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Freedom Innovations to Commercialize the World's First Actively-Powered, Complete Lower Extremity Prosthesis
Date:4/14/2011

lt system will offer actively powered stair and ramp ascent and increased symmetry of gait, representing the next leap forward in restoring amputees' mobility.  Plans to modularize the system will ensure that transtibial (below-the-knee) amputees will also have the opportunity to benefit from the ankle and foot technology.

A team led by Michael Goldfarb, H. Fort Flowers Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Director of the Center for Intelligent Mechatronics at Vanderbilt University, developed the Powered Knee and Ankle System. "Recent advancements in technology have enabled us to develop a powered prosthesis that reproduces kinematics close to biological norms," said Goldfarb. "We are entering an age where man and machine are becoming integrated," he added. "I think our work is a pioneering example of this and we are excited to be working with Freedom Innovations to make this product available to amputees around the world."  

"The technology developed by this group is world-class," said Maynard Carkhuff, President and CEO of Freedom Innovations. "This agreement is an important milestone for Freedom as it demonstrates our long-term commitment to bringing innovative products to the market. We are excited to bring the two teams together to commercialize this product over the coming years."

The technology transfer from Vanderbilt University to Freedom Innovations is the next step in the commercialization process and is scheduled to take place this summer.

About Freedom Innovations

Freedom Innovations, LLC designs, manufactures, and markets advanced technology lower extremity prosthetic devices that provide people with physical challenges the ability to reach their full potential.  Based in Irvine, CA, Freedom's lower extremity prosthetics are distributed around the world.

For more information, visit www.freedom-innovations.com.

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