In 1992, at the age of 19, Richard Hanbury found himself in a wheelchair after a serious car accident. Doctors "measured" him no more than five years of life. To the loss of mobility was added excruciating pains that haunted him day or night. Pain relievers, including morphine, soon stopped helping.
The idea of a fundamentally new approach to dealing with pain came to him after watching the film "The Hudson Hawk" starring Bruce Willis. Hanbury founded Sana and developed the pain relieving mask of the same name.
The mask is worn on the eyes 15 minutes before bedtime or at 15-minute intervals throughout the day as needed, and brings the person into a relaxed state in which pain is less acute. Sana measures the smallest changes between each heartbeat and manages precisely timed pulses of light and sound to stimulate the patient's auditory and visual cortex.
The mask is currently only available to patients participating in clinical trials. If successful, Hanbury hopes to get FDA approval in October. Along with other companies working in this direction - Bioness and Cefaly - Sana develops neuromodulation devices that reduce or completely eliminate pain, as well as dependence on opioid pain relievers.