What is Ambionics about?
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In the US alone, around 1000 children are born each year that could benefit from Ambionics’ unique technology – that number doesn’t include the number of children who receive amputations from traumatic injuries and diseases like meningitis and cancer.
Ambionics is here to disrupt the prosthetics market and bring affordable prosthetic solutions to those who need them at the earliest opportunity.
Currently in the UK children have to wait 8 – 11 weeks for passive (non functional) arms. We can offer functioning arms produced from a scan in only 5 days (a 90% reduction) Ambionics arms look amazing too and there will be a choice of hand styles and colours available.
Also if an arm is lost or damaged, we can simply print another from the digital copy we keep – there is no need to re-cast and wait unnecessarily, preventing developmental opportunities and exposing the child to risk of injury.
Finally, and most importantly, by providing solutions earlier we can begin encouraging brain development more effectively so that children can master their use before a critical period of brain development comes to an end.
Better, faster and cheaper. We want to offer the kind of service that every child deserves.
I’m Ben Ryan. I invented unique prosthetic technology geared towards helping very young amputees like my son – Sol. The technology uses fluid to operate a grabbing mechanism (hydraulic) and was inspired by how spiders move their legs using fluid pressure. Sacks of fluid in the socket of a prosthetic arm are squashed to control a basic grabbing mechanism.
Think of it as a training device.
No batteries are required – it’s powered by the wearer’s own muscles.
There are no small parts or screws that could come lose
It’s lightweight with a high centre of gravity
It’s affordable thanks to advances in 3D printing
I was a psychology teacher and my background led me to carry out research into the available options for my son following his amputation in March 2015 – I noticed a gap between when a prosthetic would be most useful to him and what was being offered by our health care provider. I discovered a fairly clear pattern where children not fitted with a functional hand until after 2 years of age tended to reject prosthetics. I didn’t want that to happen to Sol so I designed something that could be worn much earlier and which countered many of the weaknesses of electric arms, body powered hooks and passive or cosmetic arms which were thought to lead to their rejection. My aim through Ambionics is to help children everywhere adopt and continue to use prosthetics through into adulthood.
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CEO and founder, Ambionics