ReWalk Robotics is a public company whose ReWalk walking system allows paraplegics to bring walking into their daily lives once again. Culminating over a decade of research and development, the ReWalk represents a truly practical, real world, walking solution for persons with lower limb disabilities.
Dr. Amit Goffer, who founded the company in 2001, was inspired to develop the ReWalk exoskeleton unit because of his own personal story. Dr. Goffer is quadriplegicand his goal was to develop a product that would enable persons with spinal cord injuries to walk again. Over the past decade, Argo has grown from a small research and development start-up based in Israel to an international company with headquarters in the US, Germany and Israel.
ReWalk Robotics has been working internationally with leading rehabilitation centers in testing and developing a rehabilitation model of the ReWalk. As a result of these efforts, ReWalk Robotics has been able to develop the ReWalk Personal, the next phase of exoskeleton technology designed exclusively for use in everyday life. Employing ReWalk Robotics’ proprietary technology, the ReWalk Personal is designed for everyday use. The ReWalk Personal is currently available with FDA Clearance in the United States, CE Mark in Europe (including Turkey) and is licenced to sell in Canada.
ReWalk Robotics has sold its 100th personal exoskeleton, calling it "a major milestone indicating growing adoption of personal use of exoskeletons." ReWalk has also sold more than 150 systems to rehabilitation centers.
ReWalk Robotics has partnered with the Wyss Institute to expedite development of Wyss' lightweight, soft exosuit. Is this the beginning of the end for the bulky, rigid exoskeletons we've come to know and love?
After an independent medical review organization overturned the initial denial of coverage, an insurance company in the Northwestern United States will reluctantly cover the $69,500 cost of a beneficiary's ReWalk Personal Exoskeleton.
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs will now cover the cost of ReWalk Robotics' exoskeleton for eligible paralyzed veterans. The exoskeleton costs $69,500 and was too expensive for many injured veterans.
Robbie Drescher became a paraplegic at 14 when he was diagnosed with a rare disease called Blue Rubber Bleb Nevus Syndrome. He was told he'd never walk again, but he's defying the odds thanks to an exoskeleton from ReWalk Robotics.
Corey Cook was left paralyzed from the chest down after a diving accident three years ago. Now, with the help of a ReWalk Robotics exoskeleton, Cook can walk again. Cook also is the first patient to have the $70,000 exoskeleton completely covered by private, commercial insurance.