Ex-Steelers QB Batch creates sports medicine startup at Pitt

Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch takes questions from media after arriving at Monessen High School on Sept. 4, 2012.
Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch takes questions from media after arriving at Monessen High School on Sept. 4, 2012.
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| Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, 1:49 p.m.

Former Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch is among a group of partners who have created a new sports medicine partnership at the University of Pittsburgh.

Impellia will develop fitness, human performance and rehabilitation products with the goal of commercialization, according to a press release from Pitt. The company has optioned three products created by the Pitt Innovation Institute, including a telemedicine product, a knee function product and a joint-function product. All three are nearly ready for commercialization.

“Sports medicine and rehabilitation technology is a natural draw for me. What we see in these technologies is the ability for us to bring innovation available to elite athletes out to everyday people,” said Batch, a Steelers backup from 2003-12.

One product, interACTION, uses sensors placed on joints which collect data on the movement of the joint. The data are transmitted to a tablet, where a physical therapist can analyze the performance of the joint.

Another product, called Versatile and Integrated System for Telerehabilitation, is an app for videoconferencing and accessing health records.

The third is called PIVOT, and also involves sensors transmitting real-time data on the health of a major joint, the knee. The product allows doctors to better diagnose tears in the anterior cruciate ligament.

The Pittsburgh Technology Council facilitated the partnership.

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