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Exoskeleton developed at Vanderbilt University collects R&D 100 Award

Nov. 28, 2018—by Heidi Hall Nov. 28, 2018, 3:38 PM The Indego exoskeleton developed at Vanderbilt University picked up an R&D 100 Award at the Nov. 16 ceremony held in Orlando, Fla. Co-inventors Michael Goldfarb, H. Fort Flowers Professor of Mechanical Engineering, and Ryan Farris, a Vanderbilt alumnus and engineering manager at Parker Hannifin Corporation, accepted the...

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NSF I-Corps program gives boost to commercializing prosthetic ankle

Jul. 9, 2018—The first team to finish the National Science Foundation’s National Innovation Corps program from Vanderbilt University’s new I-Corps site is planning to take its smart prosthetic ankle to market. Michael Goldfarb, H. Fort Flowers Professor of Mechanical Engineering and director of the Center for Intelligent Mechatronics, graduate student Harrison Bartlett and postdoctoral scholar Brian Lawson...

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Vanderbilt-designed exoskeleton wins gold at Medical Design Excellence Awards

Jul. 13, 2016—Parker Hannifin Corporation received a gold award in the Rehabilitation and Assistive Device category for its Vanderbilt-designed Indego® exoskeleton at the 2016 Medical Design Excellence Awards ceremony June 14 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City. The 2016 MDEA Juror Panel selected 38 exceptional finalists in nine medical technology product categories....

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Student rocketeers win fourth national championship in a row

May. 13, 2016—  Vanderbilt student rocketeers have won NASA’s Orbital-ATK University Student Launch competition for the fourth year in a row. They had to beat out 40 other university teams in the yearlong national competition in order to achieve this “four-peat.” NASA announced the results of the competition May 12. Teams from the University of Louisville and...

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FDA approves Vanderbilt-designed Indego exoskeleton for clinical and personal use

Mar. 11, 2016—The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given clearance to market and sell the powered lower-limb exoskeleton created by a team of Vanderbilt engineers and commercialized by the Parker Hannifin Corporation for both clinical and personal use in the United States. Michael Goldfarb (Vanderbilt University) “I’m really glad,” said H. Fort Flowers Professor of...

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Robotic leg featured in new NIBIB “Bionic Man” web tool

May. 15, 2014—Two of the 14 different bionics research projects featured in “The Bionic Man,” an interactive website developed by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, are from Vanderbilt University. One is the first lower leg prosthetic with powered knee and ankle joints, developed by Michael Goldfarb, the H. Fort Flowers Professor of Mechanical Engineering,...

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Prosthetic limb advances could help victims of the Boston Marathon bombings

Apr. 19, 2013—The tragic April 15 bombing at the Boston Marathon took the lives of three people and has left dozens of people with serious injuries, many of whom have lost limbs. Vanderbilt mechanical engineer Michael Goldfarb, an expert in the field of prosthetic devices and director of the Center for Intelligent Mechatronics, says dramatic advances in...

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Engineers’ exoskeleton promises a new degree of independence for people with paraplegia

Oct. 30, 2012—The dream of regaining the ability to stand up and walk has come closer to reality for people paralyzed below the waist who thought they would never take another step. A team of engineers at Vanderbilt University’s Center for Intelligent Mechatronics has developed a powered exoskeleton that enables people with severe spinal cord injuries to...

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