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Touch Bionics launches i-LIMB Hand in China

Beijing, China: Touch Bionics, Scottish developer of the world's first commercially available bionic hand, today announced its market entry into China.

The company's Chinese distributor, ENJOYLIFE Prosthetics & Orthotics Co., is officially launching the i-LIMB Hand, the world's most advanced upper limb prosthetic device, in China today. Representatives from the Education and Lifelong Learning Directorates of Scotland and the Chinese Rehabilitation Association attended the event to witness the unveiling of this groundbreaking device.

ENJOYLIFE is currently the largest private company in the prosthetics and orthotic industry in China, aiming to bring advanced technologies to wellness industries for the betterment of all those in need.

"This new market announcement demonstrates the rapid expansion of Touch Bionics. Eighteen months from launch the company has sold over 600 hands and is now shipping to over 30 countries." says Gaurav Mishra Touch Bionics' Director of International Sales. "Early market entry into China is a strong indicator of future plans as Touch Bionics addresses markets that, unlike the USA for example, have less established financial infrastructures for medical insurance and national healthcare reimbursement. With the introduction of new medical reforms, we hope that advanced devices like the i-LIMB Hand will become easily available to all citizens in China."

Jack Perry, Chief Executive of Scottish Enterprise, which alongside Scottish Development International has worked closely with Touch Bionics, was also at the event. He said: "It is excellent to see a Scottish company leading the way in this field on the global stage. This latest venture into the Chinese market will add to Touch Bionics' already established international profile and will help to reinforce Scotland's reputation as a world leader in innovation in medical devices."

Jin Ergang, chairman of the China Rehabilitation Devices Association, stated, "This product is welcome news for Chinese people in need of artificial limbs to maintain normal work and personal lives. The innovative and advanced i-LIMB Hand will not only benefit consumers and their families, but also healthcare professionals. By embracing this world leading technology, we can significantly improve the rehabilitation of people with disabilities in China."

Since its debut, the i-LIMB Hand's cutting-edge technology has already been recognized with numerous awards and accolades, including the MacRobert Award by the UK Royal Academy of Engineering, DaVinci Award by the U.S. National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Best Prosthetic or Orthotic Product Innovation Award by the UK Limbless Association, and an inclusion in Time Magazine's Top 50 Inventions of 2008.

"The Scottish government is committed to the development and promotion of leading innovative technology worldwide. Today we are proud to share this advanced bionic achievement with our colleagues in China to contribute to the health and well-being of people with disabilities. We are excited to continue to explore research and development opportunities between Scotland and China. I look forward to more collaboration that can bring further groundbreaking results to continuously benefit people in both countries," said Fiona Hyslop, MSP, cabinet secretary of Education and Lifelong Learning Directorates.

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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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