HCi Viocare, The Imperial College of London and Ossur Inc. Succeed in Securing Prestigious Grant for Revolutionary Research on Mechanomyogram-based Control of Lower Limb Prostheses
In April 2017 HCI Viocare's wholly owned UK based subsidiary, HCI Viocare Technologies Ltd. participated in a prestigious and collaborative research grant proposal along with the Imperial College of London and Ossur Inc. (the no. 2 manufacturer of prosthetic and orthotic devices in the world, with an annual sales of $521 million USD) as well as various scientific experts to obtain funding for the production and commercialization of a "Mechanomyogram-based control of lower limb prosthetics" concept under the MRC 'Confidence in Concept' funding scheme which has awarded universities grants of up to £1.2M to help fast track more promising research ideas towards clinical testing. These awards aim to 'pump–prime' the translation of novel therapeutics, devices and diagnostics, including "repurposing" of existing therapies toward clinical testing within the Imperial Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC).
At the core of the research grant proposal is the integration of a patented sensor suite developed by Imperial College London, comprising MMG and IMU sensors with the Össur Power Knee to clinically demonstrate control of active lower limb prostheses. The system proposes validation in a pilot clinical in collaboration with the Company's subsidiary, HCI Viocare Technologies Ltd., laying the foundation for a full clinical trial. Future development will focus on further enhancing the control of active lower limb prostheses within the context of Smart Homes (EPSRC SPHERE) in collaboration with Prof Ian Craddock at the University of Bristol and HCI Viocare Technologies Limited.
Successful completion will result in valuable IP and lead to a larger research project focused on clinical validation (e.g. NIHR i4i) with HCi Viocare together with Imperial College of London and Össur as full partners. Additionally, the preliminary integration of our system with smart homes will lay the foundation for a research programme (e.g. EPSRC) to revolutionize personal robotic assist.
As part of the grant proposal each of the participants have agreed to also contribute equipment, facility access, know-how and/or in-kind contribution to carry out the scope of the research under the grant. Contributions from HCI Viocare Technologies Limited will include wearable sensors for foot force capture, testing facilities and subject recruitment for the prototypes from the proposal concept, as well as collaborative efforts to translate concept to commercial technology.
Results of the grant proposal were released last week, and the group applicants have been successful in securing an initial grant of £120,000, which the Company expects will serve as a stepping stone for a larger grant that the applicants expect to qualify for, in the third quarter of 2017. Details about the grant process and opportunities, which are only available to the top 5 universities in the United Kingdom, as determined by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, can be found at this link: