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Prosperity7 Ventures backs Fourier’s Smart Rehabilitation Robotics and supports bringing them to Saudi Arabia

Leading rehabilitation robotics manufacturer, Fourier Intelligence, completes C+ financing round led by Prosperity7 Ventures, an Aramco Venture Fund, to further its global market expansion and technological development

Leading rehabilitation robotics manufacturer and AI/haptic research hub, Fourier Intelligence Co., Ltd (“Fourier”), has recently completed a new financing round. The C+ round funding was led by Prosperity7 Ventures, the diversified growth fund of Aramco Venture. All proceeds will go towards global market expansion and technological development, furthering the company’s mission to providing intelligent rehabilitation technologies to empower clinicians and neurological patients.

Fourier Intelligence Group is headquartered in Shanghai and has established multiple R&D centres in Singapore, Chicago, Phoenix, Zürich, Melbourne, Madrid, Kobe, and Kuala Lumpur. Fourier products have been widely installed in more than 1,000 institutions and have customers spanning across 50 countries.

Fourier Intelligence RehabHub™

In 2020, Fourier had developed and launched its product-level intelligent robotic solution, RehabHub™, which is widely used in neurorehabilitation, elderly care, and community-based rehabilitation settings. The comprehensive rehabilitation solution is equipped with highly efficient, compact, modular, interconnected, and cost-effective robots that deliver efficacious functional training. RehabHub™ works well in clinical rehabilitation environments to assist clinicians in providing highly intensive, challenging, and effective treatments. This constructively frees up the clinician from soporific and repetitive physical interventions to offer a personalised treatment program through careful assessment.

“This round of financing will further accelerate our growth and allow us to invest more into our core technology development, talents acquisition, and global market expansion,” said Alex Gu, Founder and Group CEO of Fourier Intelligence Group. “Underpinning the successful financing is our impressive growth numbers in recent years, and increased global adoptions, despite the challenging COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, we aim to build a world-leading collaborative rehabilitation ecological system, through our RehabHub™ concept, and to consolidate Fourier’s global leading position further to create greater value for our customers.”

Alex Gu, Founder and Group CEO of Fourier Intelligence Group

“Fourier Intelligence is leading the way to next-generation rehabilitation.  The ability to combine the power of AI analytics with precision robotics can achieve leaps in rehabilitation,” said Aysar Tayeb, Executive Managing Director of Prosperity7 Ventures. “As a pioneer in the robotic rehabilitation industry, Fourier has been part of the development process of the whole space from the outset.  We believe this is an important space that will continue to grow, and that the use of intelligent robotics will become the new norm for rehabilitation. Prosperity7 Ventures is always looking to partner with pioneers to enable continued global growth and transformation and provide positive impact on people’s lives.  We’re pleased to be part of supporting the exciting global shift towards technology-focused healthcare solutions, and believe Fourier is well-positioned to be a leader in its domain, and we are happy to back the company and to support bringing their technology and services to Saudi Arabia.”

As a global leading manufacturer and solutions provider of AI-powered rehabilitation robotics, Fourier is committed to technological innovation and has been leading, supporting, and participating in international scientific research in the field of rehabilitation robotics. Some of such initiatives are joint research laboratories, respectively, with the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab (formerly known as the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago) in the United States, the University of Melbourne in Australia, ETH Zürich in Switzerland, National University of Singapore, Kobe University in Japan and the KITE Research Institute at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute in Canada. These partnerships put Fourier at the forefront of technological innovation and enable Fourier to offer industry-leading products across end-to-end rehabilitation services, with innovative solutions to solve specific clinical constraints.

Zen Koh, Co-Founder and Group Deputy CEO of Fourier Intelligence Group

“Our partnerships with Prosperity7 Ventures and Aramco Ventures inspire and strengthen our resolve in delivering innovative healthcare solutions. Fourier will continue to invest in our core technologies to stay ahead of the competition,” said Zen Koh, Co-Founder and Group Deputy CEO of Fourier Intelligence Group. “The COVID-19 pandemic has fueled the need to reduce reliance on manual clinical interventions, vindicating our advocation of technologies integration in rehabilitation. Rapid iterations and the ability to deliver high performance, low cost, and efficient technological solutions are key to successful clinical adoptions. We look forward to the next stage of our journey, together with our strategic partners.”

For more information on Fourier’s market-leading rehabilitation robotic portfolio, please visit www.fftai.com.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:
Sarah LIM
Fourier Intelligence Communications
Email: sarah.lim@fftai.com
Alya Sairafi
Prosperity7 Ventures Communications Email: alya.sairafi@aramco.com

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Pioneering Collaboration between Fourier Intelligence and the University Malaya Medical Centre

A collaboration between Fourier Intelligence and the University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) seeks to advance rehabilitation technology research.

Malaysia, June 22nd 2021 – Global rehabilitation technology organisation, Fourier Intelligence is now in collaboration with the internationally recognised University Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC) on advancing research on rehabilitation technology to make it more clinically applicable with localisation. This collaboration will further develop current solutions to be more effective and versatile within the rehabilitation technology industry.

The MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) signing event with Fourier Intelligence, held virtually on 22nd June, aligns UMMC’s mission towards driving excellence in clinical research, empowering human capital, and uplifting healthcare-related institutions. With this joint effort, more innovative solutions will be developed.

 

The MOU Signing ceremony held virtually on the 22nd June 2021

“In the last five years, rehabilitation medicine practice has heavily utilised technology as part of our clinical service. It encompasses clinical work in motor recovery neurorehabilitation, structured cognitive rehabilitation, spinal cord injury rehabilitation, innovative exercise prescription, prosthesis and orthosis prescription, gait analysis and training, and musculoskeletal treatment approaches. With this new collaboration with Fourier Intelligence, we hope to expand our capabilities and expertise in robotic rehabilitation. It can only lead us both towards a higher level of medical frontier and improve human health which is the core of our interest. Thank you to Mr Zen Koh and Fourier Intelligence for this collaboration, as we look forward to joining a network of world-class collaborators in robotic rehabilitation and advances in robotic technology,” said Professor Nazirah Hasnan.

Signing the MOU from UMMC, Professor Nazirah Hasnan, Director of UMMC was accompanied by Associate Professor Dr. Mazlina Mazlan, Head of Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and Dr. Norhamizan Binti Hamzah, Clinical Expert and coordinator for robotic rehabilitation, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, as well as clinicians of the department, all that have delved into research regarding rehabilitative technology over the years.  Attendance also included the Deputy Directors of UMMC; the Head of Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy, Governance Unit, and Legal Unit of UMMC.

 

Professor Nazirah Hasnan and Dr. Norhamizan Binti Hamzah from UMMC

From Fourier Intelligence, Owen Teoh, the General Manager, signed the document, witnessed by Sarah Lim, the Senior Manager for Clinical Application and Research. Additionally, Zen Koh, the Global Hub CEO; Zhi Kang Tai, the Business Development Director; and Hayley Lim, Asst. Business Development Director, was in attendance as well. 

“We are glad to start this collaboration with UMMC’s Department of Rehabilitation and Biomedical Engineering team. This will be a key initiative to bridge the gap between rehabilitation therapists and biomedical engineers,” said Mr. Owen Teoh.

 

From top left: Associate Professor Dr. Julia Patrick Engkasan, Associate Professor Dr. Mazlina Mazlan, Professor Nazirah Hasnan, Dr. Norhamizan Binti Hamzah, and Ms Leena Lee from the Department of Rehabilitation, UMMC.
From bottom left: Ms Sarah Lim, Mr Owen Teoh, Mr Zen Koh, Mr Zhi Kang Tai, Ms Hayley Lim from Fourier Intelligence.

“My team and I are very excited to work alongside such an established and driven organization such as the UMMC with the development of this project,” added Mr. Zen KOH. “Implementing innovative techniques and research with our current solutions can break the boundaries of rehabilitative technology and we now find ourselves surrounded by individuals that can help actualise that vision.”

The partnership will focus on combining the ExoMotus™ X2 and ArmMotus™ M2 with FES (Functional Electrical Stimulation) technology. Ultimately, the partnership will collaborate on multi-centre trials that will involve Fourier Intelligence’s extensive global network of researchers and laboratories.

 

Fourier Intelligence’s ExoMotus™ X2 and ArmMotus™ M2 Pro

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

Sarah LIM (Senior Manager)
Fourier Intelligence
Phone: +65-6911-6651
Email: sarah.lim@fftai.com

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Fourier Intelligence Integrates Eastern and Western Rehabilitation

Official inauguration of a new model integrating the Eastern and Western rehabilitation therapy was held in the Chinese Medicine Rehabilitation Centre of the Second Chinese Medicine Hospital of Jiangsu Province.

Nanjing, 19th June 2021 – The official opening of the Chinese Medicine Rehabilitation Centre marks a historical moment of the integration of traditional and modern concepts and methods of rehabilitation therapy. The Centre features a wide clinical application base of intelligent rehabilitation robots in collaboration with Fourier Intelligence.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) rehabilitation therapy has been in practice for thousands of years and has endured the test of time. This discipline enters a new paradigm in the digital age combining advanced robotics through modern rehabilitation equipment.

The Second Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine (Jiangsu Province Second Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine)

Established in 1988, the Second Affiliated Hospital of Nanjing University of Chinese Medicine (Jiangsu Province Second Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine) is a public provincial-level hospital providing medical treatment, medical education, scientific research, preventative health care, and rehabilitation.

The Department of Acupuncture and Moxibustion and Tuina was officially formed in 1991, a milestone in the recognition of TCM rehabilitation. This department helps to promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle grounded in science while boosting people’s awareness of the benefits of self-care.

Fourier Intelligence’s RehabHub™ within the Chinese Medicine Rehabilitation Centre

The Chinese Medicine Rehabilitation Centre started its trial operation on the 9th of June. The overall project spans a total of 6 floors and construction covering nearly 6,000 square meters.

Guided by the concept of “continuum rehabilitation”, it is divided into an evaluation area, a physical rehabilitation area, a pre- and post-operation rehabilitation area, a speech rehabilitation area, and a pelvic floor rehabilitation centre.

These five major rehabilitation areas provide standardised, high-level, and diversified rehabilitation medical services while focusing on patient-centred care. The main areas have been equipped with a cardiopulmonary function test system, a multi-joint isokinetic strength test training system, a digital treadmill, force feedback dynamic weight loss gait and balance function training evaluation system, electromyography, transcranial magnetic therapy device, upper and lower limb rehabilitation robotics, climbing wall, suspension weight loss support training systems and other international advanced diagnostic and rehabilitation equipment.

In terms of TCM, the areas are equipped with TCM fumigation devices, medical cold compress, automatic intelligent wax therapeutics, specific electromagnetic wave therapy systems, acupuncture, massage, and various other distinctive TCM treatment equipment.

Yin Liping, Secretary of the Party Committee of the Hospital

At the launch ceremony speech, Yin Liping, Secretary of the Party Committee of the Hospital emphasizes the service concept of “taking the physical and mental health of the residents as its own responsibility”. As such, rehabilitation is in line with the development strategy of the Department.

The establishment of the Chinese Medicine Rehabilitation Centre and the signing of the strategic cooperation with Fourier Intelligence is a starting point of future collaborative platforms for medical education and universities to conduct integrated rehabilitation science research.

The hospital strives to set standards and establish norms for the industry by contributing to high-quality, all-rounded TCM medical treatment, rehabilitation, health care, and excellent services to those in need.

Launch event of the Chinese Medicine Rehabilitation Centre

The official opening of the Chinese Medicine Rehabilitation Centre also witnessed the signing ceremony for the strategic cooperation between the Hospital and Fourier Intelligence. The unveiling ceremony of the clinical application base of intelligent rehabilitation robots was held with much anticipation.

The RehabHub™ platform will accelerate the transformation of rehabilitation medicine with robots as the core to empower traditional rehabilitation services to gradually achieve standardisation and promote the innovative development of modern rehabilitation medicine.

Alex Gu, Founder and CEO of Fourier Intelligence Group

In his inaugural speech, Alex Gu, Founder and CEO of Fourier Intelligence Group, highlighted that Fourier Intelligence has continuously integrated Chinese elements into intelligent rehabilitation technology.

The Chinese Medicine Rehabilitation Centre and the Fourier Intelligence-University of Melbourne Joint Laboratory have joined forces to build a rehabilitation robot clinical application base. This has grafted traditional rehabilitation into the global rehabilitation industry-university-research system.

Not only will this innovative way of cooperation effectively promote deep integration between industry, university, and research, but it will also drive the intelligent rehabilitation industry to new heights.

Professor Denny Oetomo congratulated the inauguration ceremony remotely

The Fourier Intelligence-University of Melbourne Joint Laboratory is an innovative laboratory integrating research and development and innovation of advanced rehabilitation technologies. Denny Oetomo, the head of the laboratory and a professor at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of the University of Melbourne, said that the efficiency and efficacy of contemporary rehabilitation treatment can be effectively improved through a holistic intelligent rehabilitation path. The realisation of this goal depends on the clinical transformation of innovative technologies.

“Modern robotics can be organically integrated with the rich traditions of TCM practiced by the Hospital. I am very excited about this developmental prospect and sincerely look forward to achieving fruitful results in this interdisciplinary exchange and cooperation,” said Professor Oetomo.

The collaboration leverages the depth of clinical data provided by the Chinese Medicine Rehabilitation Centre. Applying the technology to a variety of clinical cases in real life helps to accelerate the transformation of theory into practice through real-time feedback, benefitting the entire industry.

Alex Gu introduced the new functions of rehabilitation robots to the visiting leaders
For investor and media inquiries, please contact:
Sarah LIM (Senior Manager)
Fourier Intelligence
Phone: +65-6911-6651
Email: sarah.lim@fftai.com
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Tech Start Up Fourier Intelligence Nabbed the “Shanghai Design 100+” for 2020-2021

Fourier Intelligence’s Lower Limb Exoskeleton, the ExoMotus™ M4, awarded the “Shanghai Design 100+” Award from the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Information Technology for 2022-2021

SHANGHAI, 29th May 2021 – Fourier Intelligence, a top rehabilitation industry leader, has won the “Shanghai Design 100+” award for their coveted lower limb exoskeleton, the ExoMotus™ M4.

This marks the second year for the “Shanghai Design 100+” awards ceremony hosted by the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Information Technology. The ceremony was held in the central plaza of Shanghai Shangsheng Xinsuo and was attended by many other companies, including those in design.

“Shanghai Design 100+” 2020-2021 Annual Event

To further promote the influence of Shanghai’s designers, the Shanghai Municipal Commission of Economy and Information Technology encourages innovation and creativity through the “Shanghai Design 100+” awards. In the recent 2020-2021 event, Fourier Intelligence was among the total of 1,541 design products, design events, and design cases collected.

The number of participations far exceeds the previous year. Design companies in the Yangtze River Delta, Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei, and Pearl River Delta actively partook for the award.

The awards ceremony was attended by 920 designers and design teams, covering over 30 industries, 100 review experts, with over 2.45 million public online votes and 15.35 million online clicks. 287 achievements were shortlisted, and sales of 25.91 billion yuan have been achieved, and total sales are expected to be 370.18 billion yuan. The “Shanghai Design 100+” awards were conferred after a thorough evaluation from a mix of industrial votes, key expert votes, and public voting.

Some Participants of the “Shanghai Design 100+” Awards

In this annual event, the ExoMotus™ M4 gait and body weight support system launched by Fourier Intelligence won the “Shanghai Design 100+” in 2020-2021. The exoskeleton is by far the first and only exoskeleton in the market with its own body weight supporting system.

Fourier Intelligence’s ExoMotus™ M4

The ExoMotus™ M4 lower limb rehabilitation robot adopts an integrated ergonomic design, is user-friendly, and can achieve gait functional training and multiple mode evaluations. The gait mechanical leg can provide the user with precise sensory input in the early stage of rehabilitation through repetitive walking and inhibit the formation of an abnormal gait pattern or learned non-use. Early gait training on the ground enhances plantar activation and biofeedback. Moreover, dynamic balance and symmetrical weight-bearing assessments can be performed before and after training, which provides a quantitative reference for measuring the outcome and progress of gait training with this futuristic assistive technology.

In addition to having multiple training modes and adjustable parameters, having the additional balance assessment and training modules are the three main characteristics of this lower limb rehabilitation robot that is designed to empower gait training. Through this feature, users can have personalised rehabilitation training.

The ExoMotus™ M4 will be launched into the Chinese market at the Shanghai GReAT 2021 annual summit at the end of July. The launch of this product into the international market is expected to be in early 2022.

Fourier Intelligence is recognised globally for its innovative and intelligent solutions that are based on independent research and development of core rehabilitation robot technology, providing medical institutions and patients with the world’s leading comprehensive advanced rehabilitation solutions. At present, the company has strategic partnerships with nearly 20 top universities and research institutes around the world to jointly develop progressive rehabilitation technologies and promote the application of rehabilitation robotics at the international level. Some of these partner institutions include the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab in Chicago, KITE Research Institute at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute – University Health Network, ETH Zürich in Switzerland, National Healthcare Group in Singapore, and the University of Melbourne. Fourier Intelligence has over 1,000 installations in hospitals and institutions with a global presence in more than 50 countries and regions around the world.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

Sarah LIM (Senior Manager)
Fourier Intelligence
Phone: +65-6911-6651
Email: sarah.lim@fftai.com

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Fourier Intelligence awarded triple top awards at the 84th China International Medical Equipment Spring Expo

Tech unicorn Fourier Intelligence is awarded the prestigious “Top Leading Rehabilitation Technology Enterprise Award” at the 84th China International Medical Equipment Spring Expo

Shanghai, May 28th 2021Fourier Intelligence, a global rehabilitation technology leader, has been awarded the prestigious “Top Leading Rehabilitation Technology Enterprise Award” at the 84th China International Medical Equipment (CMEF) Spring Expo. Beating some of the best entries, Fourier Intelligence’s newly revamped ArmMotus™ M2 Pro snatched two coveted awards: the “Most Innovative Rehabilitation Robotic Award” and the “Outstanding Industrial Design Award” at the annual top medical equipment event.

Alex GU, Founder, Group CEO, Fourier Intelligence

“We are not just a medical device manufacturing company,” Mr. Alex GU, Founder, Group CEO of Fourier Intelligence, says. “Our core competency is our abilities to integrate sensors, haptic technology, motion control, Artificial Intelligence (AI), and 5G optimally into the RehabHub™ concept, which revolutionalised how technologies are being used in the clinical settings. As one of the world-leading companies in rehabilitation robotics, Fourier Intelligence has successfully installed thousands of devices in over 54 countries, benefiting millions of patients.”


Fourier Intelligence’s RehabHub™ – Centralised Management System and RehabCloud

Recognising Fourier Intelligence’s trailblazing and revolutionary global RehabHub™ concept, CMEF awarded Fourier Intelligence with the prestigious “Top Leading Rehabilitation Technology Enterprise Award.”

“The RehabHub™ is an integrated, comprehensive, interconnected rehabilitation platform that makes rehabilitation services affordable, quantifiable, standardised and intelligent, utilising 5G, AI, and haptic technology,” Mr. Zen KOH, Co-Founder, Group Deputy CEO of Fourier Intelligence, says. “These awards are strong votes of confidence and recognition of our efforts in developing medical technologies to improves patients’ clinical recovery. We will continue to innovate and chart the course.”

Mr. Zen Koh, Co-Founder, Group Deputy CEO, Fourier Intelligence

The award-winning ArmMotus™ M2 Pro is an upper extremity rehabilitation robot equipped with advanced haptic force feedback powered by high-performance motors. It can deliver a highly immersive and interactive gamified functional training environment that motivates the users to perform self-initiated functional movements in high repetitions.

Fourier Intelligence’s ArmMotus™ M2 Pro is awarded the
“Most Innovative Rehabilitation Robotic Award” and the “Outstanding Industrial Design Award” at CMEF

The highly innovative system provides an assist-as-needed feature that seamlessly supports the user through challenging task-oriented training. The integrated AI system generates a patient-specific training program for clinicians to enhance users’ progressive clinical recovery further. With machine learning techniques, gamification and remote monitoring capabilities, ArmMotus™ M2 Pro will enable health professionals to provide a personalised cognitive rehabilitation therapy.


For investor and media inquiries, please contact:
Sarah LIM
Senior Manager
Fourier Intelligence
Phone: +65-6911-6651
Email: sarah.lim@fftai.com

About CMEF:

The China International Medical Equipment Fair (CMEF) is a leading medical equipment exhibition that brings together international medical equipment brands to connect with medical equipment distributors, resellers, manufacturers, doctors, regulators and government agencies. More information is available at: https://www.cmef.com.cn/en/

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IISART Names Zen Koh And Gery Colombo As Ambassadors

 

Zen Koh, Group Deputy CEO of Fourier Intelligence

Zen Koh, Fourier Intelligence Group Deputy CEO, sees his election as an ambassador alongside Gery Colombo, Founder, and ex-president of IISART, as an opportunity to contribute his years of knowledge/experiences in the industry to offer support with cross-cultural communication within IISART and bring in more company members in his new capacity.

Shanghai, June 19, 2020 – The International Industry Society in Advanced Rehabilitation Technology (IISART) has officially named Zen Koh and Dr Gery Colombo to become the industry body’s inaugural ambassadors, responsible for expanding its global network of associate members and corporate partners.

The decision was made on June 15 following a unanimous vote, where Koh, currently Co-Founder and Deputy Group CEO of Fourier Intelligence, was elected into his role as an IISART ambassador alongside Dr Colombo, the founder and former president of IISART. Gery Colombo is also the Founder and Former CEO of Hocoma AG in Zurich.

Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, IISART is an organisation that seeks to promote modern healthcare technology in rehabilitation.

“Zen has made valuable contributions to the field of rehabilitation technology for a long time,” Dr Iris Jakob, co-president of IISART, explained the reason for electing Koh as an ambassador.

A well-connected, globe-trotting technopreneur with a long career in neurorehabilitation technology, spanning across research and development, clinical application, and market development, Zen is well-respected in the industry, and well-positioned to give IISART greater visibility across the world and offer support in cross-cultural communication, Dr Jakob adds.

“Many of the IISART members know him well, and we appreciate him, not only for his business abilities but also for his soft skills,” Dr Martina Spiess, the other co-president of IISART, says. “Zen brings people together, across the planet and across cultures, languages, time zones.”

Koh, who joined Fourier Intelligence in June 2018, is expected to swell the ranks of IISART company members after he is installed in his new role. He is also the first Asian to enter the steering committee of IISART.

 

Grey Colombo, Founder and Former CEO of Hocoma AG

“This is a privilege for me personally, to work alongside a team of professionals and experts in this industry to further champion and promote technologies for rehabilitation. I am humbled and appreciative that the IISART members acknowledge my past works,” says Koh.

“It is also immensely uplifting to know that I am awarded this ambassadorship together with the much revered Dr Gery Colombo, who had been president of IISART for eight years before stepping down in 2019.”

At the moment, IISART consists of 25 industry-leading company members and five associate members. Of them five companies – including Fourier Intelligence – are from Asia, a region that IISART is keen to tap further to grow its member base.

“With all the existing strong companies in rehabilitation technology in Asia, there is a lot of potential for IISART,” says Dr Jakob, noting that all geographical regions should be involved equally if IISART were to push forward rehabilitation technology.

In spite of a clear division of labor between the two new ambassadors, both Dr Colombo and Koh are expected to combine their experiences, knowledge, and personal connections to advance the progress of neurorehabilitation robotics.

Tasked with overseeing IISART’s strategy for the APAC region, Koh will also be responsible for boosting collaboration among members in a number of areas: education of stakeholders, organising conferences for knowledge exchange, promoting the field as a whole, contributing to standards of manufacturing, influence healthy policy and achieve reimbursement.

Complex as these goals are, Koh says he has already made inroads, with a few of Fourier Intelligence’s Asian partners landing nomination into IISART’s various sub-committees.

Moreover, the Global Rehabilitation & Assistive Technology Summit, or GReAT Summit, which was organised under the auspices of Fourier Intelligence and made its debut early this year, has also been designated as an associate member of IISART pending official approval.

These moves are in line with IISART’s expectations that Koh will contribute more resources to IISART and broaden its reach across the globe.

“My ambassadorship also marks a milestone for Fourier Intelligence, as we can further foster the exchange of knowledge between the east and west, through IISART. Fourier Intelligence looks forward to sharing its knowledge and experience at the highest level of global excellence in this field,” says Koh.

He believes that Fourier Intelligence, founded in 2015, has made tremendous progress and gained a significant amount of global acknowledgement for its efforts in promoting innovation, development, and adoption of technologies in the field of rehabilitation.

“My new role is indicative of the long way this five-year-old startup has come in terms of having a positive contribution to the industry/profession,” says Koh. “With my ambassadorship, Fourier Intelligence is looking forward to partner with IISART and its members to further develop the industry/profession.”

About IISART

IISART is dedicated to advance and promote modern healthcare technology in rehabilitation for the benefit of the patient and society at large. IISART shall represent the interests of developers, manufacturers, and marketers of medical devices and their accessories, active capital medical equipment, and services in the field of Robotics, Virtual Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Electrical Stimulation.

For investor and media inquiries, please contact:

Mr Zen Koh (Deputy CEO/Chief Strategy Officer)
Fourier Intelligence
Phone: +65-9338-2328
Email: zen.koh@fftai.com

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Fourier Intelligence Inks MoU To Cements Ties With ETH Zurich

Shanghai Fourier Intelligence signed an MoU with ETH Zurich on January 13 to consolidate their collaboration on research about rehabilitation robotics and clinical care.

Shanghai robotics startup signed MoU on sidelines of industry summit to update its rehabilitation technology

Shanghai, January 13, 2020 – Shanghai Fourier Intelligence, an emerging global leader in rehabilitation robotics, has announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Sensory-Motor Systems Lab at ETH Zurich, a topnotch research institution in Switzerland.

The MoU came on the heels of the Global Rehabilitation & Assistive Technology Network Summit (or GReAT Summit) chiefly organised by the Shanghai-based startup, which was founded in 2015.

Professor Robert Riener, director of the Sensory-Motor Systems Lab at ETH Zurich, one of the top five Polytechnique universities across Europe, and Associated professor Denny Oetomo, head of the Fourier Intelligence-University of Melbourne Joint Lab, put pen to paper at the signing ceremony.

The MoU came as the Shanghai tech company has been aggressively reaching out to leading world hospitals and academic bodies over the past few years in hopes of conducting joint research in rehabilitation robotics technology.

According to Zen Koh, Fourier Intelligence Co-founder, Group Deputy CEO and Chief Strategy Officer, details of the MoU have been finalised several months ago, pending official announcement during the GReAT Summit.

The MoU will give a new impetus to the long-standing academic ties between the two sides. It could see both parties start to test and optimise the EXOPS (Exoskeleton & Robotics Open Platform System) and the upper extremity rehabilitation robotics ArmMotus M2 Pro. Fourier Intelligence will supply the devices to ETH Zurich.

“One (of our areas of cooperation) is the further development, use and test of the X2,” says Professor Riener. “The other is with the upper extremity robotics, because we have rich experience with upper extremity rehabilitation.”

He added the access he has to clinics could also help entitle Fourier Intelligence products to tests by patients.

Associate professor Denny Oetomo from the University of Melbourne applauded the MoU, saying this could set the stage for new collaboration, starting perhaps with ” visits to each other’s labs.”

Over time, a bigger focus will be on examining exoskeleton techniques being used in labs. “(At ETH Zurich) They have very well integrated engineering and clinical testing,” he says.

The two sides are also recruiting two full-time researchers at ETH Zurich to help with the joint lab project.

“There have yet to be concrete steps toward commercialisation as collaboration with ETH is purely about research,” Associated professor Oetomo claims.

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Fourier Intelligence Weaves Global Collaborative Network On Rehabilitation

Group photo taken at the close of GReAT Summit held on January 12. Altogether upwards of 500 guests attended the event co-sponsored by Fourier Intelligence to explore issues related to rehabilitation technology, clinical application, patient care and so on.

At a high-profile summit in Shanghai, 4-year-old Shanghai startup and pioneer of rehabilitation robotics ramped up efforts to unite industry forces and bring innovative therapy to the country’s growing army of senior citizens, stroke victims

Shanghai, January 13, 2020 – Shanghai Fourier Intelligence, a tech startup focusing on rehabilitation robotics, has just concluded its inaugural Global Rehabilitation & Assistive Technology Network Summit, held yesterday in Shanghai.

The event, known for short as the GReAT Summit, opened to great fanfare and was attended by more than 500 guests with diverse backgrounds in rehabilitation, clinical medicine, technology, industry and so on.

This is the first time the 4-year-old Shanghai company, which is an emerging global leader in the design and manufacturing of mass-market rehabilitation robotics, has brought together world-famed academics and industry practitioners to discuss a range of issues pertinent to rehabilitation technology and patient care.

 

Alex Gu, Fourier Intelligence Founder and Group CEO, speaks at the GReAT Summit on January 12.

“Technology knows no borders, and nor does medicine,” says Alex Gu, Fourier Intelligence Founder and Group CEO. “We only have one common enemy to vanquish, and that is diseases.”

As Chinese population ages rapidly, the country is grappling with a spike in the incidence of age-related diseases like stroke. Products and services that aid the elderly with mobility impairment are much in demand, presenting a huge opportunity for a contingent of tech startups tapping into the senior care segment.

A rapidly aging China needs to embrace technology to rise to challenges brought by changing demographics, primarily an increase of certain diseases, Mei Zhe, deputy director of Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau, told the audience at the GReAT Summit.
As part of the GReAT Summit, Fourier Intelligence also partnered with China Health Promotion Foundation to launch a public-welfare initiative known as “Grassroots rehabilitation innovative service and capacity-building program.”

According to some estimates, China has a shortfall of some 300,000 therapists. This problem affects all of China’s hospitals, but to varying degrees. Third and fourth-tier cities are dealt a poor hand as they find themselves in the shallow end of a talent pool.

With an aim to enable hospitals in these regions to offer innovative physiotherapy to underprivileged citizens, the new initiative will serve as a platform for pooling resources and building a more inclusive and accessible multi-level rehabilitation service system across the country, so as to reach patients in remote corners of the country.

To date, China has 249 million people aged 60 and older, about 60 percent of whom are seeking rehabilitation medication, but only 15 percent of those needs are met, says Mei Zhe, deputy director of Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau, at the GReAT Summit.

In a megapolis like Shanghai, which has been graying rapidly over the past decade, demographers reported that by the end of 2018, permanent residents 60 years of age and above accounted for 34.4 percent of the city’s population, meaning that one in three locals is a senior citizen.

“Through cutting-edge rehabilitation and assistive technology, we can bring hope to the elderly to have a better quality of life, ” Mei of Shanghai Civil Affairs Bureau noted. “The future is bright for the rehabilitation and assistive technology industry.”

A picture of Fourier Intelligence RehabHub
As an industry leader, Fourier Intelligence has been at the forefront of meeting patient needs via technologies like rehabilitation robotics. On top of the upper extremity robotics, exoskeletons and other gadgets in its product line, the company also introduced seven new products at the summit, aimed at satisfying the needs of stroke patients and other victims of impaired mobility throughout the rehabilitation process.

Among the new additions, a highlight was a 380-gramme wearable robotics called “HandyRehab.” With roughly the same weight as a canned Coke, it fits easily on the user’s hands like a glove and is designed to help complete simple day-to-day tasks such as grasping an object or opening a bottle for patients whose hands are immobile from stroke, the Parkinson’s, neurological disorders and other handicaps.

All these gizmos will fit into an integrated system dubbed “Fourier Intelligence RehabHub.” The “RehabHub” incorporates engaging user interfaces and reward-based therapeutic methods like games to encourage patients to willingly undergo physiotherapy, as opposed to conventional therapy where patients are subject to repetition of mundane, boredom-inducing movements.

“In a RehabHub, all data generated during training sessions can be accessed and shared, forming a truly intelligent interconnected rehabilitation network,” says Gu, Group CEO of Fourier Intelligence.

Innovations like this promise to benefit China’s legion of physically challenged people, who are increasingly reliant on advances in technology to improve their lives.

“Apart from the fact that the number of senior citizens (aged 60 and older) is increasing by 5.4 percent each year, we are also confronted with the arduous task of providing rehabilitation to people with physical disabilities,” says Liu Xiaochun, head of the Managing Committee of Specialised Funds under China Health Promotion Foundation.

He added that “nationwide there are 85 million people with disabilities who need to be cared for, and also to be treated and guided by means of modern technology and management.”

Fourier Intelligence has responded by initiating the GReAT Network, which includes a number of leading medical and research institutions such as the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, ETH Zurich, Imperial College London, the University of Melbourne, Instituto Cajal, h/p/cosmos sports & medical gmbh, among others.

Zen Koh, Fourier Intelligence Co-founder, Group Deputy CEO and Chief Strategy Officer, speaks at the Global Rehabilitation & Assistive Technology Network Summit on January 12.
The expected role the GReAT Network is to leverage the synergies of scientists, researchers, engineers and clinical therapists to build a vast network of global rehabilitation resources, says Zen Koh, Fourier Intelligence Co-founder, Group Deputy CEO and Chief Strategy Officer.

“Strokes, spinal cord injuries and paralysis are issues of global concern. Traditional treatment can do little to help. We have to look for new paths to recovery,” says Jose Pons, chair of the Leg + Walking Lab at Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, which has topped the rankings of US neurorehabilitation hospitals for 28 consecutive years.

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