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Bionic hand lifts business award

i-LIMB Hand
The i-Limb's fingers can be controlled independently

A Scottish company which makes prosthetic limbs has been given a Queens Award for Enterprise.

Touch Bionics - which is based in West Lothian and makes robotic hands - won the award for innovation.

The company launched its i-Limb bionic hand in 2007, which it claims has benefitted 1,200 patients worldwide.

It was the first robotic hand where all of the fingers could be controlled independently, and also has an opposable thumb.

Touch Bionics has gone on to provide other products including prosthetics for people with missing fingers.

The Queen's Award for Enterprise is one of the UK's most prestigious business awards.

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