Inventor of World's Most Advanced Medical-Use Exoskeleton Receives Good Shepherd Hall of Fame Award4/13/2009
Yoshiyuki Sankai, Ph.D., Made First U.S. Appearance with the Device
Allentown, PA – Yoshiyuki Sankai, Ph.D., inventor of the Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL), presented an inservice for employees of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network on Monday, April 13. The event, which was held at the Good Shepherd Health & Technology Center, 850 South 5th Street, Allentown, marked Dr. Sankai’s first public discussion of his state-of-the-art exoskeleton in the United States. At a private dinner following the inservice, Dr. Sankai received the Good Shepherd Hall of Fame award.
The Good Shepherd Hall of Fame award originally was designed to honor national heroes with disabilities who overcame their challenges and inspired hope and optimism throughout the country. The criteria for the award were expanded several years ago to include extraordinary men and women who dedicate their talents to designing assistive technologies and improving the lives of people with disabilities. Previous recipients include Dean Kamen, inventor of the Segway® Personal Transporter and the iBOT® Mobility System, Ray Kurzweil, prolific author and futurist, and John Abele, founder chairman of Boston Scientific.
“We are pleased to welcome Dr. Sankai to Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network,” said Sally Gammon, F.A.C.H.E., president and CEO. “Dr. Sankai is the latest in a long line of innovators and thought leaders who have visited Good Shepherd to share their expertise. We are proud to share Dr. Sankai’s mission of improving independence for people with disabilities through technology.”
“The HAL exoskeleton is one of the world’s most advanced assistive technologies,” said John Grencer, administrative manager of Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network’s Harry C. Trexler Center for Assistive Technology. “Not only does it have the potential to improve independence for people with disabilities, but it also can help caregivers and health-care professionals by augmenting their strength and allowing them to more easily transfer patients between their beds, wheelchairs or vehicles.”