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Touch Bionics Release: ProDigits Prosthetic Fingers Wins Best of What's New Award for 2010 from Popular Science


11/17/2010 2:33:27 PM

Hilliard, OH – November 17, 2010 – Touch Bionics (www.touchbionics.com), developer of advanced upper-limb prosthetic technologies, today announced that its ProDigits solution has won a Best of What’s New Award for 2010 from science and technology magazine, Popular Science.

ProDigits is the world’s first powered prosthetic solution for people with missing fingers. With ProDigits, Touch Bionics extended the technology innovation behind its groundbreaking i-LIMB Hand to create a solution that brings life-changing technology to partial-hand patients. The global population that can benefit from the system is considerable, estimated at around 1.2 million worldwide and, before ProDigits, such people had no powered prosthetic available to them.

“With ProDigits, I gain more independence. I can pick something up and walk out to the car with it, rather than have to put it in a bag,” says ProDigits wearer, Eric Jones. “Most importantly, I’m able to take care of my kids – play games with my kids, take them to school, make dinner. ProDigits helps with all that.”

Each year, the editors of Popular Science review thousands of products in search of the top 100 tech innovations of the year; breakthrough products and technologies that represent a significant leap in their categories. The winners — the Best of What's New — are awarded inclusion in the much-anticipated December issue of Popular Science, the most widely read issue of the year since the debut of Best of What's New in 1987.

“We are honoured to be recognized with a Best of What’s New Award from a world-leading publication like Popular Science,” said Stuart Mead, Touch Bionics’ CEO. “ProDigits is a truly life-changing technology, and 2010 has been a very successful first year for this system, with well over 100 people now fitted by Touch Bionics at our network of Touch Life Center clinics in the U.S. and Centre of Excellence in the U.K.”

“For 23 years, Popular Science has honored the innovations that surprise and amaze us - those that make a positive impact on our world today and challenge our views of what’s possible in the future,” said Mark Jannot, Editor-in-Chief of Popular Science. “The Best of What’s New Award is the magazine’s top honor, and the 100 winners - chosen from among thousands of entrants - represent the highest level of achievement in their fields.”

For stories about people whose lives have been changed by ProDigits, visit: http://www.touchbionics.com/ProDigits/patient-stories

For photos of ProDigits, visit: http://www.touchbionics.com/professionals.php?pageid=70§ion=13&category=ProDigits

About Popular Science

Founded in 1872, Popular Science (www.popsci.com) is the world's largest science and technology magazine, with a circulation of 1.3 million and 7.1 million readers. Each month, Popular Science delivers "The Future Now," reporting on the intersection of science and everyday life with an eye toward what's new and why it matters. Popular Science is published by the Bonnier Corporation (www.bonniercorp.com), one of the largest consumer publishing groups in America and the leading media company serving passionate, highly engaged audiences through more than 40 special-interest magazines and related multimedia projects and events.

About Touch Bionics

Touch Bionics is a developer of advanced upper limb prosthetics designed to bring a greater return to form and function for amputees and people with congenitally missing limbs. Touch Bionics created the i-LIMB Hand, the world's first powered prosthetic hand with five articulating fingers, and was the first company to offer a powered prosthetic solution for patients with missing fingers, ProDigits.

In addition to its powered prosthetic hand and partial-hand products, Touch Bionics offers a range of custom aesthetic restoration solutions through its LIVINGSKIN business, which are passive prosthetic devices designed to match exactly to a person's natural skin tone. For more information, visit www.touchbionics.com.

Media contact:

North America Linda Forrest inmedia Public Relations Phone: +1 613-983-3300 Email: lforrest@inmedia.com Twitter: @lindaforrest LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/lindaforrest

Rest of the world Danny Sullivan Communications Manager Touch Bionics Tel: +44 (0)1506 438 556 Mobile: +44 (0)7894 393 961 Email: danny.sullivan@touchbionics.com



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