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Bionics and Exoskeletons - Advances in Technology and Current Unmet Needs for Prosthetics

When: Jan 16, 2019
5:30-8:30 PM
Where: Regis College, Fine Arts Center
235 Wellesley St
Weston, Massachusetts  02493
United States
Contact: Bill Munger

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Jan 16 MDG Boston FORUM
Advances in Bionics and Medical Exoskeletons
Come see how much closer new technology is bringing patients to full limb utility!
Attractive artificial limbs with remarkable capabilities and natural motion are replacing 
the rigid prosthetics and hook-and-cable systems of yesteryear.

Program Description  

Paul Gudonis of Myomo and Christopher Nycz of WPI's Automation and Interventional Medicine Laboratory will discuss the latest developments in rehabilitation robotics
and their future visions for this field.

While there have been primitive versions of prosthetic limbs for most of human history, full functional replacement has largely only been realized in science fiction.

Christopher Morse from Ottobock will offer industry insight into what it takes to innovate in the advanced prosthetics space.

The performance and capability of both exoskeletons and bionics are markedly enhanced by technologies that sensitively and accurately interpret and respond to patient nerve signals and, in some recent research, send appropriate sensory signals back.

At this forum, researchers Jesse Wheeler from Draper and Shriya Srinivasan from MIT will share some of their cutting-edge research in this area.

Bionics are being used for developing artificial limbs that benefit people affected by, for example, spinal cord injuries, neurodegenerative diseases, and amputation.

Medical exoskeletons can be used when trauma or diseases like ALS weaken one or more limbs.

The loss of a limb, either by paralysis or physical removal, starts a lifelong mission to compensate for the missing function. Using modern robotics and lightweight materials exoskeletons can augment and even replace much of the function that the muscles once performed.



Come join us for an exciting evening
of science and hope!

Who Should Attend: 
  • Neurobiologists interested in the latest developments in neurological interfaces with prosthetic limbs
  • Engineers interested in the application of their trade to prosthetics and exoskeletons to support partially or fully paralyzed limbs
  • Those who have paralyzed or missing limbs or those who provide professional support to these patients
Jan 16, 5:30 - 8:30 PM
Regis College Fine Arts Center
Weston, MA
MDG Boston Earlybird Forum Fees
   Member/Alliance Partner - $30   
   Non-member - $45 
   Student (member) - $10
   Student (non-member) - $15 
Gold Member - No Charge
Event Sponsorship - $500  
 (contact Hank Allard for details 
Event Sponsors


Our Distinguished Panel
Christopher Nycz, PhD
Research Scientist,
Worcester Polytechnical Institute
Paul Gudonis, MBA
CEO, Myomo
Jesse Wheeler, PhD
Neurotechnology Business Lead,
Draper Laboratory
Shriya Srinivasan
Doctoral Researcher,
MIT Biomechatronics Lab
Christopher Morse, MSME        
Director of Research and Development, Ottobock
Alexander Adam, JD, PhD     
Principal, Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds - Intellectual Property Law


Panel Bios     
Christopher Nycz, PhD      
Research Scientist, Worcester Polytechnical Institute
Chris’s research interests are in the use of wearable robotics to restore hand function of those suffering paresis as a result of neurological trauma and disease. In his doctoral research he applied a patient-centric approach to hand exoskeletons, working to translate the clinical need as communicated by patients and practitioners into quantitative engineering design criteria and clinically relevant mechanisms.

As a research scientist at WPI’s new PracticePoint center for advancing healthcare through cyber-physical systems, Chris is responsible for managing a broad range of industry-academia projects in areas including biomechatronics, image guided therapy, smart-home environments, and surgical robotics.

Paul Gudonis, MBA
CEO, Myomo
Mr. Gudonis has served as CEO of medical device company Myomo for the past seven years, positioning the company as the leader in wearable robotics for upper limb paralysis. He has pioneered new technologies and created new markets during his 30-year career spanning biomedical devices, robotics, software, and telecommunications services.

From launching the first cellphone service in the country to building the first Internet backbone network into a billion-dollar global services provider, he has grown venture-backed startup companies and led several publicly held corporations. He took Myomo public in June 2017 as the first company to be listed on a national exchange, the NYSE American, under the JOBS Act/ Regulation A+ rules.

Jesse Wheeler, PhD
Neurotechnology Business Lead, Draper Laboratory
Jesse’s interests include implantable micro-systems for medical therapies, biomimetic systems for efficient processing and control, and cybernetic systems that optimize cooperative interactions between biology and machines.

Jesse’s doctoral work focused on closed-loop neural interfaces to restore movement and sensation of touch through neuroprosthetics and re-animation of paralyzed limbs.

His biomedical work at Draper includes the development of next-generation medical implants with high-fidelity electrodes, responsive therapies, and wireless connectivity. Examples include a 320-channel closed-loop brain implant for treating neuropsychiatric disorders and a network of miniature wireless implants for restoring sensorimotor function to amputees.

Shriya Srinivasan
Doctoral Researcher, Biomechatronics Research, MIT
Shriya’s research in the Biomechatronics group at the MIT Media Lab synthesizes her medical and engineering training to redesign the surgical paradigm for amputation.

Using regenerative muscle grafts, Shriya has developed a method that enables improved neural interfacing with advanced biomechatronic devices as well as returns sensory feedback from prostheses. Notably, her methods can be applied to persons who have already undergone amputation, restoring lost function to severed nerves.

Shriya’s work has been featured on NPR’s Science Friday, Harvard Medicine Magazine, Forbes and other notable outlets. She was also an invited TEDx speaker. More recently, she has been exploring closed-loop optogenetic stimulation systems to control paralyzed limbs.
Christopher Morse, MSME
Director of Research and Development, Ottobock
Christopher leads the Boston office that is part of the Global Research Department. They have extensive expertise in mechatronics and its applications in wearable devices. An example of their work is the Empower, the first prosthetic ankle that adds power propulsion to a user’s step.

Christopher studied legged locomotion and robotics at MIT’s Leg Lab and has a long history working with robotics and medical device startups in the Boston area. Founded in 1919, Ottobock is a global market leader that designs, develops and sells medical technology products in the areas of prosthetics, orthotics, and mobility.
Alexander Adam, JD, PhD  MODERATOR
Principal, Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds - Intellectual Property Law
Alexander specializes in drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the fields of medical devices, biotechnology and life sciences, computer systems, electronics, imaging software, control systems, mechanical devices, telecommunications, and clean energy. He also has experience in trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings, patent litigation, due diligence, and providing invalidity and non-infringement opinions. Alex advises clients on U.S. and international patent strategy.



Jeff Moodie, PhD
Sr. Principal Scientist, Getinge


VP of Program Central, MDG Boston
Alexander Adam, JD, PhD
Principal, Hamilton Brook Smith Reynolds -
Intellectual Property Law 


Fees -  (Light dinner included)
Fee Category Early Registration
(By Jan 9)
Week Prior
(Jan 9 - Jan 16)

At the Door
(Jan 16
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Non-Member: $45 $55 $65
Student Member $10 $12 $15    
Student Non-member w/ a valid ID $15 $18 $20 
Gold Member No Charge No Charge  No Charge 
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