About Us

In Latin, motus nova translates to new movement.

Our Story

Founded in 2013, Motus Nova set out on a journey to make healthcare robotics more accessible for people. We started out by trying to help people in clinics and hospitals get access to technology that could help them achieve more hours of therapy, which is extremely critical in the recovery process. After realizing this model still wasn’t providing people with significantly more therapy, we thought about how we can provide more access.
Developed over the past decade in conjunction with the top hospitals in the US, our patented FDA Class I rehabilitation robot is used in over 170 clinics and hospitals. Using advanced sensors, predictive technologies, and hiding the repetitive nature of rehabilitation behind task-guided video games, we’ve delivered a superior and richer recovery experience for thousands of brain injury and stroke survivors.
Late 2017 marked the beginning of a crucial shift. We decided to put our technology in homes. At home, people can use healthcare robotics as much as they want; it is limitless. There’s no transportation burden. Use is independent. And we began to touch the surface of tele-medicine and robotic therapy at home instead of in a clinic. Finally, in 2019 after reengineering our technology we set out to truly put Healthcare Robotics in people’s homes and create a world-class service experience that puts the patient at the center by combining Artificial Intelligence and Personalized Care.
Building on our experience, we seek to close the gap in treatment access by placing our robot powered by advanced AI directly in the home for superior clinic-quality telemedicine. The Motus Home Hand Mentor and Foot Mentor is always available on demand, allowing our users to take charge of their own recovery at up to five times faster and a fraction of the cost of conventional physical therapy.

Our Our Company Mission & User Vision

We are Committed. Engaged. Driven. Caring. Professional. Inspired. Innovative. In Motion.

MISSION

Stroke and other brain injuries affect more than 100 million worldwide. Direct access to clinically proven therapies and a full recovery is out of reach for most survivors leading to a lifetime of impairment. Our mission is to deliver neuro-rehab in every home through robotic exoskeletons guided by AI.

VISION

Latin for ‘movement anewed’, Motus Nova envisions a world where survivors of brain injuries live without impairment. We believe a brain injury or stroke is meant to be overcome and does not define your future.

VALUES

Customer centered – We are committed to incorporating and integrating our customer’s perspective into every step of the experience.
Scientific and clinical rigor – We are driven by strictly reviewed evidence.
Quality of care – We strive to provide the best possible service for our users.
Continual innovation – We understand there’s always room for improvement and want to provide people with the best technology for their needs.

Meet Our Team

EXECUTIVES

David Wu
CEO & Founder
Decade’s experience in tech startups focused on healthcare
Dr. Nick Housley, DPT PhD
Director of Clinical Research
Former Neuro ICU PT and nationally ranked cyclist, now Neuroscientist dedicated to new rehab technologies
Dr. Russell Jeter, PhD
Director of Analytics
Data scientist specializing in AI and Machine Learning
Wendell Whittaker
Head of Graphics
Graphical artist specializing in games and animations
Parth Patel
Lead Engineer
Engineer specializing in product development
Wendell Whittaker
Head of Graphics
Graphical artist specializing in games and animations
Parth Patel
Lead Engineer
Engineer specializing in product development

BOARD OF ADVISORS

Stacy Kenworthy
Chairman
A veteran of more than 30 years in the finance and technology fields, Mr. Kenworthy has held senior-level management positions at various companies in the Finance, Risk Management, Investment Banking, and Technology fields.
Dr. Harald Einsmann, PhD, MBA
Advisor
Former President and CEO of Proctor & Gamble International for over 15 years. Dr. Einsmann previously served on the Board of Directors for Tesco PLC, Harman International, Carlson Group, and Rezidor Hotel Group in Scandinavia.
Sanford R. Climan
Advisor
Golden Globe and British Academy Award winner Sanford R. Climan is a global leader in business, media, and entertainment. Mr. Climan serves on several charitable boards, including the American Cinematheque and the UCLA Longevity Center of the Semel Institute for Neurosciences and Human Behavior, and former member of the Advisory Committee to the Director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

SCIENTIFIC BOARD OF ADVISORS

Dr. Steven L. Wolf, PT, PhD, FAPTA
Advisor
Received the highest honor in physical therapy for the American Physical Therapy Association, Living Legend Lifetime achievement award in 2009. Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Wolf has over 35 years of experience studying stroke rehabilitation and leading some of the largest clinical trials to investigate novel interventions to improve motor control.
Dr. Andrew J. Butler, MPT, MBA, PhD, FAPTA
Advisor
Dean of the UAB School of Health Professions. Dr. Butler has pioneered the successfully deployment of tele-rehabilitation robotics for the delivery of upper limb rehabilitation in stroke survivors.
Dr. Xuan Luo, MD
Advisor
Assistant Professor of Orthopedics and Rehabilitation at Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Luo is a hand, shoulder, and elbow surgeon and trained at the Harvard Hand/Upper Extremity Fellowship in Boston. He has a special interest in degenerative diseases, including arthritis in the hand and the fingers.

Why We Are Different