National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

NIH competition seeks wearable device to detect alcohol levels in real-time

Thursday, December 8, 2016

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, part of the NIH, is once again challenging the biotech community to design a wearable device capable of measuring blood alcohol in near real-time. The ideal device would be capable of measuring alcohol concentration in the blood or interstitial fluid that surrounds the body’s cells, which differs from existing technology that detects alcohol released through the skin in sweat or vapor. The creators of the winning prototype will be awarded $200,000 and second place will receive $100,000 through Challenge.gov, which lists federal incentive prizes and competitions.

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