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Exoskeleton use expanded in Europe

Forty three-year-old parapalegic Robert Woo stands while walking with an exoskeleton device made by Ekso Bionics.
Forty three-year-old parapalegic Robert Woo stands while walking with an exoskeleton device made by Ekso Bionics.Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images

SPC Nottwil the largest of Switzerland's four special clinics for paraplegics and tetraplegic, announced that it has just completed training their team of physiotherapists to help patients use exoskeletons; ready-to-wear, battery-powered robots that are strapped over the user's clothing, allowing individuals to “achieve mobility, strength, and endurance not otherwise possible.” The “suits” designed and manufactured by Ekso Bionics of Richmond, CA, not only enables them to stand up and walk over ground with less spasticity tests at BG Hospital Bergmannstrost Halle have reported that patients using the Ekso device also experienced an overall improvement in quality of life.

"To be able to approach someone at eye level and literally be able 'to look someone in the eye' again was often described as incredible."

According to Ekso, the devices are the only robotic exoskeleton to offer variable assist which provides varying amounts of power to each side and makes it an optimal rehabilitation device for those with hemiplegia. They have already received approval by the FDA here, as well as CE 2A classification in Europe where they are also being used at Spain’s Insitut Guttman, and The Clinic for Spinal Cord Injuries in Hornbaek, Denmark, now part of Glostrup Hospital, in addition to SPC Notwill, which treats about 70% if paralyzed people in Switzerland.

"It's a huge accomplishment for us to be in these three top rated rehabilitation hospitals in Europe," said Ekso Bionics CEO Nate Harding. "The fact that such leading centers purchased our devices and are making our device available to their patients is exciting - that is what I'd call winning the 'Triple Crown' of European
rehab."

Ekso Bionics has been a pioneer the field of robotic exoskeletons since 2005. To learn more about the company visit them at www.eksobionics.com as well as facebook.com/eksobionics
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