October 26, 2006 (ALISO VIEJO, CA) Ossur (ICEX: OSSR) the Iceland-based developer and supplier of orthopedic devices has launched more scientifically advanced prosthetic innovations than any other company in the field. That technological superiority, its commitment to R&D, and its significant contributions to enhancing amputees' lives, today merited Frost & Sullivan's 2006 Medical Devices Technology Innovation Award for Ossur's Bionic Technology family of products.
In 2005, Ossur took the same award for its first Bionic Technology product, the RHEO KNEETM, a system so smart it automatically adapts to the wearer's walking style and environment, learning continuously until it reaches optimal efficiency. The 2006 award honors Ossur's entire and expanded Bionic Technology platform that now includes two additional ground-breaking prostheses that represent a seamless fusion of electronics, mechanics, and human physiology.
One is the POWER KNEETM, the world's first motor-powered knee that replaces true muscle activity, thus making it possible, for the first time ever, for an amputee to go up stairs and inclines foot-over-foot. The other and the latest to launch is the PROPRIO FOOTTM, the world's first motor-powered and intelligent foot that thinks for itself. The PROPRIO FOOTTM, like the POWER KNEETM, replaces muscle function that was lost with the amputation. The foot enables amputees to perform activites in a normal and functional pattern by: