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Ekso Bionics Inc., a robotic exoskeleton company, recently announced that it has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market its Ekso GT robotic exoskeleton for use in the treatment of individuals with hemiplegia due to stroke. The Ekso GT is the first exoskeleton cleared by the FDA for use with stroke patients.

Ekso GT is a wearable robotic exoskeleton that enables individuals to stand up and walk over ground with a full weight-bearing, reciprocal gait in a clinical setting. The Ekso GT with smart Variable Assist* software, which was designed for rehabilitation institutions, provides adaptive amounts of power to either side of the patient’s body, engaging the patient throughout his or her continuum of care. The technology provides the ability to mobilize patients early in their recovery, frequently, with a significant number of high-intensity steps. To date, the Ekso has helped patients take more than 41 million steps in over 115 rehabilitation institutions around the world.

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In 2010, an estimated 17 million people worldwide suffered a first stroke. Over 60 percent of acute stroke survivors are unable to walk or need intervention in walking. Impaired ambulation is greatly associated with fall risks, dependency, limited participation in social activities and poor quality of life. As a consequence, assisting with ambulation in the clinical environment may aid in the recovery of ambulation that is one of the most desired goals for survivors undergoing rehabilitation.

“I congratulate Ekso Bionics for being the first exoskeleton to receive clearance for stroke,” said W. Zev Rymer, director, Research Planning and Sensory Motor Performance Program, Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. “When we partnered with Ekso at the beginning of 2012, they had the first exoskeleton that was uniquely optimized for the rehabilitation clinic. We have seen the clinical value of the technology, and Ekso Bionic’s continued innovation now brings us the ability to provide this advanced technology to a broader patient population.”

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