Philips has acquired NightBalance, a Delft University of Technology spin-off company that has developed an innovative, easy to use devise 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.
“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.” – Eline Vrijland-Van Beest
“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.
Eline Vrijland-Van Beest is an alumnus of Delft University of Technology (Industrial Design Engineering, cum laude). She started developing the SPT as a graduation project. After founding her company, she joined the YES!Delft incubator programme. Nowadays, NightBalance is based in The Hague.