Bionik Laboratories marks milestone

The inMotionHand robotic therapy system from Bionik Labs
The inMotionArm robotic therapy system from Bionik Labs

A Toronto-based maker of robotic systems celebrated a milestone yesterday with the shipment of its 250th interactive robotic therapy apparatus.

Bionik Laboratories Corp., which focuses on providing rehabilitation and mobility solutions to individuals with neurological and mobility challenges from hospital to home, said the shipment was an important milestone because it highlights the company’s continued penetration of the rehabilitation industry and service to a broader patient base.

Bionik’s robotic solutions are currently used in the treatment of neurological disorders in over 200 hospitals in 20 countries.

“We are excited to reach this milestone as a company and to bring our robotic systems into medical facilities to provide innovative rehabilitation solutions for patients across the country,” said Michal Prywata, co-founder, chief technology officer, and director of Bionik Laboratories. “Neurological disorders afflict millions of people each year, but current physical therapy methods are simply too limited to help patients regain the mobility they have lost.”

Neurological disorders affect a person’s brain, spine, or nerves and can be characterized by paralysis, muscle weakness, poor coordination, loss of sensation, and a number of other symptoms.

A major cause is a stroke. Approximately 15 million people suffer from stroke each year.

One-third of stroke victims remain permanently disabled in some form.

Other instances of injuries occur from traumatic events such as car accidents or battlefield injuries that leave patients with partial or full paralysis.

But medical treatment options are changing as technology continues to evolve. Bionik is involved in the shift towards using robotics and artificial intelligence in treating neurological disorders, Prywata.

The company’s product line include:

InMotion Arm – An evidence-based, intelligent interactive rehabilitation technology that senses patient movements and limitations, providing assistance-as-needed in real-time. It allows clinicians to efficiently deliver optimum intensive sensorimotor therapy to the shoulder and elbow to achieve the development of new neural pathways.

InMotion Wrist – Another interactive rehabilitation device that senses patient movements and limitations.It can accommodate the range of motion of a normal wrist in everyday tasks and can be used by clinicians as a stand-alone treatment option or in addition to the InMotion ARM. The InMotion WRIST enables clinicians to efficiently deliver optimum intensive sensorimotor wrist and forearm therapy to patients with neurological conditions.

InMotion Hand -An add-on module to be used with the InMotion ARM. The two work together to provide assist-as-needed support for reaching with grasp and release movements, or independently for focused training on individual hand movements. It allows clinicians to efficiently deliver optimum intensive sensorimotor therapy to the hand to achieve the development of new neural pathways.

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