Gore and Bonbouton Collaborate for Smart Fabrics and Digital Health Applications

Silicon Valley-based Gore Innovation Center signed a joint development agreement with New York City-based graphene sensor startup Bonbouton in 2018 to explore material solutions in advanced sensor technology and enable practical smart fabrics for assistive apparel and digital health applications. Gore and Bonbouton are both good partners of WT and contributors of the international WT | Wearable Technologies Conference Series. Congrats to this valuable partnership!

Bonbouton designs inkjet-printed, low-cost graphene wearable sensors for constant and wireless health monitoring. With technology licensed from the Stevens Institute of Technology, Bonbouton has emerged as an industry leader in microsensor technology, developing mechanically flexible and molecularly thin sensors for monitoring skin temperature with graphene oxide (GO), reports Gore.

The initial phase of the Gore-Bonbouton agreement will focus on collaborative research in the area of temperature sensing materials. This explorative process will lay a foundation for future applications of sensor technology and conductive inks in digital health, chronic care management and smart fabrics.

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“Bonbouton is an ideal partner. Its technology shows enormous potential for expanding Gore materials into digital health applications and other markets,” said Paul Campbell, co-leader, Gore Innovation Center. “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.”

Gore is in a continued mission to help digital health startups by providing them withdeep expertise, co-working space and access to versatile materials. The Gore Innovation Center offers a prototyping facility where startups, researchers, customers and corporations can collaborate and innovate.

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“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,” added Linh Le, CEO and founder, Bonbouton. “Gore is known for a science-backed approach to comfort and wearability. Coupled with its collaborative resources and exploratory mindset, this makes Gore a model partner.”