This blog was initially published in March 2018. We aim to update the content on a regular basis. The last update was on 30th May 2022.

As the majority of researchers in the breath analysis field can tell you, breath research is not new. Modern breath testing began in 1971 with the Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling. However, with the development of new technologies in recent years there has been an upsurge in the number of publications that include breath analysis. This can be shown through simple searches on the Pubmed database (see figure 1).

Owlstone Medical are leading the way in breath analysis with the development of the Breath Biopsy® Platform. Improvements to the collection, storage and analysis of breath samples that have transformed the way in which breath can be utilized in clinical research, enabling breath analysis to be included in large scale clinical trials.

Breath is a valuable source of potential biomarkers for a wide range of diseases, and it has the benefit of being completely non-invasive, which is a game-changer for the diagnostics market, as well as opening the door to many other potential applications.


Number of Publications involving breath research per calendar year (1990-2021)

Rising number of breath research publications
Figure 1. Search made on with searches criteria ((((Breath Analysis[Text Word]) OR Breath Research[Text Word]) OR Breath Biopsy[Text Word]) OR Breath Test[Text Word])

Breath research applications are continuing to rise. Historically, breath research had previously focused in a few key areas – such as Helicobater pylori which has an established breath test using 13C Urea. However, more recently, advances in both techniques and technology, have stimulated greatly increased research into applications in diverse areas including cancer, respiratory diseases and liver diseases.

The expansion of new application areas for breath research is indicative of the desire for a non-invasive test to improve patient acceptance and experience in different diagnostic areas. Thereby increasing the chances of detecting diseases and health conditions earlier and more precisely, to enable more effective treatments.


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