”Smarta kläder som kan upptäcka långa perioder av muskelinaktivitet”

Publicerad 19 oktober, 2020

Paul Ackermann är ortoped och universitetslektor inom ortopedi på institutionen för molekulär medicin och kirurgi (MMK) på KI och Robin Juthberg, doktorand och läkare inom ortopedi också han på MMK tittar bland annat på nya innovativa sätt att ta itu med det ständigt växande problemet med muskelinaktivitet.

Paul Ackermann får stöd från KI Innovations START team och vi ställde honom några frågor med fokus på det stöd han har fått, vilka upplevelser han har haft och vilka utmaningar han känner att han har ställts inför så här långt. Vi är även nyfikna på hur han ser på framtiden.

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Provide a short summary of the project that you intend to create impact from. 

The purpose of this project is to address the globally growing problem of increased physical inactivity. Muscle inactivity leads to major medical disorders and related financial burdens on health care due to eg. muscle wasting, metabolic disorders, impaired blood flow, increased risk of blood clots and shortened life span.

The goal of this project is to develop ”smart” clothing that can detect prolonged periods of muscle inactivity and, based on this information, automatically begin an intelligent stimulation of muscle activity in order to prevent a number of different medical disorders.

Who is the future user of the product that you aim to develop and what impact do you foresee that your invention could have?

The effects that may be expected from the smart clothing will be implemented in healthcare in all immobilized and bedridden patients as well as in home care of patients and persons, which live a sedentary life. The usage of the smart clothing will be able to counteract several medical disorders related to a sedentary lifestyle.

What is the current status of your project from an impact creation / commercialization point of view?

 Patents is being applied for. Currently, a deeper understanding of different parts of the project are analyzed through a Vinnova-funded project (MedTech4Health), which is designed as a collaboration between 4 parties with expertise in various relevant development fields; healthcare (Karolinska Sjukhuset, KS), electronics (Kungliga Tekniska Högskolan), textiles (Textilhögskolan Borås) and industry (Bola AB).

 What steps have you taken towards impact creation and commercialization?

A market analysis has been performed, which demonstrates possibilities of huge savings within health care from usage of the product. Moreover, not only health care but also over the counter customers have been identified as a huge market for the product.

What are your key learnings so far in relation to impact creation / commercialization?

It is a trial and error process that goes in several directions before the essential pieces of information/ technology goes in the right direction.