Marsi Bionics calls for private capital. The Spanish company has opened a funding round of $1.8 million (€1.5 million) through the crowdfunding platform Fellow Funders. The company will use the funds to develop its pediatric exoskeletons on an industrial scale and prepare them for the international market.
Marsi Bionics expects to advance its robotic exoskeletons with variable joint stiffness, which accurately simulate muscles and tendons, to improve the human gait of patients with neuromuscular diseases. The pediatric exoskeleton Atlas 2030 is intended for the treatment of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA).
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The new product developed by Marsi Bionics could increase life expectancy with 50%
The company will also allocate the amount collected for the incorporation of new professionals in areas such as engineering, information and communication technologies (ICT) and business development. The company has already raised more than $300,000 (€250,000). Marsi Bionics will incorporate new professionals specialized in engineering, ICT and business development Marsi Bionics is a spin off from the Center for Automation and Robotics (CAR), a joint center of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) and the Spanish National Research Council (Csic).
It is estimated that continuous therapy with the exoskeleton has a direct impact on health problems caused by SMA and can achieve 50% more life expectancy. The use of this product could be extended to diseases such as cerebral palsy, dystrophies, or chronic neurological damage. It is estimated that these diseases affect more than seventeen million children worldwide.
The company started its activity in 2013 and has carried out clinical trials in hospitals in Spain and France
At present, Marsi Bionics is carrying out a clinical trial together with Csic and Sanitas in patients affected by stroke, with difficulties in walking, and also plans to enter into other types of pathologies and surgeries. Marsi Bionics is carrying out a clinical trial together with Csic and Sanitas. On the other hand, the company is developing the robotic knee MAK Active Knee, which was recently certified by the Spanish Agency of Medicines and Health Products (Aemps).
The company pointed out that the use of this product, after knee prosthesis surgery, allows a 66% faster, more stable, effective and painless rehabilitation. Marsi Bionics, founded by Elena García, managed for the first time to exceed $1.2 million (€1 million) in revenue in 2019. The company estimates it will reach, if it also meets the marketing forecast of its exoskeleton for adults, up to $12 million (€10 million) in revenue in 2022.
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