Wearable Noninvasive Blood Alcohol Monitor

Wearable Noninvasive Blood Alcohol Monitor

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: National Institutes of Health
Contract: 2R44AA024651-02
Agency Tracking Number: R44AA024651
Amount: $644,495.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2017
Solicitation Year: 2016
Solicitation Topic Code: 150
Solicitation Number: PA16-302
Small Business Information
8430 CENTRAL AVE STE C, Newark, CA, 94560-3457
DUNS: 803066802
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 MICHAEL CARTER
 (510) 405-5911
 mcarter@kwjengineering.com
Business Contact
 EDWARD STETTER
Phone: (510) 405-5911
Email: efs@kwjengineering.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
Project Summary Abstract The goal of this proposed NIH SBIR Phase II program will be to continue development and commercialization of a new noninvasive transdermal alcohol monitor The monitor will be in wristband or watch form similar to a smartwatch This device will be modern attractive and comfortable and will have smartwatch features including measuring key physiological parameters e g pulse with wireless communication to apps on smartphones and other devices The aim of the work is to provide a new noninvasive transdermal alcohol monitor into the market The transdermal alcohol monitoring market has few wearable products available and innovation has been lacking in this field This new product will take advantage of current trends in wearable technology As the public becomes more comfortable with wearables the blood alcohol monitor will become popular with people interested in health and fitness who want to track their alcohol intake The product will provide a new highly reliable and sensitive method for tracking blood alcohol which will eventually be adopted in other areas including clinical and medical treatment and employee wellness programs The device is expected also to provide a more effective system than is currently available for alcohol research The monitor is based on the KWJ Engineering s printed electrochemical gas sensor This ethanol sensor is very small ultralow power and highly sensitive with very low interferences These characteristics provide a sensor that is more effective than those used in current technologies Additionally because of its size and power requirements it is the only gas sensor available that is compatible with modern applications such as the watch format of this proposal In Phase I we demonstrated stable and sensitive measurement of ethanol across human skin surrogate membranes with a first prototype wristwatch device that included the ethanol sensor and circuitry for performing the measurement and converting data for wireless communication to a computer Raw transdermal ethanol concentrations TAC were calibrated to blood alcohol values using standardized ethanol solutions as a surrogate for blood alcohol concentration BAC We demonstrated a high degree of reproducibility across several watch format devices In Phase II development of the device will be continued in collaboration with partners specializing in wearable systems and product development A small human trial will be conducted to evaluate the wearability and functionality of the Phase II prototype device Project Narrative This NIH SBIR Phase II proposal addresses development of a new noninvasive wrist mounted device for measuring blood alcohol This wristwatch platform with modern smartwatch capabilities will move the state of innovation forward in the noninvasive alcohol monitoring field and will contribute societal benefits in the form of facilitation of alcohol research and treatment with additional benefits in opening up blood alcohol monitoring to consumers interested in health and fitness employer wellness programs and other medical and judicial system uses

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