Better Walk was founded in May 2013 by three Georgia Tech biomedical engineering students and was selected as one of six companies to participate in the Zero To 510 accelerator in Memphis, TN. Better Walk is developing a new type of crutch that improves the experience of a crutch user. Better Walk was selected as one of the top companies in the Zero To 510 accelerator class of 2013. Additionally, Better Walk has also presented at the White House to President Barack Obama, at the Georgia Bio Shark Tank 2013, SEMDA 2014, and AAOS 2014. SNNLive caught up with Partha Unnava, President and Co-Founder of Better Walk at SEMDA 2014 Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA.
Coming up with this company with fellow students at Georgia Tech, Partha Unnava describes their main product as an improvement over, “the main problem with the old crutch [which] is that when you get tired, the only place you can rest is on your armpits and that hurts. With our crutch, its changed the whole way resting is. So we’ve redistributed the user’s weight so that they still get stability without putting any force into their underarm. [Instead], its distributed between the side of the person’s body, their forearm, and their hand.” He goes on to explain the potential of this product, pointing out “we’re just finishing up our product development and we’ve already had 6 orthopedic surgeons sign letters of intent to purchase the product. [In addition], it falls under the reimbursement code for a forearm crutch so theres money that will come into the hospital when they buy it and give it to the patient.” Some other benefits of this product that Unnava adds includes the ability for one-size fits all and for it to easily fit in the trunk of a car.” For more information about Better Walk, check out their website at http://www.bwcrutches.com/.
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