FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
KINETIC MUSCLES INC. WINS MEDICAL DESIGN EXCELLENCE AWARD
Tempe, AZ – April 7, 2008 – Kinetic Muscles Inc. (KMI) received a Medical Design Excellence Award for its hand therapy device, the Hand Mentor Pro™ that was introduced in December 2007. This proprietary medical device is designed to help stroke survivors regain hand function and independence. KMI devices facilitate stroke therapies based on exciting new concepts of neuroplasticity that have shown the brain has the ability to rewire and repair itself following injury.
The Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) competition is sponsored by CANON COMMUNICATIONS LLC and is the only awards program that exclusively recognizes contributions and advances in the design of medical products. Entries are evaluated on design and engineering features including innovative use of materials, user-related functions that improve healthcare delivery and change traditional medical attitudes or practices, features that provide enhanced benefits to the patient, and the ability of the product development team to overcome design and engineering challenges so the product meets it clinical objectives. A comprehensive review of the entries was performed by an impartial, multidisciplinary panel of third-party jurors with expertise in biomedical engineering, human factors, industrial design, medicine and diagnostics.
“The Hand Mentor Pro™ is revolutionizing the concept of stroke rehabilitation.” said Grant Farrell, CEO of KMI. “The final design came about through exhaustive testing and evaluation by patients, therapists and rehabilitation experts. This extensive input has resulted in a product that has received numerous accolades from the stroke rehabilitation community. We are equally proud to receive such a prestigious award as the Medical Design Excellence Award representing the broader medical device industry.”
KMI, located in Tempe, Arizona produces devices based on Active Repetitive Motion™ therapy for rehabilitation of stroke survivors and other neurological injury patients. The first product, Hand Mentor Pro™, promotes restoration of function in the wrist, hand and fingers. Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability in the United States with approximately 600,000 stroke survivors each year and 5.8 million people with residual disability as a result of their stroke. KMI devices can improve the quality of life for both groups of patients. KMI has received grants from the National Institutes of Health and is a multiple technology and business award winner.
The 2008 Medical Design Excellence Award winners will be honored at a ceremony during the Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) East Conference and Exposition, June 3–5, 2008, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Gold and silver award recipients will be announced at this time.
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