Since
2016
The Netherlands
Devices for treatment
TRL 5

Challenge

Rehabilitation therapy is labor-intensive and costly. It requires almost constant supervision by therapists. Budget constraints limit therapy intensity and duration, meaning patients do not reach their maximal attainable recovery so their wellbeing and participation in society suffer. Current therapy is inadequate, clinics and society as a whole needs to find ways to reduce costs and improve performance.

Opportunity

Symbio Therapy enhances rehabilitation therapy through computer assisted sensor-motor task training, helping patients regain fine motor skills after injury or disease. Hardware, software and services are integrated into an online platform to create and share successful therapies. A TagTrainer is connected to a tablet or computer with access to these exercises. A patient can then perform the
exercises by using real life ‘tagged’ objects. This enables patients to exercise independently from the therapist, even at home. The therapist remains in control by prescribing exercises and monitoring progress remotely. Customized exercises with gaming elements and detailed performance feedback boost patient motivation, increasing therapy intensity and significantly improving end-results at lower costs.

Solution

Adelante Zorggroep, the largest rehabilitation clinic in the Netherlands, concluded after a thorough study that Symbio Therapy is the best current solution. 8 clinics already actively used Symbio Therapy in a clinical setting.

Status

Currently active in the Netherlands. The development research has been done. Now the final version of the hardware of the TagTrainer needs to be developed for production.

Meet the team

Willem Fontijn

Willem Fontijn

Venture Partner at NLC

Responsible for overseeing all technical aspects of NLC at an operational and strategic level. Guarding the quality of inflow and driving supporting technologies. PhD with both corporate and venturing experience, as principal scientist and prolific inventor at Philips Research turned serial entrepreneur.  IP-expert. Fascinated by nature, technology and their synergy.