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Yoshiyuki Sankai

Outstanding Contribution to Health Award

Yoshiyuki Sankai, PhD has pioneered innovative cyborg-type robot technology in a new academic field, “Cybernics: the fusion and combination of humans, machines and information systems,” and established a social problem-solving venture company. His robot suit HAL acquired the medical device CE marking (CE 0197) in August 2013 and its use for medical treatment is being covered by public workers’ compensation insurance in Germany. This feat was followed by an approval from the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare in Japan to manufacture and distribute this new medical device in November 2015, and public insurance coverage was approved for medical treatment with HAL to slow the progression of rare neuromuscular diseases in January 2016.

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