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The Royal Scottish Society of Arts
Showcasing Scotland's Science, Technology and Innovation

3rd Meeting of the 194th Session (2014-2015)

David Gow

David Gow

Spinning out of the NHS...
the strange tale of the bionic hand

David Gow CBE FREng FRSA FIPEM CEng CSci BSc (Hons) Pg Dip
Head of SMART Services
NHS Lothian

In the Augustine United Church
41 George IV Bridge
Edinburgh, EH1 1EL
On Monday 24th November 2014, at 7pm

A short history of how work begun in the 1960s, led to the spinning out of the first company from NHS Scotland and the launch of the world's most advanced bionic hand, the iLimb.

David gained an Honours Degree in Engineering Science from Edinburgh University in 1979. After a year in the defence industry he returned to the University to work on prosthetics control systems at the Princess Margaret Rose Hospital.

In 1984 he transferred to the NHS. He developed the world's first powered electrical shoulder prosthesis in 1998. In 2002 he founded TouchEMAS Ltd. (now TouchBionics), the first spin out company from the NHS and invented the iLimb bionic hand in 2004.

In 2007 the company launched the iLimb hand system which became the world's first multifunctional articulating hand.

He left TouchBionics in March 2009 to concentrate on his new role as Head of Southeast Mobility and Rehabilitation Technology (SMART) Services in NHS Lothian.

In 2013 David was a finalist in the European Inventor of the Year. In June 2014 David was awarded the CBE in the Queen's birthday honours list.

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