SteadyScrib began as a passion project, stemming from a treasured tradition between a girl and her grandfather. Izzy — our co-Founder and CEO — grew up sending handwritten letters back and forth with her grandfather. However, after his Parkinson's symptoms advanced to a debilitating stage, their cherished tradition was cut short. Because Izzy’s grandfather, and millions of other people with Parkinson’s disease, lack writing utensils compatible with their manual dexterity, they can no longer do so many things that allow them to live an autonomous and enjoyable life, such as journaling, signing receipts, completing medical forms, and so much more. At SteadyScrib, we are personally motivated to enable people with Parkinson’s to communicate with dignity and efficiency.

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Currently, there is no existing pen on the market that enables people with Parkinson’s disease to overcome their writing-inhibitive symptoms and manually communicate on an independent basis. GlobalData, a data analytics and consulting company, forecasted that the Parkinson’s disease market is predicted to experience critical growth in the 7MM (the US, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the UK, and Japan), with the decade 2019-2029 decade seeing a 12.6% compound annual growth rate (CAGR). Furthermore, Markets and Markets, a market research company, projected that the Parkinson’s disease treatment market would reach a value of $5.69B by the end of 2022. There is a necessary and formidable emphasis on pharmaceutical solutions to treat the disease itself. And yet, the Parkinson’s disease market has an significant lack of quality-of-life innovations that would enable people with Parkinson’s to lead a pragmatic and fulfilling existence. We aim to fill this gap by designing the first manual writing tool specifically for people with Parkinson's disease.

In the U.S., 700 thousand people have Parkinsonian tremors. On a worldwide scale, this figure jumps to 7 million people. We aim to enable people with Parkinson’s to communicate with dignity and efficiency, starting with the roughly 22,000 people in the Chicagoland area who experience said tremors.