The NextStep Robotics team has used their knowledge of robotics and engineering to pioneer a digital breakthrough in the treatment of foot drop and other causes of decreased mobility. Our experienced staff’s creative solution to the rehabilitation of foot drop has changed how orthopedic specialists will treat this condition. Most importantly, our team’s practical high-tech device will improve the quality of life for people who want to regain mobility.

Board of Directors

Bradley Hennessie


Brad is a former Lead Clinical Research Specialist from the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and is now leading the charge to commercialize this device and provide physical therapists a novel approach to effectively and durably reduce the adverse or potentially adverse effects of foot drop. He has been working with his co-founders for over a decade and has secured significant funding, including a cooperative agreement with NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Anindo Roy, PhD


Dr. Roy is the engineer behind it all, developing the control system embedded in our robotic device that is critical to safe and effective ankle training in the context of walking. With extensive experience and training in rehabilitation robotics at MIT, Dr. Roy has a unique perspective and skillset in translating therapy needs into robotic solutions. Dr. Roy leads all efforts in engineering including integrating robotics into the recovery pathway and generating new intellectual property. Dr. Roy has adjunct faculty appointments in both the University of Maryland school of medicine and in the James Clark School of engineering.

Maggie Deng


Maggie is an experienced business leader who spent most of her career with Morgan Stanly guiding companies from their startup phase to initial public offerings. Ms. Deng now works directly with high net worth investors advising their investment opportunities. She has an interest in companies that have healthcare solutions with wholistic approaches.

Erika Smith


Erika is an experienced Biotech Executive with 30 years’ experience as a CEO, Board Director, and investor primarily focused in the early-stage life sciences sector. Ms. Smith’s position as member of the Executive Committee Board of BIO (Biotechnology Innovation Organization, and Vice Chair of the Emerging Company Section of BIO, gives her a unique perspective on the challenges and trends startup’s like NextStep are facing in their early development.

Brenda Furlow


Brenda has 30+ years’ experience as a life sciences and medical device executive for both private and public global companies. Ms. Furlow was most recently Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Bio-Techne Corporation in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She has expertise in both buy- and sell-side M&A, IP licensing, human resources, legal, governance/ESG and compliance. Ms. Furlow received her law degree from the University of Chicago.

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