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ReWalk Exoskeleton Stands


Bloomberg – September 17, 2014 Interview with ReWalk inventor Amit Goffer and ReWalk Robotics CEO Larry Jasinski about life-changing wearable robotic exoskeleton.

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Pimm Fox, Anchor, Bloomberg: Dr. Amit Goffer, I want you to begin by just explaining what inspired you, and what was the first real step in making something like this a reality?
Dr. Amit Goffer, Inventor, ReWalk: OK. I got to this situation in 1997. I was injured, and well, confined to a wheelchair. Then, I couldn't really understand why wheelchairs are the only solution for people that are paralyzed. This was the thing that pushed me to think about that. So, I checked the possible size of the market, and then the physics of things, whether an exoskeleton with a sufficient amount of batteries...I mean, we don't want an exoskeleton with a truck of batteries behind it, right? So, when the physics acknowledged that it is possible, and the market is large enough, then I was motivated to do that.
PF: All right. Larry, we want you to come on your involvement with the company, because you're taking something that was an idea, was a science experience, into something that is now commercial.
Larry Jasinski, Chief Executive Officer, ReWalk Robotics: We had to prepare for the basics of having infrastructure to take care of people so we can get it to a lot of people, and that work through FDA (Food and Drug Administration) - manufacturing and things like that - which we passed. The next big stage for us is to be able to provide this to as many people as we can. One other very important thing that happened about ten days after the approval from the FDA...the clearance from the FDA...was the United States Veterans' Administration (VA) at the James J. Peters Center, right here in the Bronx, they decided to pay for this for veterans. So, a veteran that goes to their hospital and successfully completes a program, they will provide one for them to take home. And the value of that is health benefit. So, you can ask Derek and others about this. What we believe this will do for their life is it will provide a cost-savings to the system, but it will change their metabolism and change their outlook from a physical point of view, allowing them to enjoy the benefits of walking once again.
PF: Derek Herrera...Captain Herrera. First of all, thank you for your service. Did you ever think that you'd be standing here?
Derek Herrera, U.S. Marine Captain, ReWalk User: No, I really didn't. You know, you go through a lot of different stages after a catastrophic injury like spinal cord injury and paralysis like I've dealt with. And yeah, I consider myself very lucky to have this technology available and be able to walk so soon after my injury, because I see so many people that are just now being able to take their first steps again after injuries of 10 [or] 20 years past. So, I never thought that I would be able to.
PF: We know that the company just went public, and for the business side of it, that's going to be important to raise money. This has got to be expensive. What is it? $70,000 a pop, right?
LJ: It's about [$]70,000, but we believe it's going to be a net cost-savings to the insurers. That's data that we're going to continue to work on in clinical studies. But, part of the VA decision was looking at the health benefits, and they didn't want to lose them. And the benefit that that was giving them from an economic point of view.
PF: Derek, the health benefits, at least for standing, seem pretty obvious. What about the psychological benefits in terms of making your life a whole different experience?
DH: Yeah, absolutely. There's a litany of physical benefits that Larry and everybody else with ReWalk can explain to you, but the emotional and psychological part really can't be overstated. Being able to stand and look someone in the eye. Once you're 6-foot-2-[inches] and then, have spent a significant amount of time in a chair looking up at everybody, that's important. And then, really more important than anything that I've identified, of my personal experience with the device, is inspiration. So, a lot of friends, unfortunately, that I have, are amputees, and the technology with prosthetic limbs ten years ago is vastly different than it is today. My hope, and the reason I feel inspired, is because I really believe that in ten years, these devices will follow a similar path that prosthetic limbs did. And then hopefully, they'll be proliferated to the point where, when people are injured, they don't have to worry about walking again. It's just going to be an accepted fact that if you have a spinal cord injury, it's not going to prevent you from walking.

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    a litany of physical benefits 一系列对身体的益处
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    absolutely 当然可以
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    acknowledge 【及物动词】1. 承认;供认 2. 感谢,答谢 3. 告知收到 4. 对(人)打招呼; 5. 【法律】公证;确认(债务等)
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    administration 【名词】1. 管理,经营;行政 2. 行政机关,局[处、署];(A- 主美)政府; 3. 给与;施行; 4. 给药,(药的)服法; 5. 【军事】后方勤务; 6. 【法律】施行,执行
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    amputee 截肢【名词】被截肢者
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    anchor 【名词】1. 锚;新闻主播 2. 桩; 支架; 依靠; 【不及物动词】1. 抛锚; 2. 停泊;固定; 【及物动词】1. 抛锚泊(船); 2. 把…固定住
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    approval 批准【名词】1. 赞成,同意; 2. 批准;认可
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    battery 电池
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    benefit 【名词】1. 利益,好处;利润 2. 恩惠 3. 义演,义赛; 4. 退休金;(依照社会保险付给的)津贴,救济金,抚恤金; 5. (俚、反)好机会,好差事; 【及物动词】对…有利,有益于…;使得利益; 【不及物动词】得益,受益
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    catastrophic 灾难性【形容词】1. 大突变(灾难)的; 2. 悲惨结局的
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    catastrophic injury 灾难性的损伤
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    Chief Executive Officer 首席执行官;执行总裁◆CEO
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    clearance 间隙【名词】游隙,清拆,清关,过关,清除,通关,清理,许可,清
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    clearance from the FDA 获得美国食品药品监督管理局批准◆ Food and Drug Administration
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    clinical 临床【形容词】疗效,临床医学
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    clinical study 临床研究
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    commercial 【名词】商业广告【形容词】1. 商务的;贸易的 2. 营利性的;广告性质的
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    confined to a wheelchair 坐轮椅
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    cost saving 成本节约; 费用节省
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    device 设备【名词】1. 设计,计划;方法,手段; 2. 意志,欲望; 3. 谋略,策略,诡计; 4. 器具,器械,设备,装置; 5. 图案,图样;花样;纹章;标记,商标;(纹章上的)题铭
  • drug administration 药品监督管理; 给药; 服药
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    drugged 【及物动词】用药麻醉;使服药;使服毒品
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    economic point of view 从经济角度看
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    economics 经济学【名词】1. 经济学; 2. (国家的)经济(状况);经济
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    emotional 情感【形容词】1. 情绪的,感情的; 2. 容易激动,易动感情的,感情脆弱的; 3. 感动人的,激起感情的
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    emotional and psychological part 情感和心理方面
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    executive 【名词】1. 行政部门;行政官;执行委员会; 2. 【美商】总经理,董事; 【形容词】1. 执行的,实行的,实施的,有执行权力[手腕]的;行政(上)的; 2. 行政官的;总经理的
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    executive officer 主管人员
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    exoskeleton 外骨骼【名词】【解剖学】外骨骼,皮骨骼
  • Extracting Microarray Gene Expression Patterns and Identifying co-expressed Genes 提取微阵列基因表达模式和确认共表达基因◆【略】EPIG
  • eye 眼【名词】眼睛,眼部,眼球,眼神,眼科,目光,眼光,视线,注意
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    health benefit 健康益处
  • homing 1. 细胞归巢; 2. 自动导引的,有返回性的
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    hospital 医院【名词】院,住院
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    inch 英寸【1名词】1. 英寸(旧译时略作); 2. 少量,少额,少许; 3. 身长,身段,个子; 【及物动词】使渐进,使渐动,使一点一点地移动; 【不及物动词】渐进,一步一步前进; 【2名词】(苏格兰语)小岛
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    infrastructure 基础设施【名词】1. 基础设施(尤指社会、国家赖以生存和发展的,如道路、学校、电厂、交通、通讯系统等基本设施); 2. 【军事】永久性基地,永久性防御设施
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    injure 伤害【及物动词】1. 损害,毁坏; 2. 伤害(感情、自尊心等)
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    injury 损伤【名词】1. 损害,毁坏,伤害; 2. 伤害的行为; 3. 受伤处
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    inspiration 灵感【名词】1. 吸气;【机械工程】进气; 2. 【宗教】神的启示;(诗人的)灵感; 3. 鼓舞,激励,感化; 4. (口语)灵机,妙想; 5. (上级的)指示,授意,鼓动
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    inspire 激励【及物动词】1. 吸,吸气; 2. 注入,灌注; 3. 使生灵感,使感悟,使感动; 4. 鼓舞,激动,激发; 5. 指示,授意; 【不及物动词】1. 吸入; 2. 赋予灵感
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    insurer 【名词】保险公司;承保人
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    inventor 【名词】发明者、发明家
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    limb 【1名词】1. 肢,腿,臂,翼; 2. 大树枝; 3. 突出物,(河的)支流; 【2名词】1. (日、月等天体的)边缘; 2. 【植物】瓣片,萼檐,冠檐
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    manufacture 制造【及物动词】1. (成批)生产,制造,制造业; 2.(文学作品等的)粗制滥造; 【不及物动词】从事制造; 【名词】1. (成批的)制造,制造业; 2. 制造品,产品; 3. (蔑称)(文学上的)滥作
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    metabolism 代谢【名词】【生物学】新陈代谢,代谢作用
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    net cost savings to the insurers 这对于保险公司来说,是净成本节约
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    net costs 净成本
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    overstated 夸大
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    paralysis 【名词】1. 麻痹,瘫痪 2. 无能为力 3.停顿 [ 复数 paralyses ]
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    paralyze 【及物动词】使麻痹,使瘫痪,使无力,使气馁
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    personal experience 个人经验
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    physical benefit 对身体的益处
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    physical point of view 身体素质角度看
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    physics 物理【名词】(通常用作单数) 1. 物理学; 2. 物理过程;物理现象;物理性质;物理成分
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    point of view 观点
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    possible size of the market 潜在的市场规模
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    pretty obvious 很明显
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    proliferate 增殖【不及物动词】1.【生物学】分芽繁殖,细胞分裂繁殖;增殖;增生;多育; 2. 激增;扩散;【及物动词】使激增;使扩散
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    prosthetic limb 假肢; 义肢
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    prosthetics 假肢【形容词】1.【语法】词首增添字母[音节]的; 2. 修复术的; 3.【化学】非朊基的
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    psychological 心理【形容词】心理学(上)的;精神(现象)的
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    psychological benefit 有益于心理健康
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    raising money 寻求投资
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    rights [法] 权利;权限;权益 [All rights reserved] 版权所有
  • robotics 机器人
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    savings 储蓄【名词】积蓄,节省,节约,存款,储蓄存款
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    solution 解决方案【名词】1. 溶解;溶液,溶体,溶剂; 2. (补轮胎用的)橡胶水;(美国)药水; 3. 解决,解答; 解释;(数学等的)解法,解式; 4. 免除,解除; 5.【医学】消散,消退
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    spinal 脊柱【形容词】脊髓,脊椎,椎,脊神经,脊,腰,硬脊膜,椎管内,腰椎
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    spinal cord 脊髓
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    spinal cord injury 脊髓损伤◆【略】SCI
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    sufficient amount of batteries 足够量的电池
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    the physics of things 从物理学角度看,这种设想的可行性
  • United States Department of Veterans Affairs 美国退伍军人管理局◆【略】VA
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    veteran 老兵【名词】1. 老手,老练的人;老练的兵,老兵;有战斗经验的军人; 2. 复员军人,退役军人; 3. 老树(尤指胸径二英尺以上的); 【形容词】1. (尤指军事方面)老练的,经验丰富的;资格老的; 2. 由老兵组织成的
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    went public 进行了首次公开募股(或)发表公开声明
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    wheelchair 轮椅【名词】(病人用)轮椅
  • working through 通过工作
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