April 16, 2014 4:15 AM ET

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Company Overview of iWalk, Inc.

Company Overview

iWalk, Inc., a bionics company, provides a technology to replace lost muscle function and allows to walk without stress to the rest of body—the way nature intended. It offers PowerFoot BiOM, a bionic lower-leg system with reflexive powered plantar flexion that simulates the action of the ankle, Achilles tendon, and calf muscles by propelling the amputee upwards and forwards during each walking step. The company also provides BiOM AK, a bionic ankle system that works with select microprocessor knees to restore natural motion through bionic technology for above-knee amputees. iWalk, Inc. was founded in 2006 and is based in Bedford, Massachusetts.

4 Crosby Drive

Bedford, MA 01730

United States

Founded in 2006





Key Executives for iWalk, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer
Age: 69
Vice President of Finance
Age: 41
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2013.

iWalk, Inc. Key Developments

iWalk, Inc. Showcases BiOM Ankle System at the American Orthotics and Prosthetics Association National Assembly

iWalk, Inc. announced that it will demonstrate its BiOM Ankle System at the American Orthotics and Prosthetics Association National Assembly in Boston. It is the first time the BiOM Ankle System, the personal bionic intervention enabling natural movement for lower-limb amputees, will be showcased at the U.S.'s gathering of O&P professionals. iWalk has created a golf course-themed booth (#117) to illustrate the BiOM system's applicability for amputees to return to the everyday activities--at home and on the job--and the recreational endeavors they enjoyed prior to injury. Attendees can expect a fully interactive experience as walkers, including four-time Paralympian Brian Frasure, will be on hand to provide live demonstrations. The company will also conduct fittings and adjustments of the BiOM system in the booth. Personal bionics--overcoming limitations of traditional prosthetics: Personal Bionics emulate a specific individual's muscle and tendon function. While traditional prosthetics only replicate bone structure, the BiOM system emulates the calf muscle and Achilles tendon to help normalize function. The BiOM 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. Because it reacts in real time to the terrain and the environment, the user does not have to wait for the device to respond. 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. Availability: The BiOM Ankle System is generally available nationwide through the iWalk certified bionics center network as well as VA medical centers and the department of defense.

iWalk, Inc. Announces Availability of BiOM Bionic Lower Limb System for Above-Knee Amputees

iWalk, Inc. announced the availability of its BiOM bionic lower limb system for above-knee amputees (BiOM AK). The new BiOM AK is an ankle system that works with select microprocessor knees to restore natural motion through bionic technology. Personal bionic devices are fundamentally redefining the standard of care for those with limb loss by not merely emulating human function, but enhancing it. The BiOM has advanced the craft of prosthetics using the science of bionics to replicate lost muscles and tendons. The BiOM's unique technology delivers a powered 'push-off' that propels an amputee forward and normalizes their gait. This personal bionic system is the world's first proven bionic intervention that utilizes robotics to restore the function of the missing anatomy in the calf muscle and Achilles tendon. The BiOM AK provides above-knee amputees with the same benefits that below-knee amputees using the BiOM already enjoy: A experience: Personal bionics is a unique fitting process that involves the use of a computer to overlay an accepted range of natural motion for the gait cycle. The BiOM is then adjusted for that individual to perform within "normal" parameters. The device is then further adjusted to fit the preferences of the wearer. No device has ever the gait cycle to such a customized level of precision. Restored ankle motion and powered plantar flexion: The movement in walking where the ankle pushes the foot down and back to propel the prosthesis and the user forward. The BiOM's replication of this movement may alleviate comorbidities such as lower back pain and knee pain osteoarthritis. Normalized metabolic costs and walking speeds: Amputees using the BiOM require no more effort to walk than non-amputees. Additionally, independent research from rehabilitation organizations shows that patients wearing the BiOM system can walk at more regular speeds--nearly 40% faster than using competitive solutions.

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