June 23, 5pm UTC [Chair: Aaron Ames; Moderator: Krzysztof Walas]
Speaker 3: Matthieu Masselin - CEO, Wandercraft
Title: "On making millions of different people walk again"
Abstract: Wandercraft's goal is to provide a robotic platform that allows walk impaired people to walk again with our exoskeleton and to learn how to walk again by themselves. One of the most challenging aspects of building such a robot is the variety of people that can ride it. Patients differ in size, weight, strength, power they can provide during walk, behavior and can present a variety of pathologies. Thus, our main focus was to accommodate the uncertainty that represents the pilot of the exoskeleton, who can be considered as an uncontrolled disturbance with a mass equivalent to that of the robot. In this talk we will present the approach that led us to building such a robot, selling it to hospitals as a medical device. We will also discuss our most recent progresses as well as some of our future plans to build a personal walk exoskeleton.
Bio: Following a first experience in management consulting at BCG, Matthieu joined Wandercraft at its beginnings. He led the command team from 2013, in charge of algorithms & features, before taking on the role of CEO in 2018. In this capacity, he led two successful funding rounds for 25M€, established strong relationships with rehabilitation key opinion leaders, and brought Atalante, Wandercraft product, to market through CE Mark. Since then, he has closed Atalante first sales and is now focusing on the strong traction happening in Europe, bringing Atalante to the US market by getting FDA clearance, and leveraging the invaluable medical and technological assets built at Wandercraft to develop a personal version of its product.