Metamason Develops 3D-Printed CPAP Mask For Sleep Apnea Patients
Metamason, which is a healthcare-focused 3D printing and scanning company, will use the money to carry out a total FDA regulatory clearance and do initial clinical trials for Respere, its patent-pending leading product. Respere is a tailored-fit, 3D-printed CPAP mask, which is will transform treatment options for Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
$3 million in seed funding – that’s how much money Metamason has managed to raise in conjunction with 3P Equity Partners, which is a manufacturing-focused private equity firm in the San Jose, Ca. area, and China’s leading cleantech venture capital firm Tsing Capital. A number of individual investors also partake in the fundraising.
Scan-Fit-Print process, Metamason proprietary, makes use of the 3D body scanning, an on-demand 3D-Printing and patented algorithmic design to develop independently tailored medical device products.
Sleep Apnea: What Is It and Why Is It So Dangerous
Obstructive sleep apnea is an extremely serious problem that affect one in four men and one in nine woman where the body’s airway closes while a person’s sleeps. When an apnea event occurs, it means the tissue at the back of the throat relaxes, hindering air from passing through. When a person suffers from sleep apnea, their sleeping pattern is interrupted several times a night, which deprives the body of its rest and oxygen.
Besides the constant fatigue one feels, OSA causes:
High blood pressure
People who suffer from OSA don’t know the last time they actually slept well. Mass-produced masks don’t fit right because human faces differ. With Metamason, the device is tailored to the wearer, improving their life by changing the CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) experience. Use of CPAP means a patient using a respiratory mask at night, which gives a constant flow of air so there is no obstruction.
According to Leslie Oliver Karpas, founder and CEO of Metamason, the company wants to provide patients with products that better their lives. While CPAP therapy has been effective, most patients stop using it because of how poorly the mask fits their face.
Respere is a light, subtle, and secure CPAP mask individually designed for every patient. Coming to market in 2017, the Respere™ digital platform will allow a sleep apnea patient to scan his or her face, and our proprietary algorithm will design a CPAP mask customized to fit the person’s unique facial topology.
The company plans to launch a crowdfunding campaign for Respere later in 2016 and begin marketing activities in early 2017.
Resource : http://hitconsultant.net/2016/06/03/34257/