The end of 2019 brings about the end of the decade – how time flies! And time certainly flew for the Summit Medical and Scientific team, who have had a full-on year packed with new collaborations, countless events and some inspiring stories to tell.

We kicked off the year by partnering with Cometa, who have been providing excellence in wireless EMG systems since 2001. We have been in partnership with Myon for the last 8 years, and four years ago Myon and Cometa joined forces. We decided this year to transition to the Cometa brand for EMG and IMUs sales in the UK. Get in touch today if you would like to find out more.

We also partnered with Mike Jones and Motek to bring you “Mike’s Story”, the inspiring rehabilitation journey of a lower limb amputee. Mike is a regular patient at The Morrello Clinic, who has used the C-Mill VR treadmill to relearn how to walk and reignite his passion for golf.

We have been offering clinical trials for a few of our devices this year and we were pleased to work with some of the UK’s top rehabilitation clinics. The National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville Hospital trialled the Hocoma Andago robotic body weight support system, and the Brain and Spinal Injury Centre (BASIC) successfully fundraised to purchase the C-Mill VR treadmill they had been trialling. Neural Pathways trialled the Hocoma ArmeoSenso upper limb rehabilitation device, and also launched The Neuro Hub featuring their newly-installed C-Mill VR treadmill.

Last year we were proud to be involved in the installation of Europe’s first Motek CAREN High End system at the Defence and National Rehabilitation Centre (DNRC). This year the DNRC opened its doors for the first time to demonstrate the virtual reality rehabilitation equipment they are using to help injured military personnel. We also took a closer look at our collaboration with Vicon, where we worked together at the DMRC’s Biomechanics Performance Lab. The lab uses powerful AMTI force plate technology and cutting-edge Vicon motion capture to gather and analyse patient data, ensuring the highest quality of care for military personnel.

We have worked on some very large force plate projects this Autumn involving multiple plates and AMTI‘s new filler plates, including the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre at Sheffield Hallam University and York St. John University. The combination of AMTI’s filler plates and modular mounting system is proving to be very popular.

This year AMTI announced the addition of their large surface area force platforms to the Optima-BMS series. All of AMTI’s standard force platforms (from the 400 by 600 mm to the 900 by 900 mm) are now part of the Optima family and undergo AMTI’s patented Optima calibration process. This process produces force plates that are more accurate and more repeatable from edge to edge than any other force plate on the market. Get in touch if you would like to upgrade your old force plates to Optima.

We are always pleased to hear about how our customers are conducting vital research using our systems to make improvements and new discoveries. For example, Cardiff University are using their Motek GRAIL system to research improving physiotherapy treatments. Covered on ITV News, researchers are hoping that what they are learning using the GRAIL can be transferred to everyday patient clinics and make big changes to traditional physiotherapy methods.

As always, we would like to say thank you to our sales partners Accupower Solutions, AMTI, Cometa, Hawkin Dynamics, Hocoma, Motek, and Treadmetrix. And thank you to our customers old and new who continue to change lives with their inspiring work and world-class research.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!