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Startup Rehabtics wins Towson University competition, gains entry to TowsonGlobal

05/07/2014

Baltimore software startup Rehabtics LLC is the winner of Towson University’s annual business competition.

Rehabtics, which is developing a software program for physical therapy, was selected as the winner at the contest’s public forum May 1. Rehabtics will receive membership at the university’s incubator, TowsonGlobal, and a $3,750 cash prize.

Runner up Tutela Bedside Technologies LLC, a Clarksville-based medical device startup, received $1,500. Third place and $500 went to Zero Gravity, a custom glass and metal fusion shop in Baltimore.

Rehabtics was launched in October 2012 by Johns Hopkins University graduate student Xiaoxu Kang. The company is developing a motion sensor video game, called ArmSPOT, which patients can use to complete their physical therapy exercises.

I spoke with Kang in March, when the company was selected for a Maryland Industrial Partnerships program grant. Rehabtics and MIPS are backing a $158,000 grant for University of Maryland, Baltimore physical therapy and rehabilitation professor Jill Whitall, who will be working with Rehabtics to advance its product.

Kang told me that the company had received a total of $250,000 in funding so far and is looking to raise more by this summer.

The company is working on making the video game software compatible with home computers, so patients could do their physical therapy exercises without traveling, but Rehabtics is also looking to get its product in hospitals.

The seven-person company is based at the ETC at Johns Hopkins Eastern.

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