Centers of Excellence added to grow Neural Sleeve use in MS care

Three new centers on East Coast join three added in Colorado in May

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Cionic has added three renowned institutions on the East Coast to its national Centers of Excellence program, a move that expands the availability in the U.S. of the Neural Sleeve to people with multiple sclerosis (MS) and other neurological conditions that affect mobility.

The program represents a key strategic partnership that lets patients try the sleeve under the guidance and expertise of trained medical staff.

The newest members include the International Multiple Sclerosis Management Practice (IMSMP) in New York, the Hackensack Meridian Neuroscience Institute at Jersey Shore University Medical Center’s MS Center in New Jersey, and MedStar Health, which has centers in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.

The announcement follows the addition in May of the first three centers in Colorado.

“The work we do at our MS Center focuses on providing care that addresses patient needs at every step of their journey with their illness, from diagnosis through treatment,” David Duncan, MD, medical director of the MS Center at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, said in a Cionic press release. “By integrating innovative technologies like the Neural Sleeve into patient care, we deliver on our commitment to providing the full breadth of resources available to assist our patients with living active and healthy lives.”

“For almost [20] years, IMSMP has provided individuals living with multiple sclerosis industry-leading care that prioritizes access to the latest research,” said Saud Sadiq, medical director of IMSMP. “Our comprehensive, holistic approach addresses the full continuum of care, which includes making the most advanced technology available to our patients and empowering them to live full and independent lives.”

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What does the Neural Sleeve do in MS?

The Neural Sleeve is a flexible, lightweight leg-worn garment that contains multiple sensors that read the signals from the brain to the muscles, which can be used by algorithms to predict how a person’s leg and foot will move about a tenth of second before the movement takes place. This enables the device to deliver electrical stimulation to the muscles to make real-time adjustments with each step to generate a more natural walking gait.

Such stimulation can reduce walking difficulties caused by muscle weakness or foot drop, a condition often experienced by MS patients where lifting the front of the foot when taking a step is difficult to do.

Available in several sizes and colors, the Neural Sleeve was cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Admnistration in 2022, making it the first algorithm-powered bionic clothing for mobility impairment. It’s licensed in 47 U.S. states and more than 400 clinics or healthcare institutions are prescribing it.

“Digital therapeutics are set to transform healthcare, not only through continuous monitoring of patient metrics, but also by delivering real-time care personalized to individual needs. This will only happen through deep collaboration with healthcare providers,” said Jeremiah Robison, the founder and CEO of Cionic. “We are proud to work with IMSMP, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, and MedStar Health to deliver a unified care experience with the Neural Sleeve from the clinic to the home, setting a new standard for mobility care.”

Those interested in trying the Neural Sleeve can contact their doctor at these Centers of Excellence to make an appointment, or contact Cionic at