Cadence Biomedical announced that it has received $1 million in new grants from the Department of Defense’s Joint Warfighter Medical Research Program.
One grant will fund development of a progress tracker for the Kickstart Walking System, a wearable device for individuals who have suffered a stroke, incomplete spinal cord injury or a number of other conditions, according to a press release. The progress tracker will help patients and their physical therapists develop customized therapy programs. A second grant will fund development of a new device that incorporates sensory feedback technology for amputees learning to walk again with prostheses.
“Kickstart is quickly becoming an important rehabilitation tool, thanks to its unique ability to assist the hip flexors,” Jim Lynskey, PT, PhD, associate professor at A.T. Still University in Mesa, Ariz., and clinical investigator on the Cadence grants, said in the release. “By developing sensory feedback, outcome tracking and sensory feedback technology, Cadence will be able to help more patients who may have given up on any possibility to walk again, and help clinicians remotely monitor their progress to help tailor more effective training programs,”