Featured Company: MC10 Pioneering Commercial Uses of Conformal Electronics

mc10In a recent article, we covered MC10’s partnership with Reebok on its new Checklight product. While this product has the potential to introduce new levels of safety and care in the prevention of unnecessary sports related head trauma from youth to professional sports, the company’s potential spans far beyond sports. Which is why, like the company Fullpower Technologies we profiled earlier, we like it and both of their ability to become platforms across a number of applications, consumer, industrial, military, safety, and others. In looking at MC10’s broad product lines, it’s evident MC10 is poised to make an impact on the future of wearable computing and flexible electronics.

MC10 has commercialized stretchable circuits pioneered by founder and Professor John Rogers (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign). Now, the company’s goal is to “redefine the interface between electronics and the human body” and “make humans more superhuman.” It aims to achieve this undertaking by incorporating electronics into affordable devices that bend and stretch along the contours of the body, and of course, beyond.

The company’s existing prototypes have the potential to change defense, energy, and healthcare in addition to sports. For instance, MC10 was recognized in 2011 as one of the GoingGreen Global 200 winners in part for its work with the US Army to build flexible solar energy solutions into soldiers’ gear. The company has also been innovating in medical devices, starting with “smart” catheters, which include nanometer-thin sensors that give doctors real-time feedback, and implantable sensors that measure vital signs and deliver targeted therapy. Perhap’s MC10’s biggest innovation is its Biostamping technology. As featured at D11, the Company’s biostamping technology as the potential to “replace all of your passwords”, according to Motorola’s Senior Vice President of Advance Research, Regina Dugan.  If successful, at scale, you could see this technology driving access control across a broad spectrum of use cases, from port of entry access control, to data centers, to automobiles and other consumer devices. This broad range of prototypes illustrates the range of MC10’s product line and shows how the company is capable of innovating far beyond driving innovations in the prevention of sports related head trauma. Moving forward, CEO David Icke says the company will first be focusing on “consumer, digital health, and medical devices.”

The capable team behind MC10 is eager to bringing conformal electronics to the masses. David Icke (CEO) and Benjamin Schlatka (VP of Business Development, Co-Founder) both have experience scaling scientific based startups and also each have accomplished pasts in semiconductor manufacturing and corporate innovation, respectively. Kevin Dowling (VP of Research & Development) has extensive experience commercializing scientific technologies into successful product and holds over 60 patents. Furthermore, the company has support from several experienced entrepreneurs and VCs on its Board of Directors. After raising over $40M in funding over several series, the team is well supported in pursuit of its goal.

These factors make MC10 a company worth watching. We look forward to seeing how the company expands globally and develops its consumer, digital health, and medical devices businesses with its most recent round of funding. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out our coverage of the company’s first major product release and check out MC10 on Twitter and Facebook.

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