Living with essential tremor is not simple for people suffering from Parkinson’s Disease. They are unable to carry out regular hand movements without dropping things as they have no control over their movements. There are medications and drugs to help them; however, they fail to arrest the condition after some point in time, and sufferers need to live for the rest of their lives with essential tremors.
Joon Faii Ong – Using a drug-free approach to help patients regain an independent life
Joon Faii Ong from London is the CEO and the Founder of GyroGear, a leading name in wearable healthcare solutions in the UK. He is the inventor of the GyroGlove, a unique wearable technology that helps patients suffering from nerve disorders like Parkinson’s Disease combat the involuntarily shakes in hand.
He was prompted to invent this special glove with gyroscopes- the same technology that you see in aerospace satellites and rockets after he witnessed the pains of a 103-year old patient struggling to drink a bowl of soup. He was shocked and was so deeply moved by the incident that he placed his thriving medical career on hold to invent the GyroGlove.
When he was a young boy, he used to play with toys that have gyroscopes. They are spinning discs that you find on toy tops that stand upright and spin. He evaluated this technology and used it in his new invention. He, along with a team of medics, healthcare professionals, and engineers at GyroGear, created many wearable healthcare devices; however, none of them have been as successful as the GyroGlove. Today, it is a drug-free way to offer relief to those who have nerve disorders and essential tremors like in Parkinson’s Disease.
Quest to introduce GyroGlove to patients soon in the market
His invention has received a lot of attention and welcoming response from the medical community and charitable organizations. It has received funds from grants that have been supported by Innovate UK through the Innovation Vouchers and Smart Proof of Concept grants.
However, the above is still not sufficient for the product to reach the market. The company needs to conduct trials on patients. It has to design the product final and secure regulatory approval for it before it can be marketed to the people.
In its endeavor to get the Phase 2 award from the Enterprise Europe Nation, GyroGear has been one of the six shortlisted SME companies in the UK for the interview in this specific round. The team has given advice for the pitch presentation the company should place forth before preparing and the key points that should be addressed at the presentation for the award’s evaluators.
Subsequent to the above award announcement, Joon Faii Ong says the EEN team located at Cambridge is working with the management team at GyroGear to execute the analysis of its extensive needs, so they get a qualified coach from the database of the European Commission for the task. He is satisfied with the EEN support and has said he appreciates them for the timely and quality support rendered.