Pinnacle Sciences, a UK-based diverse research and development company, released today news of its latest development, a portable, battery-operated Ventilating Mask.

As opposed to conventional devices that require a tube to connect from a power unit, this device fits directly on the mask completely eliminating dead space. This allows for lower pressures to be used, which the company claims will mean significantly increased comfort for the patient. The device can also be used with a tube, be clothes mounted, or put in a pocket.

The device line, expected to cost around USD$330.00 with a bundled mask, is not just a CPAP or bilevel device. Variants of the line include full ventilation, cough assistance, as well as high-frequency modes (HFO). Later models will also allow for invasive ventilation options, at similar pricing.

Wolf Hayek, president and CEO of Pinnacle Sciences, says in a release, “We are very proud of this new patented technology, which is set to shake the CPAP/bilevel/cough assistance, and ventilator markets to the core. The proposed price point of this device, we believe, will shake out the weaker players in the respiratory and sleep markets, and send a shock wave through the industry as a whole. The phrase game changer is often thrown around. This technology will likely end the game for some, and allow others to play it in a completely different way altogether.

“DME companies throughout the United States have had to deal with the reality of vastly decreased reimbursement for services and products they provide, often providing those services at a loss. We hope to change that. The line-up of products isn’t just aimed at the sleep market, which today is oversubscribed as well as over prescribed—we see this technology as an eventual replacement of a whole host of products for use both in the hospital and the home, at a price point that does away with servicing and other costs associated with competing products. The devices themselves—we see as disposables—for the cough, ventilation and other respiratory arenas. It’s cheaper, more versatile, and just so much more convenient.”

Pinnacle Sciences, a Hayek company, specializes in the development of innovative technologies in the health care, military and transport sectors.