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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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