On January 18th, the first workshop of the FALCO project took place in Donostia. An initiative that is oriented to enhance the dialogue between different agents (industry, health entities and research), to share knowledge and promote the future transfer of research results to the industry of Euskadi.
25 entities participated in the working session, including the members of the FALCO consortium,companies that have supported the project (Exercycle, Fesia Technology, Gogoa Mobility Robots, Init Health, Gureak, Vitia) and health agents such as Bioef or Osakidetza.
The workshop was proposed with a double objective. First, to disseminate the results that the clinical-technological research consortium has achieved in the field of frailty. And second, to collect the interests of both the Basque industry and the main applicant of medical technology, Osakidetza.
The attendees had the opportunity to know the relevance that frailty has in our environment, both in the health and social care and gerontological field. Dr. Itziar Vergara from Biodonostia presented the cohort created in primary care for the study of frailty with patients living in the community, and Dr. Ander Matheu presented the work done with biomarkers for the characterization of frailty. For the geriatric field, Haritz Arrieta presented the effects of a multicomponent physical exercise program that has been carried out between Matia and UPV-EHU with elderly people living in residential care centers.
After a break, attendees had the opportunity to see different demonstrations of technology developed both to characterize objectively the frailty, as well as to perform interventions with pre-frail, frail and robust people. Specifically, Tecnalia carried out demonstrations of the devices developed for balance assessment and training, and Tekniker, Vicomtech and UPV-EHU RSAIT presented their robotic solution for personalized upper trunk training with variable resistance.
Finally, a debate was carried out about the conditions to move forward in the transfer of assets to the Basque industry and to analyze new opportunities around frailty.