RT600 Named as Finalist in the 2012 Medical Design Excellence Awards Restorative Therapies Cited for its Role as Manufacturer

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Restorative Therapies today announced that RT600 has been selected as a finalist in the Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology category of the 2012 Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) competition. RT600 integrates FES and partial body weight support technologies with motor controlled footplates which produce a "virtual ground" capable of accomodating a wide range of patients. RT600 delivers electrical currents to stimulate nerves which activate core and leg muscles including the quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteals, gastroc, anterior tibialis, abdominals and erector spinae to evoke stepping and standing activities on a motorized virtual ground. This rehabilitation therapy enables a patient’s paralyzed or weak legs to move through patterned physical activity utilizing their own muscles while safely positioned in a partial body weight supporting harness.

Restorative Therapies today announced that RT600 has been selected as a finalist in the Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology category of the 2012 Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) competition.

Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) is a physical therapy rehabilitation modality used to evoke physical activity not otherwise possible for individuals with a neurological impairment such as a spinal cord injury (SCI), stroke, multiple sclerosis, brain injury or cerebral palsy. RT600 is an FES partial body weight stepping system used in the rehabilitation of these neurological conditions.

RT600 integrates FES and partial body weight support technologies with motor controlled footplates which produce a "virtual ground" capable of accomodating a wide range of patients. RT600 delivers electrical currents to stimulate nerves which activate core and leg muscles including the quadriceps, hamstrings, gluteals, gastroc, anterior tibialis, abdominals and erector spinae to evoke stepping and standing activities on a motorized virtual ground. This rehabilitation therapy enables a patient’s paralyzed or weak legs to move through patterned physical activity utilizing their own muscles while safely positioned in a partial body weight supporting harness.

“The RT600 is the first physical therapy system to bring the established benefits of FES to weight supported stepping for people with neurological impairments," said Prof. David Ditor of Brock University, in Ontario, Canada.

"It is the first truly practical rehabilitation system of this kind that I have seen. In addition to combining several valuable neuro-rehabilitation interventions, functional electrical stimulation, locomotor gait training and neuromuscular re-education, the RT600 is small and easy enough to use that I can one day envision it in the patient’s home,” said Cristina Sadowsky of the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland.

“In the context of rehabilitation influencing neural plasticity as a means for neural restoration, training in the home setting is an essential component of progress and I see the RT600 as a great tool in achieving this,” concludes Sadowsky.

“The RT600 finally makes partial body weight supported stepping integrated with FES available to a wide range of clinics at an affordable price point,” says Andrew Barriskill, CEO of Restorative Therapies. “We are excited to be introducing this world first therapy to a large group of patients who currently have limited physical activity options.”

Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry (MD+DI), the global MedTech authority providing the medical device industry with the latest news, information, and in-depth analysis, announced the finalists in the 2012 MDEA competition in its April issue published this week.

Sponsored by MD+DI and organized by UBM Canon, the MDEA (http://www.MDEAwards.com) competition is the premier awards program for the medical technology community. It recognizes the achievements of medical device manufacturers, their suppliers, and the many people behind the scenes—engineers, scientists, designers, and clinicians—who are responsible for the groundbreaking innovations that are changing the face of healthcare. MDEA-finalist and winning entries excel in the areas of product innovation, design and engineering achievement, end-user benefit, and cost-effectiveness in manufacturing and healthcare delivery.

A comprehensive review of the entries was performed by an impartial, multidisciplinary panel of third-party jurors with expertise in biomedical engineering, clinical practice, diagnostics, human factors, industrial design, manufacturing, and medicine. 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 its clinical objectives. The 2012 MDEA Jury selected 41 finalists in 10 medical product categories.

“RT600 presented a number of technical challenges,” said Robert Flesher, President of Apogee Designs, supplier of RT600. “It is very exciting to see RT600 starting to impact people's lives across the country.”

Winning products will be announced at the MDEA Presentation Ceremony held on Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 4:30 pm during a cocktail reception inside the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown hotel. The ceremony is held in conjunction with the MD&M East Event (http://www.MDMEast.com) at the adjacent Pennsylvania Convention Center, May 22-24.

During the MDEA Presentation Ceremony on May 23:

  •     The 2012 MDEA-finalists, and their suppliers, will be honored for their innovative contributions to the medical device industry
  •     Up to one Bronze, one Silver, and one Gold-winning product will be announced in each category
  •     One Gold-winning product will be awarded “Best-in-Show”
  •     The NCIIA will announce the winners of the 2012 BMEidea, a biomedical engineering competition for university students
  •     Famed inventor Dr. Thomas Fogarty will be presented with the prestigious 2012 MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award

About Restorative Therapies
Restorative Therapies (http://www.restorative-therapies.com), is a privately held company headquartered in Baltimore, Md., whose mission is to help people with a neurological impairment achieve their full recovery potential. Restorative Therapies is one of the first companies to target activity-based physical therapy and FES as a rehabilitation therapy for immobility associated with paralysis such as stroke, multiple sclerosis and spinal cord injury.

About Medical Design Excellence Awards
The MDEA program is presented by UBM Canon, the global advanced manufacturing and MedTech authority, and by Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry (MD+DI), the industry’s central source for late breaking news, information, and business intelligence. The 2012 Medical Design Excellence Awards are sponsored by Platinum Sponsor: Phillips-Medisize and Silver Sponsor: Teleflex Medical OEM.

For more information on the Medical Design Excellence Awards, visit http://www.MDEAwards.com, or e-mail mdea(at)ubm(dot)com.

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