Bioness to showcase Mobility Products at Paralyzed Veterans Summit

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NESS L300® Foot Drop System and NESS L300® Plus System Help Patients with Central Nervous System Disorders Improve Mobility and Physical Independence

Overall, wearing the L300 gives me a sense of freedom. - William (Veteran with MS)

Bioness Inc. today announced the company’s participation in the Paralyzed Veterans of America Summit 2011 and Expo, September 16 - 18, in Orlando, Florida. Paralyzed Veterans of America is a non-profit organization that serves US veterans with disabilities and their families.

Bioness will be showcasing its breakthrough NESS L300® Foot Drop System and the new NESS L300® Plus System, which was recently cleared for use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Both advanced rehabilitation systems use mild functional electrical stimulation, or FES, for the treatment of foot drop. Foot Drop, the difficulty or inability to raise the front part of the foot, causes difficulty walking and instability for people who are in recovery from a stroke, or who are suffering from other central nervous conditions such as a spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury or multiple sclerosis.

Both systems can be used in inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation settings as well as with a prescription in the home to help potentially realize a variety of clinical benefits, including improving mobility, maintaining or increasing range of motion, re-educating muscles and preventing or slowing muscle loss.

Worn on the leg, the NESS L300 has three main parts: a comfortable, lightweight functional stimulation cuff which fits just below the knee and contains electrodes to provide stimulation to underactive muscles; an innovative Intelli Sense Gait Sensor™, which attaches to the shoe and senses foot position, changing terrain and walking speed; and a wireless, portable control unit, which adjusts the level of stimulation and turns the unit on and off remotely. The three components use wireless communication to "talk" to each other. When a patient tries to walk, the NESS L300 uses low-level electrical stimulation to activate the nerves which control the muscles to lift the foot, helping individuals to walk again and lessen the restrictions experienced with foot drop.

The newly FDA-cleared NESS L300 Plus builds on the proven success of Bioness’ NESS L300 and adds a thigh stimulation cuff, which , synchronized with a wireless heel sensor detects when the foot is on or off the ground and controls the knee, making it easier to walk.

Both the NESS L300 and the NESS L300 Plus will on display at booth number #409.

The NESS L300 has helped hundreds dealing with mobility issues from traumatic brain injury and other conditions regain their independence. Here is just one of their stories:

One Veteran’s Story: William Copper

William Copper served in the Air Force and Army for 20 years, stationed across the US and in France. When he retired in 1988, William began a career in banking. Just five short years later, after suffering an unexpected and painful facial tick, he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS). William developed foot drop as a result of his MS, and by the time he retired from his career in banking, he relied on a cane to walk and fell several times a week.

Now, with the help of the NESS L300, William is on the move again. He is now able to get back to golf and plays several times a week. Recently, he took a vacation to Disney World with his grandchildren and was able to walk the entire park with them, hand-in-hand.

“Overall, wearing the L300 gives me a sense of freedom. It’s less intrusive than wearing a plastic brace, allowing my foot and ankle better movement,” says William. “I can now do everyday things like work around the house, and my golf game has really improved. It’s a pleasure to be able to play golf again and spend time with my friends and family.”

About Bioness, Inc.
Bioness provides neuromodulation technologies that help improve lives and restore function for those living with neurological deficits and peripheral pain. The Company develops, manufactures and markets innovative neuromodulation products that help individuals with central nervous system disorders such as stroke, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury regain movement in affected limbs.

The NESS L300® Foot Drop System and NESS H200® Hand Rehabilitation System, and NESS L300® Plus System are cleared for use by the Food and Drug Administration and are designed to help patients achieve new levels of physical independence and productivity. 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 http://www.bioness.com.

NESS®, NESS L300®, NESS L300® Plus, Bioness® are trademarks of Bioness Inc. | http://www.bioness.com | Rx Only

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