Bury St Edmunds-based Gait & Motion Technology win COPA award
Paula Radcliffe has hailed their technology as ‘life changing’ and now science experts have honoured Gait & Motion Technology’s founders.
George Cummins and Scott Barton only started the Bury St Edmunds-based company in March last year. So the pair were in for a surprise when earlier this month they were named ‘Best Start-Up 2019’ at COPA, Europe’s leading medical conference.
George, who lives in Newmarket, said: “There was a judging panel of 20 experts who interviewed us and said what we do is game changing with huge growth potential.”
Gait & Motion Technology (GMT) work in the field of biomechanics, the science of how the body’s components work together for optimal movement. George and Scott, who lives in Bury, specialise in foot orthotics (insoles), and by using high-tech footscan systems, they can provide a more accurate assessment of movement than traditional static assessments.
George said where once a patient would leave a foot imprint in a foam impression box or have their foot cast, they are now being analysed by an advanced pressure measurement system. From there, 3D printing can be used to make a custom orthotic specific to the patients’ needs.
“Foot orthotics can also assist with issues further up the chain; such as knee, hip and back pain,” George continued. “The majority of UK clinics are still assessing and manufacturing orthotics the old way. We wanted to pioneer the change and it has been well received.”
GMT recently supported FIFA Medical Centre with their technology in Wembley Stadium and have collaborated with Nike.
They have also worked with elite athletes, including Paula Radcliffe –the women’s world record holder for the marathon. She described her insoles as ‘life changing’ but as George points out, GMT is keen to help people in all walks of life to assist with their rehabilitation and injury prevention, not only the elite.
GMT operates by acquiring the foot scanning technology from manufacturers and working directly with clinics and hospitals across the country. They have a partnership with Belgian company Materialise, who manufacture 3D printed insoles.
George said: “We are 100 per cent certain that dynamic 3D printing is the future. Knowing the pitfalls in traditional manufacturing methods, we are sure that this is the most accurate product for the consumer, specific to each foot. We have now printed more than 1,000 pairs and we have had a 100 per cent success rate.”