Nope, it’s just a technological solution that utilizes the power of chemogenetics. Chemogenetics is a technology that is used to genetically modify biological components (i.e. receptors, proteins, etc.) to respond to certain biomolecules. By inserting special receptors into sleep-regulatory neurons, we could activate them using the ionized water (since it contains an activator molecule called CNO) to express these neurons for sleep.
That was a quick crash course into our solution, but if you’re interested in learning more, don’t hesitate to click on our company website
that gives a brief summary of Somna’s vision and technology. Also, here’s a technical article
my team wrote that explains how chemogenetics works in the context of our solution.
Note: After one month, the link to our company website will expire because it’s really expensive to keep it up and running.
Also, special shoutout to Jerzy Szablowski and Robbert Havekes who provided our team with valuable feedback and advice on our moonshot project!
I highly recommend that you check out their research if you’re interested!
is a researcher who developed Acoustically Targeted Chemogenetics
(ATAC), which is a noninvasive surgery approach that can be used to deliver therapeutics to the brain. It’s not FDA approved yet and they are still in the process of developing this approach for therapeutic purposes. However, once it does, it can seriously revolutionize how we treat neurological diseases!
Robbert is a researcher that focuses on memory consolidation and how sleep deprivation plays a role in this process. If you’re curious check out his TED Talk
, where he discusses how sleep deprivation in mice impacted their memory. Additionally, he has a research paper
that found that activation of a specific pathway (cAMP) helped prevent memory loss in mice that were sleep-deprived.