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Friday, 15 July 2011

Intelligent bed on the way to the marketplace

Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology
July 13, 2011

It was young entrepreneur Michael Sauter’s idea – to develop an intelligent bed which would prevent patients from developing bedsores and reduce the strain on health care professionals. Within just two years he has succeeded in building a secure financial base for his company, «compliant concept». The first round of funding has drawn to a successful conclusion; the company can now grow and by the end of this year its first products will be available on the Swiss market.

At the end of May 2011, two "business angels" and a banking institute invested one million Swiss francs in Michael Sauter’s company «compliant concept». The successful end to this first round of financing is a milestone for the mechanical engineer and young entrepreneur. "This means that the intelligent bed can now become a reality," he says, joyfully. A detailed investigation by the investors came to the conclusion that his business is "forward-looking". The innovative new bed imitates the movements of a healthy person during sleep, thereby preventing bedridden patients from developing bedsores (also known as decubitus ulcers). This also relieves medical staff of the necessity of gently and frequently turning patients in the bed – this is done by a special mattress which lies on a joint-less but flexible slatted frame made of "smart" materials whose properties can be modified as required.


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