Missouri Patent of the Month – September 2022

Thousands of people around the world struggle with maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Interestingly, we can gain insight into the status of our health journey by monitoring the amount of acetone in exhaled breath. Acetone is a type of organic compound that when elevated, may indicate increased ketones in the body, which is related to abnormal insulin production. However, measuring levels of acetone is difficult to do, and current breath sensors do not accurately measure acetone levels, have low reproducibility of these results, and generally struggle to distinguish between acetone and other analytes in human breath.

Readout, Inc. (Readout) is determined to help consumers and patients fully understand their personal metabolic responses to their activities throughout the day. They are determined to provide users with a convenient and accurate way to perform in-home ketone testing. They specifically cater to patients, intermittent fasters, and weight management consumers to help them stay on track with their health and fitness goals. 

Readout’s development consists of a breath analyte device that contains an audio sensor to detect alveolar breath, and an acetone sensor to identify acetone levels that are distinct from other breath analytes, such as hydrogen. This device provides health insights without the need for complex, bulky, or expensive equipment or professional medical training. It is also non-invasive and low-cost, making it ideal for use in many applications, from monitoring potentially life-threatening diseases to simply providing insight on how exercise and diet affects fat burn. This easy-to-use, effective, and safe tool can help thousands of users monitor their biomarker responses to stay motivated and accountable in keeping their health on track. 

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