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John Hilton from ApneaSeal presents to the club

A very interesting talk from John outlining the process to take a great idea and put in the hard work to bring an innovative product to life.

Sleep apnea, also spelt sleep apnoea, is a sleep disorder characterised by pauses in breathing or periods of shallow breathing during sleep. Each pause can last for a few seconds to a few minutes and they happen many times a night. In the most common form, this follows loud snoring. There may be a choking or snorting sound as breathing resumes. As the disorder disrupts normal sleep, those affected may experience sleepiness or feel tired during the day. In children it may cause problems in school, or hyperactivity. In adults it can cause problems with heart disease and stroke.

It can be treated using a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine that blows air into you nose, stopping the throat closing. There are problems getting a good mask fit and up to 50% of patients can stop using the therapy because of discomfort.

John presented the ApneaSeal, an innovation that takes a very high definition image of a person’s nose and then produces a 3D printed adapter that perfectly fits the nose, eliminating leaks and allowing CPAP users to get better compliance and therapy.

The adapter is printed using a high density material and this can be produced within two weeks of getting a nasal “capture”.

The ApneaSeal is a custom fitted 3D printed alternative for your CPAP mask

The “capture” is obtained using a device ApneaSeal have developed called the Nose Studio. Patients simply place their face into the device and within two minutes, a very comprehensive image of the patients nasal area captured and then is uploaded to their production facility in NorWest.

Nose Studios have been rolled out already across New South Wales and Queensland. The next couple of years will see other states covered and some will be deployed overseas.

The NoseStudio takes a high definition image of a patient’s nasal area

This is a great Australian invention, and an example of how sometimes innovation can be developed locally instead of having to go offshore.

President George and John Hilton from ApneaSeal

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