Neuromuscular condition treatment developer AbiliTech Medical won the medtech award at the Minnesota High Tech Association’s Tekne Awards event last week.
The MHTA offers awards in 12 different categories for innovative companies. Past award winners include 3M, Medtronic and Upsie Technology, according to a report in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal.
St. Paul, Minn.-based AbiliTech was one of MDO’s 20 medical device startups you need to know this year and was among the finalists last year for the annual Tekne Awards. This year, the company topped Starkey Hearing Technologies and Zipnosis to snatch the medtech award, having won the Minnesota Cup Grand Prize last month.
“It’s a huge honor,” AbiliTech founder & CEO Angie Conley told the Business Journal. “We’ve just won the top two awards in the medical device epicenter, so that’s validation.”
AbiliTech is developing a Class I device designed to provide functional assistance and support for patients with neuromuscular arm weakness. The low-profile design improves motion range and enables patients to continue activities including grooming, eating, preparing their own meals and using a computer, according to the company.
Conley told the newspaper that the wearable device is on track for commercial availability in 2020.