Personalized BiOM Bionic Lower Limb System Normalizes Gait for Above-Knee Amputees

Posted: June 13, 2012 at 2:20 pm


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BEDFORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

iWalk, the personal bionics company advancing technology to restore natural movement for lower-limb amputees, today announced the availability of its BiOM bionic lower limb system for above-knee amputees (BiOM AK). The new BiOM AK is an ankle system that works with select microprocessor knees to restore natural motion through personalized bionic technology. Personal bionic devices are fundamentally redefining the standard of care for those with limb loss by not merely emulating human function, but enhancing it.

The BiOM has advanced the craft of prosthetics using the science of bionics to replicate lost muscles and tendons. The BiOMs unique technology delivers a powered push-off that propels an amputee forward and normalizes their gait. This personal bionic system is the worlds first proven bionic intervention that utilizes robotics to restore the function of the missing anatomy in the calf muscle and Achilles tendon.

I still cant get over the feel of the lift and the amount of energy that the device provides me on a regular basis, said Judy Gray, a BiOM AK user. I walk more and more each day without pain or any need for anti-inflammatory or pain relief medication. It has taken over 38 years, but I finally feel like I have my leg back.

The BiOM AK provides above-knee amputees with the same benefits that below-knee amputees using the BiOM already enjoy:

Bionic technology is the most transcendent development in the history of patient care for those living with limb loss, said Tim McCarthy, iWalk president and CEO. Our personal bionics solutions reflect this promise by restoring natural motion for the amputeealleviating comorbidities and improving their overall health. No other prosthetic technology even comes close to matching this performance.

BiOM AK is now available nationwide through the iWalk Certified Bionics Center (iCBC) network as well as VA Medical Centers and the Department of Defense. For more information on the BiOM, visit http://www.iwalk.com.

Medical professionals interested in achieving iWalk bionics certification should contact Shane Namack, Vice President of Sales, iWalk, snamack@iwalk.com.

About iWalk

iWalk, Inc. is the personalized bionics company advancing technology to restore natural function and movement for lower-limb amputees. Its proprietary BiOM bionic ankle system uses robotics to replicate muscles and tendons for the first time, normalizing walking at various speeds over level surfaces truly ushering in the age of personalized bionic technology.The company was founded in 2006 by Dr. Hugh Herr, director of the Biomechatronics Group at the MIT Media Lab. Privately held and headquartered in Bedford, Mass, the company has received funding and support from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Armys Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) and leading venture firms WFD Ventures, General Catalyst Partners, and Sigma Partners. For more information, please visit http://www.iwalk.com or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@MyBiOM).

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