About founder: Basilio Lenzo is a 29 years old mechanical engineer. He graduated cum laude in 2010 at both the University of Pisa and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy. He joined Ferrari Formula 1 at the age of 23. Then, he joined the Innovative Technologies PhD program at Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, working on exoskeletons for rehabilitation/assistance. With his colleagues, Basilio developed a new actuation system which lead to three patents, some scientific papers and a 6-month period at Columbia University, USA. In 2013 Basilio won the 250,000€ Marzotto award for the best italian start-up. In 2015 he won the “MIT Technology Review Italy” competition and he was selected for an exchange period in MIT.
About startup: Wearable Robotics is a spin-off of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna University – Perceptual Robotics Laboratory – founded in February 2014. It was established to validate the 20+ years research experience on exoskeletons of our laboratory, which lead to several ideas, design solutions, and patents.
They propose wearable exoskeletons: robotic devices that can be worn on the body of the users. They can be used for rehabilitation purposes and force enhancement. The added value, with respect to the (few) existing competitors, are the improved energy efficiency (patented) and the large reachable workspace, as well as lightness and reduced encumbrances.
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