Aadeel Akhtar

PSYONIC has created the first and only bionic hand with multi-touch sensory feedback. The functional and affordable Ability Hand was commercially released in the market in September 2021. The Ability Hand is an affordable and accessible prosthesis with unique bionic abilities that surpass human capabilities, providing individuals with technology superior to anything else currently on the market. It’s also covered by insurance companies in the United States, with no out-of-pocket costs to users, and is the only multi-grip bionic hand Made in the U.S.

Aadeel was named as an MIT Technology Review Innovator Under 35 for 2021. And, the National Science Foundation has awarded PSYONIC $1 million. As part of the federal government's Small Business Innovation Research program, they will use the funding to develop even finer control for users.


Illinois Resources Leveraged

Aadeel Akhtar receives the Illinois Innovation Prize in 2016.
Aadeel Akhtar receives the Illinois Innovation Prize in 2016.

Cozad New Venture Challenge Prize Winner 2015 - Receipient of the $15,000 Samsung Research Innovation Prize and the $10,000 First Place University-Funded Startup Prize (Technology Entrepreneur Center)

iVenture Accelerator 2015-2016 Cohort Team - (Origin Ventures Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership) - $10,000

Illinois Innovation Award Winner 2016 - $20,000 (Technology Entrepreneur Center & Grainger Engineering)

Illinois I-Corps Program Participant (Technology Entrepreneur Center & EnterpriseWorks)

EnterpriseWorks – Incubator Tenant at Research Park



Aadeel Akhtar, CEO and Co-founder, PhD in Neuroscience ('16, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences) and MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering ('16, Grainger Engineering)