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    Date submitted
  • 22-Feb-2016

Amparo

Abstract

Currently, 80% of the world's lower limb amputees lack access to modern day prostheses. At Amparo we are working to change this statistic by redefining prosthetic care. Using a human-centered design, we are developing a simple alternative to traditional prosthetic sockets that will help amputees across the globe to walk again. The Amparo socket can be quickly molded and fit to an amputee's unique geometry and shape. Our fitting process requires very few specialized tools, reduces the burden on the technician and decreases time spent at a clinic. The Amparo socket can be adjusted and customized to users without the need for specialized machinery or training.

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Who is your customer?

Public and Private prosthetist offices/clinics in Europe (primarily Germany to begin with)

What problem does this idea/product solve or what market need does it serve?

A major bottleneck in the prosthetic process is the fitting of a new socket which can take weeks or months. Our design allows for this fitting to take place in the course of a few (approx 3) hours.

What attributes will make this idea/product successful? Why do you believe that those features will create success?

Our prosthetic socket incorporates three signature design features: (1) Remoldability, (2) Adjustability, and (3) User centered custom fitting. These three design features combine to create a unique prosthetic socket that will allow for amputees to have access to a prosthetic socket that is not only functional, but is custom made for them

Explain how you (your team) will execute to make this idea/product successful? What gives you (your team) an advantage over others already in the market or new to this market?

Our team has performed an extensive number of customer interviews both in first world countries (USA and Germany) and developing countries (Brazil and South Africa). Using the information from these interviews we have carefully designed a prosthetic socket that meets the needs and wants of our target users and consumers. We have letters of intent and have established an extensive network of rehabilitation clinics and prosthetist offices as well as a number of investors eager to join our team. We plan to begin sales in early 2018.