biodesigns is the vision of our CEO Randall Alley whose goal is to revolutionize the design, development, and deployment of the human interface technologies. Our team is comprised of seasoned experts and specialists in their area of study and includes prosthetists, engineers, researchers, technicians, machinists, brand strategists, and marketers, with one thing in common–a passion for helping people and a rejection of the status quo.
Randall Alley is CEO, Chief Prosthetist and Head of User-Interface Technology for biodesigns, a clinical services and R&D facility specializing in the optimization of human interfaces for prostheses, orthoses, exoskeletons, robotics and wearable technology. Alley is a board certified prosthetist and received both his prosthetic certificate and Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from UCLA. Alley’s clinical experience and intimate understanding of force, pressure, shear, rotation, tissue management, weight, and feedback, especially in relationship to wearer device usability and acceptance, lead him to redefine human device connection platforms. Alley holds numerous patents for his attachment technologies, methods and systems, with his focus of study on non-surgical, non-invasive performance-enhancing interface systems designed to provide improved feedback, proprioception, and efficiency of movement.
Alley has 30 years’ experience successfully fitting challenging prosthetic patients, many with extremely short residual limbs, with advanced but often heavy componentry. As co-founder and former director for the world’s largest upper limb prosthetic program, Alley traveled the U.S. and abroad working on hundreds of complex prosthetic cases, often requiring him to create innovative solutions in real-time. It was out of his dissatisfaction with the numerous issues caused by the standard-of-care socket designs, including discomfort, poor performance, and instability, that inspired him to dedicate his career to improving the interface. Alley introduced to the field multiple prosthetic interface designs including the X-Frame, ACCI (Anatomically Contoured and Controlled Interface), and the High-Fidelity Interface, proving superior biomechanical principles could result in improved comfort and function.
Alley’s work goes a step further as his goal is complete device embodiment, i.e. being one with the device or attached item. Alley has already begun to document this phenomenon in his clinic as his patients regularly report with his designs their prosthesis feels like a part of them, feels connected to them. Many report phantom sensations returning to their limb, allowing users to “feel” the ground and prevent falls and stumbles, one of the biggest challenges currently with prosthetics and orthotics. This degree of acceptance and embodiment breaks the boundaries on what many thought was possible in a non-surgical, non-sensorized attachment design, and is the basis for all of Alley’s attachment approaches.