Technology Developed at UW–Madison uses Breath to Track Athletic Performance

When one releases a breath, not much thought is given to the information being whisked away. With that rhythmic breath, an individual is exhaling a map to a healthier lifestyle — something to be navigated by entrepreneur Joe Kremer.

SmartBurn is a patent-pending technology that identifies if an individual’s metabolism results in weight gain or weight loss. This product, called Energy Balance, measures the changes in whole body “macronutrients” such as proteins, carbohydrates and lipids before and after training. Beginning with UW-Madison technology developed by Mark Cook, Kremer’s team at Isomark LLC developed a technology that utilizes the stable carbon isotope of carbon dioxide, which is present in exhaled breath.

Kremer explains that carbon, like all elements, exists in several forms called isotopes. Isotopes are atoms of the same element, but with slightly different molecular weights. “Carbon 14 is radioactive; it is the molecule scientists use for carbon dating ancient artifacts. Carbon 12 and 13 are stable, and are the basis of Isomark’s technology,” said company president Kremer.

He’s looking to expose SmartBurn to the world of fitness to provide accurate data to optimize performance.

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