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Touch Bionics scoops IET Innovation Award

Livingston, Scotland: Touch Bionics, developer of the world's first multi-articulating bionic hand, was named winner of the Product Design Innovation Award at the Institution of Engineering and Technology's (IET) Innovation Awards 2009 last night at Lord's Cricket Ground in London.

The IET Innovation Awards span 15 categories and attracted over 300 entries from around the world. They represent a unique opportunity for innovators to be recognised and provide a showcase for the brightest ideas, highlighting the importance of innovation by celebrating its application across a range of engineering disciplines.

Touch Bionics won for its development of the i-LIMB Hand, the worlds first fully articulating and commercially available bionic hand, with five individually powered digits. The artificial limb looks and acts like a real human hand and represents a generational advance in bionics and patient care.

"We are delighted to have been recognised by the IET for our product design and innovation excellence," said Stuart Mead, Touch Bionics' CEO. "Winning a prestigious award like this is a clear testament to the quality of the design team here at Touch Bionics."

"I would like to congratulate all the winning and shortlisted entries in this year's IET Innovation Awards, which demonstrate genuine innovation and represent significant technological advances," said Nigel Fine, IET Chief Executive. "The entries which made it into the shortlist are a very impressive role call of innovation and although it may be a cliché to say 'everyone is a winner' in this case I am sure it is true. The awards highlight the depth and breadth of innovative work which is being carried out and it is clear from the range of entries that innovation is alive and well."

The award categories were: Asset Management, Built Environment, Electronics, Emerging Technologies, Information Technology, Power and Energy, Product Design, Project Team, Measurement in Action, Security, Software in Design, Start-Up, Sustainability, Telecommunications, and Transport.

The IET Innovation Awards 2009 were generously sponsored by: ABB, Areva T&D UK Ltd, EADS, Halcrow Yolles, National Grid, The MathWorks, NPL, Withers & Rogers and Zuken.

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

Touch Bionics media contact:

    Danny Sullivan inmedia Public Relations Inc. Tel (UK): +44 (0) 141 404 6478 Tel (US): +1 613 686 5657 Email: [email protected]

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