In the face of growing crises related to antibiotic resistance and hospital-acquired infections, a UW–Madison spinoff called Isomark is working to introduce a new infection-detection technology into hospital intensive care units.

Isomark’s system measures carbon isotopes in exhaled breath. Without even touching the patient, it can offer the earliest warning of severe bacterial infection, says founder Mark Cook, a professor of animal science at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

In 2005, Cook, Warren Porter, a professor of zoology, nutritionist Dan Butz, and others formed Isomark to pursue their “hands-off” detection invention. Read the full story here.