Electronic Skin Patches 2021-2031: IDTechEx

The market for electronic skin patches will be worth over $30bn per year by 2031

Electronic Skin Patches 2021-2031

The most comprehensive assessment on the commercialization of flexible, wearable, smart skin patches

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This report characterizes the markets, technologies and players in electronic skin patches. With coverage across 28 application areas and 127 companies, historic market data from 2010-2020 and market forecasts from 2021 to 2031, it is the most comprehensive study compiled for this product area. It reveals significant opportunity, with the sector passing $10bn in annual revenue from electronic skin patches in 2021, and a forecast for this to grow to over $30bn by 2031.
Skin patches are wearable products attached to the skin. The electronic element involves the integration of electronic functionality such as sensors, actuators, processors and communication, allowing products to become connected and "smart". In many ways, skin patches act as the ultimate wearable electronic devices, augmenting the wearer with minimal encumbrance and maximum comfort. As such, interest in electronic skin patches soared as a by-product of the significant hype and market growth around "wearables" starting in 2014.
However, several product types within the sector transcend this hype. Several skin patch product areas, particularly in diabetes management, cardiovascular monitoring, and other vital sign monitoring, have superseded incumbent options in established markets to create billions of dollars of new revenue each year for the companies at the forefront of this wave. However, success is not ubiquitous; each market discussed within this report sits within a unique ecosystem, with different players, drivers, limitations and history to build on.
As such, the report looks at each of the application areas for electronic skin patches in turn, discussing the relevant technology, product types, competitive landscape, industry players, pricing, historic revenue, and market forecasts. The areas covered include diabetes management, cardiovascular monitoring devices (MCT, Holter monitors, Event monitors, and related products), medical patient monitoring (both inpatient and outpatient), motion sensing, temperature sensing, drug and cosmetic delivery patches, electrical stimulation devices, emerging options towards smart wound care and more. The report contains historic revenue data for each of the product sectors studied back to 2010, including data by company for the larger sectors. The report also contains detailed market forecasting over 10 years for each of the key application areas.
28 application areas discussed within the report
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The product category of "electronic skin patches" conceals a significant amount of diversity. Whilst many people may imagine skin patches to be thin, highly conformable devices that sit close to the skin, the reality is that many of the most successful products today are still relatively bulky devices. As such, each chapter within the report also contains a discussion of technology areas relevant to the future development of smart patches, particularly around areas such as flexible, stretchable and conformal electronic components. Development of these technologies will not only enable more products to be deployed as skin patches but will also improve the form factor of electronic skin patches that already exist. This is also covered extensively in IDTechEx's other work in topics such as flexible electronic, stretchable electronics, thin and flexible batteries, smart textiles and other related topics.
The research behind the report has been compiled over several years by IDTechEx analysts. It follows existing coverage of areas such as wearable technology, flexible electronics, stretchable and conformal electronics, electronic textiles, advanced wound care, bioelectronics, sensors and other medical devices. The methodology involved a mixture of primary and secondary research, with a key focus on speaking to executives and scientists from companies developing commercial electronic skin patches. As such, the report compiles case studies of 127 companies and projects, each updated over time and compared within their appropriate product ecosystems.
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Table of Contents
1.1.Executive introduction: Electronic skin patches
1.2.Application overview
1.3.Applications, market sizes and outlook
1.4.The diabetes management ecosystem
1.5.CGM leads the way
1.6.Insulin pumps and patch pumps
1.7.The outlook for diabetes management
1.8.Monitoring the heart via skin patches
1.9.Players and product types in cardiac monitoring
1.10.Cardiac monitoring skin patches: Historic data: 2010-2020
1.11.Cardiac monitoring skin patches: Market forecasts
1.12.Application potential for general purpose devices
1.13.Historic market data, 2010-2020
1.14.Market forecasts, 2021-2031
1.15.Skin patch temperature sensing: Use cases across 13 case studies
1.16.Key conclusions: Temperature sensing skin patches
1.17.Electrical stimulation product types
1.18.Skin patches in bioelectronic medicine
1.19.Electrical stimulation via skin patches: Market data (2010-2019)
1.20.Electrical stimulation via skin patches: Market forecast (2021-2031)
1.21.Iontophoresis via skin patches: Market data (2010-2019)
1.22.Iontophoresis via skin patches: Market forecast (2020-2030)
1.23.Key conclusions: Iontophoresis
1.24.Examples of players from case studies
2.1.1.The case for skin patches: Augmenting the human body
2.1.2.The case for skin patches: Improving device form factor
2.1.3.Definitions and exclusions
2.1.4.History of skin patches
2.1.5.Applications, market sizes and outlook
2.1.6.Reimbursement drives commercial business models
2.1.7.Patents: Total active patents by assignee
2.1.8.Patents over time
2.1.9.Patents: Active and strong patents by assignee
2.1.10.Context: Wearables hype
2.1.12.Glossary (continued)
2.2.Application overview
2.2.1.Skin patches competing with established products
2.2.2.New market creation around skin patches
2.2.3.Section contents
3.1.1.Background: Introduction to diabetes
3.1.2.The prevalence of diabetes
3.1.3.Background: Diabetes on the rise
3.1.4.Background: The cost of diabetes
3.1.5.Background: The diabetes management process
3.1.6.Diabetes management ecosystem
3.1.7.Diabetes management device roadmap: Summary
3.1.8.Diabetes management device roadmap: Sensors
3.1.9.Coverage in this report
3.2.Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM)
3.2.1.The case for continuous glucose monitoring (CGM)
3.2.2.Anatomy of a typical CGM device
3.2.3.CGM is deployed via skin patches
3.2.4.Comparison metrics for CGM devices
3.2.5.Example: Accuracy of CGM devices over time
3.2.6.CGM: Technology
3.2.7.CGM sensor chemistry
3.2.8.Sensor filament structure
3.3.CGM: Overview of key players
3.3.1.CGM: Overview of key players
3.3.2.Abbott Laboratories: Introduction
3.3.3.Abbott Laboratories: CGM business
3.3.4.Abbott: Freestyle® Libre
3.3.5.Abbott: "Wired enzyme"
3.3.6.Abbott: Device and sensor structure
3.3.7.Dexcom: Introduction
3.3.8.Dexcom: CGM products
3.3.9.Dexcom: Sensor structure
3.3.10.Medtronic: Introduction
3.3.11.Medtronic: Diabetes & CGM business
3.3.12.Medtronic: Sensor structure
3.3.13.Medtronic: Towards closed loop
3.3.14.Medtronic: Patents in CGM
3.3.15.Roche: Overview
3.3.16.Roche: Patents in CGM
3.3.18.Ascensia & POCTech
3.3.20.Medtrum: CGM devices & insulin pumps
3.3.21.Medtrum: Sensing technology
3.3.22.Medtrum: Specific development steps towards the artificial pancreas
3.3.24.AgaMatrix & WaveForm Technologies
3.3.28.Verily / Google: Contact lenses
3.4.Non-invasive glucose monitoring
3.4.1.Background: Glucose in the body
3.4.2.Assessment of different analytes for glucose monitoring
3.4.3.Key criteria for assessing accuracy
3.4.4.In Context: FDA requirements
3.4.5.Approaches for non-invasive glucose monitoring
3.4.6.Companies Using Each Technique
3.4.7.Companies Using Each Technique (Other Fluids)
3.4.8.When will non-invasive glucose monitoring be commercialised?
3.4.9.Notable Quotes on Non-Invasive Glucose Monitoring
3.5.Insulin delivery
3.5.1.Insulin delivery: Introduction
3.5.2.Diabetes management device roadmap: Insulin delivery
3.5.3.Insulin pumps: Introduction
3.5.4.Insulin pumps currently available
3.5.5.Insulin pump breakdown
3.5.6.Insulin patch pumps
3.5.7.Example: Patch pumps at Medtronic?
3.5.8.Pricing models for patch pumps vs traditional options
3.5.9.Insulin pump market
3.5.10.Insulin pump players and market share
3.5.11.Markets: Patch pumps vs traditional infusion pumps
3.5.12.Comparing insulin pumps and CGM
3.5.13.Outlook for insulin pumps
3.6.Linking insulin pumps and CGM: Towards closed loop and the artificial pancreas
3.6.1.Today: Hybrid closed loop systems
3.6.2.Example: Progress from Medtronic
3.6.3.The objective: Closing the feedback loop
3.6.4.Examples and partnerships
3.6.5.Example: DiabeLoop
3.6.6.Medtrum: Efforts towards the artificial pancreas
3.7.Market data: Historic & forecasts
3.7.1.Skin patches and diabetes: Forecast summary
3.7.2.Overview: CGM market share and players in 2020
3.7.3.A shifting focus in diabetes management, Historic data: 2010-2020
3.7.4.Test strip business in decline
3.7.5.The growth of CGM accelerates
3.7.6.The insulin pump market
3.7.7.Markets: Patch pumps vs traditional infusion pumps
3.7.8.Quantitative forecasts for diabetes and CGM
3.7.9.Building a top-down forecast scenario
3.7.10.CGM: Market forecast (revenue)
3.7.11.CGM: Market forecast (sales volumes)
3.7.12.Insulin pumps: Market forecast (revenue)
3.7.13.Insulin pumps: Market forecast (sales volumes)
3.7.14.Full datasets: Skin patches in diabetes management, 2010-2020 (historic) & 2021-2031 (forecast)
3.7.15.Full datasets: Diabetes management markets, 2010-2020 (historic) & 2021-2031 (forecast)
4.1.2.Drivers and requirements for skin patches
4.1.3.Application potential for general purpose devices
4.1.4.Deployment challenges for general monitoring devices
4.1.5.Evolving market dynamics over time
4.1.6.General monitoring needs an infrastructure that only the larger players can provide
4.1.7.Historic market data, 2010-2020
4.1.8.Market forecasts, 2021-2031
4.2.Inpatient monitoring
4.2.1.Traditional inpatient monitoring
4.2.2.The case for removing the wires
4.2.3.Emerging skin patch options
4.2.4.Players and approaches
4.2.8.The Surgical Company (formerly Sensium)
4.2.10.Isansys Lifecare
4.2.11.Market data and forecasts for wireless inpatient monitoring
4.3.Outpatient monitoring with skin patches
4.3.5.DevInnova / Scaleo Medical
4.3.7.Avanix - business model and target milestones
4.3.8.Historic: Qualcomm Life
4.3.9.Qualcomm Life / Capsule Technologies
4.3.10.Market data and forecasts for wireless outpatient monitoring
5.1.1.Introduction - Cardiovascular monitoring via wearable devices
5.1.2.Introduction - Measuring biopotential
5.1.3.Technology overview - the circuitry for measuring biopotential
5.1.4.Introduction - Electrocardiography (ECG, or EKG)
5.1.5.Devices for cardiac monitoring
5.1.6.Cardiac monitoring device types - skin patches
5.1.7.Companies and product types
5.1.8.Technology overview - electrode properties
5.1.9.Disposable Ag/AgCl electrodes
5.1.10.Electrodes: Traditional approaches
5.1.11.Skin patches with disposable electrodes
5.1.12.Skin patches with integrated electrodes
5.2.1.Reimbursement codes for wearable cardiac monitors New reimbursement structure in place
5.2.3.Fallout and outlook following the 2021 code change
5.3.1.Summaries and interviews with 20 industry players
5.3.3.BioTelemetry, Inc.
5.3.4.BioTelemetry: Timeline
5.3.7.Fukuda Denshi
5.3.8.Fujita Medical Instruments
5.3.10.Byteflies & Quad Industries
5.3.13.QT Medical
5.3.15.SWMedical - CardiNova
5.3.16.Seers Technology
5.3.18.Preventice Solutions
5.3.23.Qardio (2)
5.3.24.Holst Center: Skin patches
5.3.28.Medtronic: SEEQ MCT (discontinued)
5.3.29.LumiraDx / FitLinxx: Ampstrip (discontinued)
5.4.Competition with other form factors
5.4.1.Other form factors for ambulatory cardiac monitoring
5.4.2.Wearable vs implantable monitoring
5.4.3.Example: Medtronic (SEEQ & LINQ)
5.4.4.Comparison: Chest straps
5.4.5.Comparison: Apparel
5.4.6.Comparison: Portable devices
5.4.7.Comparison: Smartwatch optical HRM
5.5.Market data and forecasts
5.5.1.Market overview and forecasts
5.5.2.The impact of COVID-19
5.5.3.Cardiac monitoring skin patches: Historic data: 2010-2020
5.5.4.Cardiac monitoring skin patches: Market forecasts
5.5.5.Full dataset with table: 2010-2019 (historic) & 2020-2030 (forecast)
5.5.6.Key conclusions: cardiac monitoring skin patches
6.1.Foetal monitoring
6.2.Monica Healthcare
6.3.GE Healthcare
6.5.Key conclusions and market data
7.1.Introduction - Body Temperature
7.2.Temperature sensing technology options
7.3.Approaches and standards for medical temperature sensing
7.4.Skin patches for temperature sensing
7.5.Skin patch temperature sensing: Use cases across 13 case studies
7.7.VivaLNK & Reckitt Benckiser
7.8.VivaLNK: COVID-19 response
7.10.Blue Spark
7.11.Blue Spark & TempTraq®
7.12.Life Science Technology
7.13.Isansys Lifecare
7.14.Raiing Medical
7.18.Chois Technology
7.19.Alternative options: Tympanic temperature sensing
7.20.Key conclusions: Temperature sensing skin patches
8.1.1.Introduction: Types of electrical stimulation
8.1.2.Differentiation for electrical stimulation
8.1.3.Nomenclature in electrical stimulation
8.1.4.Electrical stimulation product types
8.1.5.Medical vs non-medical devices
8.1.6.Bioelectronic Medicine: Definition and background
8.1.7.Major Forms of Bioelectronic Medicine
8.1.8.The Evolution of Bioelectronic Medicine
8.1.9.Skin patches in bioelectronic medicine
8.2.1.TENS - Introduction
8.2.2.Innovative Health Solutions: NSS-2 Bridge
8.2.3.BeWellConnect: MyTens
8.2.4.NeuroMetrix: Quell
8.2.5.Theranica: Nerivio Migra
8.3.EMS / NMES / FES
8.3.1.EMS, NMES and FES
8.3.2.Applications of EMS / NMES
8.3.3.Example: Russian Stimulation
8.3.4.Example: Therapeutic settings and uses
8.3.5.Properties of the stimulation (as presented with a therapeutic focus)
8.3.6.First Kind Medical: geko
8.3.7.Example: HiDow
8.3.8.Example: HiDow
8.3.9.Hivox Biotek
8.4.Market data and forecasts
8.4.1.Electrical stimulation via skin patches: Market data (2010-2019)
8.4.2.Electrical stimulation via skin patches: Market forecast (2021-2031)
9.1.1.Introduction - Iontophoresis
9.1.3.Cosmetic skin patches
9.1.4.Estée Lauder
9.1.5.BioBliss™, Iontera, Patchology
9.1.6.FeeliGreen (Feeligold)
9.2.Drug delivery
9.2.1.Iontophoresis for drug delivery
9.2.2.Drugs studied for iontophoretic delivery
9.2.3.Commercial activity with drug delivery patches
9.2.4.FeeliGreen (Feelicare)
9.2.5.Seoul National University: Parkinson's medication via skin patches
9.3.Reverse iontophoresis
9.3.1.Reverse Iontophoresis
9.3.2.Example: GlucoWatch
9.3.3.Nemaura Medical: sugarBEAT
9.4.Market forecasts and conclusions
9.4.1.Iontophoresis via skin patches: Market data (2010-2019)
9.4.2.Iontophoresis via skin patches: Market forecast (2020-2030)
9.4.3.Key conclusions: Iontophoresis
10.1.1.Introduction - Sweat sensing
10.2.Measuring sweat rate
10.2.1.Technology overview - measuring bioimpedance
10.2.2.Technology overview - Galvanic skin response (GSR)
10.2.3.Technology overview - humidity sensors for sweat
10.2.4.GE Global Research
10.3.Sensing biomarkers in sweat
10.3.1.Technology overview - chemical sensing in sweat
10.3.2.Sweat vs other sources of analytes
10.3.3.Analytes in sweat
10.3.4.Diagnostics with chemical sensors
10.3.5.Monitoring blood cholesterol using biosensors
10.3.6.Towards wearable cholesterol monitoring
10.3.7.Example: sweat alcohol detection
10.3.8.Lactic acid monitoring for athletes
10.3.9.Traditional lactic acid monitors
10.3.10.Microneedles to analyse lactic acid in interstitial fluid
10.3.11.Increasingly portable diagnosis of bovine and human TB
10.3.12.Wearable diagnostic tests for cystic fibrosis
10.3.13.Technology overview: Chemical sensing
10.3.16.Milo Sensors
10.3.17.PARC / UCSD
10.3.18.Stanford and UC Berkeley
10.3.20.Epicore Biosystems
10.3.21.Eccrine Systems (closed)
10.3.22.Key conclusions: Sweat sensing
11.1.Wound Monitoring
11.2.Wound Monitoring: KAUST
11.3.Wound Monitoring: Purdue University
11.4.Wound Monitoring: Tufts University
11.5.Wound Monitoring: Tyndall National Institute
11.6.Wound Monitoring: UC Berkeley
11.7.Wound Monitoring: UCSD
11.8.Wound Monitoring: VTT
11.9.Wound Treatment
12.1.1.Introduction - Monitoring motion via skin patches
12.1.2.Different modes for sensing motion
12.2.Measuring motion with inertial measurement units
12.2.1.Introduction - Inertial measurement units
12.2.2.Measuring motion with IMUs: Examples
12.2.3.Value chain and examples of players
12.2.4.IMUs in skin patches
12.3.Measuring motion with conformal sensors
12.3.1.Introduction - alternatives for measuring motion
12.3.2.Technology overview - Resistive/piezoresistive sensing
12.3.3.Players and industry dynamic
12.3.5.Quantum tunnelling composite: QTC®
12.3.6.QTC® vs. FSR™ vs. piezoresistor?
12.3.7.Bebop Sensors
12.3.9.Technology overview - Capacitive sensing
12.3.10.Parker Hannifin
12.3.12.LEAP Technology
12.3.13.Technology overview - Piezoelectric sensing
12.4.Application examples
12.4.1.Applications for skin patch motion sensors
12.4.2.Case study - Concussion detection
12.4.3.X2 Biosystems
12.4.4.US Military head trauma patch / PARC
12.4.5.Key conclusions: Motion sensing
13.1.1.Communication with implants
13.2.Examples in diabetes management
13.2.2.Senseonics: The role of the skin patch
13.3.Examples in bioelectronic medicine
13.3.1.Skin patches with bioelectronic medicine implants
13.3.2.NeuroRecovery Technologies
13.3.3.Stimwave: Freedom SCS
13.3.4.SPR Therapeutics: Sprint PNS
13.3.5.Bioness: StimRouter
13.4.Other examples
13.4.1.Proteus Digital Health
14.1.Pressure ulcer prevention
14.1.1.Leaf Healthcare (Smith & Nephew)
14.2.Bladder volume sensing (wearable ultrasound)
14.2.2.Triple W - D Free
14.3.Other healthcare & medical applications
14.3.1.Acoustic respiration rate (Acurable, Masimo, etc.)
14.3.2.UV protection
14.3.3.MC10 & L'Oréal: Wisp
14.3.4.Lief Therapeutics: Stress Management
14.4.1.EOG - eye tracking with skin patches
15.1.1.Forecast details and assumptions
15.2.Diabetes management forecasts
15.2.1.Skin patches and diabetes: Forecast summary
15.2.2.Overview: CGM market share and players in 2020
15.2.3.A shifting focus in diabetes management, Historic data: 2010-2020
15.2.4.Historic market data: Glucose test strips
15.2.5.Historic market data: CGM
15.2.6.Historic market data: Insulin pumps
15.2.7.Historic market data: Patch pumps
15.2.8.Quantitative forecasts for diabetes and CGM
15.2.9.Building a top-down forecast scenario
15.2.10.Market data and forecast: Glucose test strips
15.2.11.Market data and forecast: CGM (sales volume)
15.2.12.Market data and forecast: Insulin pumps (revenue)
15.2.13.Market data and forecast: Insulin pumps (sales volume)
15.2.14.Full datasets: Skin patches in diabetes management, 2010-2020 (historic) & 2021-2031 (forecast)
15.2.15.Full datasets: Diabetes management markets, 2010-2020 (historic) & 2021-2031 (forecast)
15.3.Cardiovascular monitoring forecasts
15.3.1.Market overview and forecasts
15.3.2.Cardiac monitoring skin patches: Historic data: 2010-2020
15.3.3.Cardiac monitoring skin patches: Market forecasts
15.3.4.Full dataset with table: 2010-2019 (historic) & 2020-2030 (forecast)
15.4.General patient monitoring forecasts
15.4.1.Historic market data, 2010-2020
15.4.2.Market forecasts, 2021-2031
15.4.3.Market data and forecasts for wireless inpatient monitoring
15.4.4.Market data and forecasts for wireless outpatient monitoring
15.4.5.Foetal heart rate monitor forecasts
15.5.Electrical stimulation forecasts
15.5.1.Electrical stimulation via skin patches: Market data (2010-2019)
15.5.2.Electrical stimulation via skin patches: Market forecast (2021-2031)
15.6.Temperature sensing forecasts
15.6.1.Temperature sensing: Market data and forecasts
15.7.Iontophoresis forecasts
15.7.1.Iontophoresis via skin patches: Market data (2010-2019)
15.7.2.Iontophoresis via skin patches: Market forecast (2020-2030)
15.8.Full historic and forecast data tables for all sectors
15.8.1.Revenue by skin patch product type (/USD millions)
15.8.2.Pricing by skin patch product type (/USD)
15.8.3.Revenue by skin patch product type (/USD millions)
16.1.List of company profiles and interviews

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