Virtual reality system used to help stroke victims regain upper extremity coordination

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November 19, 2018

An estimated seven million Americans live with long-term disability from a stroke and about 800,000 strokes occur each year in the U.S. alone. Stroke damage leaves the majority of survivors with long-term arm impairment that interferes with daily life. Therapy options for post-stroke arm impairment are very limited, especially for those who suffer with more-severe impairment, and insurance only covers a fraction of the amount of therapy needed. Most of the therapy that is available is frustrating and tedious for stroke survivors, often to the point where stroke survivors stop therapy altogether.

In 2011, an interdisciplinary research team of Clemson University Computer Scientists, led by Dr. Larry Hodges, and Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) stroke researchers, led by Dr. Michelle Woodbury, began work on a novel virtual reality game technology to address these problems.  In 2013, Recovr, Inc. was founded by the Clemson researchers who licensed their initial work done at Clemson and MUSC through the Clemson University Research Foundation (CURF), with Austen Hayes, a member of the original development team, as the CEO. Their current product, the Recovr Rehabilitation System (RRS) has now expanded to support therapy of a wide range of physical and neurological conditions while also capturing and automatically documenting a patient’s progress and compliance with their rehabilitation program.

Since its inception in November 2013, Recovr has received a number of notable awards and successes. In 2014 Recovr was chosen to participate in the IronYard Digital Health Accelerator and was awarded a SC Launch Academic Startup Assistant Program (ASAP) grant.  Later that year the company received the InnoVision Small Enterprise Award. Their rehabilitation system received FDA 510(K) Clearance and the company raised their initial seed round of investment in 2015. In 2016 Recovr, in collaboration with MUSC, was awarded a large NIH Direct to Phase II SBIR grant—the first to be received by any organization in the state of South Carolina. This award is funding research in the effectiveness of the Recovr Rehabilitation System for home use.

Currently, Recovr is in the due diligence phase with a South Carolina organization for further investment funding. This investment will allow them to expand their sales and development personnel operating out of their home office in downtown Clemson, SC.

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