Innovation Snapshot
Innovator:Karma Machining & Manufacturing
Location:Edmonton, Alberta

A PROMISING DEVICE TO IMPROVE HAND THERAPY

For many Albertans, basic tasks like using a can opener, turning a door handle or opening a jar can be difficult. It’s a challenge to meet hand therapy needs because there are limited options for measuring the progress of rehabilitation. Work simulation devices exist but they are very expensive. Karma Machining & Manufacturing, as part of its drive to diversify beyond fabricating complex components for the energy sector, has developed an innovative medical device that is currently being trialed.

  • The FEPSim® (flexion, extension, pronation, and supination simulator) medical device enables hand and wrist rehabilitation, adjustable to a patient’s capabilities during the rehabilitation process.
  • With the support of Alberta Innovates, Karma and the U of A Faculty of Rehabilitation Medicine, are working together to trial the device with patients at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital and Royal Alexandra Hospital.

“Market validation is everything! Alberta Innovates’ support allows Karma the opportunity to put prototypes in the hands of patients and assess the effectiveness of the device. The medical device market can be very challenging and having this support is vital to our diversification strategy.”Darryl Short, CEO, Karma Machining & Manufacturing

Another example of Alberta ingenuity.