Dusselforf. The newly founded Cyberdyne Care Robotics GmbH, based in Bochum, Germany, intends to use neurorobotic systems for medical use throughout Germany, Austria and Switzerland over the coming years.
Nerve-controlled robotic systems open up new oppourtunities for movement-restriced patients to improve and increase their personal mobility. The HAL robotic suit developed in Japan by Dr. Yoshiyuki Sankai at the renowned Tsukuba University and CYBERDYNE Inc. is the only system that captures movement impulses from the brain and supports them with motor movements. Training with the robotic suits offers paraplegic patients in particular new opportunities to regain their independence. Stroke patients and those suffering from neuromuscular disorders will also benefit. In Japan, 400 such systems are already in use at 160 facilities, such as clinics, rehabilitation centres or homes for the elderly.
Now that the HAL robotic suit has recieved CE certification from TUV Rhineland, Cyberdyne Care Robotics GmbH is looking to establish cooperations with clinics on the basis of the enquiries it has already recieved. The new company is a subsidiary of CYBERDYNE inc., Japan. The German Social Accident Insurance Institution for the raw materials and chemical industry (BG RCI) is in line as a further shareholder. Partners in Bochum also include Berufsgenossenschaftliche Universitatsklinik Bergmannsheil GmbH (German Social Assident Insurance University Clinic Bermannsheil GmbH) and the Centre for Neurorobotic Movement Training (ZNB), opened on year ago. A dedicated department in the new company will commit itself to application research and further optimise the systems for the European market. A team of 15 employees, including doctors, therapists and engineers, will coordinate the work. The Ministry of Economics for North Rhine-Westphalia and the state's economic development agency, NRW invest GmbH, have accompanied the project since its inception and assured theri long-team support.