OBIO® enables Alberta Health Services to partner with Trexo Robotics to evaluate Robotic Walking Device for Children’s Rehabilitation
April 4, 2023
April 4, 2023
April 4, 2023 (Toronto, ON) – In North America, 250,000 children are unable to walk due to central nervous system injuries or neurological conditions, such as cerebral palsy. With support from OBIO’s Early Adopter Health Network (EAHN™), Ontario-based Trexo Robotics and Alberta Health Services (AHS) are embarking on a study to evaluate the Trexo Plus pediatric robotic gait training system. This system is meant to enable children with difficulties in moving to experience walking and improve balance.
Led by Dr. Elizabeth Condliffe at the University of Calgary and Alberta Children’s Hospital, this study will evaluate the clinical feasibility and utility of the Trexo Plus healthtech device in the rehabilitation of pediatric patients with difficulty walking. The study will develop workflows for offering this innovative approach to rehabilitation including perspectives both patients and therapists, impacts on patients’ mobility, and whether patient and caregiver goals are met. We are dedicated to finding ways to help our patients including children with difficulty walking optimize their health and unlock their potential.
“OBIO® is delighted to support this EAHN™-funded evaluation between AHS and Trexo Robotics, which will help improve the quality of life for children with disabilities or injury”, said Dr. Maura Campbell, OBIO® President and CEO. “This project shows how EAHN™ supports inter-provincial collaborations that accelerate broader market adoption for Canadian-made healthcare technologies.” Increasing innovative health technologies in our provincial systems ensures the highest quality of care to patients, allowing doctors and therapists to deliver the best possible outcomes.
Trexo Robotics was co-founded by Manmeet Maggu and Rahul Udasi in Ontario. “There was nothing out there for kids to use at home, and everyone wants to see their kids walk. We decided we would build it”, said Maggu. Children with various disabilities that impact their mobility can benefit from getting upright and walking in the Trexo Home, the first at-home robotic pediatric gait trainer. Trexo has seen adoption of its Trexo Plus primarily in private clinics, in the U.S., Canada and internationally. “We are eager to complete the study and see our reach increase in provincial hospitals, clinics and rehabilitation facilities”, added Maggu.
OBIO®, a not-for-profit, membership-based organization dedicated to advancing health technology innovation and commercialization, is prioritizing the evaluation of new technologies through their Early Adopter Health Network (EAHN™) to provide solutions. OBIO® is engaged in strategy, programming, policy development and advocacy to further the commercialization of human health technologies, positioning Canada as a leader in the international marketplace.Visit OBIO.ca for more information.
About Trexo Robotics
The Trexo device is the first wearable robotic device designed to help children with disabilities experience walking in a stable and independent way. It works by converting a passive walker into a fully powered robotic device that is completely mobile, stable, and capable of delivering consistent and reliable gait training. The approach to co-creating their devices with children, parents and physiotherapists, is deeply ingrained in the way Trexo Robotics think of solutions. At the end of the day, their goal is to create technologies that physical therapists trust, parents can afford and children love.
For more information, please contact:
Bibaswan Ghoshal, Director, Market Acceleration, OBIO®
Manmeet Magu, CEO, Trexo Robotics