Pittsburgh's growing ActivAided Orthotics offers new thinking for back pain suffers-Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund - Carnegie Mellon University

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Pittsburgh's growing ActivAided Orthotics offers new thinking for back pain suffers

For the legions of back pain sufferers, ActivAided Orthotics offers a different approach, a therapeutic garment that corrects posture and bad habits to allow the body to heal.
 
Now the young Pittsburgh firm is growing, with a total of $150,000 in new investments from Innovation Works  and Carnegie Mellon's Open Field Entrepreneurs Fund, promising data from more than 100 test subjects with almost 90% reporting relief  and a new manufacturing approach.
 
"Originally [our product] was completely custom-made," says founder and CEO Kelly Collier. "Then we started to get a little more clever. Now we're making it more adjustable so one product can fit most people." A manufacturer in Minnesota is ramping up for production, she adds.
 
A 2011 Carnegie Mellon biomechanical engineering graduate, Collier was a competitive swimmer. Most coaches, she and her friends found, approached injuries with advice to suck it up, ice it or quit their sport. "We definitely recognized there was something wrong with this picture," she says. As part of a team class project, she approached Dr. Gary Chimes, a sports medicine physician who is today chief medical advisor to ActivAided...Read more»

By: Elise Vider