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BOSTON – Nov 13, 2007 – Delsys Inc. and the Delsys Prize Review Board are proud to award the 2007 Delsys Prize for Innovation in Electromyography to Dr. Ping Zhou, PhD, Research Scientist at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Research Assistant Professor at Northwestern University.

Dr. Zhou’s winning entry titled, “Decoding a new neural-machine interface for control of artificial limbs” documents a method for improving the function of upper limb prosthesis. The advanced analysis of the motor control information required for this technique makes use of advanced EMG signal processing and classification techniques.

Dr. Zhou’s entry was chosen from a field of 85 highly qualified applicants from 20 countries, represented by a remarkably broad range of interests in Biomechanics, Kinesiology, Signal Processing, Neuromuscular Assessment, Robotics Rehabilitation, Facial EMG, Otolaryngology, among other areas.

“The Delsys Prize could not come at a better time” said Dr. Zhou. According to Dr. Zhou, “This is a crucial period to bring attention to technological advances in designing non-invasive assistance devices that enable disabled individuals to use their residual motor skills to become mobile”.

“The caliber of research presented was unquestionably impressive” said Prof De Luca, chairman of the Delsys Prize Review Board and president of Delsys. Delsys is committed to spearheading research initiatives and new applications for understanding and treatment of motor disorders”, said Prof De Luca.

About the Delsys Prize:

The Delsys Prize is the world’s only prize for invention and innovation in the field of Electromyography. It is awarded annually to honor one researcher who demonstrates excellence in the study and application of the electrical signal that emanates from contracting muscles. It was established by Carlo J. De Luca in 2003 to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of Delsys Inc.

About Delsys:

Delsys is a spin-off company from the NeuroMuscular Research Center at Boston University. The company designs, manufactures, and markets a variety of products that are used mainly to detect and measure very low-level electrical signals that are generated in contracting muscles. To date, more than 900 laboratories and clinics worldwide are using Delsys EMG systems for exploring the workings of the neuromuscular system: in clinics, for assessing the extent of neuromuscular injury or disability and for monitoring the progress of rehabilitation; in sports applications, for enhancing human neuromuscular performance; in ergonomics, for providing quantitative evaluations of workers performing tasks or for improving the interaction between the human body and machines; and in biofeedback applications, for reducing muscle stress, relearning movement patterns and enhancing skilled performance.