Cambridge, MA – June 29, 2015 — Myomo, Inc., a medical device company specializing in myoelectric orthotics for people with neurological disorders and YoungStroke,
the first and only advocacy organization formed to specifically address the unmet needs of young adult stroke survivors and their caregivers, today announced a partnership.
Myomo will work with YoungStroke to expand awareness of YoungStroke’s education and advocacy programs through conference presentations, social media marketing, and research collaboration. Together, both organizations will work to increase available resources to the young adult stroke community.
Each year, approximately 30% of people who suffer a stroke are under age 65. This number now exceeds 50% in parts of America’s Stroke Belt region where stroke mortality consistently ranks highest in the nation. Increasing prevalence of risk factors for stroke, such as hypertension, diabetes and obesity, are contributing to alarming rates of strokes occurring in young adults.
Too many young stroke patients experience misdiagnosis and delayed access to care. Stroke also poses particularly devastating financial and physical burdens for young survivors as they face overwhelming challenges to regain independence and return to their professional roles and family responsibilities.
“Myomo is pleased to partner with YoungStroke in an effort to better support young stroke survivors, many of whom are veterans and active military, along with their caregivers.” said Paul R. Gudonis, Chief Executive Officer, Myomo, Inc. “Myomo’s patented myoelectric orthotics (braces) can help address the unique needs of young stroke survivors to return to work and care for children by increasing their functional capabilities.”
“Through continuing medical education and community-based programs, YoungStroke raises awareness of the increasing prevalence of stroke among young adults and its devastating impact upon community life. YoungStroke also advocates collaboratively with organizations sharing similar goals and objectives,” said Amy Edmunds, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, YoungStroke, Inc.
The partnership was announced during the final day of YoungStroke 2015 – an international event scheduled June 27-29 in Jacksonville, Florida. Endorsed by the World Stroke Organization and sponsored in part by Mayo Clinic, YoungStroke 2015 aims to raise awareness, increase knowledge and share good practice about stroke in young adults. Myomo will lend its industry experience to the event’s discourse.
About YoungStroke, Inc.
YoungStroke, Inc., a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, is the first and only American advocacy organization addressing needs of young adult stroke survivors. Established in 2005, YoungStroke aims to raise awareness, increase knowledge and share good practice about stroke in young adults aged 18-64. Learn more at www.youngstroke.org
Through strategic collaborative partnerships with organizations such as the National Institutes of Health, National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, National Stroke Association and the World Stroke Organization, YoungStroke advocates for increased research and public policies to improve the quality of life of young stroke survivors and their caregivers.
About Myomo, Inc.
Myomo, Inc., is a medical device company specializing in myoelectric orthotics for people with neurological disorders. The Company’s products help to restore function in individuals with neuromuscular conditions such as brachial plexus injury, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis, ALS, and stroke.
The Company’s myoelectric orthoses have been clinically shown to help restore the ability to complete functional tasks by enabling individuals to self-initiate and control movement of their partially paralyzed limbs by using their own muscle signals.
The Myomo technology was originally developed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in collaboration with medical experts affiliated with Harvard Medical School. Myomo, Inc. is a privately held company headquartered in Cambridge, MA.
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