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iWalk Enhances Bionics Experience with New Personal Power Package for BiOM® Ankle System


iWalk, the leader in Personal Bionics™, today launched the new Personal Power Package for the BiOM Ankle System, further improving the bionic tuning process and increasing battery performance by up to 20 percent. The BiOM Ankle System is the only lower-limb Personal Bionics solution to enable individuals to walk with the same gait and effort as non-amputees. The system is currently available domestically through a vast network of iWalk Certified Bionics Centers (CBCs), VA Medical Centers and the Department of Defense.

“iWalk is committed to transforming the prosthetic industry by developing dependable personalized bionic mobility solutions that normalize function,” said Tim McCarthy, President and CEO, iWalk. “The new Personal Power Package for the BiOM Ankle System is just another example of how we continue to closely emulate an individual's muscle and tendon function, enabling them to return to work and resume other important daily activities faster and with greater ease than ever before.”

Personal Power Package Enhancements

The new Personal Power Package improves product performance and user convenience through a series of enhancements to both the hardware and software.

  • New SMART Battery – active cell balancing increases performance stability and offers up to a 20% increase in power capacity
  • Intuitive User Interface – LEDs and low battery buzz notifications alert users of the state of charge
  • Three Battery Supply – provides users with one battery to wear, one backup and one to charge
  • Dual-Bay Charger – charges two batteries at the same time in less than an hour
  • Lower-Profile Holster – new industrial design mitigates aesthetic impact of the larger battery
  • New Personal Bionic Tuning™ App
    • Displays and resets myBiOM Step Count
    • Expands timing range
    • Expands heel stiffness range

Power of Personal Bionics

Personal Bionics is a new category of medical devices which emulate a specific individual's muscle and tendon function. While traditional lower-limb prosthetics only replicate bone structure, the BiOM emulates the calf muscle and Achilles tendon to help normalize function. The BiOM Ankle System features Powered Plantar Flexion™, which is the push off that enables people to walk with a natural gait and the same metabolic energy as a non-amputee. The Personal Bionic Tuning capabilities enable certified prosthetists to further enhance the user experience by adjusting natural movements to personal preference within normative human performance standards.

About iWalk

iWalk, Inc. is the pioneer and leader in personal bionic innovation. With the introduction of BiOM technology, the company has been able to embrace mobility and extend potential for people with lower limb loss. In the future, the same underlying technology will also help people whose mobility is limited by stroke, diabetes or other conditions of disease or age.

The company was founded in 2006 by Dr. Hugh Herr, director of the Biomechatronics Group at the MIT Media Lab. Privately held and headquartered in Bedford, Mass, the company has received funding and support from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Army's Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) and leading venture firms WFD Ventures, General Catalyst Partners, Sigma Partners and Gilde Healthcare Partners. For more information, please visit or follow us on Facebook or Twitter (@MyBiOM).

BiOM, the BiOM logo, Personal Bionics, Powered Plantar Flexion and Personal Bionic Tuning are trademarks of iWalk, Inc. All other brands may be trademarks of their respective holders.

Jeff Benanto, 617-986-5020

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