NightBalance is a leading innovator of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) technology and developed the Sleep Position Trainer (SPT); a proprietary, highly advanced and easy to use device to prevent obstructive sleep apnea.
Quick company overview – NightBalance is a digital health scale-up company based in the Netherlands. Their sleep apnea innovation is currently sold in 8 European countries and is reimbursed in the Netherlands. NightBalance has accumulated a wealth of clinical data (>80.000 nights) demonstrating the efficacy and ease of use of its sleep position trainer, and a substantial increase in patient compliance.
What is sleep apnea? – Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times. Positional sleep apnea impacts over 25 million people in the EU and US alone and has severe health consequences; 30% increased chances of heart failure and 20% is not able to work.
The Sleep Position Trainer trains patients to sleep in healthy positions comfortably – Apnea is positional in 56% of the cases, meaning the events do not occur when sleeping on the side. For these patients NightBalance developed the SPT. The small lightweight device is worn in a belt around your chest, reminding you with gentle vibrations to not sleep on your back during lighter sleep phases. These gentle vibrations do not disrupt your sleep. It is so small that it fits in the palm of your hand, and is worn on the front side of the body in a comfortable, adjustable, chest band. It has smart algorithms that automatically adjust the vibration strength to each individual, and intelligent patterns that avoid habituation and result in long term compliance.
Proven effective in clinical trials – NightBalance is continuously expanding her clinical data set of more than 80.000 nights in published research to date, demonstrating the ease of use and efficacy of the Sleep Position Trainer. Our focus on the generation of strong clinical data in collaboration with leading sleep disorder scientists and clinicians offers invaluable support for our interactions with patients, sleep specialists, regulatory bodies and payors.
Company background – NightBalance is a spin-off from the Delft University of Technology that was founded in 2009 by Eline Vrijland-van Beest and Thijs van Oorschot. The company is based in the Hague and employs 30 people. NightBalance is backed by Thuja Capital, Health Innovations, Van Herk Ventures, Inkef Capital and Gilde Healthcare.