The Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech has selected two startups — Stability Health of Worcester and eMotionRx of Cambridge — to develop and refine their products at the PracticePoint at Worcester Polytechnic Institute “sandbox.”
Stability Health aims to improve the lives of people with diabetes. The Worcester-based company’s technology-enabled diabetes care management platform integrates technology, tools and expert clinical diabetes care knowledge to help individuals and their diabetes care providers better manage their care, according to the press release from the MeHi.
EMotionRx invents, develops and commercializes medical rehabilitation devices for people with impaired mobility, according to the release. The startup will test their standing desk with integrated sensors and their self-powered exoskeleton, which will use digital technology to determine how and where to harvest energy from a stronger part of the body to strengthen a weaker part of the body and help people with weak or paralyzed lower limbs to walk.
Gov. Charlie Baker announced $500,000 in funding for the sandbox program in April as part of the commonwealth’s efforts to boost innovation startups under the Massachusetts Digital Health Initiative. The sandbox program aims to boost digital health across the state by connecting companies to innovative test beds that will bolster the research and development lifecycle.
WPI’s PracticePoint was the first sandbox in the program, and will receive an $85,000 grant to allow the eMotionRx and Stability Health to use the facility.
MeHi also announced the addition of three new sandbox locations: Brigham Digital Innovation Hub in Boston; MIT’s Institute for Medical Engineering and Science in Cambridge; and TechSpring at Baystate Health in Springfield.