ASU spin-off launches world's first portable metabolism tracker

January 24, 2013

Breezing, a new startup based on technology developed by researchers at Arizona State University, is offering the world’s first portable device that can track an individual’s metabolism and use that information to provide diet and exercise recommendations for maintaining or reaching a healthy weight.

“The market is full of devices that help people track their exercise routines, such as miles ran or walked, but this is the first portable device that lets people track the most important component of all – their own metabolism,” said NJ Tao, ASU professor and director of the Center for Biosensors and Bioelectronics at the ASU Biodesign Institute. Download Full Image

Breezing is a pocket-sized device that analyzes exhalations and transmits that information to an integrated app on a cell phone or tablet via Bluetooth. The user can then apply that information to customize a diet or exercise program through the app that will help achieve personal weight goals.

Breezing works via “indirect calorimetry,” the preferred measurement method of the American Dietetic Association, World Health Organization, and other institutions. Traditional indirect calorimeters are bulky, difficult-to-use and usually found only in doctor’s offices. Breezing replaces all that with a simple, handheld device based on cutting-edge sensor technology.

The core technology of Breezing was created at ASU, and further perfected by the ASU spin-off company. NJ Tao, Erica Forzani, Francis Tsow and Xiaojun Xian have been working on the technology to make it accurate, robust, and user-friendly for end-consumers.

“With Breezing, we are taking something that would typically be available in a high-end sports training laboratory and making it available to anyone looking to change their behaviors to become healthier,” said Erica Forzani, ASU professor and deputy director of the Center for Biosensors and Bioelectronics at the ASU Biodesign Institute. “In the long run, we can even apply this same technology to help with the prevention and management of chronic diseases.”

Breezing is being launched through a crowdsourcing campaign on Indiegogo, the largest global crowdfunding platform.

In the last decade, more than 50 companies have been formed out of business start-ups launched from ASU through Arizona Technology Enterprises (AzTE), the exclusive intellectual property management and technology transfer organization of ASU.  Start-up companies that have licensed ASU IP have attracted more than $300 million in financing from venture capital firms and other investors. 

Since FY2009, based on annual licensing surveys by the Association of University Technology Managers, ASU, through the activities of AzTE, has been one of the top-performing universities in the country in terms of intellectual property inputs (inventions disclosed to AzTE by ASU researchers) and outputs (licensing deals, option agreements, and start-ups based on university IP) relative to the size of the university’s research enterprise. For more information:

Jerry Colangelo spotlighted in ASU event Jan. 29, 'Leading with Integrity'

January 24, 2013

Free and open to the public, event takes place on Polytechnic campus in Mesa

Jerry Colangelo, one of Arizona’s most renowned and successful businessmen and sports leaders, will be the featured speaker at Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus, Jan. 29. Jerry Colangelo Download Full Image

The event, “Leading with Integrity,” takes place from 4 to 5:15 p.m. in the Student Union Cooley Ballroom. It is free and open to the public, and parking is available in Lot 10.

Jointly sponsored by ASU’s office of Educational Outreach and Student Services and College of Technology and Innovation, the event features a talk by Colangelo on the topic of integrity and leadership, followed by an engaging  Q and A facilitated by moderator Gregg Ostro, president and CEO of Phoenix-based Go Media. Colangelo also will entertain questions from the audience.

Colangelo arrived in the Valley of the Sun in 1968 to take over the expansion Phoenix Suns NBA franchise as the youngest general manager in professional sports and guided the Suns to become one of the most successful organizations in the NBA. He brought Major League Baseball to the Valley in 1998 and was chairman of the 2001 World Champion Arizona Diamondbacks, the first major sports championship for Phoenix. Colangelo was the key element in facilitating the move of the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets to the Valley of the Sun to become the Phoenix Coyotes. Colangelo was also on the founding committee for the WNBA, and the Phoenix Mercury were one of the league’s inaugural teams in 1997.

Colangelo was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in April 2004, was named the NBA’s Executive of the Year four times, and has been recognized by The Sporting News as one of the most powerful people in sports.  Colangelo assembled the coaches and players of the “Redeem Team,” who returned USA Basketball to Olympic glory and claimed the gold medal at the 2008 Games in Beijing.  He is currently Chairman of USA Basketball, and directed the 2012 men’s Olympic Basketball operations that led to another gold medal.

Colangelo’s commitment to the Valley transcends sports and he is well-known as one of the city’s most active community leaders and respected business leaders. In recognition of his efforts in the community, Phoenix mayor Phil Gordon proclaimed March 26, 2004, Jerry Colangelo Day in the city of Phoenix. The Valley of the Sun United Way also bestowed its highest honor, the Spirit of Caring award, to Colangelo on June 30, 2005 for his passion for improving lives in the community, and he was awarded an honorary degree from Arizona State University in 2002.   

Born Nov. 20, 1939, Colangelo grew up in the “Hungry Hill” neighborhood of Chicago Heights. Colangelo and his wife, Joan, whom he met on a blind date while at the University of Illinois, have four children: Kathy Holcombe, Kristen Brubaker, Bryan and Mandie Colangelo, and six granddaughters and four grandsons.

Sharon Keeler