Dr. Jason Heikenfeld of the University of Cincinnati and researchers at the Air Force Research Labs at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton needed a noninvasive way to monitor the vital signs of Air Force personnel. They invented technology that led to the founding of Eccrine Systems in 2013. The company is developing noninvasive, electronic wearable systems that measure and transmit real-time data about the body using sweat.
A Fast-Growing, Revolutionary Company
Eccrine Systems was founded to commercialize technology and intellectual property that was exclusively licensed from the University of Cincinnati, with funding support of CincyTech. Currently located in the HCDC Business Center, Eccrine Systems has been able to attract highly technical talent for research and development (R&D) as it has grown to over 50 employees. As interest increased, Eccrine Systems needed more resources to accelerate the development and launch of its sweat–sensing technology.
Surrounded by state, regional and community support, Eccrine Systems will expand its R&D capabilities in Southwest Ohio, a region that has assisted it from a seed-stage company to an emerging market leader. The collaboration of surrounding partners and a strong startup ecosystem will help the company continue to scale and develop its game–changing technology.
In cooperation with its regional partner, REDI Cincinnati, JobsOhio is helping Eccrine Systems get to market. JobsOhio is supporting the expansion with a $400,000 JobsOhio Economic Development Grant. The company expects to add 50 new jobs, doubling in size over the next three years.
Eccrine Systems is a real-life story of Ohio’s prevalent culture of collaboration. Through the combined efforts of universities, private entities and funding sources, small companies like Eccrine Systems can research, discover, make and commercialize solutions that improve health and wellness for millions of people.