. Innovators and creators from around the world are invited to enter their eligible projects to vie for top honors in this unique, long-running SXSW competition.

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Smart Design, Epicore Biosystems, Gatorade

Gatorade’s Gx Sweat Patch and companion app are designed to bring sweat testing and personalized sports fueling and recovery recommendations to all athletes without the need for a traditional lab. This digital ecosystem combines wearable technology that captures an athlete’s sweat rate and electrolyte concentration directly from the skin with a smartphone app that processes the data using machine learning.

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