This device allows persons to easily and safely perform everyday tasks that have been difficult, painful, and at times not possible with existing crutches or crutch alternatives. There are functional and medical advantages to using the XLEG that provide a vast improvement in the quality of life and reduce the personal cost due to injury.
In January 2015, I was in a car accident that shattered my tibia and fibula. Since the accident, I have been on and off crutches as a result of 13 surgeries including 2 failed bone grafts due to bone infection. I tried every crutch or crutch alternative without finding a device that gave me the mobility and versatility that I wanted. So… I designed and built it.
– David Reid Robinson
Reid is the Founder and CEO of Calgary-based Exotech Corp (Est. 2016) and the inventor of the XLEG. Background: 20 years as an independent IT consultant for the Calgary Oil and Gas industry.
Andreas is a serial tech start-up entrepreneur and over the last 20 years has co-founded and/or played leading roles with companies in the biotech, lab instrumentation and health IT sectors. While he’s a recovering PhD scientist (Microbiology & Biochemistry) he now mostly works at the interface of business executive and science/technical responsibilities. Andreas is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary.
John is an industry veteran and entrepreneur who has been working as a mechanical design engineer and project leader specializing in new product development, mechanical system simulation, design, and deployment. He previously founded Tangent Design Engineering. John has strong experience managing technical teams and designing equipment for medical applications, aircraft ground support, oilfield, compression, downhole tools, and consumer products.
Mackenzie is a Mechanical Engineering graduate (Biomechanical) from Queen’s University. Projects she’s worked on include a discreet breast pump for busy moms and a leg lift for pregnant women. She is passionate about women in STEM, innovation, and the development of personalized assistive devices.
Fabiola has an Integrated Engineering degree (Biomechanical & Computer) from UBC. She has worked on injury research applications, orthopedic surgical training and several assistive devices. She’s passionate about health, fascinated by biomechanics and overall keen to contribute to the medical device industry.
Graham is the CEO of Calgary-based Adaptive Engineering and Adaptive Concepts, the inventor of the ultra-portable Lift2Go wheelchair lift device. Adaptive has manufactured portable platform lifts for 40 years and has extensive experience in the design and manufacture of various types of mobility assist devices.
Christine Jansen is a professional artist with extensive experience working in a wide variety of disciplines with multiple media types. In recent years, Christine has focused her skills/knowledge on material prototyping and assisting with the development of manufacturing processes for new medical devices. Christine’s ability to apply her creative expertise in a fast-paced environment (Iterative design processes) have been invaluable in the development of the textile components of the X-Leg.