Entrepreneur Stephen Marsh—who currently has more than 75 patents to his name—is the founder behind Airing LLC, a company that next month will seek funding for what it says is a disposable micro-CPAP device that weighs less than an ounce, fits in the nose, and has no cords or hoses. Airing says the device will address pervasive concerns about obstructive sleep apnea patients’ CPAP noncompliance.
Airing’s design includes battery powered “micro-blower” technology that blows the amount of air pressure prescribed by the patient’s physician into the airway to effectively treat OSA.
While conducting research in another field, Marsh saw the applicability and need for a new CPAP solution due to a personal connection with the dangers of breathing disorders. Marsh then shared his design and concept with medical professionals and knowledgeable medical experts in the area of breathing disorders, all of whom fully endorsed his approach and proposed solution.
“I think it’s going to be wonderful for people. For the first time we have a treatment that patients will be willing to use. I think Airing will have a tremendous impact,” says Jeffrey Bass, MD, of Brigham & Women’s Hospital and a member of Airing’s medical advisory board.