JR TeCH is working to improve the process of matching prosthetics to lower limb amputees by capturing and assessing functional movement and user feedback through their eMotionGait technology.
What drew you to the problem you are working to solve in Biodesign?
We started from observations in orthopedic clinical placements and knowledge of physiotherapy practice in general, noting that there was often a lack of accurate measurement and distinct subjectivity when assessing joints and human movement - particularly over significant rehabilitation periods. The tools that did exist were too expensive or impractical to use in a clinical setting, so descriptions and objective “guestimates” are often used by clinicians as default. This practice is very wide ranging, each with slightly different needs, so we focused in on the specific application of prosthesis fit and adjustment, which has significantly different outcomes for patients if not prescribed and adjusted well, and often leads to significant cost wastage due to prosthesis abandonment.
What have you learned/gained from the Biodesign process?The course allows you to enter clinical fields where you have little knowledge and to look with an entrepreneurial mindset at obvious problems or difficulties the clinical team are having. Using design thinking and collaborative team work, you are then taken through the pathways of staged prototyping and guided towards a business and commercialisation plan. The networks built with professionals and mentors from all sectors (patent attorneys, regulatory affairs, business, accounting) is outstanding and will continue long after the course has finished.
What are the next steps for the team/team members after the course?
Who knows? So many possibilities. Our product might get traction and head full steam down the implementation phase. We certainly will be applying for funding to try. Independent of that outcome, everyone in the team are interested in creating solutions to make the world a better place for people in need. Some of us have enrolled in further courses already with the MedTech innovation bug biting hard...
What do you want to be doing 10 years from now?
Still helping make the world a better place and ideally with prototype 2 being launched from our MedTech company!
What would be your advice to someone considering taking the course in 2019?
Make sure you come with an open mind and plenty of time and energy. There is so much to learn and so many opportunities to get involved.