Zibrio Receives $25K Commercialization Award from Translation of Rehabilitation Engineering Advances and Technology (TREAT)
Americas, Assistive Technology, News, January 31 2018
HOUSTON, TEXAS: The Center for Translation of Rehabilitation Engineering Advances and Technology (TREAT) announces funding for Zibrio, for a novel method to measure human balance and assess patients’ fall risk. Zibrio was awarded $25,000 and up to 100 hours of in-kind support.
“Current physical check-ups don’t have an objective measure for balance, so patients typically can’t get help for balance problems until they actually fall. For many, that’s too late. Every 19 minutes an older adult dies from fall related injuries in the US alone. We wanted to decrease that risk,” says CEO and co-founder Dr. Katharine Forth.
The difference between a stumble and a fall has to do with postural control. Zibrio has created a low risk, simple, portable way of measuring this control.
Originally developed to measure subtle changes in astronauts’ balance after spaceflight, Dr. Forth and co-founder Dr. Erez Lieberman Aiden quickly realized the potential value for people here on Earth. Once the problem is recognized, there are many good interventions to improve people’s balance and reduce their fall risk. This solution is increasingly necessary as the global population ages and healthcare costs rise.
In January 2018, to better reflect its product lines, the company changed its name from iShoe to Zibrio, the balance company. For more about Zibrio, visit http://www.zibrio.com/.
About the Center for Translation of Rehabilitation Engineering Advances and Technology (TREAT): TREAT is a collaborative consortium the provides education, expert consultation, and direct assistance to accelerate commercialization of rehabilitation and assistive technologies. TREAT is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Medical Rehabilitation Research Resource Network (MR3). Funding is provided by the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR) in the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD) through awards R24HD065703 and P2CHD086841. For more information, visit http://treatcenter.org/.
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