WRIST-AID, A NEW DEVICE THAT ALLEVIATES CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME (CTS) SYMPTOMS, WINS TWO PRESTIGOUS AWARDS

Los Angeles, CA (September 18, 2017) – Pressure Profile Systems (PPS) and the authors of the study which led to the creation of Wrist-Aid that alleviates carpel tunnel syndrome received both the President’s Research Initiative Award and the Technologists Member Recognition Award - unusual dual recognitions - at the 2017 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Neuromuscular & Electrodiagnostic Medicine (AANEM) in Phoenix, Arizona, September 13-16.

Because of this recognition, the abstract describing the study and Wrist-Aid will be published in the Muscle & Nerve Journal, a prestigious publication in the medical industry.

Award Presentation by AANEM President (Photo from L to R: Zong-Ming Li, PhD of Cleveland Clinic, PaulineLuong, ME Lead Author, William S. Pease, MD President of AANEM, and Jae Son, PhD Inventor)

Award Presentation by AANEM President (Photo from L to R: Zong-Ming Li, PhD of Cleveland Clinic, PaulineLuong, ME Lead Author, William S. Pease, MD President of AANEM, and Jae Son, PhD Inventor)

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Carpel tunnel syndrome (CTS) is one of the most widely recognized occupational health conditions. In the US, it affects 3-6% of working adults. A quarter to half a million people undergo carpal tunnel release surgery each year.

Wrist-Aid is a simple unobtrusive device that sticks to the underside of the wrist. The device applies a negative pressure to the affected region, pulling up on the tissue under the mid portion of the device, thus reducing compression and irritation. The results of the pilot clinical study suggest the device relieves CTS symptoms without the trauma of surgery or impairment of hand use as with traditional splints.

“I invented Wrist-Aid after suffering from CTS and trying many other conservative treatments without success. After it relieved my symptoms, I felt compelled to bringing this noninvasive, low-cost solution to millions of adults that currently suffer from CTS," said Dr. Jae Son, PPS Founder & CEO.

Wrist-Aid was investigated in a pilot clinical study (ClinicalTrials.gov ID NCT02534493) involving 11 CTS patients. Participants wore Wrist-Aid for 8-10 hours daily for 4 weeks. The average raw improvement in Boston Carpal Tunnel Questionnaire (BCTQ) Symptom Severity Scale (SSS) at the 4-week time point is 0.59. (The SSS is a scale from 1 being no symptoms to 5 being the worst symptoms.) The average raw improvement in SSS at the 12-week time point is 0.72. Unilateral patients reported an average improvement in symptom severity of 0.9 points at 4 weeks and 1.2 points 8 weeks post-treatment. For comparison, other studies have found surgery produces a raw improvement in SSS of 0.8 to 1.5 three months after surgery.

“Our Hand Research Laboratory in partnership with PPS recently received a NIH SBIR Phase II grant to conduct further research and development on Wrist-Aid. PPS leads the development and commercialization while our laboratory carries out scientific studies to investigate the therapeutic mechanisms and further validate the efficacy of Wrist-Aid for CTS patients.” said Dr. Zong-Ming Li, Professor in Biomedical Engineering, Orthopaedic Surgery, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation at Cleveland Clinic.

For more information, visit PPS’s special product website at www.wrist-aid.com or contact Pauline Luong.

About PPS

Founded over 20 years ago as Pressure Profile Systems, Inc. to address tactile sensors for robotics at Harvard University, PPS has expanded to develop innovative solutions involving the sense of touch for fortune 500 companies as well as incubating useful sensor-based products.

Join PPS CEO and Founder at MD&M West

PPS invites you to join Jae Son, Ph.D, PPS CEO and Founder, when he presents Advancing Medical Devices by Capturing the Sense of Touch at the MD&M West Conference in Anaheim, California on Tuesday, February 7 at 4:00pm.

If you are unable to attend the conference, you can learn how innovative flexible, conformable & stretchable tactile sensors are used in product design, development, and manufacturing process validation by viewing a similar presentation below that was given by Dr. Son at the IEEE/NEU Workshop on Printed, Flexible, and Fabric Sensors in October 2016 .

 
 

 

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PPS to Exhibit at the 2016 Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) Conference in Minneapolis

PPS invites Medical Industry Professionals to Experience Innovative Tactile Sensing Solutions First-Hand

Los Angeles, CA – July 25, 2016 – PPS a world-leading tactile sensor design and manufacturing company, today announced that their team will be exhibiting a variety of OEM and instrumentation solutions for the medical devices at the Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) Conference in Minneapolis on September 21-22, 2016.

Over the past two decades, PPS has empowered numerous companies in the medical device industry to create more innovative and successful products by embedding the “sense of touch”. Today, PPS is considered the world leader in capacitive tactile sensing solutions for the medical device industry. 

The company’s sensor technology is harnessed in medical devices such as the SureTouch Breast Exam, an FDA-cleared, painless, radiation-free, Screening Clinical Breast Examination that provides immediate and accurate results. PPS’s sensor technology also forms the basis of the Manoscan, a 36-sensor catheter system that collects information about esophageal performance in much greater detail than conventional manometry.

Attendees are invited to meet the PPS team at Booth #2538 and experience PPS’s sensor technology first-hand. Furthermore, industry professionals will have the opportunity to learn how to integrate PPS capacitive tactile sensing technology into their next successful medical device by joining Dr. Jae Son, CEO of PPS, in his presentation on September 22. To learn more about Dr. Son’s presentation click the following link.

“We look forward to sharing with medical device industry professionals how they can use PPS sensors to achieve market leadership, improve patient care and enhance or even save lives” says Dr. Jae Son, founder, and CEO of PPS.

For more information, please contact Ralph Rabie at +1.858.880.5376 or
email ralph.rabie@pressureprofile.com.

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PPS www.pressureprofile.com develops tactile sensor instrumentation and OEM solutions that capture pressure distribution. Furthermore, we help companies develop innovative products that harness the sense of touch for medical devices, robotics, ergonomics, automotive applications, industrial and consumer electronics products. Our customers include world leaders such as Apple, Microsoft, Google, J&J, RedBull and many other Fortune 500 companies. For information on some of our previous projects, please visit:

Pressure Profile Systems, Inc. (PPS) Announces Appointment of Howard Goldberg as Executive Vice President of Operations

Former President of Interlink Electronics (LINK) and DEX to Head PPS Manufacturing Operations

Los Angeles, CA – April 11, 2016 – Pressure Profile Systems, Inc. (PPS), the world-leader in distributed pressure sensing technologies for OEM products and instrumentation, today announced that it had appointed Dr. Howard Goldberg as its Executive Vice President of Operations. In his new role, Dr. Goldberg will head manufacturing operations, manage the production of tactile sensors for a wide range of products, and drive the expansion of PPS sales globally. 

“Howard brings two decades of executive leadership and experience in operations management, sales and marketing, and product and business development. His proven track record in commercializing new products across a wide range of industries will play a key role in advancing our product developments from design to manufacturing and in empowering PPS to continue to build momentum and become one of the largest tactile sensor manufacturers in the world.” says Dr. Jae Son, founder and CEO of PPS. 

Dr. Goldberg is the former President and COO of Interlink Electronics (OTC: LINK) where he achieved 36% increase in 2014 revenue. Prior to Interlink, he was the President of Supply-Chain Services for DEX, Inc., a high-tech product repair and supply-chain solutions to Fortune-500 clients. Dr. Goldberg was accountable for global P&L, operations, and engineering for 7 ISO-certified plants located in 5 countries. Prior to DEX, Dr. Goldberg was EVP of Business & Operations for Colibrys, Inc. (formerly Applied MEMS, Inc.) which offered micro-machined silicon smart-sensor solutions that revolutionized energy exploration, defense and aerospace, process control, and telecommunications industries. He successfully drove efforts to evolve the company from an R&D center, to Business Unit, to ultimate spin-off and acquisition by a Swiss parent  company to become its North American regional headquarters. 

Dr. Goldberg holds both a Ph.D. and M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Michigan with an emphasis in MEMS sensor technologies. He also did his post-doctoral research in MEMS at MIT and  he is a co-inventor on ten patents. 

“Whether it introduces a new breast-screening standard, provides innovative ways consumers can monitor their blood pressure in a watch, or giving robotic grippers the ‘sense of touch’, PPS technologies deliver countless growth opportunities to improve the world. I am proud to become a part of PPS.” says Howard Goldberg, PPS’ new Executive Vice President of Operations.

About Pressure Profile Systems

Pressure Profile Systems (PPS) www.pressureprofile.com develops tactile sensors to capture pressure distribution as research tools and enable the "sense of touch" for OEM products in order to help companies create innovative and successful products.  Specifically, we help companies develop innovative products that harness the sense of touch for medical devices www.suretouch.us, robotics, ergonomics, automotive applications, industrial and consumer electronics products. Our customers include world leaders such as Apple, Microsoft, Google, J&J, RedBull and many other Fortune 500 companies.  Here are some cool projects that we’ve worked on in the past.