An estimated 1 Billion people worldwide suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and this number is growing. Many of these cases go undiagnosed, undertreated, or completely untreated. In the United States, only around 14% of OSA cases have been diagnosed, which still represents about 6 Million cases.
OSA causes partial or complete airway collapse during sleep, leading to frequent sleep disruptions and poor sleep quality. OSA affects daily and long term health with increased fatigue and significantly increased risk for conditions like depression, heart failure, and diabetes.
One of the limiting factors to diagnosing and treating OSA cases, is the inconvenient and uncomfortable process required. OSA management is based on technologies that have been around for more than 50 years, and despite their flaws, no newer technologies have been capable of replacing them for the majority of patients.
Sonosa is developing the next generation of OSA management tools, using ultrasound to both diagnose and treat OSA with revolutionary comfort and simplicity.
Sonosa is developing a wearable ultrasound system to fundamentally change how OSA is managed surgically. Without understanding the anatomy of obstructions for each individual patient, surgical interventions can be ineffective. Sonosa's wearable ultrasound system can provide a direct visual of obstructions during normal sleep, so surgeons know precisely where to target every procedure.
Existing diagnostic procedures, such as a polysomnogram (sleep study), are incovenient and uncomfortable. They require a battery of tests to provide indirect assessment of obstructions. Sonosa can provide a direct visual of the airway and eliminate many of the peripheral sensors currently used. Sonosa is developing a portable, comfortable in-lab or at-home test that doesn't compromise on data quality.
Sonosa is at the cutting edge of research into ultrasound based therapeutics to bring a groundbreaking treatment for OSA that is comfortable, effective, and completely non-invasive.
Founder, Medical Advisor
Founder, Acting CEO
Sonosa grew out of the Maryland Development Center, a startup studio dedicated to improving technology transfer out of Maryland's top-tier research institutions. MDC was critical in developing the Sonosa technology and launching our company. Learn more about MDC here: www.mddevelopmentcenter.com