Philips has acquired NightBalance, the Delft University of Technology spin-off company that has developed a ‘Sleep Position Trainer’, to treat positional obstructive sleep apnea and positional snoring. Founder and CEO Eline Vrijland-Van Beest is thrilled that her company will be joining Philips. “Together, we will develop innovative solutions that help people around the world sleep better at night.”
NightBalance’s Sleep Position Trainer (SPT) was designed as a comfortable and easy to use treatment alternative for people who suffer from positional obstructive sleep apnea. The SPT gently prompts them not to sleep on their back, avoiding the apneas from occurring during sleep.
Eline Vrijland-Van Beest started developing the Sleep Position Trainer as a graduation project during her study Strategic Product Design. After founding her company, she joined the YES!Delft incubator programme.
“We founded NightBalance in 2009 with the ambition to improve the lives of positional apnea patients worldwide”, says Vrijland-Van Beest. “I am proud that our innovation is in good hands with Philips. Their strength in connected sleep therapy solutions and global reach will accelerate the accessibility of the Sleep Position Trainer.”
According to Philips, NightBalance offers a unique, patient friendly solution to treat positional obstructive sleep apnea and positional snoring that is highly complementary to its current offerings. The acquisition helps Philips to expand its position in the home care market.