Dedicated alum leads the physical therapy industry in innovation
When Joseph Hidler ’94, founder and CEO of Aretech, was invited to give the Shirley and Ting-Wei Tang Lecture on campus in October 2022, it felt like a meaningful homecoming. In his talk, “From Concept to Market: Bringing a Medical Device to Life,” he explained the work he has been doing at his industry-leading company since it was established in 2008—developing advanced rehabilitation technologies for amputees, people who have suffered traumatic brain injuries, and others with neural control system damage.
For Hidler, this work is personal, as he himself has an ambulatory disability due to a spinal cord injury. His groundbreaking technology has helped injured people regain functionality that was previously thought improbable and has pushed biomedical device development forward industry-wide.