Medical technology: Ohio’s bio boom

Story excerpt provided by Nature.

Written by Neil Savage.

Back in 2010, officials from the US Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base outside Dayton, Ohio, paid a visit to Jason Heikenfeld. They were looking for someone who could devise a way to continuously monitor pilots’ well-being in flight.

“My initial response was, ‘I don’t know how to do that’,” says Heikenfeld, an engineer who runs the Novel Devices Lab at Ohio’s University of Cincinnati. But after some thought, he was soon working to develop wearable sensors that could measure biomarkers in human sweat. These would, in turn, provide information similar to that from a blood test — but in a continuous and non-invasive way.

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Originally published April 6, 2017.

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