Passive Exoskeleton for Children with Neuromuscular Disorders

Period of Performance: 09/13/2016 - 08/31/2017

$220K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Rush River Research Corporation
ELLSWORTH, WI 54011
Principal Investigator

Abstract

Project Summary/Abstract Rush River Research (RRR) Corporation proposes to develop and commercialize a novel passive exoskeleton that helps young children with very little residual strength to use their arms. The proposed orthosis could help the over 500,000 children with many different neuromuscular disorders including muscular dystrophy, spinal muscular atrophy, cerebral palsy, arthrogryposis multiplex congenital (AMC), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis, brachial plexus injury, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, stroke and partial paralysis. Currently there are no commercially available orthosis options to allow many of these young children to use their arms in a meaningful way. The new design is based on years of experience with custom prototype designs that have helped these children use their arms to feed themselves, raise their hand in class, open a book, and use a computer. The proposed design will improve on the ease of use, cost, comfort, aesthetic appearance, and ability to be widely distributed.