Kazakh-Made Medical Exoskeleton Listed in the World’s Top 20 Innovative Solutions
The United Nations (UN) has officially recognized a medical invention developed by scientists from Nazarbayev University in the world’s top 20 innovative solutions.
The invention created was a unique arm exoskeleton for the rehabilitation of stroke patients.
The scientists said that the medical exoskeleton allows the patients to move their upper limbs, which could speed up the recovery process.
“We have presented our project at an international exhibition, organized by UNICEF and the UN. We have signed some agreements at the event and now we are working with UNICEF and the Kazakh Ministry of Health,” Co-developer of the Nazarbayev University project, Beibit Abdikenov said.
He added that the project’s uniqueness lies in a special algorithm installed in the exoskeleton’s system. The system is fully developed by local scientists.
The project has won a fund from the World Bank as part of the bank’s move to support inclusive innovations.
Abdikenov said the scientists are planning to patent the system and apply it in medical organizations across Kazakhstan.
“Our product will be up to 8 times cheaper than foreign products in Kazakhstan. Next year we will go through the certification and product registration processes to obtain the patent,” he said.
Nazarbayev University was established based on the initiative of the First President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev. In nine years, the university has become the leading research university in the country which focuses on the development of innovations.