A Manchester-based start-up has announced its goal to revolutionise slpee having created a new foam technology for pillows and mattresses.

Levitex based at Manchester Science Park, has created a unique range of sleep products. It said the product offers a ‘gravity-defying’ night’s sleep for users, following a series of independent clinical trials with the University of Salford

During the trials, Levitex foam was tested against eleven other sleeping technologies including memory foam, sprung mattresses and air-alternating mattresses often found in hospitals.

The company is the brainchild of posture expert James Leinhardt, who already works with NHS trusts and social care organisations throughout the UK to help improve the lives of patients with debilitating illnesses.

His experience around the importance of sleep for patient recovery and rehabilitation led him to create Levitex and the patent-pending foam technology.

The firm, which plans a Kickstarter campaign later this year, is hoping to take the product into the UK’s sleep market.

“I’m thrilled to officially launch Levitex and bring an authentic new product to the marketplace that combines expertise in postural management, pain medicine management and medical device engineering,” said Leinhardt.

“I know it may sound ambitious, but I genuinely believe we have a range of products in Levitex that can revolutionise the way people think about what they sleep on, helping them to understand the importance of choosing a good mattress and pillows and the direct impact it can have on their health and wellbeing.

The Levitex foam technology has undergone a rigorous clinical trial at the University of Salford and is backed by Dr Ilan Lieberman, a pain medicine consultant at the University of South Manchester Hospitals (UHSM.)

He said: “the technology in Levitex provides a surface that is soft and comfortable whilst offering the right level of firmness, and the unique properties of the foam are not affected by temperature.

“It’s fantastic to be involved in a project that aims to tackle the gap in knowledge and make people’s everyday lives better.”