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Touch Bionics introduces the new i-LIMB Skin – the next generation in prosthetic coverings

Livingston, Scotland: Touch Bionics, developer of the world's first multi-articulating bionic hand, today announced the full market release of the new version of its i-LIMB Skin prosthetic covering. With the new i-LIMB Skin, Touch Bionics has developed a synthetic covering that is a closer reflection of human skin function than has ever before been achieved.

The i-LIMB Hand is a unique prosthetic device that delivers compliant grip, wraparound fingers, thumb movement and palmar grip to upper limb amputees. With the product's wide range of motion, it is critical to have a covering that is both durable and flexible. As a direct response to patient feedback, Touch Bionics developed the i-LIMB Skin to provide a superior grip surface and to protect the hand from dust and moisture.

The product of more than 18 months of research and development in Touch Bionics' labs, the i-LIMB Skin is a thin layer of highly flexible, injection-molded material that is computer modelled to fit every contour of the hand. A unique, internal slip-coating aids movement and offers simpler donning and doffing, and additional silicone at the fingertips gives the skin a greatly increased durability. The i-LIMB Skin is available in a choice of two striking color options - black and clear.

"Some patients love the high tech appearance of the uncovered i-LIMB Hand," said Mark Ford, US sales and marketing director, Touch Bionics, "And for these people Touch Bionics has developed the clear version of the i-LIMB Skin, where all the internal workings are on display - it looks truly spectacular."

"We are very excited about the release of the i-LIMB Skin," said Hugh Gill, Director of Technology and Operations, Touch Bionics. "The proprietary slip-coating on the inside provides necessary glide when in contact with the i-LIMB Hand, but without reducing friction and elasticity on the outside."

"The specific silicon mix we use, combined with advanced injection molding techniques, demonstrates yet again Touch Bionics' commitment to furthering the field of prosthetics and manufacturing technologies," added Gill.

Touch Bionics also provides fully customized aesthetic coverings through its LIVINGSKIN product, which can include nails, veins and freckles that match the sound hand perfectly. The company also continues to offer the 10 color variations of its off-the-shelf lifelike covering.

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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