As patient association, reuksmaakstoornis.nl acquired subsidy from the Dutch Ministry of Health in order to develop a smell training app. As board member and project lead, Ilona Owusu is creating a minimum viable product with these funds together with the patient association, while hiring GainPlay Studio for supports.
We love transparency, hence: Ilona Owusu is a voluntary board member of reuksmaakstoornis.nl and founder of NoseMe.com to scale further and in order to become sustainable for the longterm through entrepreneurship.
While smelltraining as a treatment method itself has been validated to be effective in numerous multi-centre studies around the world in the last years after “godfather of anosmia", Prof. Thomas Hummel (Smell and Taste Center TU Dresden, Germany) developed it about 10 years ago, NoseMe is being created to improve the situation for people with anosmia even more.
Our mission is:
☞ Create global awareness for acquired smell disorders (the loss of the sense of smell, anosmia & hyposmia) in the general public, in primary and in secondary care.
☞ Become trailblazers for smelltraining as its best available treatment, while to date even still many doctors are yet to learn about the fact that anosmia is a treatable condition for approx. 60% of patients with acquired anosmia due to a virus or head trauma.
☞ Make smelltraining engaging and even fun for people who need it, so that they can practice it for about 6-12 months.
☞ Research by innovation improving smelltraining with novel design aspects inspired by neuroscience and Ilona's journey to recovery, including data science, towards even better treatment options in the near future, in collaboration with people with smell disorders and together with our medical academic board.