Volketswil, Switzerland
Volketswil, Switzerland

Hocoma is a privately hold globally active medical technology company based near Zurich, Switzerland. Hocoma was founded in 1996 as spin-off of the Spinal Cord Injury Center of the Balgrist University Hospital in Zurich, by the electrical and biomedical engineers Gery Colombo and Matthias Jörg and the economist Peter Hostettler. Today, Hocoma employs more than 110 people at its headquarters near Zurich and in its subsidiaries in Norwell, Massachusetts and Singapore. It develops therapy solutions for neurorehabilitation and low back pain therapy working closely with clinics and research centers. The Hocoma therapy solutions support the treatment of neurological patients with movement disorders caused by stroke, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy or other neurological diseases and injuries as well as low back pain patients. Wikipedia.


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Agency: European Commission | Branch: FP7 | Program: MC-ITN | Phase: FP7-PEOPLE-2012-ITN | Award Amount: 2.44M | Year: 2012

Gait and postural control impairments, and falls are ubiquitous among the elderly, and lead to enormous personal, occupational and health care burden. Especially patients with PD are severely affected by the progressive deterioration of these gait and postural control mechanisms. Elucidating mechanisms of age- and disease-related motor control impairments and devising focussed treatment strategies to counteract these symptoms represent major challenges for future research. Moving beyond focuses on the role of supraspinal motor control mechanisms in ageing and PD. It will span the entire spectrum from basic understanding of these mechanisms, over diagnostics to therapeutic applications of supraspinal motor control deficits. In particular, we aim to pursue the following aspects: (i) pathways of the basal ganglia, (ii) balance and postural control, (ii) sensorimotor integration aspects, (iii) fractal properties of gait, (iv) freezing of gait, and (v) central adjustment strategies. We will employ promising diagnostic strategies and tools such as (i) electroencephalography during locomotion, (ii) virtual reality, (iii) body worn movement monitors, and (iv) instrumented movement assessments. Treatment strategies in Moving beyond include (i) therapeutic cues, and (ii) modelling of an individualized training proposal. The network consists of a rare combination of experts from basic and translational research as well as from the industry. They will cover the entire range of expertise necessary and utilize cutting edge technology to educate students and fellows in the complex problem of the impact of supraspinal motor control mechanisms in ageing and PD. The comprehensive inter-sectoral and multidisciplinary training program will comprise a unique set of state of the art scienitific and soft skill training measures pursing general and individually tailored training approaches. Outreach and dissemination activites form a crucial part of Moving beyond.


Patent
Hocoma | Date: 2013-11-08

Apparatus for locomotion therapy is provided which comprises a base (11), a first table portion (15) and a tilting mechanism (12, 13) to tilt said first table portion (15) between a horizontal position, an inclined or a vertical position. A foot mechanism (16) is mounted to the first table portion (15). Furthermore, the position of a second table portion (17) is adjustable with respect to the first table portion (15) to adapt the apparatus to patients of different heights.


Patent
Hocoma | Date: 2014-12-24

An apparatus (1) for automated walking oder treadmill training of a user comprises a frame or treadmill (10) having a driven treadmill belt (12), a pelvis attachment (50) to support the position and/or weight of the user and having attachment elements (52) adapted to be connected to the user. The pelvis attachment (50) comprises a displacement unit for allowing a movement of the pelvis of the user held by the attachment elements (52) transverse to and/or rotating about a perpendicular axis to the walking direction (500) provided by the treadmill (10) to provide a more natural and physiological gait during training. A weight suspension unit (40) having a cable (43) guided over a guide roller (45) positioned above the pelvis attachment (50) opposite to the treadmill (10) and attached to the pelvis attachment (50) can comprise a weight suspension roller displacement unit (48) adapted to move the guide roller essentially perpendicular to the main alignment direction of the cable (43) to influence the transverse position of the upper body of the person to be trained as well as to prevent a pendulum effect of the trunk of the user.


Patent
Hocoma | Date: 2014-06-20

An apparatus for automated walking training includes a frame or treadmill having a driven treadmill belt and a pelvis attachment to support a position and weight of a user. The pelvis attachment includes a displacement unit for allowing a movement of the users pelvis held by attachment elements transverse to and/or rotating about a perpendicular axis to the walking direction of the treadmill to provide a more natural and physiological gait during training. A weight suspension unit having a cable guided over a guide roller positioned above and attached to the pelvis attachment may include a displacement unit adapted to move the guide roller perpendicular to the diverted section of the cable to influence the transverse position of an upper body of the user as well as to prevent a pendulum effect of the trunk of his body.


Patent
Hocoma | Date: 2014-05-14

An apparatus for gait training, comprising: a movable base (11) comprising a drive unit (13) for moving the movable base (11), an arm arrangement (15, 16, 18) extending from the movable base (11) to enable a person (113) to be at least partially suspended from above, a movement detector (14, 115; 20; 21) to detect a movement of the person (113), and a control unit (119) configured to control said drive unit (13) in response to movement of the person detected by the movement detector (14, 115; 20; 21) such that the movable base (11) follows the person (113) in a predetermined distance range and in a predetermined angular range with respect to a movement direction of the person (113).


Patent
Hocoma | Date: 2013-11-08

An apparatus for gait training, comprising: a movable base (11) comprising a drive unit (13) for moving the movable base (11), an arm arrangement (15, 16, 18) extending from the movable base (11) to enable a person (113) to be at least partially suspended from above, a movement detector (14, 115; 20; 21) to detect a movement of the person (113), and a control unit (119) configured to control said drive unit (13) in response to movement of the person detected by the movement detector (14, 115; 20; 21) such that the movable base (11) follows the person (113) in a predetermined distance range and in a predetermined angular range with respect to a movement direction of the person (113). The apparatus may comprise a projector (112) configured to project a path to be taken by the person (113) and a securing mechanism (21) to secure the suspension of the person (113) in response to a fall or stumbling being detected by a fall detector (21).


Patent
Hocoma | Date: 2014-05-14

Apparatus for locomotion therapy which comprises a base (11), a first table portion (15) and a tilting mechanism (12, 13) to tilt said first table portion (15) between a horizontal position, an inclined or a vertical position. A foot mechanism (16) is mounted to the first table portion (15). Furthermore, the position of a second table portion (17) is adjustable with respect to the first table portion (15).


A method for an assessment of a movement of a limb-related point (32) in a predetermined 3D space effected by a user displacing said limb (15) in the 3D space allowing said movement, comprises the steps of: providing a computer, providing one or more display surfaces (105) around the 3D space around the user (10), providing a limb position point (22) connected to a predetermined portion of the limb (15) of the user (10) which is associated to the limb-related point (32) and providing sensors adapted to detect the position of the limb position point (22) in the 3D space in relation to the joint (31). The computer program can be adapted to calculate the direction defined by the straight line (30) between the joint (31) and the limb-related point (32) and to provide a representation of the position of the limb-related point (32) in the 3D space as function of the distance (35) between said joint (31) and the limb-related point (32) on one of the display surfaces (105) on said line (30).


Patent
Hocoma | Date: 2016-11-23

An apparatus for gait training is provided. The apparatus comprises a movable base (11) which is controlled to follow a person (113) suspended from an arm arrangement (15, 16, 18) which is mounted to the movable base (11).


Patent
Hocoma | Date: 2016-12-07

Apparatuses for locomotion therapy are provided which comprise a base (11), a first table portion (15) and a tilting mechanism (12, 13) to tilt said first table portion (15) between a horizontal position, an inclined or a vertical position. A foot mechanism (16) is mounted to the first table portion (15). Furthermore, the position of a second table portion (17) is adjustable with respect to the first table portion (15).

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