Wearable Technology Report

The market for electronic skin patches will reach $10bn per year by 2023

Electronic Skin Patches 2018-2028

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

Brand new for July 2018

This report characterizes the markets, technologies and players in electronic skin patches. With coverage across 26 application areas, >85 companies, 95 different product case studies, historic market data and market forecasts to 2028, it is the most comprehensive study compiled for this emerging product area. It reveals significant opportunity, with a forecast for total annual revenues in electronic skin patches to reach over $10bn per year by 2023, and approaching $15bn per year by 2028.
Interest in electronic skin patches has soared, predominantly as a by-product of the meteoric hype around wearable devices peaking in 2014. However, the interest in the area has its own grounding, with several skin patch product areas experiencing significant growth and becoming markets in the billions of dollars each year. 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, cardiac devices, medical patient monitoring (both inpatient and outpatient), motion sensing, temperature sensing, drug and cosmetic delivery patches, smart bandages for wound care and more. For the established markets within the sector, the report contains historic revenue data by company back to 2010. The report also contains detailed market forecasting over 10 years for each of the key application areas.
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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, 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 for improvement in the form factor of electronic skin patches that already exist.
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 and more. 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 around 95 different products from over 80 companies, 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.Skin patches competing with established products
1.4.New market creation around skin patches
1.5.Applications, market sizes and outlook
1.6.Wearable, ambulatory cardiac monitoring: Comparison of over 30 players
1.7.Key conclusions: cardiac monitoring skin patches
1.8.Diabetes management: Positioning of 25 players
1.9.Historic data: 2010 - 2017 A shifting focus in diabetes management
1.10.CGM builds on a steady start
1.11.Diabetes management: full forecast
1.12.Key conclusions: Iontophoresis
1.13.Skin patch temperature sensing: Use cases across 12 case studies
1.14.Key conclusions: Temperature sensing skin patches
1.15.Key conclusions: Sweat sensing
1.16.Key conclusions: Motion sensing
1.17.List of players from case studies
2.1.The case for skin patches: Augmenting the human body
2.2.The case for skin patches: Improving device form factor
2.3.Definitions and exclusions
2.4.History of skin patches
2.5.Applications, market sizes and outlook
2.6.Commercialising skin patches: Survey of 95 different examples
2.7.List of players from case studies
2.8.Commercial progress vs form factor
2.9.Commercial progress by application focus
2.10.Patents: Total active patents by assignee
2.11.Patents: Active and strong patents by assignee
2.12.Top 30 skin patch patent assignees, by country & region
2.13.Patents: Assignees with activity in the last 2 years
2.14.Skin patch commercialisation efforts, by geography
2.15.Context: Wearables hype
3.1.Application overview
3.1.1.Skin patches competing with established products
3.1.2.New market creation around skin patches
3.1.3.Section contents
3.2.Cardiovascular monitoring skin patches
3.2.1.Introduction - Cardiovascular monitoring via wearable devices
3.2.2.Introduction - Measuring biopotential
3.2.3.Introduction - Electrocardiography (ECG, or EKG)
3.2.4.Technology overview - the circuitry for measuring biopotential
3.2.5.Technology overview - electrode properties
3.2.6.Progress towards ambulatory cardiac monitoring
3.2.7.Differentiation between ambulatory cardiac monitors
3.2.8.Wearable vs implantable monitoring
3.2.9.Conclusion: Wearable vs implantable monitoring
3.2.10.Wearable, ambulatory cardiac monitoring: Comparison of over 30 players
3.2.11.Case studies: key players
3.2.12.BioTelemetry, Inc.
3.2.13.BioTelemetry: Timeline
3.2.14.iRhythm: ZIO
3.2.15.Medtronic: SEEQ MCT
3.2.18.Holst Center: Skin patches
3.2.19.LumiraDx: Ampstrip
3.2.20.Other form factors for ambulatory cardiac monitoring
3.2.21.Comparison: Chest straps
3.2.22.Comparison: Apparel
3.2.23.Comparison: Apparel (examples)
3.2.24.Comparison: Portable devices
3.2.25.Comparison: Smartwatch optical HRM
3.2.26.Alternatives to electrodes in cardiac monitoring
3.2.27.Background: PPG and it's use in wearables
3.2.28.Transmission-mode PPG
3.2.29.Reflectance-mode PPG
3.2.30.Optical HRM companies
3.2.31.Market overview and forecasts
3.2.32.Market data and forecast: 2015-2023
3.2.33.Ambulatory, wearable cardiac monitoring, 2018-2028
3.2.34.Key conclusions: cardiac monitoring skin patches
3.3.Wireless inpatient monitoring via skin patches
3.3.1.Inpatient monitoring: The case for removing the wires
3.3.2.Players and approaches
3.3.3.Sensium (Surgical Company Group)
3.3.5.Isansys Lifecare
3.3.6.Leaf Healthcare
3.3.7.Conclusions & related areas
3.4.Diabetes management via skin patches
3.4.1.Background: Diabetes in numbers
3.4.2.Background: Diabetes on the rise
3.4.3.Background: The cost of diabetes
3.4.4.Diabetes management process
3.4.5.Diabetes management device roadmap: Sensors
3.4.6.The case for CGM
3.4.7.Non-invasive glucose monitoring?
3.4.8.Opinions against non-invasive glucose monitoring
3.4.9.Diabetes management device roadmap
3.4.10.Closing the feedback loop: towards an artificial pancreas
3.4.11.Diabetes management device roadmap: Side-effect management
3.4.12.Skin patches for diabetes management
3.4.13.Diabetes management: Players
3.4.14.The largest players
3.4.15.The largest players: Strategy comparison
3.4.16.Abbott Laboratories
3.4.20.Other players
3.4.24.Verily / Google: Contact lenses
3.4.25.Academic examples
3.4.26.Binghampton University
3.4.27.University of Bath
3.4.28.Market data: Historic & forecasts
3.4.29.Historic data: 2010 - 2017 A shifting focus in diabetes management
3.4.30.Test strip business in decline
3.4.31.CGM builds on a steady start
3.4.32.Diabetes management: full forecast
3.4.33.Diabetes management devices, 2010 - 2028: (Full dataset)
3.5.Iontophoresis skin patches: Cosmetics and drug delivery
3.5.1.Introduction - Iontophoresis
3.5.3.Cosmetic skin patches
3.5.4.Estée Lauder
3.5.5.BioBliss™, Iontera, Patchology
3.5.6.Feeligreen (Feeligold)
3.5.7.Drug delivery
3.5.8.Iontophoresis for drug delivery
3.5.9.Drugs studied for iontophoretic delivery
3.5.10.Feeligreen (Feelicare)
3.5.11.Seoul National University: Parkinson's medication via skin patches
3.5.12.Reverse Iontophoresis
3.5.13.Example: GlucoWatch
3.5.14.Nemaura Medical: sugarBEAT
3.5.15.Key conclusions: Iontophoresis
3.6.Temperature sensing skin patches
3.6.1.Introduction - Body Temperature
3.6.2.Temperature sensing technology options
3.6.3.Approaches and standards for medical temperature sensing
3.6.4.Skin patches for temperature sensing
3.6.5.Skin patch temperature sensing: Use cases across 12 case studies
3.6.6.Blue Spark
3.6.7.Life Science Technology
3.6.8.... 9 other companies ...
3.6.17.Alternative options: Tympanic temperature sensing
3.6.18.Key conclusions: Temperature sensing skin patches
3.7.Sweat sensing: Sweat rate and biomarkers
3.7.1.Introduction - Sweat sensing
3.7.2.Measuring sweat rate
3.7.3.Technology overview - measuring bioimpedance
3.7.4.Technology overview - Galvanic skin response (GSR)
3.7.5.Technology overview - humidity sensors for sweat
3.7.6.GE Global Research
3.7.7.Sensing biomarkers in sweat
3.7.8.Technology overview - chemical sensing in sweat
3.7.9.Sweat vs other sources of analytes
3.7.10.Analytes in sweat
3.7.11.Technology overview: Chemical sensing
3.7.14.Milo Sensors
3.7.15.Eccrine Systems
3.7.16.... 3 other companies
3.7.19.Key conclusions: Sweat sensing
3.8.Motion sensing with skin patches
3.8.1.Introduction - Monitoring motion via skin patches
3.8.2.Different modes for sensing motion
3.8.3.Measuring motion with inertial measurement units
3.8.4.Introduction - Inertial measurement units
3.8.5.Measuring motion with IMUs: Examples
3.8.6.Value chain and examples of players
3.8.7.IMUs in skin patches
3.8.8.Suunto: Movesense
3.8.9.Measuring motion with conformal sensors
3.8.10.Introduction - alternatives for measuring motion
3.8.11.Technology overview - Resistive/piezoresistive sensing
3.8.12.Players and industry dynamic
3.8.14.Quantum tunnelling composite: QTC®
3.8.15.QTC® vs. FSR™ vs. piezoresistor?
3.8.16.Bebop Sensors
3.8.18.Technology overview - Capacitive sensing
3.8.19.Parker Hannifin
3.8.21.LEAP Technology
3.8.22.Bando Chemical
3.8.23.Technology overview - Piezoelectric sensing
3.8.24.Application examples
3.8.25.Applications for skin patch motion sensors
3.8.26.Case study - Concussion detection
3.8.27.X2 Biosystems
3.8.28.US Military head trauma patch / PARC
3.8.30.Key conclusions: Motion sensing
3.9.Wound monitoring and treatment with skin patches
3.9.1.Wound Monitoring
3.9.2.Wound Monitoring: KAUST
3.9.3.Wound Monitoring: Purdue University
3.9.4.Wound Monitoring: Tufts University
3.9.5.... 6 other companies
3.9.11.Wound Treatment
3.10.Others applications of skin patches
3.10.1.List of examples
3.10.2.General technology platforms
3.10.3.Qualcomm Life
3.10.7.Other healthcare & medical applications
3.10.8.Acoustic respiration rate
3.10.9.Proteus Digital Health
3.10.10.Novioscan: Wearable Ultrasound
3.10.11.Supporting vaccination with microneedle patches
3.10.13.Avanix - business model and target milestones
3.10.14.Other fitness & wellness applications
3.10.15.UV protection
3.10.16.MC10 & L'Oréal: Wisp
3.10.17.Hivox Biotek
3.10.18.Lief Therapeutics: Stress Management
3.10.20.EOG - eye tracking with skin patches
4.1.Introduction: Skin patch technology development
4.2.Flexible electronics
4.3.Flexible substrates
4.4.Plastic Substrates
4.5.Key parameters for plastic substrates
4.6.Flexible glass
4.7.Stretchable or extremely flexible circuit boards
4.8.Stretchable or extremely flexible circuit boards (Reebok)
4.9.Examples of thin and flexible PCBs in wearable and display applications
4.10.Examples of thin and flexible PCBs in various applications
4.11.Stretchable meandering interconnects
4.12.Stretchable printed circuits boards
4.13.Examples of fully circuits on stretchable PCBs
4.14.Conductive inks
4.15.Hypoallergenic conductive inks for skin patches
4.16.Examples of circuits printed with conductive inks
4.17.Stretchable actually-printed electronic circuits/systems
4.18.Stretchable inks: general observations
4.19.Performance of stretchable conductive inks
4.20.Evolution and improvements in performance of stretchable conductive inks
4.21.Stretchable ink: suppliers increase
4.22.Electronic skin microsystems for health monitoring
5.1.Forecast details and assumptions
5.2.Market forecast: all electronic skin patches, 2015 - 2028
5.3.Market forecast: Electronic skin patches excluding cardiac and diabetes management devices, 2015 -2028
5.4.Market forecast: Electronic skin patches for diabetes management
5.5.Market forecast: Cardiac devices
5.6.Market forecast: Medical patient monitoring
5.7.Market forecast: Temperature sensing skin patch applications
5.8.Market forecast: Motion sensing skin patch applications
5.9.Market forecast: Other electronic skin patch applications
6.1.List of 95 electronic skin patch case studies

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