Interview with Joshua Windmiller, CEO of Electrozyme

Dr. Joshua Windmiller is an internationally-recognized expert in printed biosensor technology. His Ph.D. research focused on the development of printed biosensors, bioelectronics, and biofuel cells.He currently serves as the CEO of Electrozyme, a startup that he co-founded devoted to the development of novel printed biosensors and biofuel cells for application in the personal wellness and healthcare domains. He will be one of our featured speakers in our San Francisco Conference in July 8th-9th.

1. How did you come up with the idea of your temporary tattoo biosensor?

The epidermal biosensor concept was conceived during my PhD studies and refined during my postdoc in NanoEngineering at UC San Diego. The effort, sponsored by the US Office of Naval Research, aimed to develop autonomous devices for the identification of battlefield injury. Initially, my research efforts targeted the development of blood-based biomarker assays, but this rapidly transitioned to exploring non-invasive means of extracting relevant physiological information via the interstitial fluid and perspiration.

2. At what stage is the project at the moment?

Electrozyme is currently conducting field trials of its epidermal biosensor devices in conjunction with a Fortune 100 strategic partner. We hope to complete our validation studies, which is being performed by a 3rd party, by Fall 2014.

3. What kind of data can it measure? Is it possible to measure further parameters?

A few of Electrozyme’s unique non-invasive sensing capabilities include the assessment of metabolites and electrolytes in order to provide the wearer with added dimensions of rich chemical information that can be used to maximize performance and gain insight into the metabolic implications of the wearer’s physical activity. This will augment current physical sensors presenting the wearer with heart rate and/or pace readings, which provide limited insight into the effects of one’s physical activity on their body.

4.How long it lasts? Is it only focused on athletes and if so, why?

The epidermal biosensing platform is positioned as a disposable and is intended for daily use. The biosensors are oriented towards individuals of all fitness ambitions, from the high-end athlete to the weekend warrior to the individual endeavoring to live a more active lifestyle.

5. What’s your favorite wearable product (besides your own one)?

My favorite wearable product is my smartphone. I wear it in my pocket and it goes everywhere that I do.

Tattoo Biosensors might be the new way to track your health in exchange of the wristbands, meanwhile they develop this smart new form factor you can see him explaining in detail his product this July in San Francisco.