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Rehabtronics Receives $1.25 Million from Genome BC to Enable Free Quality Improvement Trials of Prelivia, a Medical Device Designed to Protect Against Deadly Pressure Damage

VANCOUVER, BCMarch 15, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Rehabtronics is pleased to announce that Genome BC is providing $1.25 million to support commercialization of Prelivia, the world’s first neuroscience-based technology designed to protect patients against deadly pressure injuries (also known as bed sores and pressure ulcers). Despite an estimated $26 billion spent on current treatments, pressure injuries kill 60,000 people every year in the United States alone.

Prelivia is patented and has been scientifically proven through animal and human studies. Prelivia is patented and has been scientifically proven through animal and human studies.

The funds will facilitate free 90-day quality improvement trials of Prelivia at qualified healthcare facilities in the United States. Rehabtronics is inviting applications for the free trials now. Genome BC is allocating the funding from its Industry Innovation Program (I2), which supports promising technologies at early stages of commercial development.


Prelivia is patented and has been scientifically proven through animal and human studies. The technology is currently part of the Protect2 multicentered randomized controlled study to further validate its effectiveness in decreasing progression and facilitating healing of pressure injuries. The Cleveland Clinic Foundation is currently recruiting participants.

“Genome BC invests in cutting-edge, innovative life sciences companies,” said Dr. Tony Brooks, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Entrepreneurship & Commercialization at Genome BC. “Rehabtronics has demonstrated there is an unmet need for this type of innovative product. Our investment will support the commercialization of Rehabtronics’s device to improve health care outcomes across multiple care settings, such as hospitals, long-term care facilities and in-home personal care.”

On March 17 and 18, Rehabtronics will be showcasing Prelivia at the NPIAP 2022 Conference hosted by the National Pressure Injury Advisory Panel in Wesley Chapel, Florida.


Rehabtronics develops medical devices that restore function and improve the lives of people who are paralyzed or immobile.  Founded in 2003 as a spinoff from the Neuroscience Institute of the University of Alberta, Rehabtronics is dedicated to bringing neuroscience discoveries into clinical practice. The company’s newest product, Prelivia, is designed to alleviate pressure injuries, one of the deadliest hospital-acquired injuries. Its rehabilitation devices are used globally to help people recover movement after central or peripheral nervous system injury or disease.


Genome British Columbia leads genomics innovation on Canada’s West Coast and facilitates the integration of genomics into society. A recognized catalyst for government and industry, Genome BC invests in research, entrepreneurship and commercialization in life sciences to address challenges in key sectors such as health, forestry, fisheries and aquaculture, agrifood, energy, mining and environment. Genome BC partners with many national and international public and private funding organizations to drive BC’s bioeconomy.


Neena Rahemtulla

Brad Lyle, Communications Manager, Brand and Marketing
Genome BC 

SOURCE Rehabtronics

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