Parker Hannifin Corporation, a medical device manufacturer based in Cleveland, Ohio, announced that it had entered a new agreement with the Shepherd Center as a part of an initiative to commercialize its exoskeleton device, dubbed Indego. According to a press release by the company, the Indego exoskeleton device is scheduled for release next year..
The Shepherd Center is based in Atlanta, Georgia. It is one of the leading research hospitals in the U.S. for those with brain or spinal cord injuries.
Under the new partnership, the Shepherd Center will serve as testing grounds for Parker’s device. It will develop testing protocols for device use and will also train physicians at other centers on its use. The Indego is currently the only robotic exoskeleton that can be worn by a patient while he or she is in a wheelchair. It can even be worn while in a vehicle. The device also offers full mobility on surfaces like stairs.
Craig Maxwell is a vice president at Parker Hannifield, In prepared remarks, he said, "Shepherd Center has a world-class reputation in the field of rehabilitation and we are proud they have chosen to support us in the commercialization of Indego." He continued, "Shepherd Center is the only rehabilitation facility to have tested Indego and the two other devices currently being marketed by other companies as exoskeletons."