Enabling people to move freely is essential to unleashing human potential. We believe mobility is the key to helping every individual live up to their full potential – because when you are free to move, anything is possible.
Mobility is a fundamental part of being independent and free to participate in society, including everyday living, work and leisure activities. Yet, globally, society is not fully inclusive to millions of people with lower-limb paralysis.
The most common causes of paralysis are strokes, spinal cord injury and multiple sclerosis. While there are no statistics on paralysis worldwide, the World Health Organization estimates there are 250,000-500,000 new cases of spinal cord injury globally every year.
While there is no single experience of paralysis, people with paralysis face barriers to their mobility, and therefore their independence, because of inaccessible environments and inadequate technology.
Mobility devices can be life changing, but the pace of innovation is slow. Disincentives such as small and fragmented markets, regulatory burdens, and difficulties getting new technology paid for by healthcare systems and insurers are all impeding progress.