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RELEASE: Auchincloss Tours Barrett’s Manufacturing Plant, Announces $1.6 Million NIH Grant

July 16, 2021


RELEASE: Auchincloss Tours Barrett’s Manufacturing Plant, Announces $1.6, Million NIH Grant

Newton, MA —  Congressman Jake Auchincloss toured Barret Technology and announced the awarding of a $1.6-million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital to advance the Burt® robotic system, which will help people recover from stroke and other neurological injuries. 

Barret is a leader in innovative and advanced medical robotic design and manufacturing. Rep. Auchincloss saw Burt®, an advanced robotic arm designed by Barrett. A photo of the visit can be found here:

In the days and weeks after a neurological injury it is critical for a professional therapist to apply intense and sustained rehabilitation while encouraging the patient to maintain proper posture. The need for patients to receive these treatments creates many challenges for providers. So Barrett designed Burt®, an advanced robot designed to help make rehabilitation fun by negating gravity while gamifying therapy – anything from air hockey to solitaire – while quantifying progress.

“Barrett represents the best in innovation,” said Congressman Auchincloss. “Through their partnership with Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, they are showing the world how our community can lead the way in advances to science, technology, and medicine. I’m proud to announce that the NIH is recognizing and investing in their groundbreaking work that will change lives for decades to come.”

Newton Mayor Ruthanne Fuller shared, “The remarkable team at Barrett Technology here in Newton is transforming the lives of people recovering from stroke and neurological injuries. I’m honored to be here with our representative in Congress, Jake Auchincloss, to award this $1.6 million grant to help Barrett’s efforts to make rehabilitation more fun.”

Barrett CEO Bill Townsend added, “We aimed our robotics and AI expertise at solving a real-world problem that touches so many millions of lives each year, most going untreated or undertreated for lack of resources.”

About Barrett Technology 

Barrett, through its Barrett Medical division, is developing robots that help people recover from stroke and other neurological injuries including deficits after cancer surgery, traumatic brain injury, spinal-cord injury, and even Covid brain fog. These technologies have future uses across a broad spectrum including sports training, sports refinement, sports medicine, and networked exercise equipment. Today, Barrett is shipping its FDA-registered Burt® product across the United States and China and plans to begin expanding into other countries. For more information, visit

About Spaulding Rehabilitation Network

A member of the Mass General Brigham Health System, the Spaulding Rehabilitation Network includes Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital, with a main campus in Charlestown the 2nd ranked rehabilitation hospital in the country by U.S. News & World Report, along with Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod, Spaulding Hospital Cambridge, Spaulding Nursing and Therapy Center Brighton, and over 25 outpatient sites throughout Eastern Massachusetts. An acclaimed teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School and home to the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Spaulding is recognized as the top residency program in the U.S. in the 2020/2021 Doximity Residency Navigator. Spaulding also was recognized by the 2021 Disability Equality Index as a “Best Places to Work for Disability Inclusion.” For more information, visit

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