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March 28, 2018

AFRL Tech Warrior immerses AFRL scientists and engineers in a week-long simulated combat environment where they learn firsthand how that environment influences technological needs and challenges. Tech warriors also test the technologies that they are developing for the warfighter in order to gain a better understanding of their benefits and limitations, ultimately taking this knowledge and information back to the Laboratory for adaptation and improvement.

Eccrine Co-founder & CSO Advancing the field of Sweat Technology

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University of Cincinnati engineering professor Jason Heikenfeld identifies the progress and untapped potential of wearable sensors for a critical review of the research field.

Feb. 6, 2018

By Michael Miller, University of Cincinnati 

When it comes to biometric sensors, human skin isn’t an ally.

It's an obstacle.

The University of Cincinnati is developing cutting-edge methods to overcome this barrier without compromising the skin and its ability to prevent infection and dehydration. By making better noninvasive tests, researchers can open up enormous opportunities in medicine and the fitness industry.

“You think of the skin as an opportunity because you can measure things through it optically, chemically, electrically and mechanically,” said Jason Heikenfeld, assistant vice president in UC’s College of Engineering and Applied Science. “But it’s actually the opposite. The body has evolved to preserve all of these chemical analytes, so the skin actually isn’t very good at giving them up.”

Heikenfeld, director of UC’s Novel Devices Lab, co-authored a critical review of sensor research in January with his students and colleagues for the nanotechnology journal Lab on a Chip, outlining both scientific accomplishments to date and challenges ahead... Full Article.

Eccrine Systems Awarded USAF Contract for Monitoring Cognitive Status Using Sweat

February 01, 2018 08:00 AM Eastern Standard Time

CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Eccrine Systems, Inc., has been awarded a $750,000 SBIR Phase II contract by the United States Air Force, focused on real-time measurement of specific biomarkers in human sweat as an index of cognitive performance. The Phase II project will help enable commercial development of Eccrine’s innovative sweat sensing technology that was the subject of a preceding USAF SBIR Phase I research contract.

“We are very pleased to receive this award,” said George Raihala, Defense & Security Programs Director at Eccrine Systems, “It acknowledges the successful results we attained during the SBIR Phase I project and will accelerate development and commercialization of non-invasive wearable devices that will monitor cognitive status while warfighters are operating under thermally stressful conditions.”

The SBIR Phase II commercialization project commenced in November and will continue into late 2019... Full Press Release.

Frost & Sullivan recognizes Eccrine Systems with the 2017 North American Technology Innovation Award for its Sweatronics® platform for use with non-invasive wearables

Eccrine Systems Earns Recognition for Its Innovative Non-invasive Sweat-sensing Technology

The Sweatronics® platform offers a rapid and mobile solution for monitoring dehydration status using sweat biomarkers


SANTA CLARA, Calif., Dec. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on its recent 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, Sweatronics®, for use with non-invasive wearables.

"Eccrine Systems' Sweatronics real-time platform is comprised of proprietary sensors, data processors, and management systems that can detect and manage sweat-sensor data, which represents a momentous shift from traditional methods of detecting physiological changes to painless and more convenient noninvasive methods," said Arjun Mehta, Industry Analyst.

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... Full Article.

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Eccrine Co-founder contributes to non-invasive wearable review, "Wearable sensors: modalities, challenges, and prospects"

Wearable sensors: modalities, challenges, and prospects

Lab on a Chip

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Wearable sensors have recently seen a large increase in both research and commercialization. However, success in wearable sensors has been a mix of both progress and setbacks. Most of commercial progress has been in smart adaptation of existing mechanical, electrical and optical methods of measuring the body. This adaptation has involved innovations in how to miniaturize sensing technologies, how to make them conformal and flexible, and in the development of companion software that increases the value of the measured data. However, chemical sensing modalities have experienced greater challenges in commercial adoption, especially for non-invasive chemical sensors. There have also been significant challenges in making significant fundamental improvements to existing mechanical, electrical, and optical sensing modalities, especially in improving their specificity of detection. Many of these challenges can be understood by appreciating the body's surface (skin) as more of an information barrier than as an information source. With a deeper understanding of the fundamental challenges faced for wearable sensors and of the state-of-the-art for wearable sensor technology, the roadmap becomes clearer for creating the next generation of innovations and breakthroughs... Full Publication.

AF expands key resource for small businesses to mature technology

Joe Cogliano, Air Force SBIR/STTR Program

An increasingly popular Air Force event is expanding to provide small companies with even more opportunities to refine their technology.

The annual Operation Tech Warrior exercise – conducted by the Air Force Research Laboratory and sponsored by the Air Force Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Program – is now part of a year-round enterprise administered by Wright State University’s National Center for Medical Readiness in Fairborn, Ohio... Full Article.

Congratulations to Eccrine CSO, Jason Heikenfeld, on his 2017 Technology Commercialization Award!

October 16, 2017

By: Ashley Duvelius, University of Cincinnati

Jason Heikenfeld, PhD and University of Cincinnati College of Engineering and Applied Science (CEAS) Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computing Systems, has been honored with the second-annual Technology Commercialization Award from the Ohio Faculty Council. Heikenfeld is recognized for his ingenious biosensors that stimulate sweat even while a patient is cool and resting. 

“This award aligns with something I have always been deeply passionate about, commercialization of university innovation,” Heikenfeld said. “Even years ago in my PhD dissertation, I built a manufacturing cost model into the last chapter. I have found that this outward focus on how innovation can impact society and commerce has made me more effective in every aspect of faculty life. It even changed the way I teach by reaching deeper into understanding what the needs really are on the client (student) side as well. I'm thrilled to now be assistant vice president for commercialization at UC, where I hope more faculty, staff and students can benefit from the same professional growth that I have experienced due to the external engagement that commercialization requires.”

... Full Article

Wright-Patt event draws companies honing their products

Dayton Business Journal

October 4, 2017

... Last year, Cincinnati-based Eccrine Systems Inc. collected sweat from Tech Warrior participants to analyze dehydration indicators. This year, the company brought its wearable sweat sensor to the event to capture real-time data on dehydration from those participating in combat simulations.

That information – combined with an Air Force SBIR/STTR contract that allowed Eccrine Systems to perform a clinical study involving dehydration biomarkers – will help the company develop the next generation of its sensor.

“This sensor technology came out of early collaboration with the military,” said Gavi Begtrup, CEO of Eccrine Systems. “Developing tools that can be used to keep the warfighter safe is great, but we don’t know how well they work until we really put them on people and see them in action. Being able to deploy this on more than 50 people, in real time and in real-world situations, is something that’s normally very hard to do as a small business.”

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Eccrine Systems Participates in Tech Warrior 2017

Tech Warrior participants walk in the shoes of battlefield Airmen

By Bryan Ripple , 88th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

September 28, 2017

FAIRBORN, Ohio – Whoever owns the technological advantage when it comes to warfighting likely controls the battlespace of today. Scientists and engineers from the Air Force Research Laboratory, as well as acquisition personnel from throughout Air Force Materiel Command work hard to ensure that Airmen never enter a battle without that advantage.

However, there’s an old saying that goes something like, “Before you judge someone, walk a mile in their shoes.”

This is exactly what the 50 or so participants in AFRL’s Tech Warrior 2017 exercise did from Sept. 19-29 at the National Center for Medical Readiness here, when they were immersed in a home station deployment exercise as technology warriors.

The event, which in previous years, had been attended by scientists and engineers from AFRL for the most part, was open to military and civilian personnel from throughout AFMC locations across the country. The opportunity gave the participants, from Airmen through GS-15 personnel, a chance to walk in the shoes of today’s battlefield Airmen... Full Article

​Greater Cincinnati startup darling gets new CEO as executive team shuffled

September 5, 2017

Barrett J. Brunsman, Cincinnati Business Courier

The Norwood sweat-tech firm Eccrine Systems Inc. has shuffled its executive team, which includes promoting Gavi Begtrup to chief executive officer.

Begtrup, a physicist who will continue to function as chief technology officer in his new role, succeeds company co-founder Bob Beech as CEO... Full Article

Congratulations to Eccrine Board Member, John Rice, PhD on 2017 Outstanding Director Award

These board members will be recognized as 2017 Outstanding Directors

September 1, 2017

By Nikki Kingery

The Courier has named the winners of its fifth annual Outstanding Directors awards. The program recognizes exceptional leadership by individuals serving on the boards of businesses and nonprofits around Greater Cincinnati.

This year's honorees are:

Click here for the full article.


Eccrine Systems Announces Key Leadership Advancements

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August 31, 2017

CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Eccrine Systems, Inc., today announced key leadership advancements that position the company to fully capitalize on its progress with smart sweat sensors. Gavi Begtrup, PhD, has been promoted from CTO to CEO with primary focus on translating the company’s advanced biosensor and microfluidics capabilities into a premiere suite of sweat monitoring products. His CTO functions will continue as part of the CEO role. Co-founder and former CEO, Bob Beech, has assumed the role of Executive Chairman focused on strategy, corporate development, and investor relations... Full Article

Eccrine Co-founder and CSO Expands Applications for Sweat Technology

University of Cincinnati Magazine

By Michael Miller
Aug. 3, 2017

One downside to medical sensors that test human sweat: You have to sweat.

Sweating from exertion or a stifling room temperature can be impractical for some patients and unsafe for others. And unless they are on the second leg of the Tour de France, it’s unlikely patients will want to sweat all day for the benefit of a sensor reading.

But researchers at the University of Cincinnati have come up with a novel way to stimulate sweat glands on a small, isolated patch of skin so subjects can stay cool and comfortable and go about their daily routine without spending hours on a treadmill.

UC professor Jason Heikenfeld and UC graduate Zachary Sonner came up with a device the size of a Band-Aid that uses a chemical stimulant to produce sweat, even when the patient is relaxed and cool. The sensors also can predict how much patients sweat, an important factor in understanding the hormones or chemicals the biosensors measure. The study was published July 25 in the nanotechnology journal Lab on a Chip... Full Article.


It's great to see recognition of scientific progress that will broaden the spectrum of serious applications for sweat sensing systems:  

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A computer predicted the success of Etsy, Spotify, and other major startups 8 years ago — and it's just generated a new list


July 30, 2017

Shashi Reddy, World Economic Forum

In 2009, Ira Sager of Businessweek magazine set a challenge for Quid AI's CEO Bob Goodson: programme a computer to pick 50 unheard of companies that are set to rock the world

The domain of picking "start-up winners" was — and largely still is — dominated by a belief held by the venture capital (VC) industry that machines do not play a role in the identification of winners.

Ironically, the VC world, having fuelled the creation of computing, is one of the last areas of business to introduce computing to decision-making.

Nearly eight years later, the magazine revisited the list to see how "Goodson plus the machine" had performed. The results surprised even Goodson: Evernote, Spotify, Etsy, Zynga, Palantir, Cloudera, OPOWER – the list goes on... Full Article.

Eccrine Systems Mentioned Among 50 Most Promising Startups You've Never Heard Of

These Are the 50 Most Promising Startups You’ve Never Heard Of

Written by Ellen Huet

There are a few early clues that a startup will be successful, according to market researcher Quid: Have the company’s founders worked together before? Is the business in a hot sector, one where many other new startups are also focusing? Has it raised funding at a quick pace? Based on those criteria and others, Quid looked at more than 50,000 companies and chose 50 it deemed the most promising... Full Article

Sweat Technology: Local startup can mine data from sweat


NORWOOD, Ohio (WKRC) - A local startup says it's unlocked the secret power of sweat.

Eccrine Systems, Inc. is pioneering sweat technology. The company, founded in 2013, has created a way to track certain biomarkers through wearable sensors that monitor a person’s sweat. They can detect whether people are dehydrated, sick, or even if someone's medications aren't working properly. They're also doing studies related to ovulation monitoring and flu detection... Full story.

Eccrine Systems CEO likens much of noninvasive wearables market to early 1900s medicine

Cincinnati-based health tech startup Eccrine Systems has closed a $5.5 million Series A round, according to a news release. The funding will be used to advance its “sweatronics” platform, which uses a noninvasive wearable to measure the chemical makeup of the user’s sweat. The disposable electronic patch is designed to measure electrolytes and stress levels... full article.

Eccrine Systems Closes $5.5M in Series A Financing

Funds will accelerate the development of non-invasive, wearable, sweat sensing systems for use in medicine, industry and sport

CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Eccrine Systems, Inc., announced today that it has raised $5.5 million in Series A Funding. The company led the round with participation and support from CincyTech Fund IV and other sources within the CincyTech local, regional and national investor community.... full article.