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The Abell Foundation has invested $500,000 in a Baltimore company that makes medical devices to track people's sleep problems from home.

Awarables Inc. manufactures heart rate sensors, motion sensors, snore microphones, and light and temperature sensors that together can monitor a person's sleep experience in the most natural environment — their own bedroom. The data then can be sent to doctors.

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The company also has an exclusive license for a sleep apnea machine that was created by Dr. Jeffrey Wolf at the University of Maryland Medical Center. The machine allows physicians to see a 3-D ultrasound image of the airway that is impaired when people with sleep apnea are not awake.

Nearly 70 million Americans suffer from poor sleep and a growing number are choosing home tests.

Abell is now the company's lead investor.

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