It came from the Dead

Modern Healthcare - - OUT­LIERS -

A Rat­dog con­cert doesn’t seem like the ideal place to de­velop a sleep ap­nea prod­uct, but that’s what key­boardist Jeff Chi­menti and A.J. San­tella, one of the band’s road­ies, did.

Reuters re­ports that Chi­menti, who has played in post-grate­ful Dead bands such as Rat­dog, the Dead and Furthur, and San­tella de­vel­oped the idea for sleep ap­nea pa­tients to use a gel be­tween a ven­ti­la­tion ma­chine’s mask and their skin in 2007 af­ter Chi­menti’s mother suf­fered from abra­sions caused by a mask.

The two, who were tour­ing with Rat­dog at the time, even­tu­ally brought on two more part­ners and sold what is now called the Gecko nasal pad to Resmed, a San Diego-based man­u­fac­ture of sleep-dis­or­der treat­ment prod­ucts, in 2010 for an undis­closed seven-figure sum.

“The number of doc­tor Dead­heads we en­coun­tered and the number of peo­ple who helped us is ex­tra­or­di­nary,” Billy Pro­cida, one of the part­ners and a “life­long Dead­head,” told Reuters.

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