Medical devices developer WL Gore & Associates has partnered with digital health start-up Bonbouton to carry out research on advanced sensor technology and develop smart fabrics with applications as assistive apparel and digital health monitors.
Bonbouton develops wearable inkjet-printed, low-cost graphene temperature sensors for wireless yet continuous health monitoring of various conditions.
The company uses a technology licensed from the Stevens Institute of Technology to create flexible and thin sensors for skin temperature monitoring using graphene oxide (GO).
The partners intend to initially explore potential temperature sensing materials, which are expected to help in creating sensor technology and conductive inks for digital health, chronic care management and smart fabric applications.
Gore Innovation Center co-leader Paul Campbell said: “Bonbouton is an ideal partner. Its technology shows enormous potential for expanding Gore materials into digital health applications and other markets.
“Bonbouton is widely and well regarded for its potential in graphene as a sensing modality. We look forward to collaborating with them both from a research and business standpoint.”
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The Center is Gore’s 11,000ft² co-innovation space and lab, where the firm partners with researchers, corporations and customers to address advanced materials challenges in medical, digital health, fabrics, aerospace, automotive, industrial and electronics segments.
Bonbouton CEO and founder Linh Le said: “Our work with Gore, and specifically the Innovation Center, is an exciting development. Its materials and expertise are what will allow us to improve on existing technology and take development to the next level.”