Argo Medical And Ekso Bionics Make Strides With Robotic Walking Devices
Two emerging companies – Argo Medical Technologies Inc. and Ekso Bionics Inc. – are making substantial headway with robotic devices designed to help paralyzed patients regain the ability to walk.
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