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Jane Benskey
 NuStep, Inc.
jbenskey@nustep.com
800-322-2209 ext 167

NuStep T5XR Recumbent Cross Trainer
Wins 2009 Medical Design Excellence Award

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – April 6, 2009 – ANN ARBOR, MICH. – NuStep, Inc., maker of the Recumbent Cross Trainer models, announced today it has won a prestigious 2009 Medical Design Excellence Award (MDEA) for the T5XR Recumbent Cross Trainer.  The MDEA recognizes the achievements of medical device manufacturers and their suppliers who are changing the face of healthcare with innovative medical products.
The T5XR Recumbent Cross Trainer, which won a MDEA in the Rehabilitation and Assistive-Technology Products category, was launched in September 2008 after a four-year collaborative effort that drew on the expertise of exercise physiologists and ergonomic specialists and the input of NuStep customers.
NuStep Vice President of Research and Development, Mark Hildebrandt, led the T5XR design and development team. He says, “We designed the NuStep T5XR with the rehabilitation customer squarely in our sights.  Everything our NuStep and supplier teams did was focused on meeting or exceeding the needs of our rehabilitation customers.” He adds, “Winning the Medical Design Excellence Award highlights the exceptional efforts of our teams and we are so honored to be recognized.”

The Medical Design Excellence Awards competition is organized and presented by Canon Communications LLC (Los Angeles) and is the only awards program that exclusively recognizes contributions and advancements in the design of medical products.  Entries are evaluated on the basis of their 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 that 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 2009 Medical Design Excellence Award winners will be honored at a ceremony during the Medical Design & Engineering (MD&M) East Conference and Exposition, June 9-11, 2009 in New York City at the Jacob Javits Convention Center. Gold and silver award recipients will be announced at this time.

About NuStep
Headquartered in Ann Arbor, Mich., NuStep, Inc. is the manufacturer of the NuStep Recumbent Cross Trainers.  These patented machines were developed by exercise physiologists to help people stay in motion regardless of physical condition.  NuStep’s products are used at fitness, wellness and rehabilitation centers around the world, including the Mayo Clinic, the University of Michigan, the Cleveland Clinic and the Duke Center for Living.  For information, call: 800-322-2209 or visit: www.nustep.com.

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