World’s first child-exoskeleton for spinal muscular atrophy

June 22, 2016

The Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) introduced the world’s first infant exoskeleton, designed to help children with spinal muscular atrophy, a degenerative illness which affects one in ten thousand babies in Spain. Weighing 12 kilos, the apparatus is made of aluminum and titanium, and is designed to help patients walk, and in some cases for the first time. The technology, patented and licensed jointly by CSIC and its technology-based business unit, Marsi Bionics, is currently in the preclinical phase.