Did you know there is a NASA spin-out company just a stone’s throw away from Milwaukee?

Sheboygan-based VibeTech, headed by engineer and founder Dr. Jeff Leismer, is using technology developed to help astronauts combat the physical effects of space travel to build muscle in immobile patients.

Leismer became interested in creating tools to overcome the atrophy-related bone and muscle loss incurred by astronauts in space when he was a biomedical engineering student at Michigan Tech. He pursued a doctorate in mechanical engineering to better understand the impact of applying mechanical forces to bones weakened by space travel (or advanced age).

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