Ukrainian invest.com/investing-in-ukraine/business-opportunities/startups/" rel="dofollow">startup ComeBack Mobility, which develops smart attachments for crutches, has raised $1 million in seed investment.
What is ComeBack Mobility
ComeBack Mobility is a crutch attachment for the rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries. The project was founded by Illya Popov and Liza Voronkova. Dmitry Savenkov has also joined the team, acting as a COO.
As representatives of the startup told, the development and assembly of devices are carried out entirely in Ukraine, with the exception of some parts that are produced and supplied from China.
The attachment is at the stage of clinical trials in Ukraine. The trials of the device began in 2020, together with three doctors. Then their number increased to 44. Soon the team intends to also start testing in Australia and the USA.
The investment will be spent on the production of 10,000 attachments for crutches, which can be used by patients with fractures and pathologies of the development of the musculoskeletal system. In the future, CMB also plans to launch a product line for hand injury rehabilitation.
“In Ukraine, 181,800 people receive injuries of the lower extremities every year. And until now there is no modern practical way to control the restoration of support and walking functions with individual calculations. Our solution can lay the foundation for effective monitoring of the recovery phase and distribution of the load on the injured limb,” says Illya Popov, CEO of CBM.
How the device works
Sensor attachments record the weight with which the patient rests on the crutches and send the data to the smartphone, where the program calculates the axial load on the injured leg with a predetermined patient weight.
“Our development solves the problem of measuring the exact load on the injured leg better than any solution that can be fixed on the leg,” commented Illya Popov, CEO of ComeBack Mobility.
The application analyzes how much the load corresponds to the rehabilitation program, and the patient receives a vibration, sound, light, or voice prompt — to step stronger or weaker. Such control, according to the developers, allows you to develop the lower limb in a timely manner, and the goals for passing the steps for each day motivate and give a sense of progress.
“The attachments can be reused by any patient, they are not individual, unlike insoles or sandals. The load parameters and the rehabilitation plan in the application are set individually for each patient by the attending physician. He will see if the patient follows the recommendations correctly and, if necessary, adjust the program,” says Liza Voronkova, technical director of ComeBack Mobility.