Fourier Intelligence to organise industrial summit on rehabilitation technology, clinical medicine
4-year-old Shanghai tech startup to lead global efforts in setting standards on rehabilitation robotics with founding of Global Rehabilitation & Assistive Technology (GReAT) Network
Shanghai, December 29 – Shanghai Fourier Intelligence, a leader in the design and production of rehabilitation robotics, will unveil an industry body devoted to the research and development of rehabilitation technology at a conference scheduled for January 12 in Shanghai.
The conference, known as the inaugural Global Rehabilitation & Assistive Technology (GReAT) Network summit, will be held at Bellagio Hotel in Shanghai.
GReAT is the world's first international organisation seeking to promote application of translational research in clinical care and rehabilitative medicine. It comprises academic and hospital partners from around the world including Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, the No. 1 neurorehab hospital in the United States, ETH Zurich, one of the top five polytechnic universities in Europe and other institutions such as Imperial College London, the University of Melbourne, Instituto Cajal of Spain and Ruijin Hospital from Shanghai.
It's not the first time that Fourier Intelligence, founded in 2015, has partnered with global stakeholders to facilitate advances in rehabilitation technology.
The GReAT Network is a culmination of a series of MoUs the Shanghai-based manufacturer of mass-market rehabilitation robots signed with collaborators over the past few years. "We hope to leverage the synergies of world-renowned institutions in rehabilitation and patient care to formulate standards in rehabilitation technology," says Alex Gu Jie, founder and chief executive of Fourier Intelligence.
He added that building a platform like the GReAT Network is part of the company’s goal to foster information sharing among medical professionals and experts on rehabilitative technology.
In addition to the GReAT Network summit, Fourier Intelligence will also debut ArmMotus M2 Pro, an updated version of its flagship upper extremity rehabilitation robot aimed at the recovery of upper limbs. ArmMotus M2 Pro will join a full line of products from Fourier Intelligence targeting diseases like stroke, motion impairment, cognitive ability handicaps, neural network disorders, spinal cord injuries, among others.
China's rapidly aging population has also created demand for products and services related to senior care. China had a population of 249 million aged 60 or above by the end of 2018, making up 17.9 percent of the national population. According to demographers' estimates, the number is expected to peak at 487 million in 2050, meaning one in every three Chinese will be a senior citizen.
However, with a shortfall of 300,000 therapists, it is hard for China to plug the shortfall anytime soon. As things stand, the country is poised to rely increasingly on the use of technology in senior care, especially in treating and delaying the onset of diseases like dementia and Parkinson's among the elderly. "The GReAT summit will be a frontier for exploring the intersection of senior care and rehabilitation technology," says Gu of Fourier Intelligence.
The summit is expected to bring a number of prominent experts on rehabilitation technology to Shanghai. Among the confirmed guest speakers are Jose Pons, chair of the Leg + Walking Lab at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Hermano Igo Krebs from MIT, who is widely known as the father of the world's first upper extremity rehabilitation robot, and Robert Riener, director of Sensory Motor System Lab at ETH Zurich. They will speak about the role of robotics in rehabilitation, brain-computer interface and other major issues in the realm of rehabilitation medicine.
About Fourier Intelligence
Fourier Intelligence is a technology-driven company, infusing creativity into the development of exoskeleton and rehabilitation robotics since 2015. Together with researchers, therapists and patients, we aim to excel in developing and redefining rehabilitation robotics solutions with interconnectable intelligent robotics technology by elevating user experience with an intuitive, easy-to-use system to enhance the lives of the both patients and therapists.
Mr Zen Koh (Deputy CEO/Chief Strategy Officer)