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April 20, 2009

LUNAR Leads Groundbreaking Design of PROVENT® Therapy for Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

San Francisco, CA – LUNAR announces its involvement in the development of Ventus Medical’s PROVENT Therapy, a new breakthrough device for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Charged with creating a design for this convenient alternative to the cumbersome traditional treatment for OSA, LUNAR designed a solution combining comfort, flexibility, and discreet aesthetics. The result is a simple to use, disposable, prescription treatment for sufferers of obstructive sleep apnea. LUNAR’s design has garnered the firm a 2009 Medical Design Excellence Award.

LUNAR’s challenge was to create a discreet product design which was quiet, comfortable, and non-disruptive to the user while maintaining clinical efficacy. The current gold standard treatment for OSA is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), which requires the use of an extensive system involving an air blower, hose, and face mask. By contrast, LUNAR designed a device not much larger than a dime, which is placed just inside the nostrils of the user and held in place with hypoallergenic adhesive.  Through extensive research, LUNAR designed the device to be a one-size-fits-all product, a huge challenge given the wide variety of nasal geometries in different genders and races.

“We are honored to have had the chance to work alongside Ventus Medical from day zero on the PROVENT device,” said John Edson, LUNAR’s president.  “This therapy is going to make an enormous difference to people around the world, a fact that motivated our creativity to solve the design and engineering challenges along the path to commercialization.”

The PROVENT Device is designed to significantly improve the user's treatment experience, and offers a clinically effective alternative to the cumbersome CPAP system. The PROVENT Device uses a novel valve design: on inhalation, the valve opens allowing nearly unobstructed airflow. On exhalation, the valve closes and air passing through the nose is directed through two small air channels, thus creating expiratory positive airway pressure which helps to maintain an open airway during sleep. PROVENT Therapy has not only been shown clinically to provide statistically significant reductions in the apnea/hypopnea index, but also has been shown to improve patient compliance compared to other treatment options.

Additionally, because the PROVENT Nasal Device is to be worn overnight, LUNAR carefully selected silicone film, foam, and adhesives which would be lightweight and comfortable during use. Small tabs on each PROVENT device allow for easy application and removal by the user in a matter of seconds.

The resulting product design is radically different from the traditional treatment for OSA yet provides clinical effectiveness in a highly user-friendly package. Additionally, the materials selected allow for mass production. The innovative and conscientious design of this device is sure to offer an excellent alternative for a better night’s sleep for people around the world.


LUNAR creates winning consumer, technology and medical products that make a difference to its clients’ stakeholders, brands and markets. With a portfolio of highly successful products that have generated tens of billions of dollars in sales, LUNAR has consistently held a spot among the top 5 award-winning product design firms for the last 10 years, according to Business Week magazine. Founded in 1984, LUNAR provides full-service product development with offices in California, Hong Kong, and Europe. LUNAR’s current and past clients include Apple Computer, Cisco Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft Corporation, Motorola, Philips, Oral-B, Palm, Pepsi, and Sony.



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