The IIT start-up specialised in robotic rehabilitation

Jul 24, 2016

Sergio Dompé, born in Milan in 1955 and Chairman of Dompé Pharmaceuticals Group, which has locations in the US and Europe, approximately 500 employees and investment in R&D of approximately 50 million euros per year, has signed an agreement with IIT – Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia - for the development of the IIT start-up Movendo Technology.

This agreement will be effective only after the 60 days observation period of the supervising Ministries of Economy and Finance (MEF) and of Education, University and Research (MIUR), as required by the legislation that regulates the IIT start-ups. For the first time, IIT will be part of the startup capital, following the recent change in IIT start-up regulations stated by the Italian Government (2015).

Sergio Dompé’s initial 10 million investment will serve to lay the foundations for the birth of a new high-tech, 'made in Italy' industrial entity. The new company will develop, manufacture and market innovative medical devices. The first production site will be based in Genoa, near IIT, where the first product (Hunova) will be assembled and then introduced to European and US markets.

Dompé investment is in line with the strategy of the industrial group, which strongly believes in innovation and currently invests 25% of its turnover in research and development.

Hunova will be mainly offered in clinics and physiotherapy, orthopedic, neurological, geriatric and sport rehabilitation centers. The market for robotic medical devices is growing rapidly around the world and is estimated to reach a total value of $5 billion over the next five years. The Business Plan envisages breaking even in 3 years with a total of 100 employees (starting from 30) in five years. IIT will have a share in the startup according to the investments made and will also perceive royalties on intellectual property of the devices sold on the market.

Photo Credit: Agnese Abrusci

Movendo Technology is a start-up that was born from an idea of Simone Ungaro, Carlo Sanfilippo and Jody Saglia and from the work of a team comprised of 20 technicians and engineers. Movendo Technology will establish its first production facility in Genoa and, at the beginning of 2017, start the production and commercialisation of Hunova, a robotic platform for the rehabilitation and functional motor sense evaluation of lower limbs and trunk.

Hunova - whose technologies are covered by international patents granted in concession from IIT, and has already received CE certification for Europe and is about to obtain the FDA certification in the US - is a programmable robotic medical device able to support the physiotherapist in the treatment of ankle, knee, hip or spine. There are two main competitive advantages of this technology: Hunova is able to collect a significant amount of data on patient biomechanics, constantly monitoring his/her progresses and it provides direct support to the patient through a guiding robotic system, offering a wide range of rehabilitation protocols in the form of video games. It consists of two electromechanical platforms equipped with sensors, characterised by two degrees of freedom (feet and seat level). The device integrates the force sensors to adjust the interaction with the patient and a wireless sensor, located on the trunk of the subject, that allows you to check the patient's torso movement. The exercises performed with Hunova are accompanied by interactive, graphic, videogame-like, simple applications, helping the patient to effectively complete the exercises.

Hunova extends, develops and optimises the traditional rehabilitative practices and provides objective parameters to evaluate the recovery of patients, allowing the personalisation of care, thus increasing the effectiveness of therapy.



Published: 24 July 2016
IIT OpenTalk Editorial Staff


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