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Innovation 'Elevator Pitch':
Tipsim® is a completely new product producing long lasting improvements in sensorimotor abilities of the hand in rehabilitation after brain damage, such as stroke, craniocerebral trauma or other neuro diseases e.g. Complex Regional Pain Syndrome.
Overview of Innovation:
Tip-stimulation with Tipstim® facilitates long-lasting therapy procedures. By sensory stimulation of the finger tips, Tipstim® drives plasticity processes in cerebral areas involved in the activation of the hand and fingers. Specially designed stimulation patterns – developed over many years of research & trials at the Institute for Neuroinformatics at the Ruhr University Bochum – are generated by a small, portable electronic pulse generator and applied directly to the finger tips via a completely new and highly-sophisticated therapy glove. The Tipstim glove® is the first product of its kind to utilise a new advanced medically approved conductive and biocompatible textile.
 
The therapy is completely painless, without side-effects and very easy to apply. The patient simply pulls over the glove, connects it to the pulse generator and starts the therapy session once a day for 1 hour. The therapy does not demand any special attention from the patient. Due to the small size of the pulse generator, the therapy can easily be integrated into everyday life and home. In principle, therapy can be applied everywhere, even when out walking.


 The proven efficiency of Tipstim® results from stimulation pattern specially designed for most effective enforcement of neuroplasticity processes. Clinical studies show that these special patterns produce cerebral changes which lead to persistent improvement of a patient’s sensorimotor abilities. This especially true with sensory and proprioceptive deficits which have shown a greater recovery than with standard rehabilitation therapy alone
 
Studies have shown that sensory stimulation drives plastic processes in the brain areas activated by the stimulation. This induces reorganisation in and around those brain areas that became dysfunctional by stroke or other brain injuries. This reorganization facilitates reactivation of cortical tissue that has preserved some functionality. The resulting remodelling of cortical circuits then mediates functional recovery.
 
Tipstim® is a clinically tested and CE approved product. The efficacy & safety of Tipstim® therapy has been proven in rigorous clinical trials.
Stage of Development:
Market ready and adopted - Fully proven, commercially deployable, market ready and already adopted in some areas (in a different region or sector)
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