Spinal Cord Injury Research Fundraiser a Success!!

On September 3rd, 2016 Able Bionics hosted an open house, barebeque, silent auction, fundraiser to raise money for spinal cord injury research. All proceeds went to the Rick Hansen Foundation.

A large thank-you goes to everyone who attended the event to support the cause and an even bigger thank-you goes out to the following individuals and companies who donated items to make our fundraiser a success: Yvonne Haefling, Connie Franze, Niagara parks, Budweiser Gardens, East Park, Fleetway, Mystery Escape Rooms, Palasad, Sarah Benevides, Laser Quest, Ian Campbell, Debbie McLuhan, Zack Fares with Finch Dodge car dealership, and Sam from Giant Tiger. 

The fundraiser raised $848.20! 

Able Bionics Fundraiser For Spinal Cord Injury Research - All Proceeds Go To Rick Hansen Foundation

Able Bionics is hosting an open house fundraiser for Spinal Cord Injury Research. 
All proceeds going to the Rick Hansen Foundation.

Want to have fun on September 3rd?

You are invited to a fundraiser hosted by Able Bionics for the Rick Hansen Foundation in support of spinal cord injury research.

Come join us on September 3rd, 2016 from 11am-3pm and help raise money for spinal cord injury research! 

ACTIVITES!
BBQ - Hamburgers and Hotdogs
SILENT AUCTION (we are still looking for donations - if you would like to donate to the silent auction please e-mail ablebionics@gmail.com
GAMES
EXOSKELETON DEMONSTRATIONS

Aspen Times Weekly: Bridging Bionics to Rebuild Lives

Written by: Kelly J. Hayes
June 02, 2016

The threat of rain was not going to deter Tim Burr from his appointed rounds. After all, it had been 18 months since he last took a proper walk outdoors.
With his family standing by his side in a corner of the Snowmass Club, Tim placed a wooden board as a bridge between his wheelchair and the chair where “Tucker,” the bionic exoskeleton suit that was laid out for his arrival, sat waiting. 

To read more and see the video visit: http://www.aspentimes.com/news/22201001-113/aspen-times-weekly-bridging-...

Exoskeleton Documentary

Documentary by Samuel Gallant.

When you think of an exosuit, you almost certainly think of Marvel’s Iron man. A superhero who fights villainous enemies in his weaponized armour. While many fantasize of such technology actually existing today, the concept of an exosuit is very real. They’re being used for good, as well, but not in the way you would probably expect. Many companies and organizations are making leaps and bounds in the industry, which develops exosuits to help people with mobility issues to walk again. The exosuits, which vary in size, purpose, and cost, have been proven to help a great many people feel the joy of walking again, something most of us take for granted.When you think of an exosuit, you almost certainly think of Marvel’s Iron man. A superhero who fights villainous enemies in his weaponized armour. While many fantasize of such technology actually existing today, the concept of an exosuit is very real. They’re being used for good, as well, but not in the way you would probably expect. Many companies and organizations are making leaps and bounds in the industry, which develops exosuits to help people with mobility issues to walk again. The exosuits, which vary in size, purpose, and cost, have been proven to help a great many people feel the joy of walking again, something most of us take for granted.

To hear the rest of this documentary, visit: https://soundcloud.com/samuelgallantbrjr/exosuit-documentary

Exoskeleton gives people a chance to walk again

We’re looking at a business in London, Ontario that gives people who were told they’d never walk again a chance to do just that. Able Bionics uses robotic exoskeletons to help people get out of their wheelchairs and stand on their own two feet. The suits are made for people who have some type of paralysis that prevents them from walking. They’re a bit strange looking and quite heavy to wear but the weight is worth it for someone who hasn’t taken a step on their own in years.

To read the entire story and view the newscast, visit: http://www.chch.com/able-bionics-is-helping-people-to-walk-again/

London business faces Dragons

Written by Kerra Seay for Fanshawe's Interrobang

A London-based company took their business proposal to CBC’s popular show Dragons’ Den and came out winners.
Able Bionics, a gait rehabilitation company based in London that helps people who have been injured to walk again, took their product and business plan to the Dragons on Dragons’ Den.

To read the full article, visit: http://www.fsu.ca/interrobang.php?storyID=12056

An Astronaut Walks Into a Ninja Sex Party

Written by Robin Ince
Posted on October 29, 2015

When performing in a foreign territory for the first time, I always reckon it is best to start in 2600 seat theatre and ensure you have an astronaut with you. Well, that’s how I did Toronto anyway and it seemed to work. Last night was the first of Chris Hadfield’s Generators. What was Generator? It was woman called Star falling off a bicycle. It was a quadriplegic man called Mitchell walking on stage in a robotic exoskeleton. It was aplanetary scientist called Marianne talking about education. It was poetry going into space and it was the Tupperware Remix Party dressing as superpowered beings while playing Tears for Fears. It was an excitement of ideas and a strange A-Ha singalong.

To read the entire story, visit: https://robinince.wordpress.com/2015/10/29/an-astronaut-walks-into-a-nin...

Emotional Dragons’ Den Appearance Spells Success For London’s Able Bionics

London, Ontario, Canada / (CFPL AM) AM 980
Jacquelyn LeBel
October 29, 2015 12:24 pm
 

A London entrepreneur struck gold inside the Dragons’ Den.
Mitchell Brogan, the President of Able Bionics, secured a deal with the Dragons on the hit CBC show, which aired Wednesday night.
He was looking for a $250,000 investment in his company, which sells exoskeleton technology to assist those suffering from mobility issues.
Instead of buying equity in the company, Brogan tells AM980 he’s getting a 3-year loan for the money at 3.5 per cent interest.
“We did receive that from all five dragons which is sort of epic, really, on the dragons and it really goes to show that they all support this technology, they support the idea, and that’s really the big thing.”

To read the entire story, visit: http://www.am980.ca/2015/10/29/emotional-dragons-den-appearance-spells-s...

London's Bionic Man

By Bob Klanac

Mitch Brogan of Able Bionics had quite a night Wednesday. He shared the Massey Hall stage with astronaut Chris Hadfield at 7pm and showed off his ability to walk.At 8pm, he wowed investors on CBC’s Dragon’s Den and literally walked away with a quarter million dollars of their money.
So what is it about Mitch Brogan and walking?

To read the entire story, visit: http://londonfuse.ca/blog/12466

London’s Able Bionics Heads To The Dragons’ Den

London, Ontario, Canada / (CFPL AM) AM 980
Jacquelyn LeBel
October 27, 2015 01:17 pm
 

Will a London company get a helping hand from the Dragons?

Mitchell Brogan will be on Wednesday’s episode of Dragons’ Den, hoping for investment to expand his business and make exoskeletons more affordable and accessible in Canada.

Brogan was left a quadriplegic after a drunk driver struck him while he was out cycling in 2006.

He started his business, Able Bionics, after learning of exoskeletons and having to travel to New Zealand for the technology.

Brogan tells AM980 his exoskeleton has made a huge difference physically and mentally.

To read the entire story, please visit: http://www.am980.ca/2015/10/27/londons-able-bionics-heads-to-the-dragons...

Mitch Brogan of London draws on personal experience with exoskeleton suits for mobility needs

By Norman DeBono, The London Free Press

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 4:32:12 EDT PM

 

A London man has turned personal catastrophe into business opportunity and will make a pitch this week to Dragons for cash.

Mitch Brogan was struck by a drunk driver in 2006 when riding his bicycle, leaving him a ­quadriplegic.

Wanting to walk again, he searched for a powered exoskeleton suit — a scaled-down version of RoboCop — that users can strap into and walk.

Brogan got his suit in 2012, travelling to New Zealand to do it.

He soon realized there’s a gaping hole in Canada getting the technology for those it could help. After starting a business to resell the suits and train users, he went for help to CBC TV’s Dragons’ Den, where entrepreneurs pitch their ideas and products for investment capital.

To read the entire story, visit: http://www.lfpress.com/2015/10/26/mitch-grogan-of-london-draws-on-person...

ABLE BIONICS FEATURED ON DRAGONS’ DEN, SIGNS CONTRACT WITH REWALK

For Immediate Release

ABLE BIONICS FEATURED ON DRAGONS’ DEN, SIGNS CONTRACT WITH REWALK

LONDON, Ontario – October 19th, 2015 - Able Bionics Corporation and ReWalk Robotics Ltd. (NASDAQ:RWLK) sign distribution agreement for the sale of the ReWalk Personal 6.0 (P6) exoskeleton in Canada.

ReWalk is a wearable robotic exoskeleton that provides powered hip and knee motion to enable individuals with spinal cord injury (SCI) to stand, walk, and negotiate stairs. The P6 is designed for all day walking and is the only device available for use at home and in the community. It provides the most precise fit, highest walking speed and most natural gait of any powered exoskeleton.

“ReWalk Robotics is excited about this unique relationship with Able Bionics”, said Pete Escallier, Vice President of New Business Development for ReWalk. “Now Canadians with spinal cord injuries have the opportunity to experience ReWalk technology in a professional and caring environment, and then continue their training, and take their own device home when they purchase the new ReWalk Personal 6.0. Medical benefits continue beyond rehab while giving users increased self-esteem and independence.”

The London ABLE (Accelerated Bionic Locomotor Exercise) Program has been operated jointly since March 2013 by NeuPhysio Rehabilitation and Community Neuro Rehab, two highly regarded neuro-rehabilitation companies trained in the use of leading edge equipment, such as the Ekso 1 with Variable Assist Support, as well as its newest acquisition, the Rehabilitation ReWalk 2.0.

Able Bionics is helping people get back on their feet and walking using bionics, like Miguel Sanchez, who was senselessly shot by gunmen in a café attack four years ago. Miguel, now with a T8 spinal cord injury, and his family are fundraising for the purchase of a ReWalk P6 exoskeleton and will be joining several other people wearing different bionic devices at Astronaut Chris Hadfield’s Generator event on October 28th at Massey Hall in Toronto.  Able Bionics was invited as a featured guest to showcase several of these incredible technologies to the audience.

Able Bionics Corporation is a bionics training and sales company specializing in exoskeletons for individuals with lower limb paralysis or weakness. Visit the websites at www.ablebionics.comand www.ablebionicsUSA.com then enquire at ablebionics@gmail.com or 1-519-852-2253  

Able Bionics to appear on Dragons' Den Season 10

Mitch Brogan here with some nearly unbelievable news,

As you may or may not know, 9 years ago I was cycling in London, Ontario when I was struck by a drunk driver and suffered a spinal cord injury. After recovering to the best of my ability, and over the past 4 years, I've developed a company in London, Ontario, Able Bionics, that has been operating modern exoskeletons and robotics for rehabilitation, helping many individuals with lower limb weakness and paralysis get up and walk again. As a quadriplegic, this technology has greatly assisted me in my own personal rehabilitation and has allowed myself and others to achieve a higher quality of therapy which has lead to a better quality of life.

Able Bionics is the first company in Canada that can sell individuals personal exoskeleton devices and train them then in their use. We also operate an Able Bionics program out of the Aspen Club & Spa in Aspen, Colorado, charitably funded by the Bridging Bionics Foundation. 

We here at Able Bionics have been holding onto a big secret. Something HUGE is coming up soon and we cannot hold onto it much longer. 

*** CBC has informed us that Able Bionics WILL be appearing on the 3rd episode of the 10th season of Dragons' Den airing on October 21st, 2015 at 8:00 pm EST. *** 

They already showed a tiny sneak peak of us on the first episode! See if you can spot us.

Find out what happens when I walk in a REX robotic walking device for the Dragons alongside a friend and farmer, Mike Munro (in our EKSO device), and physiotherapist extraordinaire Sari Shatil. I'll tell ya this much..... we attempted to get the Dragons' gold! 

Hopefully you can catch the episode on October 21st at 8:00 pm EST, and if not it will be available for your viewing pleasure online at CBC.ca afterwards. 

Able Bionics honoured at AIS opening ceremony ribbon-cutting

During the Accessibility Innovation Showcase in Toronto, Able Bionics founder and President Mitchell Brogan was honourably mentioned and asked to join the opening ceremony ribbon-cutting event, which he did standing in his Rex robotic walking device. He joined Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Toronto Mayor John Tory, and Theresa Hannigan, a US veteran who cut the ribbon while standing in a ReWalk exoskeleton. 

Able Bionics spent three days showcasing three different walking devices to the thousands of attendees to this event that highlights innovative startup companies developing products and services for the disabled. 

Able Bionics and Invest in Steps Foundation raffled a new Neptune Pine smartwatch to raise money for our monthly Bionic Bootcamp, and would like to congratulate Mr. J.P. of Toronto, Ontario who won with ticket #899133. We hope he will enjoy his prize.