We make rehabilitation robotics finally accessible to the largest numbers

Axinesis is a spin-off from the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL, Belgium), which carries a clear mission: to improve the functional recovery of patients through innovative and accessible technologies dedicated to the rehabilitation of the upper limbs of patients suffering from stroke or children with cerebral palsy.

One of the first solutions developed by Axinesis, the REAplan® system, aims to accompany adults suffering from a disability of the upper limbs, following a stroke event, as well as children with cerebral palsy.

This interactive and auto-adaptive robotic medical device combines robotics and therapeutic games, with the aim of improving the rehabilitation of the upper limbs, by means of a personalized assistance to the movements of the arms of the patients.

More precisely, the intensity of repeated movements, as permitted by REAplan, optimizes the process of neuronal reorganization, also known as neuroplasticity, after brain damages, and then contributes to the motor development of children with cerebral palsy as well as to the recovery of adult stroke patients.

The research carried out for over 9 years by Dr. Julien SAPIN (co-founder) and his team, as well as the clinical tests carried out in numerous rehabilitation centers, have highlighted the undeniable contribution of our interactive robotic medical device during patients rehabilitation programs.

The exceptional intensity of movements repetition, as offered by the REAplan®, the companion robot manufactured by Axinesis, optimizes the process of neuronal reorganization, also known as neuro-plasticity, and thus contributes to the motor re-learning of children with cerebral palsy as well as to the recovery of adults stroke patients.

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Vision and mission

Axinesis is a healthcare company whose mission is to democratize the access to innovative medical technologies for the benefit of patients, practitioners and healthcare institutions.

Thanks to our latest-generation rehabilitation robot, REAplan, our ambition is to be able to accompany the rehabilitation of the upper limbs of brain-damaged patients, very early in their management, for their greatest benefit, by maximizing the phenomenon of cerebral plasticity.

Our vision is to contribute to a better performance of healthcare systems, by allowing as many patients and centers as possible to benefit from a system which offers an investment/patient-benefit ratio very adapted to the economic constraints of the rehabilitation services, and by allowing an optimization of practitioners’ time and a more efficient allocation of the budgets and of the time dedicated to patients.

  • Take the benefit of using 1 device for all stages of rehabilitation
  • Save precious therapy time thanks to an easy and very fast set-up and patients transfer
  • Improve patients motivation thanks to innovative graphic interfaces
  • Train with a functional work area for a full upper limb extension
  • Offer a real-time auto-adaptative assistance
  • Track evolutions of patients thanks to our automated post-processing of data
  • Simplify therapy and improve patients’ autonomy during treatment

Management team

Éric Hanesse

CEO

Edhec Business School and Executive MBA HEC. Former business unit manager at General Electric Healthcare. Former Managing Director of an SME in Human Biology.

Eric has mainly worked on the marketing and sales development of product portfolios, their adaptation to market opportunities and evolutions, maximizing their commercial performance and the performance of the organizations he led.

With more than 20 years of professional experience, Eric has been able to commercialize numerous ranges of medical devices, in the fields of medical imaging, healthcare IT, consumables and OR products, surgical systems and IVD devices.

Julien Sapin

CTO

ECAM and Université catholique de Louvain.
Julien holds a PhD in Engineering Sciences and has also obtained two Master’s degrees as a Civil Engineer and Industrial Engineer. He has specialized himself in mechatronics and more specifically in the design of robotic assistance devices for the neuromotor rehabilitation of the upper limbs.

Julien has been developing such robots for over 10 years. His research was granted from October 2010 to October 2014 by the Walloon Region under the First Spin-off program. The latter follows the doctorate in engineering sciences of Julien. Funded by the FRIA, this thesis took place from October 2006 to October 2010 and was dedicated to the design of an interactive robot for the rehabilitation of the upper limbs. This research was carried out in the team of Professor Bruno Dehez of the Université catholique de Louvain and developed in close collaboration with the team of Professor Thierry Lejeune of the Cliniques universitaires Saint-Luc.

Partners

Axinesis works in collaboration with numerous academic institutions on robotics and augmented reality in the field of neurorehabilitation, as well as other research projects to develop future technologies for a better management of brain-damaged patients.

luc
Cliniques universitaires Saint-Luc
godinne
CHU Dinant Godinne
montreal
École Polytechnique de Montréal
justine
Centre hospitalier universitaire Sainte-Justine, Montréal

Values and Commitment

Innovation, teamwork, responsibility and commitment are the values shared by all Axinesis employees. Values at the heart of our corporate vision for the health of patients and healthcare institutions.

Innovation

We are working to continually improve our technology, in particular in order to offer rehabilitation robotics to an increasing number of patients through our medical devices.

Team spirit

The success of our mission depends above all on the quality, know-how and commitment of our teams. That is why we implement a social policy centered on the motivation and well-being of the teams. It relies in particular on a solid integration mechanism, permanent trainings and a reinforced and responsible social dialogue.

Responsability

Axinesis commits in a procedure of sustainable development, by acting in favor of preserving the environment, through a reliable and ecologically responsible economic management. These commitments are reflected in the day-to-day management of the company and in its interaction with its customers and partners.

At Axinesis, we strive to follow a high-level quality approach. In this context, Axinesis has received all approvals, to date, in strict compliance with European quality standards (ISO 13485 and ISO 9001). Its first medical device, the REAplan®, is a CE 93/42 mark medical device.

Axinesis is environmentally conscious and involved in an environmental policy approach to reduce the impact of its business and encourages the responsible use of consumables and resources, both in its headquarters and commercial offices (paperless processes, teleconference and home-office) and for its production activities (suppliers in short circuits, etc.).

Careers

Axinesis is experiencing rapid development and is seeking to bring together young and motivated talent.

If you would like to join the Axinesis team and help improve the daily life of patients with motor disabilities, contact us at: contact@axinesis.com