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Freedom Innovations Wins the American Technology Award for Health & Medical Technologies

IRVINE, Calif., June 15, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Freedom Innovations, LLC, today announced that its Plie® 2.0 MPC Knee has been selected as winner of the Health & Medical Technologies category for the TechAmerica Foundation's American Technology Awards, the only national "Best Of" awards that recognize products and services across the technology industry.  Nominations for The American Technology Award "The Termans" were vetted by industry experts and TechAmerica Foundation leadership. These awards were named after Frederick Terman, who is widely credited as being the father of Silicon Valley.

The Plie 2.0 MPC Knee is the most responsive microprocessor-controlled knee available for lower-limb amputees.  To provide individuals with a more natural experience of mobility, Freedom Innovations examined biological norms to establish performance criteria for the Plie 2.0.  By integrating high-performance microprocessors and sophisticated algorithms, the Plie 2.0 responds to ambulatory stimuli within 10 milliseconds- or 10 times faster than the blink of an eye. Consequently, Plie 2.0 facilitates a fluid and natural gait, providing users excellent stability and safety from debilitating falls. 

"We are very pleased to have our technology recognized with such a distinguished award," stated Maynard Carkhuff, President and CEO of Freedom Innovations.  "The Plie 2.0 knee represents the culmination of years of work and investment into the technology. This recognition is a testament to our commitment to improving the standard of care for wounded warriors and civilian amputees."

"The quality of nominees for this year's Termans is a clear indication of the vibrancy of the American technology industry and we are thrilled to be able to recognize Freedom Innovations for their contribution to the industry and their outstanding achievement," said Jennifer Kerber, President of the TechAmerica Foundation.

The Plie® 2.0 MPC Knee with microprocessor-controlled swing and stance features advanced stumble recovery capabilities, interchangeable batteries and a water resistant design making it more natural by design. Visit to learn more.

The Termans were presented at a gala dinner in Washington, D.C. bringing hundreds of technology industry, congressional, and government leaders together at one venue to celebrate the partnership between industry and government.  The evening featured keynote addresses from Richard Spires, the CIO at the Department of Homeland Security and the Government Technology Executive of the Year recipient, and Juniper Networks' CEO Kevin Johnson, who received the American Technology Awards Corporate Leadership Award.

To learn more about the awards visit the TechAmerica Foundation website.

About Freedom Innovations
Freedom Innovations, LLC designs, manufactures, and markets advanced technology prosthetic devices that provide people with physical challenges the ability to reach their full potential.  Based in Irvine, California, Freedom Innovations' lower-limb prosthetics, including industry-leading brands such as the Plie® 2.0 MPC Knee and the Renegade® Prosthetic Foot, are distributed in 41 countries around the world.  For more information, visit

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