New Sleep Apnea Technology Being Developed by Sonoma, CA Startup

New startup company K-diagnostics, based partly in San Rafael, CA, is working on new technology called “Sleep ID”, designed to both diagnose and monitor sleep apnea in patients. The new technology is designed to work both at home and in a medical setting. It uses low-power radar to monitor the patient’s respiratory system and heart rate.

“We’re concerned with the problems that people have with sleep,” said Ayako Yamazaki, chief operating officer of K-diagnostics. “The prevalence of sleep apnea is actually quite strong now. There are more than 40 million Americans affected.”

After winning a competition put together by North Bay iHub, an economic development group, K-diagnostics is planning to relocate to Rohnert Park in Sonoma, CA to expand the company further. The competition offered contestants additional free office space and professional support for a year. The contest was designed to spur economic growth in the North Bay area and both inspire and support entrepreneurs in the area.

“I think it’s a huge and strong effort and action for the local economy,” said Neo Marketing Alliance director Vicki DeArmon. “To have all 36 of those businesses that much closer to having a viable business plan is very good for the local economy.”

via Press Democrat