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Chrono Eyewear BV is a Brabant-based company with its roots in science and elite sports. Since 2008, Olympic athletes have been guided to maximize performance at any time of day, anywhere in the world. Under the leadership of CEO Toine Schoutens, the Propeaq light glasses were invented and patented. Having earned its spurs in top international sports, Chrono Eyewear also began to focus on the optimal presentation of people on night shifts or irregular hours. Chrono Eyewear also focuses on assisting people with sleep/wake disorders. Also, Chrono Eyewear conducts a lot of research in the field of circadian rhythm in relation to sleep and presentation.
As a scientific collaborator and lecture, Toine has spent decades involved in fundamental clinical studies. This knowledge led him into positions within various organizations related to research on the effects of light on health. Toine’s international recognition came when, as a result of academic publications, he was able to provide light therapy to top Dutch athletes, including Olympic delegations. Since 2006 Toine coaches athletes who have to deliver special performances. The proven success of the products, services, and schedules of the Dutch light therapy has helped hundreds of Olympic athletes from more than ten different countries deliver their peak performance.
Toine’s methods and insights, based on scientific research, has resulted in a number of patents. The core of his work is in portable light therapy. “Sitting in front of a light box every day in not an efficient use of your valuable time,” says Toine, summing up his mission. Under Toine’s leadership, his team developed the Propeaq light glasses, the world’s first completely portable light therapy system, based on his knowledge, experience, and scientific collaboration, while also providing individual schedules that are also just as portable: in an app.
Prof. Bert van der Horst is professor of Chronobiology & Health. He is fascinated by the impact of our 24/7 society on health and disease. Current research efforts are focused on the development of biomarkers that allow objective and quantitative assessment of the adverse effects of shift work, (social) jet lag and other conditions that disrupt the circadian system. Such biomarkers are a prerequisite for developing evidence-based measures that reduce health risks associated with shift work and contribute to sustainable health and employability. Bert advises us on responsible use of integrative lighting and the Propeaq light goggles for irregular shifts, jet lag and peak performance in elite sports.