Last month, following its participation in the Canadian Technology Accelerator Boston program, Trexo Robotics, a Mississauga-based wearable robotic device company that improves children’s mobility, won the MIT Enterprise Forum Startup Spotlight Award for their life-changing innovation.
The origin story of Trexo Robotics
In 2011, when Manmeet Maggu learned his nephew had cerebral palsy, he discovered that ‘exoskeletons’ could improve mobility, however, no devices had yet been designed for children. Helping his nephew walk inspired Manmeet to study robotics at the University of Waterloo where he met Rahul. The two joined together to start Trexo Robotics to co-create mobility devices with children, parents, and physiotherapists.
“We are on a mission to redefine mobility solutions for people of all ages and abilities,” said Manmeet. “We are creating devices that are affordable, designed with the user in mind, and can be used at home.”
Plugging into the Boston med-tech ecosystem
To further accelerate the development of their technology and company, Trexo Robotics participated in the Canadian Technology Accelerator Boston program managed by Trade Commissioner Services, aimed to accelerate the growth of Canadian med-tech companies into the United States market.
“When we were looking to expand to the American market, Boston was a natural choice for us,” said Manmeet. Regarded as the centre of robotics and healthcare in the United States, Boston is also home to some of the top hospitals in the country. “The CTA provided us with a soft landing into the med-tech ecosystem in Boston, giving us access to mentors, strategic tools and resources, experts with whom to explore ideas, and partners with whom to collaborate.”
Participating in the CTA Boston shifted the direction and growth trajectory of Trexo Robotics, leading to three new clinical trial sites and the recruitment of a new board director to their leadership team. “As a result of the CTA, we landed major partnerships with leading rehabilitation hospitals, including St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital in New York, the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Hospital in Allentown, and the Spaulding Rehab Centre in Boston,” said Manmeet.
Advice to med-tech entrepreneurs
“For those pursuing the U.S. market, the CTA Program can be a great way to surround yourself with a tightly knit network of stakeholders that believe in you and your company,” said Manmeet, encouraging med-tech entrepreneurs to take advantage of every opportunity available to grow. “The opportunities available to Canadian companies to grow are tremendous.”
Looking to the future, Manmeet has his sights set on bringing Trexo Robotics to consumers, making the technology more accessible. “Building on our product trials, we want to reach the point when every family that has a child with a disability, will have access to and use the device, giving children more options and independence.”