Duchenne UK has made a grant of $200,000 to help support the Solid Suit program. 

Solid Biosciences is working with Seismic, a powered clothing company, on developing soft, wearable, assistive clothing which could help patients with DMD with movement.

We hope wearable assistive devices could help those with DMD perform day-to-day activities with greater ease. The devices use cutting-edge military technologies.

The wearable assistive devices could provide a power boost to patient’s movements without worsening the underlying muscle weakness and progression of inflammation.

The project looks at a series of complementary components to make the assistive devices modular. Solid Biosciences hope that this strategy will allow users to mix and match components according to their individual needs.

These components include: 

STRETCH:

Ankle stretch-assist system designed to deliver correct stretching biomechanics at the ankle in a comfortable wearable system.

MOBILITY:

Middle body support: Designed to provide trunk and hip support while supporting various movements with lower body (e.g., legs) weight-bearing activities.

REACH:

System designed to provide functional support and mobilize upper body parts.

The $200,000 grant from Duchenne UK specifically funds the MOBILITY research element of the program.

We would like to thank our partner charities Alex’s Wish, Duchenne Now and Joining Jack and family funds Caring for Connor, Help Harry and Team Felix for supporting this project.

To find out more about the Solid Suit program, visit: https://www.solidbio.com/programs/assistive-devices