Şeyma Yılmaz Interrupt Engineering CEO

An interview with Şeyma Yılmaz Interrupt Engineering CEO on November 6, 2023 by George Ackerman, Ph.D, J.D.



I am a young entrepreneur, 26 years old. As a Biomedical Engineer, my journey began at Istanbul Medipol University, from which I graduated in 2021. Immediately after my undergraduate studies, I pursued a master’s degree in electrical and Electronic Engineering at Koç University.


My vision for advancing medical technology materialized with “Physiopatch,” a wearable device designed for the continuous and non-invasive monitoring of cardiovascular and cardiopulmonary functions, which received funding from TÜBİTAK ARDEB. In September 2022, I took a significant step in my career by founding Interrupt Biomedical and Engineering Inc., backed by the Program of the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Türkiye.

Leading my company, I guided the development of the MoveMate device, an initiative that has brought us recognition in the entrepreneurial landscape, achieving awards and honors in various competitions. We have been working to promote our product in the USA and Turkey


Since 2022, I have been serving with pride as the Chairperson of the Board of the very startup I helped to create, continuing to drive our mission forward with unwavering commitment and leadership.


Please tell me a little about your background.


A Biomedical Engineer by training, having graduated from Istanbul Medipol University in 2021. My undergraduate studies culminated in a notable project on 3-Derivational ECG Simulator Design, backed by TÜBİTAK. Following my graduation, I embarked on postgraduate studies in Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Koç University, furthering my expertise in medical technology.



Can you tell me more about your advocacy?


My advocacy is specifically concentrated on utilizing technology to alleviate the challenges faced by individuals with Parkinson’s disease, especially those who experience freezing of gait. At Interrupt Biomedical and Engineering Inc., we are dedicated to creating innovative solutions that address these difficulties, and our MoveMate – Interrupt the FOG, device is a prime example of this commitment. It’s designed to provide independence and improve the quality of life for Parkinson’s patients. Our advocacy efforts at Interrupt Engineering. include organizing events such as ‘Parkinson & Innovation’, held on April 11 in light of World Parkinson’s Day. This event serves to raise awareness about Parkinson’s disease, highlighting the role of technology in improving patient quality of life. It features experts from various fields, including medical professionals discussing surgical advancements, and innovators exploring the benefits of wearable health technology. Additionally, we contribute to societal causes, such as making donations to disaster victims, symbolizing our commitment to community and social responsibility. Through these events, we aim to foster a deeper understanding of Parkinson’s while showcasing technological progress in healthcare. Furthermore, we are spreading the word within the entrepreneurship ecosystem to foster a broader understanding and support for those affected by Parkinson’s disease.


What is your passion and how did you get involved in Parkinson’s awareness and hope for a cure?


My passion lies in leveraging technology to solve pressing medical issues, and my journey toward Parkinson’s awareness began during my third year as a Biomedical Engineering student at Istanbul Medipol University. It was a visit to the Parkinson’s Disease and Movement Disorders Center (PARMER) that sparked the inception of Interrupt. There, I had the opportunity to meet with renowned brain surgeon Assoc. Prof. Dr. Ali Zırh and Neurologist Uzm. Dr. Başak Bolluk Kılıç, who are known for their work with Deep Brain Stimulation in Türkiye.


The question that propelled us forward was, “We want to develop innovative solutions for Parkinson’s patients; which problem should we focus on?” The answer, provided by these experts, was the “Freezing of Gait,” a common and debilitating symptom of Parkinson’s disease. This moment was pivotal; it not only deepened my understanding of the challenges faced by those with Parkinson’s but also reinforced my commitment to making a tangible difference.


Our mission at Interrupt is to create innovative solutions that address this specific challenge, thereby improving the quality of life for people with Parkinson’s. It is this blend of innovation, empathy, and science that fuels our advocacy for Parkinson’s awareness and the hope for a cure.


What type of goals do individuals with Parkinson’s have when working with you?


Individuals with Parkinson’s who collaborate with us primarily aim to regain their confidence in mobility. They seek to mitigate the effects of Freezing of Gait (FOG), aiming for a life less hindered by the unpredictability of movement cessation. Our mission aligns with their goal – we strive to restore not just their physical mobility, but also the dignity, independence, and quality of life that Parkinson’s often erodes.


What type of training and how long are the programs?


Our programs are tailored, considering the individualistic nature of Parkinson’s Disease. They involve real-time interventions facilitated by MoveMate, which doesn’t necessitate a prolonged training program. Users can seamlessly integrate it into their daily lives, with our team providing comprehensive support to ensure optimal utilization and benefit.


What effect can your advocacy have on an individual with Parkinson’s?


Our advocacy humanizes the struggle with Parkinson’s. By providing a solution rooted in empathy and innovation, we instill hope and affirm that individuals with Parkinson’s are not defined by their condition. They experience immediate relief from FOG episodes and a renewed sense of autonomy and self-assurance.


What would you like to see as a future goal for your advocacy?


We envision a world where Parkinson’s is not a boundary, but just another aspect of the diverse human experience. Our advocacy aims to amplify the voices of those affected, fostering a global community that is informed, empathetic, and committed to innovative solutions.


What events do you participate in?


We actively engage in international symposiums, medical tech exhibitions, and Parkinson’s awareness campaigns. Notably, our participation in the CES 2023 was a significant milestone, showcasing MoveMate to a global audience. Also, I have attended as a speaker in the “2023 Interdisciplinary Symposium on Parkinson’s Disease: Research, Innovation and Technology” organized by Friends of Parkinson’s at last visit in USA.


How does your advocacy also assist the caregivers?


Caregivers are silent heroes. Our technology eases their burden by offering a reliable assistant in MoveMate. It provides real-time data and intervention, reducing the constant anxiety associated with the unpredictable nature of FOG episodes, and fostering a sense of safety and security.


How can someone get in touch?  What is your website?


Individuals and caregivers can reach us through our website or direct emails ( and calls. We’re always available to listen, support, and collaborate.


How can others also become advocates for awareness?


Becoming an advocate is about raising your voice, sharing stories, and fostering understanding. It begins with education and extends into active participation in communities, social media, and public platforms to spread awareness and push for innovative solutions.


In your opinion what is the key to effective advocacy? 


Effective advocacy is rooted in empathy and action. It’s about listening intently, understanding profoundly, and acting decisively. It unites communities, fosters education, and drives innovation.


If you had one final statement or quote you could leave for the Parkinson’s community, what would it be? 


In the face of Parkinson’s, remember that every step forward is a victory. With every stride, know that you’re not alone – together, we’re a movement of strength, resilience, and unyielding hope.