"Many people with Parkinson's disease have freezing episodes when they walk... One London-based entrepreneur has come up with a solution - lasers fitted to their shoes."
"Bruce suffers from Parkinsons and experiences 'freezing of the gait' which makes it difficult to walk. We document his journey as he tries Lise Pape’s Path Finder for the first time."
"In our 2016 NT100 we're championing the global pioneers making a personal stand against the world’s most pressing social challenges - the Everyday Tech Heroes."
"My father was my inspiration because I saw how he was struggling with walking and how that impacted everyone around."
"Designed by Lise Pape, Walk With Path is an assistive aid to facilitate gait in vulnerable groups; primarily the elderly and people suffering with neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease."
"Walk With Path, a UK-based biotech company that has developed a patented and award-winning laser shoe technology to help patients to overcome freezing and the sensation of feet stuck to the floor. The technology... provide a desired length and direction of step to prevent freezing."
"The impact of Path Finder reaches far beyond the quality of life for the individual as with most individuals with Parkinson's they usually have 2 relatives and a healthcare professional helping them on a daily basis. This means that we have effectively changed the daily lives of 1200 people."
"The biggest challenge with the Path Feel is that we have an insole that has to fit into your shoes. Considering our user group, because they are older, we want to make it as intuitive as possible, so we have incorporated everything in the insole, including battery and other pieces."
"These insoles will be a game changer for multiple sclerosis patients. They will enhance the quality of our lives, enabling us to participate more fully,' said Laura, an individual living with multiple sclerosis."
"The solution proves to be extremely effective in making those who have Parkinson’s walk easily and confidently in their everyday lives."
"Our product will help Americans with Parkinson's move around freely, increase their confidence and reduce the risk of falls. "
"Imagine inventing and developing a product that will improve the lives of thousands of people. That would be an exciting and satisfying prospect. Imagine you develop two at the same time."
"Lise Pape was a winner of our MedTechSouthEast competition, showcasing two of her innovative products: Path Feel and Path Finder. Since then, Lise has been writing for us about her experience testing and getting her products ready for market"
"In the “Mobility” section, a selection of designs on show address not only the practical elements of getting around as we get older, but also the opportunities for enhancing social connections and overall wellbeing."
"It’s always uplifting to see examples of companies utilising science and cutting-edge design to create products that really make an impact on the lives of those who need help most. Walk With Path is one such organisation."
"With the use of new, intelligent technology and an impressive display of persistence in the development of efficient solutions, Path Feel drew headlines around the world already during the start-up phase."
"This is so exciting,' said Cecilie. Those straps will enable people with Parkinson's to walk without a person helping or a walker."
"Entrepreneurs like Faii and Lise are absolutely critical to our healthcare ecosystem – ... It’s their energy and enthusiasm that will deliver better healthcare and at the same time boost our economy."
"After her father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, Lise Pape set about creating a way to help him with his mobility issues."
"MedTechSouthEast has highlighted the tech talent we have in Britain, and we need to increase the convergence of tech and design to create usable, accessible, human-centred devices and systems that will help us all retain our quality of life as we age."
"Lise’s innovative thinking around how to tackle trips and falls in people with Parkinson’s was particularly creative, and we’d like to congratulate her again and wish her the best on the journey of getting this possibly life-changing device to market."
"The project should be an inspiration to all medical device companies because it puts the user at the centre of solution creation.' Brian Firth, MIE Medical Research."
"Throughout the development process, Pape and her team engaged with people with Parkinson’s disease to help inform the final design."
"Walk With Path is developing a second product for people with walking problems – a shoe insole with pressure sensors to trigger vibrations when the foot hits the ground, compensating for lack of sensation."
"Each winning entry identified a solution to a pressing health and wellbeing problem, applying easy-to-use technology that is designed in a way that inspires consumers and healthcare organisations to be engaged with their health and wellbeing."
"I would like to congratulate the winners, who are a group of highly driven, talented women running amazing companies with real investment potential."
"Lise Pape of Walk With Path won the MedTech and Science category. Her company has created Path Finder, a laser shoe attachment that helps people with Parkinson's overcome walking problems."
"Four entrepreneurs have secured a free slot on a market-building mission to Europe or North America to showcase their business to industry contacts and global investors."
"It’s a great idea,' says Peter Schmidt of the National Parkinson Foundation in Miami, Florida. He says projected lines are a great aid, but up until now they’ve only been built into canes and walkers."
"Lise Pape understood the huge potential that technology can bring and its ability to dismantle societal barriers."
"The whole concept of user-centred design is that you are not tied to a specific solution. What matters is that the solution meets the need of the users in the best way."
"These awards are just one way we can recognise, celebrate and support start-ups developing and using technology as a force for good."
"Lise Pape, Founder and Managing Director of Walk With Path joins us to discuss how this new laser shoe technology is paving the way for people living with Parkinson’s Disease."
"When I have Path Finder on I’ve got something to concentrate on. It makes my steps longer and I stand up straighter. Everything starts to flow better. It makes me feel that I’ve got some back-up,' describes Mel who uses Path Finder on a daily basis."