Why We Invested in Unlimited Tomorrow
We are proud to announce that we are leading a financing round for Unlimited Tomorrow, a medical device company that develops next-generation prosthetic devices. This week they announced the launch of TrueLimb, the most affordable, personalized, visually life-like, advanced arm prosthesis on the market. CEO Easton LaChappelle and his team are leveraging 3D scanning and 3D printing technology to offer TrueLimb directly to consumers for 80% less than traditional prosthetics.
It’s become a Silicon Valley trope to say that your start-up is making the world a better place but that is truly the case here. Globally, at least 30 million people need a prosthetic device, but an advanced prosthesis can cost more than $80,000. Many are forced to use basic prosthetics, such as hooks, which can have limited functionality and lack the appearance of a natural limb.
Easton began building robotic hands in his garage as a middle-schooler. By the age of 14, he had made his first robotic hand out of LEGOs, fishing wire and electrical tubing. However, it was only after a chance meeting with a 7-year old girl whose prosthetic arm cost a staggering $80,000, that Easton was inspired to turn his robotic prototype into a practical and affordable device that, he hoped, would present a viable option for the handicapped. The launch of TrueLimb marks the culmination of a six-year journey to deliver on that mission.
There’s a lot more that can be said about the exciting technology behind TrueLimb but what’s even more powerful is seeing the impact this device has on amputees. Millions of children and adults can for the first time afford a fully functioning, life-like prosthetic. I strongly suggest watching the video below to see the impact first-hand (no pun intended).
We are grateful for the opportunity to be partnering with and supporting Unlimited Tomorrow on this important mission. Thank you to Easton and the team for your incredible work thus far!
Prime Movers Lab invests in breakthrough scientific startups founded by Prime Movers, the inventors who transform billions of lives. We invest in seed-stage companies reinventing energy, transportation, infrastructure, manufacturing, human augmentation and computing
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