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FAL-WIN 2018

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FALL / WINTER 2018 PIERCE 17 RAVENINGS Joshua Sigsworth Creates Devices for Doctors and Patients W hen Joshua Sigsworth '07, DPT '10, started out as a physical therapist, he quickly realized traditional medical bags were difficult to use. "Most clinicians need about three bags when they see patients — one for their laptop, one for a scale and another for supplies," he said. So with the help of Hopkins Medical Products, Sigsworth co-designed a bag, the Hopkins Home Health Pro Backpack, that allowed him to practice efficiently and pain free. Its four compartments allow for increased compliance with clean bag technique, increased efficiency for finding equipment, and easy access to a computer/tablet and schedule. "e brand development manager and Hopkins Medical Products in general were so great to work with," Sigsworth said, "I recommend people reach out to large companies and see what can happen." Sigsworth credits the successful partnership to the company's forward-thinking and open-minded approach to improving the lives of clinicians and patients. e contract physical therapist and first-generation college student earned his bachelor's in biolog y before going on to pursue his DPT. His wife is also a contract traveling physical therapist, and their experiences led him to design Stair Assist. e mobility device allows patients impacted by trauma, disease or normal aging processes to safely ascend and descend stairs. He was granted a utility patent by the United States Patent and Trademark Office, then built a team and founded Kinesiologic, LLC, an invention and innovation company that helps inventors navigate patent applications, marketing, manufacturing and distribution processes. Sigsworth's goal is to have the Stair Assist available for sale within the next year. — Alexa Wallace '16 MBA '19 PHYSICAL THERAPIST. RAVEN. INVENTOR. FACING PAGE AND THIS PAGE: ANDREW CUNNINGHAM

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