Researchers at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (NIHCC) and Northern Arizona University (NAU) seek licensing and/or co-development research collaborations for a wearable, pediatric, robotic exoskeleton that facilitates knee extension during walking to provide motorized movement assistance and training through the gait cycle. The Robotic Exoskeleton is specifically designed for therapy of crouch gait in children with cerebral palsy (CP). The design is a customizable human-machine interface that allows an individualized assistance protocol to help preserve and enhance muscle strength and control. Early clinical results from this intervention appear promising for a condition having few effective long-term interventions.
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) seeks research and development partners or licensees for novel composite hydrogels that can be used in tissue repair and other applications. Single gel networks used in tissue engineering and tissue repair applications generally become softer and more flaccid as they swell. The gels described in this technology, however, which comprise a swellable crosslinked polymer hydrogel dispersed in a crosslinked polymer matrix, mimic critical material properties of tissue extracellular matrix (ECM), for instance, becoming stiffer and tougher upon swelling.