Thousand Oaks, CA (PRWEB) March 11, 2008
Randall Alley, BSc, CP, LP, CFT, FAAOP, announced he is an accredited i-LIMB (trademark) practitioner and a Touch Bionics Development Partner for both its i-LIMB Hand and ProDigits (trademark) technology.
The i-LIMB Hand is the world's first commercially available multi-articulating bionic hand. With five independently powered digits, it provides new levels of dexterity previously unavailable to upper extremity amputees. ProDigits are the self-contained fingers that are individually powered and controlled to provide new fingers for partial hand patients.
Alley, a board certified prosthetic practitioner with 16 years of upper extremity experience, is the CEO and Chief Prosthetist of biodesigns, inc., a company specializing in upper extremity patient care, rehabilitation, research, and product development. He is the inventor of the widely used XFrame and ACCI upper extremity interfaces.
"I am always in search of cutting-edge technology and companies that mirror our philosophy of pushing the envelope, both in design and function," said Alley. "My association with Touch Bionics provides an opportunity to assist with further development of ground-breaking technology for my patients."
Alley also consults with DEKA Research and DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) to develop the next generation upper extremity prosthesis for the military and TRS and ADA Technologies on the Sure-Lok, a cable-lock device intended to enhance functionality of both voluntary opening and voluntary closing devices. The Sure-Lok is currently being field-tested.
Alley is a clinical columnist, author, international speaker, and consultant. He is an adjunct professor at Cal State Dominguez Hills' Orthotic and Prosthetic Program, a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists, and chair of its CAD/CAM society. He is an ISSA certified fitness trainer and a member of the National Athletic Trainers Association. He received both his bachelor of science degree in kinesiology and certification in prosthetics from UCLA.
Alley serves on the boards of O&P Business News and the O&P Edge. As co-founder and former director of NovaCare's and Hanger's Prosthetic and Orthotic Program, Alley has trained hundreds of practitioners in upper extremity prosthetic care, including clinicians, currently providing service at Walter Reed, Brooke Army Medical Center and San Diego Naval Medical Center. Alley received a Certificate of Appreciation from the Department of the Army for his upper extremity training of military medical personnel in preparation for the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts.
biodesigns also consults with prosthetic companies throughout the U.S. and abroad and currently has a strategic relationship with OrthoPros in Santa Monica, Calif., a company that specializes in lower extremity prosthetic and orthotic care.
Alley lives in Thousand Oaks, Calif., with his wife, Julie, their infant daughter, Naya and their dog, Buddy.
biodesigns inc. (http://www.biodesigns.com) is an innovative and technologically-driven high-performance prosthetic company specializing in upper extremity patient care, rehabilitation, research and product development. Their proprietary approach utilizes state-of-the-art technology, including high tech laser scanners, superior clinical techniques, and the most biomechanically advanced interface designs for upper extremity prosthetic applications. biodesigns works with all levels of upper extremity patients, but especially caters to highly active individuals who demand more from their prostheses. To help increase prosthetic performance and recreational enjoyment, biodesigns also offers customized adaptive fitness and resistance training programs for their patients.
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