The MIT Technology Review recognized Akhtar as a humanitarian for his innovative approach to designing prosthetics.
PSYONIC’s premiere product, the Ability Hand, was released in 2019. The Ability Hand was the first commercially available prosthetic hand to include multitouch sensory feedback. The device utilizes electrical currents to stimulate nerves allowing users to “feel” what the prosthetic touches.
Akhtar launched PSYONIC in 2015 and the company moved into EnterpriseWorks in 2018.
PSYONIC has experinaced great success since the company launch. Their accomplishments include, winning the 2016 Illinois Innovation Prize in 2016, a mention in the Forbes list of 30 under 30 Healthcare, and first place at the 8VC Social Innovation Cup in 2019.
Each year the MIT Technology Review publishes a list of 35 Innovators Under 35; more than 500 people are nominated to be included annually.
The work of the nominated individuals is then evaluated by a prestigious panel of judges who select the final list.
MIT Technology Review acknowledged Akhtar’s commitment to both functionality and affordability.
PSYONIC products are inexpensive enough to be covered by Medicare which makes them available to 75 percent of individuals in the US who need them. The prosthetics are also built to withstand the stresses of everyday life without cracking.
Akhtar received his PhD in Neuroscience and MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Illinois.
Read more about Akhtar and PSYONIC in 35 Innovators Under 35 here: https://bit.ly/3xkF8bm