Bionic hand looks and works like real

DUBAI — The world’s first commercially available bionic hand will be on show at the four-day Arab Health, Middle East’s largest gathering of medical professionals, which opens at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Centre today.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Mon 28 Jan 2008, 8:48 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 5:58 PM

The bionic hand, which looks and works like a real human hand with five individually powered fingers, is being displayed for the first time at the Arab Health exhibition, which is expected to attract 50,000 visitors from all over the world.

Touch Bionics, the UK-based developer of the i-LIMB hand, is one of more than 2,300 exhibitors taking part in Arab Health.

The i-LIMB hand is one of the hottest devices in the prosthetics market and Touch Bionics will be seeking clinical partners and distributors in the Middle East for the highly acclaimed hand, which is expected to have been fitted to more than 100 patients worldwide by the end of February.

Siemens Healthcare will showcase a wide range of technology driven innovations that demonstrate the strategy to enhance quality of care, while minimising costs at Arab Health Conference and Exhibition that kicks off today. The Middle East healthcare market, fuelled by a continued increase in population, continues to grow at an impressive rate.

Maurice Faber, head of Siemens Healthcare, Near and Middle East adds, “At Arab Health 2008, Siemens Healthcare will showcase technology driven solutions that will help to make high quality, patient orientated, affordable healthcare a reality for growing numbers of patients across the region.

“With our products, Siemens Healthcare aims to improve workflow along the entire supply chain to facilitate early detection and diagnosis. We are confident that we can achieve the objectives through our commitment to innovation.”

A keynote speech will be delivered at Arab Health’s flagship conference, Leaders in Healthcare.

Heinrich von Wulfen, President European Sales and Service, Siemens AG Healthcare Sector, President of COCIR, Germany, will speak on ‘Increasing Efficiency in Healthcare.’

“Healthcare services in the Middle East are now some of the most advanced in the world and we look forward to bringing the considerable benefits of the i-LIMB hand to patients in the region,” said Touch Bionics CEO Stuart Mead.

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