RAEng 1851 Enterprise Fellow 2017

Guillem Singla Buxarrais

Neurofenix is an innovative digital therapeutics start-up dedicated to make stroke rehabilitation affordable and enjoyable.

1 in 6 people will have a stroke in their lifetime. Most survivors lose control of an arm and the best chance to recover is through intensive physiotherapy, but it is very hard for them to access it because public healthcare systems such as the NHS are under-resourced and private physiotherapy is expensive. Neurofenix has developed the solution to this problem: the Gameball Platform, which has been developed with stroke survivors and physiotherapists since day one. Dimitris (co-founder) and Guillem are weekly volunteers at stroke support groups in London, where they have spent hundreds of hours understanding the needs and problems of stroke survivors involving them in the development of the Gameball.

The Gameball Platform is designed for all-in-one home-based rehabilitation for stroke survivors to improve the functionality of their upper limb. It consists of a low-cost hand training device connected wirelessly to a mobile application. Stroke survivors place their hand on top of the controller and can train their whole upper limb, from fingers to shoulder. The Gameball App lets them play games especially designed to make rehabilitation exercises entertaining, it tracks their progress and allows stroke survivors to share their scores with other survivors, making rehabilitation fun and social for the first time.

Guillem’s goal is for every stroke survivors to use a Gameball in their home to accompany them through their recovery journey. The Gameball Platform will connect stroke survivors around the world and Neurofenix will be the leader in providing affordable and engaging neurological rehabilitation.

The Gameball Platform will empower millions of survivors to self-manage their own therapy and reduce the ever-growing economic burden of stroke, effectively democratizing rehabilitation. In the future, the company envisions using machine learning to predict recovery after a stroke based on all the data gathered from the improvement of millions of stroke survivors and expanding their product line. Finally, Guillem believes their technology will have applications beyond stroke recovery. There are other conditions that demand physical and cognitive rehabilitation such as traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, cerebral palsy, hand injury and osteoarthrosis that could benefit from their technology.

Neurofenix is currently looking for forward-thinking physiotherapists and enthusiastic stroke survivors to try out the Gameball Platform. The company is backed by Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Nominet Trust and Entrepreneur First.