June 10, 2009
ANN ARBOR, MICH. - NuStep, Inc., maker of the Recumbent Cross Trainer models, was honored today with a gold-level Medical Design Excellence Award for the T5XR Recumbent Cross Trainer during a special presentation at the Medical Design and Manufacturing East (MD&M East) 2009 Conference in New York City. The T5XR won in the category of Rehabilitation and Assistive-Technology Products.
The MDEA competition, which is the premier awards program for the medical technology community, recognizes the achievements of medical product manufacturers and the contributions of the people behind the scenes who design and develop the products.
Two members of the NuStep executive team, Steve Sarns, vice president of sales and marketing, and Mark Hildebrandt, vice president of research and development, attended the presentation. "We are honored to accept the prestigious 2009 Gold Winner Medical Design Excellence Award," said Sarns. "Our NuStep T5XR Recumbent Cross Trainer innovation would not be a reality without the feedback of our valued customers, the talent of our outstanding suppliers and the passion and drive of our team at NuStep.
The following companies collaborated with NuStep during the four-year effort to develop the new T5 model: Sundberg-Ferar Inc., DeForest Engineering, Griswold Engineering Inc., Humantech Inc., Keystone Product Development, Ottum Research & Consulting and Vaupell Midwest Molding & Tooling, all Michigan-based companies and SMT Engineering LLC of Wisconsin.
The Medical Design Excellence Awards competition is organized and presented by Canon Communications LLC (Los Angeles) and is the only awards program that exclusively recognizes contributions and advancements in the design of medical products. Entries are evaluated on the basis of their design and engineering features, including innovative use of materials, user-related functions that improve healthcare delivery and change traditional medical attitudes or practices, features that provide enhanced benefits to the patient, and the ability of the product development team to overcome design and engineering challenges so that the product meets it clinical objectives.