The NeuroBall has been hailed as a significant breakthrough in neuro-rehab, having been designed with input from over 300 therapists and patients.
The device is personalised to each patient based on their current needs and enables them to perform increasingly challenging, repetitive movements to help build up strength.
The advanced sensors detect the smallest of movements so it can be used by impaired patients, whilst the corresponding app has activities and digital games to engage patients to use it regularly. The real-time feedback means they can see their progress on leaderboards to help motivate them to continue.
In three separate trials carried out at Brunel University London between 2017 and 2021, patients achieved 20 times more movement repetitions at home compared to other methods.
The portable nature of the device means they can take it anywhere with them to help regain strength, and patients can carry out their rehab exercises at home and record the results on the Portal which enables remote patient monitoring.
Dr Charles Carignan, Neurofenix board member, said: “Around 900,000 people in the US and UK experience a stroke every year, and most do not recover to their full potential physically, due to the lack of access to intensive physical and occupational therapy.
“I was blown away by what NeuroBall could provide to aid a patient’s recovery, including the utility for the hand or arm, the sensors, software and gamification.
“This is just the start of the Neurofenix journey as a sophisticated neuro-rehab program.”
Andrew Elder, deputy managing partner at AlbionVC, said: “Neurofenix is poised to revolutionise physical recovery after a neurological injury, such as a stroke, traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury.
“Its digital therapeutics platform, which can be used in rehabilitation clinics and by an individual bringing clinical-grade treatment into the home, which generates recovery of movement, strength, and activities of daily living faster and with better results.
“With my background as a neurosurgeon, I could see that Neurofenix is positioned to fill a major gap in the neuro-rehab industry.”