September 13, 2022
Canada’s Human in Motion Robotics, Inc., (HMR) has announced it was awarded a $499,828 ($663,000 Canadian) contract by Innovative Solutions Canada (ISC) for the Department of National Defence Canada (DND). The contract allows the Canadian government to purchase two units of HMR’s next-generation lower-limb exoskeleton, XoMotion, a wearable robot designed to get people out of wheelchairs and walking again with full mobility and independence.
Once delivered, HMR said the units will be deployed to a clinical testing site, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, for implementation and evaluation by the DND.
HMR’s patented and disruptive medical technology offers a dramatic improvement in mobility challenged persons’ rehabilitation in clinics or daily living at home with a host of distinguishing and innovative features, the company said. The system is a self-balancing bipedal robot capable of hands-free dynamic walking and other complex maneuvers for daily use.
HMR received a pre-qualified innovation approval for the ISC Testing Stream funding in 2021, as part of the Call for Proposals 001 issued by Public Works and Government Services Canada on behalf of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. HMR said it worked with ISC and the proposed federal department innovation tester/sponsor, the DND, over the past year to finalize this contract award in July 2022.
“At HMR, we are so pleased and very excited for this opportunity by Innovative Solutions Canada to demonstrate the unique capabilities of our exoskeleton in revolutionizing physical therapy and to significantly elevate the standard of care worldwide.” said Dr. Siamak Arzanpour, HMR’s Co-Founder and CEO.
HMR said it will deliver the first unit of XoMotion to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital by the end of the year to begin testing with volunteer participants.
For more details on HMR, visit its website here.