Linx Scoops ‘Best Overall Winner’ at Medical Design Excellence Awards
Posted on 15th June 2017
Blatchford, the prosthetics manufacturer, has been named best overall winner of the 2017 Medical Design Excellence Awards for its Linx system, the first fully integrated, microprocessor-controlled lower limb system to help above-knee amputees live more active and independent lives.
In a ceremony at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York on June 13, Linx was awarded the Gold Medal Award in Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Products category, and the Best in Show Award.
The Medical Design Excellence Awards is the premier awards program for the medtech industry. Since its inception in 1998, it has recognized significant achievements in medical product design and engineering that improve the quality of healthcare delivery and accessibility.
Blatchford was selected from 45 exceptional finalists in nine medical technology product categories by a judging panel of leading clinicians, engineers, and designers. Awards were made based on five criteria: Design and Engineering Innovations, Functional (User-Related) Innovations, Benefits to Overall Healthcare, Benefits to Patients and Market Differentiation.
Blatchford has been designing and manufacturing cutting edge prosthetics since the 19th century. It’s Linx system combines four microprocessors and seven situational awareness sensors across the knee and ankle to continuously collect data on the user, activity and terrain. This data is used to continuously adjust the limb’s resistance and speed for ease of use, safety and stability, mimicking a human limb. This means the wearer can walk confidently, knowing that the limb will be at the right speed and support level at all times. The Linx ankle talks to the knee at a rate of 400 messages per second; in the course of a single day, the prosthetic limb will adjust over 2000 times to adapt to its environment.
Adrian Stenson, CEO of Blatchford said: “Winning the Medical Design Excellence Award is a wonderful achievement and huge recognition for the Endolite team. We are honored to have received this recognition, both as the winner of the rehabilitation category, and the overall winner.
At Blatchford, we are constantly striving to provide innovative prosthetic technology to help improve the day-to-day lives of patients that are faced with limb loss. The Linx system is the only lower extremity prosthetic device that allows both the knee and foot to communicate with each other in both directions. The ability to achieve this is what sets this device apart from others and allows the patient to have a more normalized gait across all types of terrain. It truly is a winning combination for an above-knee amputee to have a foot and knee that communicate with one another.”
John Braddock, National Sales Manager at Blatchford, said: “The success of the Linx in the U.S. market has been phenomenal, with over 70% of our units being built and sold benefitting above-knee amputee’s here in the U.S. Winning the Medical Design Excellence Award will no doubt help us gain recognition of the Linx system and assist us in helping even more amputees here in the US market better their lives through the use of this product. Moving forward, we will continue to provide education to all prosthetic patient care providers to increase the awareness of the Linx. In doing so, we will be able to reach a broader base of patients that could benefit from the Linx technology.”
For more information on the Linx system, visit: https://www.blatchfordus.com/products/linx
To learn more about the Medical Design Excellence Awards, visit: http://mdeawards.mddionline.com