This CEO built a wheelchair endorsed by Stephen Hawking before launching his new startup (by Alex Soderstrom)

Tim Balz has worked on a long list of successful wheelchair innovations, landing his name on a patent and leading a project endorsed by renowned physicist Stephen Hawking.

Balz’s latest efforts won’t revolutionize the wheelchair, but rather, the quality of life of the people who use them.

Melbourne-based Kalogon, founded by Balz last year, developed a “smart cushion” meant to prevent pressure sores in people who sit too long, especially those in wheelchairs. The product is in use by some rehabilitation centers, assisted-living centers and hospitals across the Sunshine State.

Kalogon aims to ramp up its manufacturing after a $195,000 investment from early-stage investment group SeedFundersOrlando. While relatively new, Kalogon is made up of a talented team of engineers from giants like Northrop Grumman and SpaceX.