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Touch Bionics – Releasing new services to support clinicians and the amputee community

SEATTLE, Washington: Touch Bionics™, developer of the world's first multi-articulating bionic hand, is participating in yet another successful AOPA National Assembly and is delighted with the continued high level of interest from attendees.

Having unveiled several new product innovations at the AOPA National Assembly, the Company is also announcing new services that will assist with accessing, acquiring and maintaining Touch Bionics products.

The first of these services is offered by the RACE (Rehabilitation Assistance & Clinical Evaluation) Team. This scaled-up team has been designed to provide a single point of contact to O&P companies that have questions or need assistance with any claim filing issues related to any of Touch Bionics' products. The RACE team offers many different levels of support and customers have the option to choose the level which works best for them.

Upper Extremity Central Fabrication Services (branded Touch Fab) specializes in upper extremity fabrication, catering for myoelectric and functional aesthetic restoration patients. The technical staff of the Touch Fab team has the expertise and broad base knowledge to create successful fittings with excellent device alignment for the patient. They have the capability to work with a wide variety of manufacturers' electrical components including the complete range of Touch Bionics' product. The Ohio based team uses a united approach with the clinician and offers access to experts with multiple years of upper limb socket fabrication.

Performance Protection Plan is a service product which offers clinicians the opportunity to extend the warranty coverage for the i-LIMB Hand, have the hand refurbished on an annual basis and also ensure that the hand will benefit from future upgrades to that device category. The plan features additional expanded warranty for 12 and 24 months, upgrades to the purchased product version, full annual refurbishment and component replacement at no additional cost.

"Touch Bionics has begun the process of revolutionizing everything from payment sourcing through to future-proofing the investment in new technology." said Chief Executive, Stuart Mead. "The services on offer represent the support infrastructure that Touch Bionics has created out of its new Ohio headquarters. The demand that we had for these services is striking and we look forward to offering eager patients and practitioners a smooth path to acquiring high level aesthetics and functionality."

Director of US Sales & Marketing, Mark Ford said, "The ability to offer these new services is a step change for Touch Bionics. The need that patients and practitioners have for these services has been known to us and we have invested heavily into developing these new business models. These services will help Touch Bionics reach-out to a wider audience."

The i-LIMB Hand is a first-to-market prosthetic device with five individually powered digits. With over 20 years of research and development behind it, the i-LIMB Hand looks and acts like a real human hand and represents a generational advance in bionics and patient care.

Since the launch of its first product Touch Bionics is rapidly expanding across the globe - with commercial fittings in over 40 countries.

About Touch Bionics

Touch Bionics is a leading developer of advanced upper-limb prosthetics. In September 2007, Touch Bionics brought to market the i-LIMB Hand, a first-to-market prosthetic device with five individually powered digits. The company continues to develop leading-edge technologies for the treatment of patients with upper-limb deficiencies. For more information, visit www.touchbionics.com

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