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Touch Bionics to exhibit world’s first bionic fingers and LIVINGSKIN high-definition cosmesis at Arab Health

Livingston, UK and Dubai, UAE: Touch Bionics, developer of advanced upper-limb bionic technologies, will be exhibiting at the upcoming Arab Health Congress in Dubai, January 25-28, 2010. Touch Bionics is in the Middle East to introduce to the market its growing range of advanced prosthetic products including LIVINGSKIN, the high-definition cosmesis that closely resembles natural skin and is custom painted to match any skin tone; ProDigits the world's first bionic fingers; and, the i-LIMB Hand a full-hand prosthesis with fully articulating fingers that both looks and acts like a real hand.

Touch Bionics is also announcing plans to expand its business in the Middle East. The company aims to expand on its presence and seeks to establish contacts within the primary orthotics and prosthetics, hand surgeon, occupational therapist and medical communities and also with the support systems that work together with these industries, such as case managers, lawyers, government officials and insurance companies. The company is scheduling meetings with these parties while in Dubai.

Interested parties are encouraged to visit the company's booth at the Arab Health Congress or contact Touch Bionics' marketing manager (contact details below) to arrange one-on-one meetings with the company representatives who will be on site at the event.

The Arab Health Congress is hosted in the Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre. Interested parties can visit Touch Bionics at stand number 6H58 in Exhibition Hall 7. The company will be putting on a workshop on Monday, January 25 from 4-6pm, in room 3, hall 7 where attendees will learn about Touch Bionics' products and see the latest developments in bionic technology, skin-like coverings and passive devices.

"Our foray into the Middle East has proven to us that this is a hugely important market for Touch Bionics, one in which we wish to establish further inroads," said Stuart Mead, Touch Bionics' CEO. "We recognize how our products fit within the framework of healthcare services in the Middle East and are confident that our products offer exciting benefits to both patients and clinicians in the region."

Upper-limb prosthetics must consider form as well as function, with the cosmetic aspect of the device often being of the utmost importance to patients with upper-limb differences. While Touch Bionics is at the forefront of bionic technologies that restore function through its products for partial and full hands with fully articulating fingers, the company is also a leader in the realm of passive aesthetic restoration with its LIVINGSKIN line of products, which resemble human skin. Where many prosthetics on the market in the Middle East are available only in Caucasian skin tones, LIVINGSKIN is custom painted to match the patient's natural skin tone. On site at Arab Health will be a highly-skilled painter from Touch Bionics' facilities in New York, demonstrating live the process of painting these high-quality custom cosmesis coverings, which are available at many of the world's leading clinics. This is the first time that the products will be available in the Middle East.

In late 2009, the company introduced to market ProDigits, the world's first bionic fingers. Partial-hand amputees, whether due to congenital absence or amputation because of medical condition or trauma, have had no prosthetic options that offered restoration of function until ProDigits. While partial-hand cosmetic solutions have been available, not until ProDigits was there a dextrous, powered option.

The ProDigits product builds upon the success that the company has had with its full hand offering, the i-LIMB Hand, first demonstrated in the Middle East at Arab Health in 2008.

Since then, this advanced upper-limb prosthetic that offers five articulating fingers and myoelectric control, has been fitted to more than 1,400 patients worldwide.

More information and photographs are available at www.touchbionics.com.

About Touch Bionics

Touch Bionics is a leading developer of advanced upper-limb prosthetics. In late 2009, Touch Bionics brought to market ProDigits, the world's first bionic fingers for partial hand amputees. This revolutionary product followed the 2007 launch of the i-LIMB Hand, a first-to-market prosthetic device with five individually powered digits. The acquisition of LIVINGSKIN in 2008 enabled the company to apply its commercial and technical expertise into new cosmesis solutions for multi-articulating hands and digits. Touch Bionics continues to develop leading-edge technologies for the treatment of patients with upper-limb deficiencies. For more information, visit www.touchbionics.com.

Media contact:

  • Francis Moran for Touch Bionics
  • inmediaPublic Relations
  • Phone: +1 613 769 7753
  • Email: [email protected]

On-site contact:

  • Sif Finnboga, Marketing Manager
  • Touch Bionics
  • Phone: +44 754 069 0523
  • Email: [email protected]