The partners

The consortium assembled for this project is a multi-disciplinary collaboration between a research institute, technology developers and end-user organisations from the Netherlands, Sweden and Switzerland. It consists of 3 research performing SMEs in Sweden, Switzerland and the Netherlands, and 3 primary end-users organizations, supported by local universities.

Roessingh Research and Development, RRD (, is the largest Dutch scientific research centre for assistive and rehabilitation technology and will use its facilities in the Netherlands to evaluate the assistive and therapeutic effects of the glove prototypes. RRD is the coordinator of the IronHand project.
Bioservo ( is an innovator in robotic glove hardware and firmware and will be developing the intention detection technology and the hand opening/closing technology, supported by the Karolinska University Hospital.
Hocoma ( is the leader in robotic rehabilitation therapy for neurological movement disorders, and will focus on the development of glove software and the integration of Bioservo hardware and firmware in a working prototype to be used in user trials.
Nationaal Ouderenfonds ( – National Foundation for the Elderly (NFE) is a charity that promotes quality of life for older persons in the Netherlands. NFE supports seniors through meaningful projects and services that improve social inclusion, improve active and healthy ageing and improve safety and security.
The Department of Health and Social Care, the Municipality of Eskilstuna, Sweden (, provides services for 7000 citizens, 5000 over the age of 65. Services available for elderly citizens are: residential care, home help services, health care and rehabilitation etc. The Municipality of is continuously looking for best practice and qualitative solutions to meet the present needs of the citizens as well as to prepare for future challenges.
terzStiftung ( is a Swiss non-profit foundation acting as a Service Provider and a Representative Body for older adults, working as a consumer-organisation and as a lobbyist for the interests of the generations 50+ and focusing on research, stakeholder-dialogues and testing of products, facilities and services