Clinical Study Initiated to Examine the Ability of Myant’s Textile-Based Biometric Solutions to Capture ECG and Other Biometrics in Pediatric Population

TORONTO, ON – September 8, 2020Myant Inc., global pioneers in textile computing, is announcing the start of a clinical study at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) with support of the bioengineering capabilities of the KITE Research Institute at the University Health Network, to examine the efficacy and feasibility of Myant’s textile-based monitoring solutions to capture medical-grade biometric data in the pediatric population.

Biometric wearable products currently available on the market can be limited in the breadth of biometric data captured, focusing primarily on a small set of measures that fail to provide a holistic view on the user’s wellbeing. Moreover, many of these wearables rely on discrete user-input driven measurement modalities making adoption difficult for segments of the population aside from physically and cognitively-abled adults. Issues can be compounded for youth, where few wearables are designed for them and when insights derived from analysis of their biometric data are not calibrated against their bodies. Myant’s biometric monitoring system, soon to be commercially available under the brand name Skiin, looks to address these gaps by aiming to provide continuous and holistic biometric-sensing throughout a user’s life in a form factor--clothing--that is readily adopted by virtually all segments of society including youth.

Investigators from SickKids and KITE, the research arm of Toronto Rehabilitation Institute (a part of University Health Network), will be testing whether an accurate ECG signal can be acquired through Myant’s textile-based sensing system for pediatric patients with congenital heart disease or cardiomyopathy. In addition to validating the ability to acquire an ECG signal, researchers will also look at other biometric measures including but not limited to respiration, temperature, biomechanics, SpO2, as well as contextual information like activity levels. The trial will be conducted by Dr. Aamir Jeewa, Section Head of the Cardiomyopathy & Heart Function Program in the Division of Cardiology at SickKids and Azadeh Yadollahi, PhD, scientist and head of the SleepdB laboratory at KITE.

Visit www.skiin.com to learn more about Skiin and to sign up for updates about the commercial launch.

For more information about clinical trials or Myant, please contact:

​​Dr. Bastien Moineau, MSc, PT, PhD
​R&D Lead, Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy Specialist @ Myant
[email protected]

Milad Alizadeh-Meghrazi, MASc, PhD (c)
Vice President of Research, Development and Partner Integration @ Myant
[email protected]

Ilaria Varoli
Executive Vice President
[email protected]ant.ca

About Myant Inc.

Myant has created the world’s first Textile Computing platform that continuously and ambiently connects people to their bodies, to each other, and to the world around them. Using connected textiles that can sense and react to the human body and a platform that enables machine learning driven health and performance outcomes, Myant is on a mission to transform human connectedness. With an extensive patent portfolio, key exclusive relationships within the textile computing industry, a multidisciplinary team of researchers, engineers, data scientists, fashion designers and knitting specialists, and over 80,000 ft² of manufacturing capacity, Myant is changing the way people across society connect. Connect with us to find out how we can help you create innovative solutions powered by connected textiles and the Myant Platform.

For more information about Myant, please visit www.myant.ca

About The KITE Research Institute

KITE is the research arm of the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute and one of the principle research enterprises at the University Health Network (UHN), Canada’s largest medical research hospital. KITE is a world leader in the field of the complex rehabilitation research, with scientists and staff dedicated to improving the lives of people living with the effects of disability, illness and aging. At KITE, our mission is to be a trailblazer in research, education, knowledge translation and clinical application.

For more information about KITE, please visit www.kite-uhn.com