1st August 2021

M.O.T.I.O.N. is a project within the Interreg 2 Seas programme, which aims to develop a lower body exoskeleton paired with a smart garment for children with cerebral palsy. The exoskeleton will be used as a walking aid and as a rehabilitation device.

The project addresses two challenges:

  1. “To advance development, validation, and adoption of bionic rehabilitation technology for children with neurological disorders to improve quality of life.”
  2. “To set up a transregional network to transfer this rehabilitation technology and related knowledge from research to practical application by linking with industry, healthcare professionals, and users, and to interact with policy makers for the creation of supportive frameworks.

Whilst part of KSS AHSN, the Unity Insights team supported the commercialisation journey of the project. A roadmap from innovation to market was developed, providing context and advice on how the partner organisations could ensure the most effective and rapid uptake of the technologies produced.

The team also lead the identification of relevant stakeholders across the NHS and health and care sectors, industry, government, and research institutions, and key user groups (parent/patient associations). The findings were captured within a dynamic stakeholder map, highlighting their main characteristics for the wider project team.

This project has received funding from the Interreg 2 Seas programme 2014-2020, co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and will last four years (2019-2022), gathering partners from the UK, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. The project budget is €7,476,119. The ERDF is providing €4,431,37 of funding.


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