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Bioness Vector Gait & Safety System Wins Gold Medical Design Excellence Award

June 12, 2014

VALENCIA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Bioness Inc. announced today that the Vector Gait and Safety System® has been announced as the 2014 Medical Design Excellence Award (MDEA) Gold winner in the Rehabilitation and Assistive Device category. The Vector Gait and Safety System competed for the award against five other technologies that were evaluated in the areas of design and engineering brilliance; manufacturing and technological innovation; clinical efficacy; cost-effectiveness; and overall benefits to patients, end-users, and the healthcare industry.

“We are extremely proud that the Vector Gait and Safety System received this prestigious industry award,” said Todd Cushman, CEO of Bioness. “Vector is a technological leap forward and has been widely adopted by top rehabilitation hospitals in the U.S. and Europe. Our customers in rehabilitation have found the Vector Gait and Safety System to be extremely helpful in providing meaningful rehabilitative care earlier in recovery while increasing clinician and patient safety. Following our Gold MDEA award in 2007 for the L300 Foot Drop System, this award for Vector recognizes Bioness’ continued commitment to helping patients with neurological injuries regain mobility and independence.”

The Vector Gait and Safety System allows clinicians to aggressively rehabilitate patients following neurologic and orthopedic injuries using over-ground gait, balance, and functional activities without the fear of falling. The System consists of an overhead robotic trolley that receives power via a conductive rail and a wireless software interface that allows for operation and data storage via a hand held remote or a touch screen PC. During rehabilitation, the patient is placed in a specialized harness and connected to the Vector which travels along the ceiling mounted, zero-footprint mechanical and electrical rail. The robotic trolley receives commands from the software and adapts to the patient’s movement in real-time to mimic a real-world gait and rehabilitation experience. Parameters such as body weight support and fall protection settings can be easily and seamlessly adjusted by the clinician via the wireless controls and are set based on individual patient needs or activity requirements. All the data collected during training is then securely captured for analysis, session comparison and medical record documentation. The Vector Gait and Safety System is designed to provide rehabilitation departments a safe therapeutic experience combined with complete outcomes documentation.

About Vector Gait & Safety System

Vector Gait and Safety System is a state-of-the-art, UL® certified, IEC-60601-1 3rd Edition qualified, ISO-13485 regulated, rehabilitation technology designed to improve patient mobility and functional independence while increasing patient and clinician safety. The Vector Gait and Safety System incorporates dynamic body weight support to off load a precise amount of patient weight during physical and occupational rehabilitation. The zero-footprint System is software driven and designed to mimic a natural walking environment for the patient while simultaneously providing the clinician ultimate autonomy in setting parameters and capturing outcomes.

Healthcare providers interested in more information can contact Bioness at 800-211-9136, Option 2.

About Bioness Inc.

Bioness is the leading provider of innovative technologies to help people regain mobility and independence and improve quality of life. Neurological solutions for people suffering from hand and lower extremity paralysis include the L300® Foot Drop System, L300® Plus System, and the H200® Wireless Hand Rehabilitation System which utilize functional electrical stimulation (FES) to promote motor recovery and function for individuals affected by central nervous system disorders including stroke, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury and cerebral palsy. Patients may also benefit from the Vector Gait and Safety System®, providing over-ground gait rehabilitation through dynamic body weight support. Individual results vary. Consult with a qualified physician to find out if these products are right for you. Additional information about Bioness can be found at

About the Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA)

The Medical Design Excellence Awards competition is the MedTech Industry’s Premier Awards Program. Since 1998, the mission of MDEA has been to recognize the achievements of medical device manufacturers and all those involved in the process of creating groundbreaking innovations that are saving lives, improving patient healthcare and transforming the medical technology industry. Entries are evaluated by a panel of impartial medtech experts, comprised of practicing doctors, nurses, and technicians alongside industrial designers, engineers, manufacturers, and human factors experts. Finalists and winning entries must excel in areas of design and engineering brilliance, manufacturing and technological innovation, clinical efficacy, cost-effectiveness, in addition to overall benefits to patients, end-users, and the healthcare industry.

NESS®, NESS H200®, NESS H200® Wireless, NESS L300®, NESS L300® Plus, Intelli-Gait®, Intelli-Sense Gait Sensor™, Vector Gait & Safety System®, Bioness, the Bioness logo® and LiveOn® are trademarks of Bioness Inc. | | Rx Only (for applicable products)

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