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Somnetics' Pioneering CPAP Device Receives the 2012 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Differentiation Excellence
Date:7/18/2012

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., July 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on its recent analysis of the sleep disordered breathing therapeutics market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Somnetics International, Inc.® with the 2012 North American Frost & Sullivan Award for Product Differentiation Excellence. Somnetics received this award for developing Transcend®, currently the world's smallest, lightest and most portable continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) system.

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Increasing awareness about sleep disorders and their economic impact is fueling innovation toward new levels of diagnosis, treatment and management of sleep disordered breathing to enable better long-term clinical outcomes and improving quality of life for patients. Patients also want products that are smarter, smaller, lighter, and provide greater flexibility.

"Somnetics' Transcend represents the culmination of technologic innovation and cutting-edge knowledge within the sleep science community, offering a sustainable option for current and future CPAP users," said Frost & Sullivan Research Industry Analyst Gary Burk. "Small enough to fit into the palm of the hand, it is ideal for travel (FAA approved) as well as permanent night use at home."

Besides size and weight, Transcend's additional differentiator is its patented humidification system. Most conventional humidifiers are an annoyance and require distilled water, constant cleaning and continued maintenance. Transcend's heat moisture exchange (HME) insert is an option that can be integrated into the device, eliminating the need for water-filled humidifiers. The HME is compact, disposable and captures warm moisture from the patient's exhaled breathe and gives it back to the patient as they breathe, providing a comfortable night's sleep.

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