I previously described efforts by Nyxoah, which was founded in 2009 by Robert Taub and Dr. Adi Mashiach in Mont-Saint-Guibert, Belgium, to develop neurostimulation treatments focused for Obstructive Sleep Apnea.
Nyxoah developed a tiny, battery-less implantable neurostimulator that can electrically control the nerves of the tongue and so prevent airway blockage during sleep. The implant is powered and controlled by a disposable external adhesive patch. Every evening the OSA sufferer uses a new disposable patch that carries an “Activation Chip” that is positioned every night by the patient under the chin. The Activation Chip has its own battery and has enough energy to wirelessly activate the implanted neurostimulator for a full night sleep session.