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SilverBumps Electrodes – No Preparation Physiological Monitoring Electrodes

Orbital Research Inc., Ohio, United States


SilverBumps are diagnostic quality sensors that do not require-skin preparation, electrolytic gel, or adhesives. For Tele-health applications, SilverBumps measures reliable and accurate physiological data such as galvanic skin response, body temperature, ECG, EMG, EOG, etc. SilverBumps offer comfortable, extended wear monitoring, and improves signal quality during free living.

Primary Application Area: Medical Devices

Technology Development Status: Proven Manufacturability

Technology Readiness Level: TRL 7


Value Proposition: Orbital’s SilverBumps deliver diagnostic quality biopotentials (ECG, etc), without abrading the skin, without electrolytic gels, while offering extended shelf life and usable life. They are able to be integrated into armbands, chest straps, garments and headgear, and reduce motion artifacts in ambulatory environments. 11 issued and 7 pending patents.


Organization Type: Corporation

Showcase Booth #: 856



Government Funding/Support to Date: NIH – Phase I SBIR, $99,998, 1998, 6 months.
NIH – Phase II SBIR, $781,150, 2002, 2 years.
NSF – Phase I SBIR, $100,000, 2001, 6 months.
NSF – Phase II SBIR, $500,000, 2002, 2 years.
NIH – Phase I SBIR, $100,000, 2001, 6 months.
State of Ohio – ORGCP, $174,955, 2005, 2 years.
NASA – Phase I SBIR, 2007, $100,000, 6 months.
NASA – Phase II SBIR, $700,000, 2008, 2 years.
NASA – Phase III, $35,730, 2010, 3 months.
State of Ohio – WCSSE, $228,000, 2008, 3 years.
NIH – Phase I SBIR, $164,022, 2009, 6 months.
NIH – Phase I SBIR, $162,170, 2012, 6 months.

Primary Sources of Funding: Corporate Partner, Federal Grant

Looking for: Both Funding and Development Partners