Myoswiss Myosuit
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An extra layer of muscles

Daniel Steigmeier

The start-up company MyoSwiss is keen to help people with muscle weakness. The Zurich-based enterprise is developing a suit that will make walking and standing up easier. Zühlke coaches young entrepreneurs in the development of the Myosuit and provides them with core expertise.

Insight in brief

  • The start-up company MyoSwiss is keen to help people with muscle weakness.
  • The Zurich-based company is developing a suit that will make walking and standing up easier.
  • Zühlke coaches young entrepreneurs in the development of the Myosuit and provides them with core expertise.
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MyoSwiss is a spin-off from ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), Zurich. The start-up aims to make everyday life easier for people with mobility issues. The Myosuit was born from this notion. The technology inside this suit helps the wearer to climb or descend stairs or to get up from a chair.

The idea came from ETH students who, together with textile experts, built an initial functional model. Then the start-up approached Zühlke, as it needed a partner with wide-ranging expertise to build a prototype. Zühlke supports MyoSwiss in many areas, including project management, hardware and software development and implementation of the strict regulatory requirements that apply to medical devices.

Zühlke's interdisciplinary team of experts coaches MyoSwiss in the development process for the Myosuit. We support the young entrepreneurs wherever they have questions or are lacking expertise. In this way, they can acquire the know-how they need, and gain the greatest benefits possible from the cooperation. 
 

Expertise from various disciplines

The Myosuit combines different components that have to work together smoothly. This is because any delay in the system can cause the person wearing the Myosuit to fall over. About a dozen specialists are part of the Zühlke project team. Together with MyoSwiss, they ensure that the various subsystems are perfectly coordinated.
 

MyoSwiss suit
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Together with Zühlke, MyoSwiss developed a functional model for field tests. (Zühlke/Simon Ziffermayer)
The Zühlke team also includes specialists in medical processes. We support the start-up in complying with the regulatory requirements that apply in medical technology. We show the people at MyoSwiss how to find simple solutions for their project.
 

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Long-term coaching

The situation is similar for project management and systems architecture. It is precisely in these areas that Zühlke provides close support to the start-up company, since the university graduates bring extensive knowledge with them but have little experience in the development of commercial products. That is why we attach great importance to realistic project planning and to developing a suitable solution in collaboration with MyoSwiss.

The first project phase lasted one year. During this time, the start-up developed a prototype from the initial functional model with the support of Zühlke. MyoSwiss is currently testing the Myosuit in hospitals to finalise the user requirements for the suit. The project will then move on to the next round. Zühlke will continue to support the entrepreneurs to make the suit market-ready step by step.
 

Daniel Steigmeier Zühlke

Daniel Steigmeier

Senior Business Solution Manager
Contact person for Switzerland Daniel.Steigmeier@zuehlke.com +41 43 216 6504

Daniel Steigmeier is Senior Business Solution Manager at Zühlke. After graduating with a degree in electrical engineering from the University of Applied Sciences, he gained in-depth experience in interdisciplinary product development. Daniel is your contact person for commercial aspects and is responsible for the project result. He leads the project team and ensures that the team implements the project work efficiently and effectively.