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Touch Bionics attends science discussion at Downing Street

Livingston, Scotland: Touch Bionics™ , developer of the world's first multi-articulating bionic hand, attended a science discussion yesterday at Downing Street hosted by John Denham MP, Secretary of State for Innovation Universities and Skills and Lord Paul Drayson, Minister of State for Science and Innovation. The discussion explored ways in which science can be taken to a wider audience to promote public engagement and understanding.

The meeting marked the launch of a campaign, backed by Government, the science community and celebrities. The campaign; Science [So What? So Everything], aims to show people how science benefits them in their everyday lives, is crucial in strengthening the UK economy and is vital to meeting some of the major challenges of our time.

Touch Bionics was the sole company invited to represent leading technology development in the UK. Phil Newman, Marketing Director and Gaurav Mishra, International Business Director were honoured to attend the meeting. They were in the good company of Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Cabinet Ministers, celebrities such as Terry Pratchett, Sir David Attenborough, Charley Boorman and Heston Blumenthal together with high profile figures with an interest in science.

The campaign was launched by Science Minister Lord Drayson: "Britain is a world-leader in science, second only to the United States, with many of the most important scientific discoveries and inventions having been made here."

"The i-LIMB™ Hand continues to demonstrate commercial success in the UK as in other parts of the world" said Phil Newman, marketing director. Featured on the Science [So What? So Everything] web site, is Ray Edwards, who lost all his 4 limbs in 1987. Ray was fitted with the i-LIMB Hand several months ago and says it has changed his life. "i-LIMB has helped me more psychologically than physically," he says. "It made me feel I was just Ray again."

Ray Edwards now runs a construction company customising houses for disabled people and is acting chair of the UK Limbless Association. "Working with people like Ray Edwards, is truly encouraging for our ongoing commitment to UK-based research and development" said Gaurav Mishra, International Business Director at Touch Bionics.

Developed in Scotland, the UK remains a key market for the i-LIMB Hand, and the company is beginning to see greater traction with the UK's National Health Service, having now fitted eight patients through the NHS. This trend is reflective of the growing number of i-LIMB Hand users being fitted within state healthcare systems across the world - over 500 people have been fitted with the i-LIMB Hand in just over 12 months.

About Touch Bionics

Touch Bionics is a leading developer of advanced upper-limb prosthetics. In 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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