VUB Spin Off Axiles Bionics successfully completes a €2.4M Series A financing round

VUB Spin Off Axiles Bionics successfully completes a €2.4M Series A financing round

Proceeds will be used for the development of AXILES BIONICS’ advanced Robotics & AI prostheses for lower limb amputees

Axiles Bionics, a Brussels startup developing an innovative smart robotic ankle-foot prosthesis for lower limb amputees, announces that it has successfully completed a €2.4M Series A financing round, led by its co-founders and several private investors, including VUB and ULB alumni. The proceeds will be used to advance the research, development, and clinical validation of Axiles Bionics’ next generation bionic foot. Bart van Gael (ex CEO HENRARD SA), Michel Delloye (ex CEO RTL Group, GBL and Private equity investor), Jacques Langhendries (ex CEO and founder HiGH5 Recycling) and Stefan Yee (CEO PE Group), as chairman, have joined the board of directors.

Current prostheses are still a long way off from fully replacing a lost limb. Despite the clear demand from amputees for better ankle-foot prostheses, innovations remain scarce due to the challenge of replicating the human body.

Based on 12 years of Innoviris-supported robotics research at BruBotics, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, blending advanced robotics, Artificial Intelligence, and human biomechanics, Axiles Bionics developed a technology capable of recreating the unique combination of strength and flexibility of a human ankle. This unique bionic technology is capable of bringing back a natural gait and posture during daily life activities, providing high responsiveness to the person’s intention and assisting during efforts by compensating for the lost leg muscles.

“We are thrilled and excited to have raised this substantial amount of private financing to further develop and bring our advanced bionic technology to the people,” says Pierre Cherelle, PhD in Robotics Engineering (VUB) and Founder CEO of Axiles Bionics.

“We believe that advanced robotics and Artificial Intelligence will play a major role in improving the quality of life of people in the near future. It’s very exciting to contribute to this process.” says Felipe Gomez, PhD in Artificial Intelligence (VUB) and co-founder CTO of Axiles Bionics.

Prof. Dirk Lefeber, head of BruBotics, and Prof. Bram Vanderborght are equally excited: “As researchers at a university we often develop advanced prototypes, but only rarely do they find their way to the market. We are grateful that thanks to the team’s perseverance these prostheses will make it to the amputees”.   


 

Contact information:

Pierre Cherelle

CEO Axiles Bionics

pierre@axilesbionics.com

+32 476 37 82 82


 

About AXILES BIONICS 

Incorporated in January 2019, Axiles Bionics is a prospective spin-off from ​Brubotics of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel​ with a mission to improve the quality of life of people with smart assistive robotics and with an ambition to build an innovation center of excellence in new bionic technologies in Brussels.

Based upon 12 years of Robotics Research with the financial support of The Brussels Region Innoviris programme, the first focus of Axiles Bionics is on lower limb amputees and bringing a new generation bionic feet at an affordable price to the market. Axiles Bionics is also supported by the Caring Entrepreneurship Fund of the King Baudouin Foundation.

 www.axilesbionics.com

 

About VUB & BRUBOTICS

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel is an internationally oriented university in Brussels, the heart of Europe. By providing excellent research and education on a human scale, VUB wants to make an active and committed contribution to a better society.

The Brussels Human Robotics Research Center, BruBotics, is a joint initiative of 8 research groups of the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) striving to improve quality of life through Human Robotics. With over 100 researchers combining expertise in robotics, AI, rehabilitation, physiology, sociology, ageing, marketing and eHealth, BruBotics is one of the leaders in European human robotics research. 

www.vub.ac.be / www.brubotics.eu

 

About INNOVIRIS

As the Brussels Institute for Research and Innovation, Innoviris supports 

Brussels companies, research institutes, non-profit organisations and citizens through the funding of innovative projects. 

www.innoviris.brussels 

 

About CARING ENTREPRENEURSHIP FUND

The Caring Entrepreneurship Fund, managed by the King Baudouin Foundation, wants to support entrepreneurs in the creation of their business in the Health and Wellness sector. Our major goal is to create employment while impacting health and wellness of society. Start-ups, especially in this field, are a key force for development and progress to overcome unsatisfied medical needs and the ageing of the population.

www.caring-entrepreneurship.com

About Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Vrije Universiteit Brussel is an internationally oriented university in Brussels, the heart of Europe. By providing excellent research and education on a human scale, VUB wants to make an active and committed contribution to a better society. 

Vrije Universiteit Brussel
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