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The MyoCycle is a revolutionary stationary exercise bike that uses functional electrical stimulation technology (FES) to empower people with muscle weakness or paralysis to take control of their health.

MYOLYN, a medical technology company dedicated to improving health and human performance, is proud to announce that it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for two of its cutting-edge technologies, the MyoCycle Home and the MyoCycle Pro.

Both devices are stationary cycling systems that use MYOLYN’s patent-pending functional electrical stimulation (FES) technology to empower anyone who has difficulty activating their own muscles. Such systems are also known as FES bikes.

Clearance from the FDA marks a major milestone for the technology startup, allowing MYOLYN to enter both the professional rehabilitation and the homecare medical device markets.

“FES is a very promising technology that can help many people with paralysis or muscle weakness,” says MYOLYN co-founder and CEO Alan Hamlet, PhD. “MYOLYN’s goal is to make this revolutionary technology available to the millions of people that can benefit from it. The MyoCycle is an affordable, easy-to-use FES bike that enables therapeutic, load-bearing exercise despite even complete paralysis. It is a game changer!”

An FES bike is essentially a stationary exercise bike that someone who is paralyzed can use because it activates their muscles for them. The MyoCycle is intended for general rehabilitation for relaxing muscle spasms, preventing muscle atrophy, increasing blood circulation, and maintaining or increasing range of motion following disease or injury. These indications for use make the MyoCycle especially beneficial for people with spinal cord injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, and cerebral palsy, as well as people undergoing orthopedic rehabilitation following knee or hip surgery.

“Our patent-pending algorithms automatically select the optimal stimulation parameters for the patient, making the MyoCycle not only effective, but extremely easy and intuitive to use,” says Chief Technology Officer Matthew Bellman, PhD. “Our goal was to make this technology practical for use in the home for the first time, so we designed the MyoCycle from the ground up to be affordable and as easy-to-use as a regular exercise bike.”

FDA clearance enables millions of people with paralysis to engage in a complete continuum of care from the clinic, where the MyoCycle Pro helps to maximize recovery potential, to the comfort of home, where the MyoCycle Home helps people with paralysis to stay active and healthy.

  • The MyoCycle Pro, intended for clinical use, combines isokinetic cycling and FES into a single system that can increase clinic revenue while maximizing patient outcomes.
  • The MyoCycle Home is an affordable, easy-to-use FES bike that empowers patients to take control of their health and get the therapy they need from the comfort of home.
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People often ask how we came up with the name MYOLYN. It comes from the Greek prefix "myo-" which means "muscle" and "lyn" which is Norwegian for lightning, hence "Muscle Lightning.”

We started MYOLYN with the vision of using functional electrical stimulation (FES) to help people with neurological disorders to achieve ambitious health and athletic goals and a better quality of life.

MYOLYN is also a homophone with myelin, the tissue surrounding the nerves. This tissue insulates the nerves, much like insulation around wiring. Myelin channels nerve impulses to the desired muscle destination. Without myelin, the nerves have a hard time communicating with the muscles. This effect appears in people with multiple sclerosis (MS), which is a condition where myelin breaks down over time.

MYOLYN’s technology, FES, uses electrodes attached to the skin to channel electrical impulses into a person’s muscles. A computer controls these impulses based on the position of the person’s arms or legs and times the impulses to maximize the rhythmic muscle contractions needed for functional movement.

The technology works with anyone who has intact nerves and muscles in the limbs, even if the person is completely paralyzed, FES can allow someone without volitional control of their muscles to exercise those muscles. This provides several remarkable benefits, including:

  • Relaxation of muscle spasms
  • Prevention of muscle atrophy
  • Increased local blood flow
  • Muscle re-education
  • Maintaining or increasing joint range of motion

We have combined our own FES technology with smart motor control and great design to develop a line of rehabilitation and mobility devices that allow people with muscle weakness or paralysis to take control of their health, whether they are in the rehab clinic, at home, or out on the bike path. To learn more, check out the MyoCycle Home, MyoCycle Pro, and the MyoCycle Mobile. You can see more of the MyoCycle Mobile in the video below from the Cybathlon.

While our objective is to help those with loss of muscle control, we know that the effect on the brain is even more important. Being able to set and reach goals to achieve a greater sense of ability and better quality of life is key to helping people, whatever their abilities, to power their own potential. At MYOLYN, we are inspired by the hard work, perseverance and courage of those who face immeasurable challenges and seek to use technology to build devices that assist them in achieving their goals.

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Saturday, 10 September 2016 17:42

MYOLYN to Compete in FES Bike Race

On October 8, 2016 in Zurich, Switzerland MYOLYN will be competing in the Cybathlon, a competition which we like to describe as the world's first augmented Olympics. As stated on the Cybathlon's official website, http://www.cybathlon.ethz.ch/, the Cybathlon is "a championship for pilots with disabilities who are using advanced assistive devices including robotic technologies."

The Cybathlon will include 6 different disciplines, including an FES bike race. In this event, the pilots will have a thoracic spinal cord injury with a complete loss of motor function, yet will be required to cycle around a 1000 meter track using only their legs and an electrical stimulator.

MYOLYN is developing the most advanced FES cycling algorithms in the world. By precisely controlling the timing and intensity of stimulation applied to all of the rider's muscle groups, MYOLYN's algorithms can enable a paralyzed pilot to generate a smooth pedaling motion that provides more power than other FES cycling systems.

We intend on taking home gold for the Cybathlon's FES bike race, so keep a look out for the race next fall. In the mean time, check out some of the Cybathlon promotional videos and the other awesome discliplines in the competition!

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Monday, 29 February 2016 17:29

Faces of Technology: Dr. Alan Hamlet

MYOLYN's co-founder and CEO, Dr. Alan Hamlet, was recently featured on the Florida High Tech Corridor's Faces of Technology! Check out the interview below.

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Friday, 23 October 2015 17:36

MYOLYN Featured in Gator Good Article

As alumni of the University of Florida, home of the Gators, the founders of MYOLYN are being recognized for helping the Gator Good!

http://gatorgood.ufl.edu/stories/myolyns-story/

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