What You Should Know:
- Epicore Biosystems a digital health solutions company developing advanced sweat-sensing wearables to provide real-time personalized hydration insights for performance and safety, today announced that it has received investment from Pegasus Tech Ventures, a global venture capital firm based in Silicon Valley, and Denka Company Limited, a Japan-based multinational technology and materials company.
- The new investment is the first of a larger series and will be used to support the scale and distribution of Epicore’s wearable solutions within Japan and in the broader Asia market.
Revolutionizing Hydration Management
Asia is facing unprecedented heat waves, shattering temperature records across the continent. Despite the rise in extreme heat events and the introduction of wearable technologies, digital solutions for monitoring and managing hydration remain underutilized in Asia. In response, Epicore, backed by investments from Pegasus and Denka, plans to expand its Connected Hydration solution in Japan and Asia. This innovative biosensor and enterprise cloud system measures sweat loss, sodium levels, skin temperature, and movement in real-time, providing personalized rehydration strategies.
Epicore’s recent investments coincide with successful deployments in various Japanese industries, revealing significant sweat and electrolyte losses in both indoor and outdoor settings. The Connected Hydration system offers features like real-time alerts, hydration feedback, and predictive analytics through a mobile app and an enterprise cloud engine. This technology addresses the growing global demand for hydration management solutions, particularly in Asia, Australia, and the Middle East, following the extreme heat waves of 2023. Epicore, with key partnerships globally, including Chevron, PepsiCo, Gatorade, and the U.S. Army, plans to launch its Connected Hydration patch, mobile app, and cloud engine for commercial use in early 2024.
“Health risks and injuries associated with extreme heat are pervasive in Japan and across the broader Asia population,” said Nobuyuki Yoshino, managing executive officer at Denka. “Epicore’s wearable technology is positioned to improve our understanding of hydration and health needs for people at home and in industrial work settings. We are excited to collaborate with Epicore to help scale Connected Hydration and its portfolio of innovations and products.”