URise Products developed the StandUp Walker, an innovative device designed to improve independence and quality of life for people suffering from mobility challenges. The StandUp Walker is a 2-in-1 device, providing the functionality of a standard walker while also helping the user lift themselves from a seated position. The device eliminates the need for appliances such as power-lift chairs and toilet seat risers, and it allows many seniors to move about freely without assistance. The StandUp Walker weighs only 10.5 pounds and can support up to 400 pounds. The design is collapsible, allowing for easy transportation. Alotech, Inc. worked with URise Products as the medical device contract manufacturer.
Why they wanted things to be different
URise Products needed a cost-effective process for manufacturing the StandUp Walker at scale. The stand-assist functionality was made possible by a patented hinge that allowed the user to lower the handles and place the device at an angle, providing the necessary leverage for the user to stand. The original hinge in earlier versions of the StandUp Walker contained an excessive number of moving parts, which would inflate production costs and introduce numerous points of failure. “Getting the cost of producing the hinge down to a manageable level was a real challenge,” says Kenneth C. Paulus, CEO of URise. “We also felt that the design needed to be simpler and more robust.”
“I truly view Alotech as an extension of our company. I’m not sure the StandUp Walker would have even come to market if Tommy had not been willing to invest in us. The quality of their work is second to none.”
— KENNETH C. PAULUS, CEO OF URISE
— KENNETH C. PAULUS, CEO OF URISE
What we did
Alotech worked with URise to bring the StandUp Walker to the market, guiding the product development cycle from its early stages into mass production. “Alotech worked with us on this product almost from inception,” says Paulus. The product’s initial inventor, Howard Liles, had supplied URise with an early prototype that he had built in a university lab. Alotech helped to carry the prototype into mass production through seven design iterations. Alotech ultimately found a way to reduce the cost of producing the stand-assist hinge by 80%, which proved to be a critical success factor. We helped URise to formulate the intellectual property and file the necessary patents while developing a cost-effective design and manufacturing process. Alotech currently manages all aspects of production and order fulfillment for the StandUp Walker, including packing, shipping and customer service.
The difference it is making
The StandUp Walker has met with commercial success and has received notable accolades including:
Brookdale Senior Living – Entrepreneur-In-Residence
Aging 2.0 Optimize Conference: Pitch-4-Partners Winner
Aging 2.0: Global Startup Search – Atlanta Champion
Medtrade 2016: Gold Winner New Product Pavilion
HME-Business: 2016 Retail Product Award
Inventors Digest: April 2016 Cover
The Doctor’s TV Show: Funder Games Winner
In October 2016, the StandUp Walker won the HME Business 2016 New Product Award (retail category) as well as Aging 2.0’s Pitch-4-Partners Award. By developing a proven cost-effective process with Alotech’s assistance, URise was able to reduce the need to raise startup capital, allowing its owners to retain a greater share of equity in the company.
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