17 Game-Changing Health Start-ups

Ekso Bionics
Amanda Boxtel was paralyzed 20 years ago in a ski accident. Photo courtesty of Ekso Bionics.
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Ekso Bionics

This ultra high-tech start-up has a cool factor like no other. Ekso Bionics makes robotic exoskeletons (wearable robots) that allow paralyzed people to walk. It works by way of electrical motors that move the frame’s joints, replicating the actions of muscles. CEO Eythor Bender says someday the exoskeletons will have a far wider use. Already the company has licensed its technology to Lockheed Martin for use by soldiers. “We’re starting with soldiers and paralyzed people because their needs are great and the opportunity for funding is better. But you can imagine exoskeletons for workers using tools too heavy to hold for more than a few minutes. And a consumer version for people who want to run a marathon or climb Mount Kilimanjaro,” Bender recently told Inc.’s sister publication Fast Company.