BISEP Wins Top Award from Provincial Innovation Competition
A Niagara Falls company has been crowned a leader in senior-care innovation in Ontario. Bisep, which operates out of the Spark Niagara building on Zimmerman Avenue in downtown Niagara Falls, won an AGE-WELL National Impact Challenge in Toronto July 25. Bisep was created in 2015 by entrepreneur and registered kinesiologist Dan Bordenave.
Encountering struggles while working in a long-term care facility inspired Niagara Falls entrepreneur Dan Bordenave to invent a device that is garnering interest from the medical and business world to invent the Ambulation, Retraining and Mobility Mechanism (ARMM) device.
The device assists immobility and ambulation training without the need for extra staff and equipment. It attaches a person's wheelchair directly to their walker. It provides lateral and posterior support for the transfer from the wheelchair to the walker and allows the user to safely practice daily exercises. The product increases frequency of ambulation and walking while decreasing sedentary time.
The competition was for start-up companies whose technologies or services can improve the quality of life for older adults or their caregivers.
Bisep was one of 15 finalists chosen to compete in three regional pitch events in Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto — five Canadian companies per event. The winner of each regional competition received $15,000 in cash plus in-kind prizes.