New wristband tells chemicals you’re exposed everyday
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New wristband tells which chemicals you’re exposed to everyday

10:17 AM, 15th July 2015
New wristband tells which chemicals you’re exposed to everyday
Simple silicone wristband, designed by start-up, MyExposome, measures 1400+ chemicals that individuals are exposed to in the environment.

CORVALLIS, US: Breathe in, Breathe out. Wash your hair and take a walk outside. With every breath or step you take you are exposed to your environment - to the chemicals around you. Have you ever wondered which chemicals you are exposed to in your everyday life? Until today, you couldn’t measure your personal exposure to those invisible chemicals.

A startup company MyExposome, has designed a new patent-pending technology,  originally developed at Oregon State University, which answers your critical questions about the chemicals in your environment. The monitors are surprisingly simple: silicone wristbands, such as the ones worn in support of various causes, are specially prepared to act as a sponge to absorb hundreds of different chemicals in our environment - the air, water, and even personal care products. MyExposome then uses multi-million dollar state-of–the-art technology to analyze your wristband to determine if you were exposed to any of over 1400 chemicals.

“We created this company to bring the ability to know your chemical exposure to the general public,” said Marc Epstein, CEO of MyExposome. “Right now the scientific community is using this technology to monitor chemical exposure in segmented groups. We wanted to bring this cutting edge technology to the individual - to make the invisible visible.”

The biggest challenge for the startup is cost - processing each wristband in the lab isn’t cheap. They launched a Kickstarter campaign to gather a first group of users, since they need a certain volume of wristbands to run the tests. Also, the Kickstarter campaign looks to illuminate the presence of chemicals in our everyday environment.

Moreover, most of the time is taken up as researchers handle the wristbands to keep them sterile - and those steps could eventually be done by robots.

To address the challenges, MyExposome is looking for organizations to buy a large number of wristbands - for instance, a union for firefighters. “If we can get the funding to use them there, they can produce information that isn’t available any other way. And we can get the volumes to allow automation,” said Epstein.

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