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Royal Philips acquires digital health scale-up firm NightBalance

MDBR Staff Writer Published 09 May 2018

Health technology firm Royal Philips has acquired Netherlands-based digital health scale-up company, NightBalance, for an undisclosed sum.

NightBalance has developed a device for the treatment of positional obstructive sleep apnea and positional snoring.

The company's sleep position trainer (SPT) has been designed to serve as an easy to use treatment alternative for people suffering from positional obstructive sleep apnea.

NightBalance’s device reminds people not to sleep on their back, helping to avoid apneas during sleep.

The company secured CE mark approval for the device, and is currently marketed in selected European countries.

NightBalance CEO Eline Vrijland-van Beest said: “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.”

Obstructive sleep apnea is said to be a serious condition in which breathing breaks and restarts during sleep.

Philips offers a range of care solutions for people with obstructive sleep apnea, including DreamWear, DreamStation and DreamMapper.

DreamWear is a portfolio of advanced mask designs, while DreamStation a CPAP therapy that connects patients and care teams and DreamMapper is an application that enables patients adjust to sleep therapy and compliance.

Philips sleep and respiratory business leader John Frank said: ‘NightBalance offers a unique, patient friendly solution to treat positional obstructive sleep apnea and positional snoring that is highly complementary to our current offerings.

"This acquisition will help us further expand our leadership position in the growing home care market, and our ability to deliver integrated solutions that drive efficiencies and improved outcomes.”

In July 2017, Royal Philips agreed to acquire German imaging software firm TomTec Imaging Systems for an undisclosed sum.

Based in Munich, TomTec provides intelligent image analysis software, specifically for diagnostic ultrasound.

TomTec provides multi-modality and vendor-neutral diagnostic and analysis solutions, which can be used in cardiology, radiology, and obstetrics and gynecology (OB/GYN) applications.

Image: Royal Philips has acquired Netherlands-based digital health scale-up company NightBalance. Photo: courtesy of Koninklijke Philips N.V.