Epicore Teams with 3M to Develop Sweat-Sensing Wearable

The devices measure sweat biometrics and provide customized recovery insights about hydration.

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Epicore Biosystems, a digital health company developing sweat-sensing wearables to provide real-time personalized hydration insights for performance and safety, today announced a new collaboration with 3M's Health Care Business, a manufacturer and distributor of medical products and solutions, and Innovize, a custom medical device manufacturer.

Using 3M's skin-interfacing materials and Innovize's manufacturing capabilities, Epicore Biosystems will further scale its portfolio of advanced wearable hydration solutions.

Epicore Biosystems develops wearable solutions that measure sweat biometrics and provide customized recovery insights about hydration, including sweat rate, total sweat loss, electrolyte concentrations, bioanalyte loss, skin temperature, and motion — all captured with an unobtrusive wearable sweat sensor, analyzed through a proprietary cloud engine, and delivered directly to the wearer through a smartphone application and cloud portal. Its key differentiators include flexible physical properties that enable seamless integration on the body, multimodal data streams that enable direct measurements of hydration, stress, and nutrition status, and low-cost designs that do not require cleaning or external charging stations.

Epicore Biosystems' product development incorporates materials and design strategies created in collaboration with Innovize to support high volume manufacturing. Innovize employs a newspaper printing-like process known as the roll-to-roll (R2R) method to produce microfluidic structures at high throughput. R2R is an effective method for manufacturing Epicore Biosystems' products as it processes thin polymeric sheets of off-the-shelf materials from 3M and other material suppliers into functional microfluidic components and finished products.

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