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National Healthcare Group and Fourier Intelligence Ink MOU to Advance MedTech Innovations

Tech unicorn Fourier Intelligence partners Singapore’s National Healthcare Group (NHG) to co-develop cutting-edge medical technologies and rehabilitation robotics innovations

Singapore, 10th March 2021Shanghai-based Fourier Intelligence has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National Healthcare Group (NHG), a leader in public healthcare in Singapore, and recognised locally and globally for the quality of its medical expertise and facilities, to co-develop novel rehabilitation technology and robotics innovations.

The partnership, facilitated by NHG Centre for Medical Technologies and Innovations (CMTi), aims to address the unmet clinical needs in rehabilitation by leveraging the clinical expertise and translational research capabilities of NHG and the global research network of Fourier Intelligence to create accessible, affordable and efficient rehabilitation technology and solutions for patients, the population and healthcare professionals. The NHG and Fourier Intelligence collaboration will focus on these areas: Mobility, Frailty, and Falls Prevention.

Building upon Fourier Intelligence’s RehabHub™ concept, both parties will co-develop home-based rehabilitation technologies and devices that will help improve patients’ accessibility to care and therapy outside the hospital, as well as reduce the manpower required in community settings. Clinical validation and trials to evaluate the safety and efficacy of such technologies and devices will be carried out as both Fourier Intelligence and NHG seek to establish a regional rehabilitation centre of excellence.

Fourier Intelligence’s RehabHub™

The MOU was signed by Professor Benjamin Seet, Deputy Group CEO (Education and Research) at NHG, and Mr Zen Koh, Fourier Intelligence’s Global Hub Chief Executive Officer. The signing was witnessed by Dr Loh Yong Joo, Director, Clinical Innovation, Clinical Research and Innovation Office, and Head and Senior Consultant, Rehabilitation Medicine, Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH) and Ms Sandra Lee, Business Development Director of Fourier Intelligence.

MoU Signing Ceremony on 5th March 2021

“We look forward to our partnership with NHG and supporting Singapore’s Smart Nation initiative, where technology plays an important role in improving the way healthcare is delivered to patients,” said Mr Zen Koh. “Through our joint research, we will focus on further enhancing clinical productivity, providing earlier patient care and tele-rehabilitation, and increasing patients’ access to therapy.”

“In the future, technology will make all the difference in rehabilitating someone following a stroke, trauma or major surgery. With our research partnership with Fourier Intelligence, we plan to bring a part of this future into our hospitals and rehabilitation centres. This will change many lives,” said Professor Benjamin Seet.


For investor and media inquiries, please contact:
Kerry GUO (Business Development Director)
Fourier Intelligence
Phone: +65-6911-6651
Email: kerry.guo@fftai.com

Ms Benetta Lim
Senior Executive, Group Corporate Communications
National Healthcare Group
Tel: 9222 1291
Email: Benetta_SM_Lim@nhg.com.sg

About National Healthcare Group
The National Healthcare Group (NHG) is a leader in public healthcare in Singapore, recognised at home and abroad for the quality of its medical expertise and facilities. Care is provided through an integrated network of six primary care polyclinics, acute care and tertiary hospitals, national specialty centres and business divisions. Together they bring a rich legacy of medical expertise to our philosophy of integrated patient-centred care.

NHG’s vision is “Adding Years of Healthy Life”. This vision goes beyond merely healing the sick to the more difficult and infinitely more rewarding task of preventing illness and preserving health and quality of life. With some 20,000 staff, NHG aims to provide care that is patient-centric, accessible, seamless, comprehensive, appropriate, and cost-effective.

As the Regional Health System (RHS) for Central Singapore, it is vital for NHG to partner and collaborate with stakeholders, community advisors, and voluntary welfare organisations. Together with our patients, their families, and caregivers, we aim to deliver integrated healthcare services and programmes that help in Adding Years of Healthy Life to all concerned.

More information is available at www.nhg.com.sg

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Fourier Intelligence Raises Tens of Millions in Series C+ Financing Round

Tech company Fourier Intelligence receives tens of millions in a new round of financing to accelerate the construction of the rehabilitation industry ecosystem.

Shanghai, 8th March 2021Fourier Intelligence, a leader in China’s intelligent rehabilitation industry, completed its Series C+ round of financing of tens of millions of yuan. The financing round is led by the Shanghai Artificial Intelligence Industry Investment Fund. This round of financing will be used for new product research and development, accelerate the improvement of the core product matrix of the extensive line of rehabilitation robots, integrate the upstream and downstream platforms of the industrial chain, and promote the establishment of a rehabilitation ecosystem.

“Despite the challenging global pandemic, Fourier Intelligence has been on track in delivering revolutionary rehabilitation solutions globally,” said Mr Zen Koh, CEO of Fourier Intelligence’s Global Hub. “The successful completion of the C+ round is a strong vote of confidence and will further accelerate Fourier’s plan in the consolidation of the market through vertical integration.”

Mr Zen Koh, Global Hub CEO, Fourier Intelligence

Driven by its vision of ‘rehabilitation for all’ through intelligent technology, Fourier Intelligence develops a modern rehabilitation centre under its RehabHub™ concept with intelligent robotics as the core. Multiple rehabilitation robotics with similar interface with complementary functions are installed in the rehabilitation hubs to achieve data interconnectivity between the robots, and finally achieves the effect of multi-machine coordination. This reduced the number of clinicians required thus, significantly improving efficiency and the cost for manpower. The company aims to become a global one-stop solution for intelligent rehabilitation whilst providing world-class technology that is affordable and highly competitive for the clinical market.

Simultaneously, Fourier Intelligence is actively assisting the rapid implementation of the three-tiered rehabilitation network nationwide and forming a closed loop at the product, data, medical institution, and user levels. The company is transforming from a product research and development company to an industry-driven platform company.

The Shanghai Artificial Intelligence Industry Investment Fund (abbreviated as: AI Fund) was approved by the Shanghai Municipal Government and was jointly initiated and established by Shanghai Guosheng Group and Lingang Group. The fund’s Limited Partners are both large state-owned enterprises with Lingang Group based in the Shanghai Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Center.

The AI ​​Fund focuses on the core technologies and key applications of artificial intelligence and is committed to building a one-stop platform for the communication, connection, and integration of various elements for the development of Shanghai’s artificial intelligence industry. It aims to build an industrial chain and ecology that closely integrates the world’s top technologies and extensive local applications to strategically position Shanghai at the top of the global arena for artificial intelligence.

Wu Wei, general manager of the Shanghai AI Fund, said: “The current rehabilitation field lacks professional medical staff and advanced medical equipment. Intelligent rehabilitation robots can assist doctors and therapists to provide patients with safe and effective human-computer interaction training. Efficient solutions will greatly reduce the workload of therapists. The AI ​​Fund will work with Fourier to create the era of intelligent rehabilitation – the RehabHub™ 2.0.”

Fourier Intelligence is headquartered in Shanghai, with its global team counts more than 350 employees with offices in Singapore, Malaysia, Guangzhou, and Zhuhai. In the field of rehabilitation robot research, Fourier Intelligence has entered the world’s highest standing, and established joint laboratories with the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago, which is ranked number one in the United States, the University of Melbourne in Australia, and ETH Zürich in Switzerland. Recent news highlights the achievements the company has developed with universities such as Kobe University in Japan and KITE Research Institute in Canada through signing a Memorandum of Understanding to jointly carry out the transformational research of rehabilitation robots and assistive technologies.

At present, the rehabilitation robot products developed by Fourier Intelligence have been installed in more than 30 countries and more than 1,000 institutions around the world, including hospitals, rehabilitation centres, elderly care institutions, and more. The robotics perform more than 400 million trainings and are leading the development of the global rehabilitation industry through a global strategic layout and advancement.


For investor and media inquiries, please contact:
Kerry GUO (Business Development Director)
Fourier Intelligence
Phone: +65-6911-6651
Email: kerry.guo@fftai.com

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International Research Collaborations From the New Partnership Between Kobe University, Japan, and Fourier Intelligence

This partnership aims to promote advanced rehabilitation technology and integrate group therapy into the clinical setting.

Singapore, the 26th of February 2021Fourier Intelligence has started a new partnership with Kobe University, Japan. This partnership signifies Fourier Intelligence’s global vision in promoting accessibility and adoption of rehabilitation technology. For Kobe University, this is the continuation to integrate education, research, and technology to support clinicians in delivering top-quality rehabilitation services.

The global rehabilitation robots market size was valued at USD 529.8 Million in 2018 and is projected to reach USD 2,617.3 Million by 2026, exhibiting a CAGR of 22.1% during the forecast period. This is according to market research firm Globe Newswire. Demand for rehabilitation robots is expected to be very strong in Japan, given its rapidly greying and shrinking population.

Rehabilitation robots are expected to help the elderly regain their independence of daily living and avoid becoming bed ridden. Robotics can also enable patients to train independently and with minimum clinician intervention. This could be a major incentive for countries facing the dwindling population of working-age people who must care for the increasingly mushrooming number of retirees. By 2035, it is estimated a third of Japan’s population would be aged 65 or older.

(Top row, from left): Associate Professor Sasithorn Sung-U, Professor Hisafumi Yasuda, Mr Zen Koh, Associate Professor Tomoko Uchida, and Professor Rumi Tanemura.

(Bottom row, from left): Ms Hayley Lim, Mr Owen Teoh, and Ms Sarah Lim.

Therefore, this partnership comes in timely to address rehabilitation needs for the elderly and neurorehabilitation patient populations. Professor Rumi Tanemura from the Department of Rehabilitation Science would be leading the research efforts for this partnership. The research would focus on Fourier Intelligence’s Upper Limb RehabHub™ series, introducing translational research into the clinical setting. The partnership would focus on the portable finger rehabilitation glove, the HandyRehab™, paired with the digital smartboard, OTParvos™.

The HandyRehab™ hand exoskeleton on the OTParvos™ digital smartboard.

“We’re delighted to be able to forge this new partnership with Kobe University, which is one of the highest-ranked universities in Japan,” said Mr Zen Koh, Fourier Intelligence’s Global Hub Chief Executive Officer. “This collaboration aims to introduce previously research-oriented projects on rehabilitation robotics into clinical settings. This will tremendously improve the efficiency of clinical services for clinicians and resulting in better clinical outcomes for patients.”

“We are excited in this partnership with Fourier Intelligence and to join their global research network in introducing advanced rehabilitation technology for Japan’s rehabilitation services,” said Professor Rumi Tanemura. “We believe this is mutually beneficial, as Kobe University trains some of the best therapists in Japan and combining our in-depth clinical knowhow, we can jointly develop technologies that will be highly relevant for our hospitals.”

The Memorandum of Understanding signing event took place virtually on the 24th of February with Professor Hisafumi Yasuda, Dean of the Graduate School of Health Sciences, Kobe University and Mr Zen Koh. The signing was witnessed by Kobe University’s Professor Rumi Tanemura, Associate Professor Tomoko Uchida, and Associate Professor Sasithorn Sung-U from Chiang Mai University. From Fourier Intelligence, Mr Owen Teoh, General Manager, Ms Hayley Lim, Assistant Business Development Director and Ms Sarah Lim, Senior Manager of Clinical Applications and Scientific Research attended the virtual event.

The partnership will focus on efficacy research on the upper limb robotics for patients. Ultimately, the partnership will collaborate on multi-centre trials that will involve Fourier Intelligence’s extensive global network of researchers and laboratories.


About Kobe University
Kobe University is a leading Japanese national university located in the city of Kobe, in Hyōgo. Predecessor of Kobe University School of Medicine Faculty of Health Sciences was established in 1949, but the academic origins of Kobe University trace back to the establishment of Kobe Higher Commercial School in 1902, which was renamed Kobe University of Commerce, and Kobe University of Economics. Kobe University is one of the oldest and largest national universities in Japan and one of the highest-ranking national universities in the country. It comprises of 15 graduate schools and 11 undergraduate faculties and holds about 16,000 students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs. The institution welcomes overseas students, which accounted for 1,227 students, as of the 1st of May 2020. It also has 3,734 staff members, including professors, associate professors, and administrative officials.

Read more about Kobe University here

About HandyRehab™
HandyRehab™ is an intelligent hand rehabilitation robotic glove that targets the fine motor skills of the user by providing various functional finger movement training. It is portable, lightweight and also provides human-computer interactions by integrating electromyographic biofeedback technology. For more information, click here

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:
Kerry GUO (Business Development Director)
Fourier Intelligence
Phone: +65-6911-6651
Email: kerry.guo@fftai.com

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Fourier Intelligence Partners the National University of Singapore to Advance Neurorehabilitation Robotics

The collaboration aims to facilitate research in rehabilitation technology and promote its adoption in patient care and therapy.  

Singapore, February 5, 2021 – Fourier Intelligence has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the National University of Singapore’s (NUS) Faculty of Engineering to research and develop neurorehabilitation robotics. This partnership marks another milestone in Fourier Intelligence’s effort to promote accessibility and adoption of rehabilitation technology and at the same time, signals NUS’ continued commitment to push the envelope in this field with cutting-edge research.

The MOU was signed by Professor Aaron Thean, Dean of the NUS Faculty of Engineering, and Mr Zen Koh, Fourier Intelligence’s Co-founder and Group Deputy Chief Executive Officer, during a virtual ceremony.

(Top row, from left) Mr Zen Koh, Co-founder and Group Deputy CEO of Fourier Intelligence, Professor Aaron Thean, Dean of the NUS Faculty of Engineering, Associate Professor Chew Chee Meng from the NUS Department of Mechanical Engineering

(Bottom row, from left) Ms Sandra Lee, Business Development Director, Ms Sarah Lim, Senior Manager (Clinical Application and Scientific Research) and Mr Choo Chye Low, Business Development Manager from Fourier Intelligence.

This partnership seeks to support the country’s Smart Nation initiative, where technology plays an important role in improving the way healthcare is delivered to patients. This can be achieved by enhancing clinical productivity, providing earlier patient care, offering telerehabilitation, and increasing patients’ access to therapy.

“We are very excited about this strategic partnership with the NUS’ Faculty of Engineering. It has always been Fourier Intelligence’s goal to collaborate and transcend the field of rehabilitation by bringing advanced technologies created by both engineers and clinicians,” said Mr Zen Koh.

“Without translational research to prove the efficacy of robotics, it will be challenging to introduce rehabilitation technologies in clinical settings,” added Mr Koh, an NUS alumnus who worked as a research fellow on microelectromechanical systems with the NUS Faculty of Engineering in 2000.

Fourier Intelligence’s innovative RehabHub™

Led by Associate Professor Chew Chee Meng from the NUS Department of Mechanical Engineering, the NUS Engineering team will leverage Fourier Intelligence’s innovative RehabHub™ and Exoskeleton and Robotics Open Platform System (EXOPS™) to carry out research and promote the adoption of rehabilitation technology in Singapore’s multi-tiered healthcare system.

“This collaboration promotes a healthy exchange of knowledge between NUS Engineering and Fourier Intelligence, and will pave the way for exciting joint research projects on rehabilitation equipment. NUS has many years of experience in the field of rehabilitation robotics, and working with Fourier Intelligence will provide opportunities for us to develop next-generation affordable exoskeletons that provide dynamic walking abilities,” said Professor Aaron Thean.

The two partners plan to conduct a multi-centre trial on ExoMotus™ X2 that will involve Fourier Intelligence’s extensive global network of researchers and laboratories.

Fourier Intelligence’s ExoMotus X2 as part of the Exoskeleton and Robotics Open Platform System (EXOPS™)

About National University of Singapore (NUS)
The National University of Singapore (NUS) is Singapore’s flagship university, which offers a global approach to education, research and entrepreneurship, with a focus on Asian perspectives and expertise. We have 17 faculties across three campuses in Singapore, with more than 40,000 students from 100 countries enriching our vibrant and diverse campus community. We have also established our NUS Overseas Colleges programme in more than 15 cities around the world.

Our multidisciplinary and real-world approach to education, research and entrepreneurship enables us to work closely with industry, governments and academia to address crucial and complex issues relevant to Asia and the world. Researchers in our faculties, 31 university-level research institutes, research centres of excellence and corporate labs focus on themes that include energy; environmental and urban sustainability; treatment and prevention of diseases; active ageing; advanced materials; risk management and resilience of financial systems; Asian studies; and Smart Nation capabilities such as artificial intelligence, data science, operations research and cybersecurity.

For more information on NUS, please visit www.nus.edu.sg.

About Exoskeleton & Robotics Open Platform System (EXOPS™)
EXOPS™ is an open platform to educate, promote and accelerate the development of exoskeleton and robotics system for future meaningful real-life adoption.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:
Kerry GUO (Business Development Director)
Fourier Intelligence
Phone: +65-6911-6651
Email: kerry.guo@fftai.com

For information on NUS, please contact:
Denise YUEN (Manager)
Office of University Communications
National University of Singapore
DID: +65 6516 4470
Email: denise.yuen@nus.edu.sg

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Fourier Intelligence and HumanXR join forces to advance digital rehabilitation

HumanXR and Fourier Intelligence have announced a global initiative to accelerate digitisation for advanced rehabilitation, integrating immersive virtual experiences in state-of-the-art rehabilitation robotics.

Singapore and The Netherlands, January 25th, 2021Fourier Intelligence has announced a strategic partnership with HumanXR. This partnership brings together two pioneering companies in advanced rehabilitation robotics and virtual reality (VR), to co-create innovative and intelligent rehabilitation solutions.

HumanXR and Fourier Intelligence have successfully integrated their core technologies to launch a new rehabilitation robotic system with integrated VR capabilities. This novel system combines HumanXR’s New Horizons, with Fourier Intelligence’s CycleMotus™ H1 to offer an immersive and realistic multi-sensory environment, which in turn increases user motivation and therapy adherence.

EXtended Reality (XR) offers an engaging and stimulating 3D environment for users undergoing rehabilitation. The integrated technologies enable users to virtually cycle or hand-pedal through 1,000,000m2 of carefully designed immersive sceneries, full of serene natural environments, charming villages and motivating interactive components. This is known to increase engagement and promote user’s participation, whilst contributing to distracting users from inconvenience and pain. To accelerate motivation, the user is encouraged to interact and to collect rewards offered during the virtual adventure.

“Virtual reality, combined with robotics, creates rapid, and customised solutions for remote rehabilitation. With the head-mounted display (HMD), we can now bring the user by computer-generated visuals into an immersive, realistic multi-sensory environment. Several studies on VR show its potential for rehabilitation and suggest VR to be beneficial for the medical branch. The immersion may increase therapy adherence and may distract the patient from experiencing pain, fatigue and anxiety.” said Mr Zen Koh, Fourier Intelligence’s Co-Founder, Group Deputy CEO. “The availability of affordable VR devices, alongside the growing adoption of HMDs, are the key factors of driving the adoption of VR in rehabilitation. Together with the team of Mr Han Dols at HumanXR, we help make rehabilitation fun.”

Some colorful scenes from the New Horizon’s virtual world.

“In the past few years, we have seen the rapid growth of virtual and augmented reality, together referred to as extended reality. We hope that this technology creates a new horizon for alternative forms of exercise, to support those with disabilities”, explains Marco Ghislanzoni, Co-Founder and CTO of HumanXR. “We have successfully integrated New Horizons with CycleMotus, and in the near future will integrate more products from Fourier’s RehabHub™ series.”

The pandemic accelerated digitisation. Years-long digital transformation road maps became compressed into weeks and months, to keep up with the rapidly changing new norms, and realities. Rehabilitation professionals have acknowledged the importance of telemedicine and digitisation of rehabilitation treatments. This alliance has come at the right time in view with the current rehabilitation shift towards providing more virtual reality and telerehabilitation. Though the pandemic has prevented the two teams from physical meetings, since June 2020, the team has collaborated virtually to integrate their systems into one.

Snapshot from the team from Fourier Intelligence and HumanXR.
From top left: Mr Niels Wetzels (COO, HumanXR), Mr Zen Koh (Co-Founder, Group Deputy CEO, Fourier), Mr Han Dols (CEO, HumanXR), Mrs Sandra Lee (Business Development Director, Fourier)

From bottom left: Mr Marco Ghislanzoni (Co-Founder & CTO, HumanXR), Ms Sarah Lim (Sr. Manager of Clinical Application & Scientific Research, Fourier), Mr Owen Teoh (General Manager & Global Head of Sales, Fourier), Mr Jake Kee (Sr. Manager of Product Management & Development, Fourier)

“I am enthusiastic about working together with Fourier Intelligence. We designed our immersive worlds to be cheerful, colourful, and playful, aiming to make physical and mental activation fun, for young and old. We are glad to be able to combine this with Fourier’s technology, in order to create big impact and provide valuable, innovative solutions for rehabilitation.” said Mr Han Dols, CEO of HumanXR.

The partnership will focus on integrating the New Horizons software with the CycleMotus™ H1. The new product is expected to be marketed globally within the second quarter of 2021, allowing users to experience intuitive and immersive rehabilitation training with the newly integrated system. For their next steps, this partnership will collaborate on co-developing more products combining the best of advanced robotics and XR for efficient and engaging rehabilitation.

The New Horizons software with CycleMotus™ H1 allows arms or legs pedal exercising training.
The HumanXR VR headset with New Horizons.
Fourier Intelligence’s CycleMotus™ Series – CycleMotus™ B2L, A4 and H1

More information on New Horizons could be found on HumanXR’s website. The https://www.fftai.com/cyclemotus/can be used for inpatient, outpatient and home rehabilitation.

About Fourier Intelligence
Fourier Intelligence is a technology-driven company, infusing creativity into the development of exoskeleton and rehabilitation robotics since 2015. Together with researchers, therapists and patients, we aim to excel in developing and redefining rehabilitation robotics solutions with inter-connectable intelligent robotics technology by elevating user experience with an intuitive, easy-to-use system to enhance the lives of both patients and therapists.

About HumanXR
HumanXR is a social enterprise, incorporated in The Netherlands, with a passionate mission to help those in need with amazing virtual experiences designed for physical and cognitive training. The company’s technology domain covers Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR), together referred to as eXtended Reality (XR). In combination with intelligent AI-based algorithms and motion sensor feedback, this provides a solid foundation on creating meaningful virtual experiences.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:
Kerry GUO (Business Development Director)
Fourier Intelligence
Phone: +65-6911-6651
Email: kerry.guo@fftai.com

For information on HumanXR, please contact:
Niels Wetzels (COO)
HumanXR
The Netherlands
Phone: +31-62521-6860
Email: sparkle@humanxr.com

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