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DateWednesday, March 31, 2010
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BiancaMed Appoints A New Chair

Medical Tech Specialist Rolf Classon To Help Market SleepMinder Globally




Biancamed has appointed Rolf Classon as Director and Non-Executive Chairperson.BiancaMed, the Dublin-based medical technology start-up behind the SleepMinder sleep measurement device based on radio frequency technology, has beefed up its Board by appointing Rolf Classon as  a Director and Non-Executive Chairperson.



BiancaMed has developed and is marketing SleepMinder, an accurate, contactless and convenient device for measuring sleep and breathing in  homes.



The core of BiancaMed's proprietary technology is a sensitive radio frequency motion sensor that can detect respiration and movement without being connected to the human body.


The sensor incorporates sophisticated biometric software that converts the motion data into a measurement of sleep



Last week BiancaMed picked up an inaugural Irish Times All-island Innovation Award in association with InterTradeIreland for its wireless sensor technology, winning the Product/Service Innovation Category.



Classon has  chaired numerous medical and technology companies and is a former Chairperson of the Executive Committee at Bayer Healthcare, the healthcare division of Bayer AG, the global healthcare and chemicals company. He is currently Chairman of the Board of Hill-Rom, a leading manufacturer and provider of medical technologies and related services for the health care industry, with annual revenues approaching $1.5 billion.



Classon said: "I was attracted to BiancaMed by their exciting and innovative technology platform. Sleep is increasingly recognised as a major component of health and wellness, alongside diet and exercise. We expect the market for sleep monitoring products to grow strongly in the coming years and BiancaMed is very well positioned to benefit from this growth."


He added, "The company is at an exciting point in its commercial development and I look forward to working with the Board and Management team to exploit the many attractive market opportunities open to the company."




ROUNDUP330.png BiancaMed CEO Dr Conor Hanley said: "We are delighted to be bringing  on board a Chair of the calibre of Mr Classon. He will contribute significantly to the strategic direction and growth of the company."



BiancaMed was co-founded in 2003 by Dr Philip de Chazal, Dr Conor Hanley and Professor Conor Heneghan as a spin-out from UCD's School of Electrical, Electronic and Mechanical Engineering.BiancaMed currently employs 20 people and is headquartered in NovaUCD in Dublin.



Donald Fitzmaurice, a BiancaMed Board Member said: "We welcome Rolf's appointment as Chair. Rolf has had significant success and experience managing global healthcare businesses. His guidance and experience will assist BiancaMed to grow and expand around the world."




BiancaMed is an Irish medical technology companywhich has developed a contactless, accurate device for the measurement of sleep and breathing in the home setting. Major shareholders include Enterprise Ireland, DFJ ePlanet Ventures, ResMed and Seventure.





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