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Patient Innovation (patient-innovation.com) is an online platform created with the aim of promoting the sharing of innovative solutions developed by patients, caregivers and collaborators to face the challenges imposed by a disease or health-related condition. If not shared, these solutions would probably remain unknown to many patients, not fulfilling their potential to change the lives of others.

The Patient Innovation platform has gathered a portfolio of over 1200 innovations and is accessed by more than 120.000 users worldwide, which translates to over 1 million visitors each year.


Man creates medical device to save his own life
In 1992, Tal entered a genetic study and found that, as many other Marfan Syndrome patients, his aortic root was very enlarged. In 2000, during a regular check-up, he was told to consider pre-emptive surgery. However, traditional surgery is lengthy and complex as it replaces the ascending aorta by an artificial graft. Also, the patient has to take anticoagulant drugs for the rest of their life. Not liking the scenario, Tal started thinking of alternatives. Being a process engineer, he compared his enlarged aorta to a plumbing problem, so he thought that he had to create something that would act like an insulation tape, that could be wrapped around the outside of the aorta. Together with his doctor, they developed the final prototype, the ExoVasc®. The device was placed on Tal during a two-hour surgery, in 2004. “To build teams, raise the finance, run the project AND volunteer to be the first patient was not so easy, particularly as I was trying to operate as a rational project manager when I knew the outcome of the project could have such a profound impact on my future health”, he explained.
The ExoVasc®, Personalised External Aortic Root Support, is a custom-made external support made to exactly match the patient’s aorta and is then placed around it. Since the vessel and the valve remain intact, the surgery is more straightforward and there is no need for the patient to take anticoagulants. Tal was awarded the Patient Innovation award in 2015.

Daughter creates device to help her father with Parkinson’s disease
Lise Pape watched her father struggle with Parkinson’s disease for over ten years. One of his symptoms, particularly debilitating, was freezing of gait, a symptom causing an individual to feel as if frozen to the ground, which resulted in several falls. Though her father was taking medication several times a day, the drugs seems to have no effect on his freezing. Lise wanted to find a way to help her father overcome some of these issues that he faced on a daily basis so she started looking for other solutions and ended up creating Path Finder. Path Finder is a hoe attachment that provides visual cues to help people with unsteady and irregular gait. Path Finder projects a horizontal line on the ground in front of the user, at a set distance from the feet. This gives the wearer a visual cue to step across, and acts as an external stimulus to trigger walking.
Lise founded her own company, Walk with Path, and has helped more than 1200 patients with the Path Finder device. “Bringing Path Finder LaserShoes to the market was a key achievement, and it feels incredibly rewarding to hear from our users how it is changing their daily lives for the better.“ she explained.
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www.patient-innovation.com
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