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Fourier Intelligence continues global expansion

The unicorn has secured a Master Research Collaboration with TTSH’s Clinic for Advanced Rehabilitation Therapeutics

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Technology unicorn Fourier Intelligence is furthering its global expansion and ambition to bring life-changing rehab robotics to more people around the world through its latest strategic partnership with Tan Tock Seng Hospital in Singapore. 

Fourier Intelligence has signed a Master Research Collaboration with TTSH’s Clinic for Advanced Rehabilitation Therapeutics (CART), which is marking a decade of pioneering innovation and empowering patients through its work in neurorehabilitation. 

The three-year collaboration will focus on the co-development of sustainable care models to help improve patients’ access to robotic therapies in both outpatient and community settings, beyond traditional specialist hospital rehabilitation.

CART – which is marking its anniversary through a move into new premises, four times the size of its previous clinic – incorporates Fourier Intelligence’s RehabHub™, a forum for its range of state-of-the-art robotics to combine to support patient recovery and maximise rehabilitation potential, with the new partnership offering even greater possibilities for patient outcomes. 

The research will involve the ArmMotus™ EMU upper body robot, winner of this year’s Red Dot Design Award and iF Award, which has been hailed as having the potential to redefine neurorehabilitation through its pioneering design and capability. 

Through its expertise in using robotics – CART is the region’s first clinic to integrate robotics and virtual reality (VR) with traditional therapies – the clinic will be a ‘living lab’ to test and accelerate the adoption of Fourier Intelligence’s near market-ready innovations. 

One innovation currently being studied is the pioneering BalanceMotus™, which incorporates game-based features to enable therapists to measure patients’balance and fall risk digitally and in precision within 20 minutes, instead of the longer manual scoring. CART is evaluating the potential for more enhanced features to be developed to widen its potential into new patient groups, including the elderly.

The partnership will also explore the potential use of such robotic technologies in the premises of TTSH’s community care partners and telerehabilitation therapy in patients’ homes, maximising the chances of patient engagement and participation. 

It builds further on Fourier Intelligence’s approach to strategic partnerships and collaboration with key sites around the world, including the University of Melbourne and the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago, to deliver world-leading rehabilitation robotics to patients around the world. 

The Master Research Collaboration was confirmed through an official signing ceremony attended by Zen Koh, Fourier Intelligence Co-founder and Group Deputy CEO, and Professor Eugene Fidelis Soh, CEO of TTSH & Central Health. 

The event also included CART’s additional new partnership with Stroke Support Station, a stroke-focused community rehabilitation agency with expertise in robotic aided rehabilitation, the potential for rehab to be delivered outside of traditional hospital settings in Singapore increases further still.

The opening ceremony of the new CART and its strategic partnerships were officiated by Minister for Health, Mr Ong Ye Kung. 

“We are honoured to deepen our collaboration with CART, the largest hospital facility in Singapore,” says Zen Koh. 

“Working together, we can consolidate our resources and jointly develop and test meaningful next generation technologies for use by clinicians and patients, which will maximise patients’ recovery potential and enable us to bring these innovations to more people than ever before.”

“CART has been relentless in its pursuit of revolutionising patient care from the hospital to the community and home,” says Dr Loh Yong Joo, Head, Rehabilitation Medicine, Integrative & Community Care, TTSH.

“It has embraced new technologies and combining them with conventional treatment approaches in seeking the best possible outcomes for patients.” 

“Its strategic partnerships with leading industry players, academics and community partners have contributed significantly to its remarkable growth and achievements in its first 10 years.” 

“We look forward to a dynamic partnership with Fourier Intelligence to bring the best rehabilitative care for our patients.”

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GripAble praised by MP

Stephen Hammond MP hails its innovation and “extraordinary” success to date and potential

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The progress of GripAble has been hailed as “extraordinary” by its local MP, who praised its innovation and ongoing progress in transforming neurorehab and wider healthcare.

GripAble, the UK technology company digitising upper limb rehabilitation from hospital to home, welcomed Stephen Hammond, MP for Wimbledon, to its international sales and distribution centre.

Mr Hammond visited GripAble’s office in Wimbledon to learn how private equity investment has helped it to scale its industry-leading data platform and therapy services and expand GripAble into Europe and the US, as well as how an international company has successfully stemmed from the local business community. 

During his visit, the MP met the GripAble team and listened to a presentation by GripAble co-founder and CEO Dr Paul Rinne, who shared the background to GripAble and its growth story to date, as well as plans and ambitions for the future.

Prior to becoming an MP, Stephen Hammond worked for a leading fund management company and multiple investment banks, so was particularly interested in the funding GripAble has received to date, including the recent close of its $11m funding round. 

With more than 8,000 individuals having already used the platform, GripAble has established itself as a leading technology in the remote-rehab space in the UK, recording 100,000 activity sessions and 27 million movement repetitions across its users.

Stephen Hammond MP said: “GripAble proves that innovative companies of the future that are building products that will transform healthcare can be based anywhere, but I’m particularly proud that GripAble has started out in Wimbledon. 

“It’s been wonderful to see the development of the company over the last two years since first meeting Paul, and I’m sure the developments over the next three years will be equally extraordinary, particularly with the backing of private equity investment.”

Dr Rinne said: “Today’s visit was a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase GripAble’s story and vision to a Member of Parliament and explain how private equity investment can help UK-based entrepreneurs take ideas from seed stage through to global scaling, and compete on the international stage. 

“The investment we have received will accelerate GripAble’s journey to delivering end-to-end patient rehabilitation and connecting millions to their own personal home-based clinic. 

“With the backing of investors such as IP Group and Parkwalk, we will benefit from a wealth of insight and experience that will support us in growing our platform in the US and expanding our clinical and commercial evidence base. 

“It is great to be able to work with such supportive investors that make our lives so much easier.”

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Cognetivity tech could revolutionise concussion detection

Having established itself in early-stage dementia, CognICA is now being used in a new concussion in sport study

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A new study into concussion in sport will use the pioneering cognitive testing platform developed by Cognetivity to identify changes in brain health through repeated head impacts. 

The research will see Cognetivity partner with Durham University and sports tech firm My Sports Wellbeing to look at concussions at all levels of sport, from high performance to community level. 

Data will be collected through the CognICA platform, the groundbreaking AI technology developed by Cognetivity which has helped to revolutionise early-stage dementia testing and is now moving into new applications for its use, including concussion. 

Professor Karen Hind from Durham University and her team will use the tool to detect concussion and investigate changes in relation to repeated sub concussions. 

The goal of the study is to investigate the CognICA tool’s effectiveness in identifying changes in cognitive health due to concussion and repeated head impacts.

Up to 3.8million athletes sustain concussions annually, with statistics showing that between 56 and 89 per cent of concussions are missed or misdiagnosed, which often leads to the mismanagement of patients who are affected. 

Through the use of the CognICA platform, which has proven its efficacy in dementia and its ability to detect small changes in cognition, Cognetivity believes it can have a key role to play in concussion and enable better outcomes for athletes of all levels. 

“We are excited to work with Durham University and My Sports Wellbeing to understand more about the cognitive impact of concussions in sports and how CognICA can contribute to timely diagnosis and therefore better treatment and management of this serious global issue,” said Dr Sina Habibi, co-founder and CEO of Cognetivity. 

“Improving assessment, treatments and care to elevate the overall lives of patients with brain injuries and cognitive impairments is a top priority at Cognetivity and we are hopeful that the study will yield important results to help us achieve that goal.”

Prof Hind is a prominent name in athlete health and wellbeing, and led the first independent study into the health of retired professional rugby players. 

“We’re very excited to be working on this study. Cognetivity’s unique technology represents a promising way to assess cognitive health in athletes at risk of concussion, post concussion and in relation to sub-concussions,” she said. 

“This study is part of our overall programme of research through which we seek to investigate and provide strategies to improve athlete health and welfare.”

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MotusAcademy launches to advance rehab tech globally

MotusAcademy will advance knowledge sharing around rehab and assistive technologies, with plans already in place to expand on a global scale

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The pioneering MotusAcademy has been formally launched to advance knowledge sharing of rehabilitative and assistive technologies, with plans already in place to expand further on a global scale. 

The platform is dedicated to promoting continuing development and education in rehabilitation robotics, bringing together leaders in their field internationally for the advancement of the sector. 

MotusAcademy, based in Zurich, Switzerland, has partnered with the International Industry Society of Advanced Rehabilitation Technology (IISART); the MINT Academy, created by Hobbs Rehabilitation in the UK; and the European Center of Neurosciences in Spain. 

Now set to advance its ambitions further, MotusAcademy will establish its Asia Pacific Hub in Singapore by June 2022, with hubs also planned for North America, South America, the Middle East and Africa. 

The platform offers educational resources which are freely available for the advancement of rehabilitative and assistive technology, supported by a minimum of four educational seminars held every year by each of the hubs. 

MotusAcademy will also launch an official publication, the Journal of Rehabilitation Methods and Technologies (JRMT), which aims to be the leading journal to focus on emerging rehabilitative and assistive methods and technologies.

To mark its official launch, founding members attended a virtual event to celebrate the occasion. 

The event featured leading names in rehab tech globally, including newly-elected MotusAcademy President, Professor Robert Riener, director of the Sensory-Motor-Systems Lab at ETH Zürich; Vice President, Professor Jose Pons, director of the Legs+Walking Lab at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab; and Zen Koh, incoming President of IISART and Co-Founder of Fourier Intelligence.

The scientific advisory board for MotusAcademy is represented by members of the GReAT network.

“The creation and formal launch of MotusAcademy marks a significant step forward in the fast-growing area of rehabilitative and assistive technologies, uniting global partners who share a vision to work together to improve lives of patients around the world,” says Professor Riener. 

“As we create new hubs in more international locations, we will expand and grow knowledge and promote education even further. 

“This is a global mission and we want to work as widely as possible. We look forward to collaborating with like-minded partners to jointly promote the advancement of this field.”

Zen Koh says: “Education is central to the development of rehabilitation robotics, and through MotusAcademy, we are dedicated to promoting this across the world, to people in a range of professions at all stages of their careers – whether they are engineering students or medical professionals, continued development is crucial to achieving the full potential of this sector. 

“Collaboration is how we can collectively achieve success, and ultimately deliver the best possible outcomes for patients, so we are very pleased to be able to share MotusAcademy and its resources with the world. 

“By working together, we can deliver positive change and realise what we can achieve in advanced rehabilitation robotics.”

More details on MotusAcademy can be found at www.motusacademy.org  

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