R&D Magazine has awarded Orthocare Innovations, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, a 2009 R&D 100 Award for its Computerized Prosthesis Alignment System, Compas™. Compas is a hardware/software system that uses a wearable sensor device to measure socket reaction forces, which are then fed into gait-analysis software. The system is designed to help practitioners improve prosthetic alignment with objective data, rather than through visual observation.
“It is an honor to have been selected as a recipient of the R&D 100 Award, the most respected and highly coveted in the high-tech industry,” said Orthocare CEO Doug McCormack. “Though we are an early-stage company, this recognition is testament to our world-class development team, led by Dr. David Boone, Orthocare Innovations’ chief technology officer. Compas was developed to address a long-overlooked, but very real clinical challenge facing users of prosthetic devices. By improving prosthesis alignment, we are confident that we can significantly enhance clinical outcomes for patients worldwide.”
The R&D 100 Awards honor the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year. Products are selected by an independent judging panel and the editors of R&D Magazine. 2009 award recipients include Ford, Dow Chemical, Hitachi, Battelle, and the National Air and Space Agency (NASA).
“The R&D 100 Awards honor the latest technology developments that are designed to meet societal, scientific, or business challenges facing us today-and tomorrow,” said Rita Peters, editorial director of R&D Magazine.