OUR STORY

Julie Andreae, CEO and Inventor

After being affected by the unthinkable when a loved one rolled over in the middle of the night, I found myself needing to find answers.  How do things like this happen to ordinary people? 

I knew there had to be a better way to keep infants safe while sleeping!

In 2008, I began collaborating with my sister, a pediatrician on the design of a crib mattress that would contain no fiber fill or other materials that could cause suffocation or the buildup of hazardous carbon dioxide.

My revolutionary “breathable” crib mattress design was launched in 2010.  In 2013, I was awarded a utility patent for the first completely breathe-through crib mattress design.  By 2016, over 80,000 SafeSleep® crib mattresses were sold.

 

Today, my knowledge of SIDS and safe infant sleep has earned me the recognition as a “SIDS Content Expert.”  My expertise has been sought to review sleep surfaces involved in infant sleep-related death cases.

I know firsthand the devastation of losing a relative to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) which fostered my interest in pediatrics and the development of sleep products that reduce infant sleep-related deaths.

I am a pediatrician with over 30 years of experience in the field of child wellness and safety.

I am a recipient of the regional and national awards for clinical and academic excellence. I have served on several national committees and authored many peer-reviewed publications to advance the health of children. I am a fellow of the national American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and member of my local Safe Sleep Task Force.

 

As an expert on infant sleep surfaces, I worked with members of the AAP’s Safe Sleep Task Force to include information on the benefits of air-permeable infant sleep surfaces in their 2016 technical report on SIDS and Other Sleep-Related Infant Deaths. This report provides the evidence used to support the AAP’s “Recommendations for a Safe Infant Sleeping Environment” used by all safe sleep advocates  (more).

Dr. Margie Andreae, Chief Medical Advisor

Dave Karow, Chief Technology Officer

In 2010, I experienced the loss of my daughter Abby at 7 months of age when she was found unresponsive napping at an in-home daycare facility.  As I began piecing the facts together of the incident, 

I discovered that the sleep surface on which she had been placed was a suffocation hazard.

To my surprise, existing safety standards do not address the risk of a child rolling over onto either loose-fitting or non-air-permeable materials/surfaces.

After a lengthy judicial process, a jury awarded me and my wife a multi-million-dollar settlement against the manufacturer, finding that the sleep surface was the cause of Abby’s death (more).  We vowed to draw on those funds to improve infant sleep safety.  

I met Julie and learned about the revolutionary crib mattress design through my attorney.  The Andreae design was impressive: safe, simple, perfect for any crib.  What it needed was a bigger audience and a way to scale up manufacturing so more infants would sleep safe at night and nap time.  My minimum goal was to save at least 1,000 babies as part of Abby’s legacy.  We could think of no better way to meet our goal than to invest in what is now Safe Sleep Technologies.

 

Our tribute to Abby is to expand the reach of the proven SafeSleep® design so that it becomes the new gold standard for safer, better, longer sleep™ for infants.

As Dave’s brother, I observed the devastation of parents losing an infant to a sleep related death.  Like my brother, I share his enthusiasm for the careful design, ingenuity and scientific testing of the SafeSleep® Breathe-Through crib mattress.

Infants should be safe in any sleep position they assume!

I have over 30 years of experience serving in progressive leadership roles in a global financial consulting firm for many high-profile clients. I bring my senior executive expertise in corporate and board governance, regulatory affairs, financial and non-financial risk management, rapid business growth and transformation to Safe Sleep Technologies. 

I play a key role in the oversight and management of the Company’s finances and in the growth trajectory.  Leveraging my financial knowledge, marketing insight, and operations experience, I define strategies that are driving growth and operational excellence of the company.

 

I am passionate about transforming the infant sleep product market to create a safe sleep environment that prevents sleep related tragedies.  

Chris Karow, CFO

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