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Joe Meshi
05-22-1998, 04:22 AM
NEWS RELEASE


For Immediate Release Contact: Joseph Meshi

Executive Vice President


New Genovation 3-D Foot Imaging System Breaks Performance and Price Barriers


Irvine, CA Ė High-tech innovator Genovation Inc. today announced and publicly demonstrated its Foot-Stationš imaging system for use by healthcare professionals. The Foot-Station couples a walk-on pressure-pad with Windows 95 compatible application software to yield a high-performance imaging system, at a price of only $1,995. The systemís proprietary 3-D imaging capability makes it the ideal platform for ordering custom orthotics from a number of manufacturers, via Genovation.


"Pressure plates have been used for decades to obtain excellent 2-dimensional data of the plantar surface of the foot" says Leonard Genest, Genovationís President and the companyís chief technologist. "We managed to advance this technology quite dramatically, and are now capable of imaging the foot in 3-D to the top of the arch", he adds. Moreover, "we can now provide the same information to an orthotic laboratory or insole manufacturer as would be available from digital scanning of a plaster cast or a foam box recast". This breakthrough advance coupled with the systemís ability to perform detailed gait analysis, holds out a very promising prospect for the foot-care community. "In effect, the door is now open for low cost imaging of patientsí feet, leading to rapid turn-around production of custom orthotics, particularly customizable pre-fabs" says Genest.


According to Genovationís Executive Vice President Joseph Meshi, the Foot-Station serves a dual purpose - "it is an excellent office based diagnostics and patient documentation tool, and a significant revenue enhancement vehicle" he states. Technically, the Foot-Station is capable of imaging patientís feet in both static stance and dynamic gait. The 2-D and 3-D images are then stored in the systemís high-speed database alongside other patientís data, may be printed in color, or transmitted to Genovation as a part of an order for customized insoles or orthotics.


"The Foot-Station is designed to provide the healthcare community with cost-effective means of performing a wide range of foot-related diagnostics" says Dr. Craig Lowe, Genovationís Medical Director who has participated in the development of the Foot-Station from its inception. "The system is capable of such functions as identifying the pathomechanical effects created by weight-bearing foot pronation or supination, as well as flagging potential limb-length discrepancies, clarifying areas prone to pain especially with diabetic or neuropathic patients and providing static and dynamic gait electronic imagery. Further, the Foot-Station may be used to attract and educate patients, and to document their response to therapy." The system may also be used as a tele-medicine modality, allowing the physician to request an independent analysis of the patientís feet image and other data from Genovationís medical staff or consulting doctors. Lowe previously founded three orthotic laboratories and helped pioneer the foam box technique of obtaining foot impressions. He believes that the Foot-Station will modernize patient services by eventually replacing the Cast & Box impressions with "true low-cost 3-dimensional image capture", reducing both costs and turnaround time.


Genovationís "Electronics for the Feetš " division specializes in providing high-technology solutions to foot-care segments of the healthcare community, and to the footwear industry. "The extension of our basic technologies to the healthcare industry and orthotics is natural and evolutionary" says Meshi. "And since we are not manufacturers of orthotic insoles, we had to devise appropriate strategies and methods of allowing our system users to order such products through us". Thus, under Genovationís "Nexus" approach, the companyís Foot-Station users will be able to order orthotic products from a number of sources, including their own favorite laboratory. Genovation has positioned itself to perform final customization of certain orthotic and comfort insole products manufactured by leading vendors such as Acor, ATP, Ever-Flex and others. Concurrently, the company will facilitate the ordering of orthotics by the service provider from any participating laboratory. "We believe that the Foot-Station is capable of handling nearly all the cases that could be resolved by application of a modified pre-fab orthotic -- perhaps 70-80% of all patients" says Lowe. "While problems such as severe metatarsus adductus, club foot and partial amputated foot conditions would still require negative casts, the Foot-Station imagery and use of artificial intelligence software under development by Genovation would easily manage the rest." Delivery of final-customized products from Genovation, which presently takes about 7 days, is projected to eventually take place within 72 hours of order.


The Foot-Station is comprised of two components. The hardware component is the Foot-Padš pressure plate that features an array of 1536 pressure sensors. The 21" square Foot-Pad attaches to any desktop or notebook PC computer via the parallel port while providing a pass-through connection to the printer. The application software modules include patient testing, imaging and data capture, data base management, ordering and encrypted communications. Installation of the system is simple, mostly automatic and done in few minutes.


Field testing of the Foot-Station has been in progress since early 1998. The company expects to offer the system for sale in the near future.

Genovation Inc. 17741 Mitchell North, Irvine, CA 92614 USA

Tel: (949)833-3355 FAX: (949)833-0322 www.genovation.com

e-mail: feet@genovation.com
















NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate
Release                                        
Contact: Joseph Meshi 
                                                                                   
Executive Vice President  

New Genovation 3-D Foot Imaging System Breaks Performance and
Price Barriers

Irvine, CA – High-tech innovator Genovation Inc. today
announced and publicly demonstrated its Foot-Stationä imaging system for use by
healthcare professionals. The Foot-Station couples a walk-on pressure-pad with
Windows 95 compatible application software to yield a high-performance imaging
system, at a price of only $1,995. The system’s proprietary 3-D imaging
capability makes it the ideal platform for ordering custom orthotics from a
number of manufacturers, via Genovation.

"Pressure plates have been used for decades to obtain
excellent 2-dimensional data of the plantar surface of the foot" says
Leonard Genest, Genovation’s President and the company’s chief
technologist. "We managed to advance this technology quite dramatically,
and are now capable of imaging the foot in 3-D to the top of the arch", he
adds. Moreover, "we can now provide the same information to an orthotic
laboratory or insole manufacturer as would be available from digital scanning of
a plaster cast or a foam box recast". This breakthrough advance coupled
with the system’s ability to perform detailed gait analysis, holds out a
very promising prospect for the foot-care community. "In effect, the door
is now open for low cost imaging of patients’ feet, leading to rapid
turn-around production of custom orthotics, particularly customizable
pre-fabs" says Genest.

According to Genovation’s Executive Vice President Joseph
Meshi, the Foot-Station serves a dual purpose - "it is an excellent office
based diagnostics and patient documentation tool, and a significant revenue
enhancement vehicle" he states. Technically, the Foot-Station is capable of
imaging patient’s feet in both static stance and dynamic gait. The 2-D and
3-D images are then stored in the system’s high-speed database alongside
other patient’s data, may be printed in color, or transmitted to
Genovation as a part of an order for customized insoles or orthotics.

"The Foot-Station is designed to provide the healthcare
community with cost-effective means of performing a wide range of foot-related
diagnostics" says Dr. Craig Lowe, Genovation’s Medical Director who
has participated in the development of the Foot-Station from its inception.
"The system is capable of such functions as identifying the pathomechanical
effects created by weight-bearing foot pronation or supination, as well as
flagging potential limb-length discrepancies, clarifying areas prone to pain
especially with diabetic or neuropathic patients and providing static and
dynamic gait electronic imagery. Further, the Foot-Station may be used to
attract and educate patients, and to document their response to therapy."
The system may also be used as a tele-medicine modality, allowing the physician
to request an independent analysis of the patient’s feet image and other
data from Genovation’s medical staff or consulting doctors. Lowe
previously founded three orthotic laboratories and helped pioneer the foam box
technique of obtaining foot impressions. He believes that the Foot-Station will
modernize patient services by eventually replacing the Cast & Box
impressions with "true low-cost 3-dimensional image capture", reducing
both costs and turnaround time.

Genovation’s "Electronics for the Feetä " division specializes in
providing high-technology solutions to foot-care segments of the healthcare
community, and to the footwear industry. "The extension of our basic
technologies to the healthcare industry and orthotics is natural and
evolutionary" says Meshi. "And since we are not manufacturers of
orthotic insoles, we had to devise appropriate strategies and methods of
allowing our system users to order such products through us". Thus, under
Genovation’s "Nexus" approach, the company’s Foot-Station
users will be able to order orthotic products from a number of sources,
including their own favorite laboratory. Genovation has positioned itself to
perform final customization of certain orthotic and comfort insole products
manufactured by leading vendors such as Acor, ATP, Ever-Flex and others.
Concurrently, the company will facilitate the ordering of orthotics by the
service provider from any participating laboratory. "We believe that the
Foot-Station is capable of handling nearly all the cases that could be resolved
by application of a modified pre-fab orthotic -- perhaps 70-80% of all
patients" says Lowe. "While problems such as severe metatarsus
adductus, club foot and partial amputated foot conditions would still require
negative casts, the Foot-Station imagery and use of artificial intelligence
software under development by Genovation would easily manage the rest."
Delivery of final-customized products from Genovation, which presently takes
about 7 days, is projected to eventually take place within 72 hours of
order.

The Foot-Station is comprised of two components. The hardware
component is the Foot-Padä pressure plate that
features an array of 1536 pressure sensors. The 21" square Foot-Pad
attaches to any desktop or notebook PC computer via the parallel port while
providing a pass-through connection to the printer. The application software
modules include patient testing, imaging and data capture, data base management,
ordering and encrypted communications. Installation of the system is simple,
mostly automatic and done in few minutes.

Field testing of the Foot-Station has been in progress since
early 1998. The company expects to offer the system for sale in the near
future. 
Genovation Inc.  17741
Mitchell North, Irvine, CA 92614  USA 
Tel: (949)833-3355       
FAX:  (949)833-0322     www.genovation.com
e-mail:   feet@genovation.com