EPFL spin-off ONWARD is helping paralysed spinal cord injury patients regain important functions, thanks to groundbreaking neurostimulation technologies. Based on world-leading research, impressive pre-clinical results and a network of key opinion leaders, ONWARD has developed two platforms that use the same principle. They electrically stimulate the patients’ nerves to re-establish body functions that will help patients lead a more independent and improved life. Tests have shown that ONWARD’s technology promotes neuroplasticity, i.e. the stimulation leads to an improvement in movement patterns even after it is turned off. ONWARD is working to enable patients to move again, for some this might mean regaining basic functions to feed or dress themselves, for others, it could even mean resuming complex tasks such as walking or playing the guitar.
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