Gore & Bonbouton work for smart fabrics in medical apparel
W. L. Gore & Associates, a global materials science firm, has joined hands with digital health start-up, Bonbouton, to explore material solutions in advanced sensor technology and enable practical smart fabrics for digital health applications. Bonbouton designs inkjet-printed, low-cost graphene wearable sensors for constant and wireless health monitoring.
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.
Paul Campbell, co-leader, Gore Innovation Center 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.”
Linh Le, CEO and founder, Bonbouton 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. 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.”
The Bonbouton-Gore joint development agreement is evidence of Gore’s continuing mission to foster innovation by providing insight and support for start-ups in the digital health arena. Gore aims to help these organisations with some of the toughest challenges in advanced materials development by offering deep 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.
Linda Elkins, co-leader, Gore Innovation Center said, “We are thrilled to be working with Bonbouton to explore our combined potential, especially in applications where it can enhance quality of life for those with chronic conditions. Gore has a long-standing tradition of pushing boundaries in the material science space, and we aim to lend that expertise to organisations like Bonbouton, whose mission is to improve lives through smart fabrics and advanced sensor technology.” (GK)
Fibre2Fashion News Desk – India