We are very excited to have Conor join Safar’s Scientific Advisory Board! His experience as an academic, advisor, and entrepreneur in the wearable technologies and manufacturing space makes Conor a strong asset for our growing portfolio of material science and robotics companies.
Conor Walsh is the Paul A. Maeder Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the John A. Paulson Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and an Associate Faculty Member at the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. He is the founder of the Harvard Biodesign Lab, which brings together researchers from the engineering, industrial design, apparel, clinical, and business communities to develop new disruptive robotic technologies for augmenting and restoring human performance. This research includes new approaches to the design, manufacture, and control of wearable robotic devices and characterizing their performance through biomechanical and physiological studies so as to further the scientific understanding of how humans interact with such machines. Example application areas include enhancing the mobility of healthy individuals, restoring the mobility of patients with gait deficits, assisting those with upper extremity weakness to perform activities of daily living, and preventing injuries of workers performing physically strenuous tasks. His multidisciplinary research spans engineering, biology, and medicine and has led to multiple high-impact scientific papers as well as technology translation. Multiple technologies from the lab have been licensed to industry. He is a co-founder of Verve, Inc. commercialization of a back assist exosuit and the ReStore soft exosuit from ReWalk Robotics is now FDA and CE mark approved for use during gait rehabilitation poststroke. He is the winner of multiple awards including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and the MIT Technology Review Innovator Under 35 Award.