Dr Chris Hart will join more than 30 international speakers at 3DHEALS2017 - the first collaborative conference in the U.S. aiming to create a global healthcare community focusing on 3D printing and related technologies.
More than 500 delegates from 80 companies will look at the growing use of 3D printing in healthcare and emerging technologies, like Robotics.
Dr Hart, founder and clinical director of Oventus Medical, has built a national network of dental clinics within Australia delivering his sleep apnea device, the O2Vent(TM) T.
With its unique, patented airway, the O2Vent(TM) T is changing the way the disease is treated, both in Australia and internationally.
Designed with CAD software and then 3D printed in titanium, the oral device is custom made for each patient.
Dr Hart said 3D printing was the only option for manufacturing the device because each contained a complex, hollow three-dimensional structure, that couldn't be milled, cast or moulded.
"The ability to custom design a large number of devices with this three dimensional airway and to be able to print them simultaneously was the game changer," he said.
"It made the O2Vent(TM) T commercially viable and led to a partnership with Australia's peak research body, the CSIRO and developing the first generation product which was on the market in about a year."
A severe apneic with nasal obstruction, Dr Hart recognised up to half of his patients also suffered from increased nasal congestion.
"Realising that airway issues were a major issue for patients and also in adults with obstructive sleep apnea was a light bulb moment," he said.
"By not addressing these issues, the long term oral health of my patients and the success rates of the dentistry I was performing was at risk."
Oventus is continuing to build clinical evidence, with a trial now under way testing whether including a device with its own airway, either on its own or with other therapies like CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure), would help even the most severe cases of OSA.
"This is a unique solution for which there is a clear indication, a massive unmet clinical need and a growing body of evidence that will lead to a new paradigm and standard of care for treating OSA," Dr Hart said.
The O2Vent(TM) T was launched in the San Francisco and Bay area in January. It is currently being rolled out in a number of U.S. states.
Up to 70 million Americans suffer from sleep disorders, with 12 to 18 million suffering sleep apnea.
Media and interview opportunities:
Dr Chris Hart, BSc. BDSc.(Hons) M.Phil.(Cantab), Oventus founder and Clinical Director.
Dr Jenny Chen, M.D. CEO/Founder 3DHEALS - a company focusing on curating healthcare 3D printing ecosystems.
About Oventus Medical Ltd
Oventus Medical Ltd (ASX:OVN) is a Brisbane, Australia, based medical device company that has commercialized and brought to market a new sleep treatment platform for the treatment of sleep apnoea and snoring that enhances the treatment outcomes of both oral appliance therapy and CPAP therapy through increased efficacy and greater adherence.