Just as a house needs a blueprint to be built properly, a new business needs to demonstrate the robustness of its plan in order to be successful.
First Name: Daniel
Last Name: Bordenave
Business Name: Bisep
Years in Business: 2
How did you get started in business?
Bisep was founded by Daniel Bordenave, (M.Sc., R.Kin. B.Kin.) in 2016. Dan has a Bachelor of Kinesiology (Honours) and Master of Science in Applied Health Science, both from Brock University, and is a Registered Kinesiologist with the College of Kinesiologists of Ontario.
While working in a long-term care facility, Dan was unable to practice mobility and ambulation training daily with elderly patients due to limited staff and equipment. Patients were bed-ridden for longer periods, leading to increased health complications due limited funding.
This inspired Dan to invent a device that can assist immobility and ambulation training without the need for extra staff and equipment. The ARMM (Ambulation, Retraining and Mobility Mechanism) achieves this by attaching a patient’s wheel chair directly to their walker in a safe and adaptable manner.
How does your product or service solve a problem?
The ARMM is a dynamic structure that attaches an individual’s wheelchair to their walker. This device provides lateral support to the individual transferring from a wheel chair to a walker, and also trails the wheelchair behind the individual to provide a safe support system while walking. The device has a magnitude of user and financial benefits. For the user, the ARMM increases frequency of ambulation, increases walking confidence, device satisfaction and decreases sedentary time and fear of falling. We have validated these claims with our Clinical Trials in partnership with Brock University at long-term care facilities.
The ARMM device will also decrease medical costs associated with requiring 2-3 HCP to complete mobility training, therefore healthcare companies would need to spend less on manpower and can use those funds in other under budgeted areas.
Lastly the device will lessen the likelihood of healthcare workers getting hurt on the job resulting in less workplace (WSIB) injuries. Patients will be able to use a lateral support system when transferring from their wheelchair to their walker and gradually lift themselves without needing much support, if any, from the healthcare worker. In turn, saving the healthcare company financial burden from short and long-term disability claims.
What’s the biggest struggle you’ve had in starting a business?
The biggest struggle thus far in starting a business is acquiring funding to support myself and run a successful innovation/manufacturing company.
What task are you most confident about in starting your business?
Engineering and designing of products. As well as business and sales pitches.