Cal Poly Student Project Turns into Business Helping Parkinson's Patients

A student project to help a local military veteran has become a business designed to help patients with Parkinson’s disease overcome a debilitating and dangerous symptom known as “freezing of gait.”

De Oro Devices, based in San Luis Obispo, recently edged out six other startups for a $100,000 investment during the second annual Central Coast Angel Conference Pitch Competition held in April. De Oro Devices founder Sidney Collin, who graduated from Cal Poly in March with a biomedical engineering degree, said the product will formally launch in September, allowing Parkinson’s patients everywhere to walk uninterrupted.

“Mobility is such a big part of being independent,” Collin said. “So we want to be able to keep people mobile.”

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