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Kinova

Starting from their Montreal basement workshop, Charles Deguire and Louis-Joseph Caron L’Écuyer, formed Kinova Robotics in 2006, and began designing and prototyping Jaco, the world’s most advanced assistive robotic arm. The story of Jaco starts with Charles’ uncle, Jacques Forest, who was one of three brothers from Quebec afflicted with Muscular Dystrophy. Jacques was confined to a power wheelchair and could only control his left thumb. But as a passionate and lifelong inventor, Jacques, known to his family and friends as Jaco, devised and built a robotic arm attached to his power wheelchair, which allowed him to perform simple tasks previously rendered impossible by his physical state. Charles and Louis took Jacques’ homemade arm (built from lamp parts, a bicycle cable, and windshield wiper motors!) and dramatically enhanced it to create Jaco. This arm has meant expanded independence for legions of people throughout the world and offers the promise of improved quality of life for its users and their caregivers. Visit Website

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cnsystems

Founded in 1998, CNSystems Medizintechnik AG is an Austrian company specialized in the development of non-invasive medical devices designed for the real-time evaluation of medical conditions which are characterized by rapid and short-term changes in cardiovascular hemodynamics and autonomic parameters. The company succeeded in revolutionizing cardiovascular and autonomic assessment with its Task Force® Monitor. This device provides continuous ECG, blood pressure, cardiac output, heart rate variability, total peripheral resistance, and baroreceptor sensitivity. Typical applications include tilt table testing, autonomic testing, bi-ventricular pacemaker optimization and research. CNSystems has also established a method of providing non-invasive, beat-to-beat blood pressure monitoring in Surgery, the EP Lab, and the ICU with its new device, the CNAP™ Monitor 500. Continuous blood pressure values and waveforms (similar to an arterial line) are displayed on the CNAP Monitor or an existing patient monitor. CNSystems’ focus is in raising the level of information to physicians and decreasing pain and risk of complications for patients resulting in first class, affordable medical treatment. Visit Website