Marsi Bionics, the Spanish company specializing in the development of technology for the therapy of neurological diseases in childhood, has received €1 million from the Government to advance the development of its devices, according to Elena García, the company’s CEO.
The Rivas-Vaciamadrid (Madrid) company has received this aid from the Center for Industrial Technological Development (Cdti). Marsi Bionics will use the resources to launch a new project called Explorer.
The project that will be carried out by Marsi Bionics involves the research and development of a new range of exoskeletons for use in rehabilitation at home. “The objective is to extend the use of technology to the family and daily environment of the patient,” added García.
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The company intends to develop a new range of exoskeletons for home use
In 2021, the company achieved a CE marking from the European Union for the world’s first exoskeleton to help pediatric patients with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) walk. The tagging makes it possible to transfer robotic research developed in laboratories to hospitals and rehabilitation clinics to care for children with neuromuscular diseases on an international scale. The exoskeleton can be used in the treatment of pediatric patients with spinal muscular atrophy or cerebral palsy.
Marsi Bionics develops robotic exoskeletons with joints of variable stiffness, which simulate the movement of muscles and tendons with the aim of improving the gait of patients with neuromuscular diseases.
The company has the Atlas 2030 pediatric exoskeleton, which is designed for the physical therapy of children with neurological involvement such as cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, and neuromuscular diseases such as SMA and myopathies. The dimensions are adjustable to growth between four and ten years. The other product is MAK Active Knee, an active orthosis that has applications in rehabilitation after total knee arthroplasty, with a 66% reduction in rehabilitation times.
The business model developed by the company is a B2B one in which exoskeletons are supplied to hospitals and rehabilitation centers for their application in patients, both as property and as a medical device as a service (renting or pay per use).
Marsi Bionics products are designed for the rehabilitation of a wide range of pathologies that affect more than forty million people
In parallel, the company has a round of financing of €6 million open, although at the moment it is unknown when it will be able to close it. Marsi Bionics is a spin-off of the Center for Automation and Robotics (CAR), a joint center of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) and the Higher Council for Scientific Research (Csic).
The company participates in numerous clinical trials in different hospitals and specialized centers, in addition to its laboratory, Marsi Care, where it conducts research with children and adults to improve its designs and test their usefulness.
Elena García, a graduate in Robotics and Artificial Vision from the UPM and in Industrial Engineering (specializing in Electronics and Automotive) from the same center, founded Marsi Bionics in 2013. García was the principal investigator (2007-2019) for the Center for Automotive and Robotics until he decided to found Marsi Bionics.
The company’s products are modular (from single-joint active orthoses to trunk-hip-knee-ankle-foot complete exoskeletons) and are designed for the rehabilitation of a wide range of pathologies that affect more than forty million patients in the world.
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