Graduate-run start-up awarded cash to improve amputee treatment

A Cambridge-based start up company has been awarded a government grant to develop bionic solutions for amputee patients.

The £100,000 funding grant will support Cambridge Bio-Augmentation Systems (CBAS) for eight months as it automates solutions for lower limb disorders or amputations to improve treatment and rehabilitation for patients with prosthetics.

The system will enable clinicians to access real-time assessments of biomechanics and mobility metrics of patients which will allow for more tailored care.

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The current system requires one-off hospital visits and patient self-reporting questionnaires.

The company is also working on a “USB for the body” which works as an interface to connect prosthetics and tissue.

The start up company was founded by Cambridge University engineering graduates Oliver Armitage and Emil Hewage.

CBAS co-founder, Oliver Armitage, told the Cambridge News: “This is a really exciting time for digital health to use technology to help make care more personalised and accurate. By leveraging the power of machine learning and bionics, we can convey relevant health metrics to clinicians and improve patients’ lives by giving them more control. We are excited to work with Innovate UK to further that.”

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