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Review: International Symposium for Foot Surgery (GFFC)

On the second Advent weekend (4-5 December 2015), like every year the novel team participated in the International Symposium for Foot Surgery organized by the German Association for Foot Surgery (GFFC). The symposium was held for the 23rd time in the town of Unterschleißheim right at the city limits of Munich.

Many participants and various speakers made the GFFC symposium a lively and successful event for exchange on the latest developments in the treatment of the foot. The theme of pedography featured in various papers and speeches. At our booth novel presented their load distribution systems, especially our pedography systems emed® and pedar® and also the latest development - the pedoped® system for the monitoring of the normal force between the plantar side of the foot and the shoe. We thank all visitors who passed by our stand to discuss and test our systems.

We wish everyone a Merry Christmas season and look forward to the next year’s symposium!

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Review: College of Podiatry Annual Conference (COP)

The College of Podiatry Annual Conference was held in Harrogate, UK from 19 to 21 November 2015. Over 1,200 podiatrists, 100 speakers and 80 exhibitors attended this year´s conference. Thereby it was Europe’s biggest and best podiatry conference once again. A great social programme with a quiz night and supper on Thursday 19 and a conference dinner with entertainment and dancing on Friday 20 made the conference perfect and gave the opportunity to all participants to meet and talk to each other.
Thanks to all people who visited our booth and were interested in our latest pedography systems.



The new highly elastic pedar pad sensor matrix for measurements on the dorsal side of the foot inside the shoe

The pedar® pad can be combined with pedar insoles for simultaneous measurement  of the plantar and the dorsal aspect of the foot to monitor the shoe-fit.

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International Symposium for Foot Surgery, 4 - 5 December 2015, Unterschleißheim, Germany

We would like to draw your attention to the upcoming 23rd International Symposium for Foot Surgery organized by the German Association for Foot Surgery (GFFC), which will once again take place from 4 to 5 December 2015 at the Hotel Dolce Munich in the town of Unterschleißheim right at the city limits of Munich.

Various workshops and parallel sessions will be dealing with questions on the malpositioning of the toes, metatarsalgia, hind foot problems, etc. Being an important event for scientists and practitioners, the symposium will feature contributions both in German and in English. The novel team would be happy to welcome you at our stand and to discuss with you our newest load distribution technology for the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of foot illnesses and deformities.



Review: “Orthopädie Schuh Technik” (OST)

novel attended the European specialised trade fair and congress “Orthopädie Schuh Technik” (OST), which took place from 23-24 October 2015 in Cologne. The bi-annual trade fair and congress is an important event for the trade community for orthopaedic shoe technology. novel’s booth was particularly well attended, and we would like to thanks all the visitors for their profound interest!

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New version of the Elastisens Glove Sensor 5/64 is now available

The new version of the Elastisens Glove Sensor 5/64 is now available for Occupational Health applications.
The sensor is connected to the pliance 16 analyser in combination with the latest pliance expert software.

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College of Podiatry Annual Conference, 19 - 21 November 2015, Harrogate, UK

We would like to announce the 2015 College of Podiatry Annual Conference which will be held at Harrogate International Centre, UK. From 19 to 21 November 2015, visitors will be able to enjoy a varied and exciting programme featuring the best of international and UK leading keynote speeches (100 speakers), a wide range of concurrent sessions and workshops, covering all specialist areas within podiatry and poster presentation, and social events at the closing of each conference day.
The exhibition hall will feature more than 80 exhibitors. novel will be represented with a booth and we will be happy to meet you there and to introduce you to our latest pedography system.


pedoped - mobile force sensor

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The new pedoped® insole monitors the normal force between the plantar side of the foot and the shoe.

It is now possible for the first time to accurately measure the force statically or dynamically inside a shoe during walking and running utilizing only one large sensor which covers the entire plantar surface of the foot. The force between the foot and the shoe is accurately measured regardless of from which part of the foot is making contact with the ground. This was not previously possible due to the typical characterization of partly loaded flat surface pressure sensors.

The new pedoped® is based on a new patent and consist of  a large linear sensor that avoids errors. For applications in which the distribution of localized loads are not of interest, but rather the total load on the foot is of importance, the new pedoped® insole is the optimal solution.
This new technology has a matchbox sized electronics and communicates wirelessly with a smartphone via Bluetooth®. The data is transmitted to the smartphone in real-time so that the subject can receive an instantaneous biofeedback via sound or vibration. The data can be stored inside the smartphone and later be transferred to a PC for multiple analysis of the data matching with the specific task.

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Long-term monitoring of body load on both feet as well as instability, balance, fatigue, performance and biofeedback are possible.
The pedoped® insoles come in any foot size and can be custom made for specific applications.
To eliminate any disturbance or influence to the proprioception of the plantar aspect of the foot, the small electronics are connected to the insole via a very thin flexible band and then attached to the lacing or shoe upper. This method was chosen over embedding the electronics directly into the insole where electronic parts could disturb the sensation.
Additionally, it is possible to place the pedoped® insole in the shoe at the same time as a subject’s corrective insole without disturbing the biomechanical function of the correction insole.
Several smartphone apps will be available for the pedoport® software, each tailored to the specific application such as long-term load monitoring with biofeedback, bipedal comparison of normal ground reaction force, balance and stability of gait, or monitoring of forefoot walking/running.
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The pedoped® sensor technology can also be supplied as footpat® sensor mat that can be put on the floor to measure normal ground reaction force in gait or balance of force in posturography.
The measurement rate of the pedoped® insole and footpat® force mat can be user-defined. The raw data are available so that users may program their own applications.

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The new pedoped® load monitoring device accurately measures the normal plantar force detected inside the shoe during all static and dynamic activities.
This is the first system to utilize a single sensor integrated with compact matchbox size wireless electronics for data processing and transmission. In addition, this is the first system of this size and capability which can accurately measure the plantar force between the foot and the shoe without estimation from other variables such as body weight, acceleration, etc.

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Features of the pedoped®:

•    Measures the plantar force in standing and walking
•    Displays bipedal force over time and bio-feedback
•    Provides audio and visual bio-feedback on 2 levels
•    Runs with various apps for rehabilitation and biomechanics
•    Connects to the novel software family
•    Utilizes fully calibrated, capacitive sensors
•    Covers the complete plantar surface of the foot
•    Works with small, lightweight electronics
•    Connects to the iPhone, iPad or iPod via Bluetooth®


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Review: 56th Congress of the German Society for Hand Surgery (DGH)

From 24 to 26 September the 56th Congress of the German Society for Hand Surgery (DGH) was held in Ludwigsburg, Germany.  novel showed its manugraphy® system for hand diagnostics and the pliance® sensor glove systems for measuring the pressure distribution on the hand. These both systems are used especially in the clinical routine, human ergonomics and occupational medicine. We were really pleased about the lecture of Dr. Marion Mühldorfer-Fodor from Rhön Klinikum AG in Bad Neustadt who presented their latest scientific work using our manugraphy® system: “The Effect of Midcarpal Versus Total Wrist Fusion on the Hand´s Load Distribution During Gripping”.

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3rd Trade Fair and Congress “Orthopädie Schuh Technik” (OST), 23 - 24 October 2015, Cologne, Germany

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For the third time the ORTHOPÄDIE SCHUH TECHNIK will be held from 23 to 24 October 2015 in Cologne, Germany. It is the only specialized trade fair for the orthopedic shoe technology industry in Europe. The target audience are the owners of orthopedic shoe technological companies and their staff, schools and junior employees as well as manufacturers and dealers from this area. The ORTHOPÄDIE SCHUH TECHNIK also offers a high-class program for the neighbouring professional groups around the foot, such as orthopedic technicians, podiatrists, medical suppliers, comfort shoe retailers as well as specialized physicians and scientists from orthopedics.
The spectrum of the exhibition of the trade fair is as varied as the industry itself and offers a market overview for the visitor. novel will present its pressure distribution measurement systems like emed®, pedar® and pedoped® which are really helpful for the production of orthopaedic shoes and inserts. We look forward to meet you at our booth no. A-01 in hall 4.2!



59th FOT Annual Congress, 16 - 17 October 2015, Bamberg, Germany


The 59th Annual Congress of the Educational Association for Orthopaedics Technology (FOT) will take place from 16th to 17th October 2015 in the Hegelsaal in Bamberg, Germany. The main topic will be prosthesis and attending therapy. novel will have a small booth to show its latest pressure distribution measurement systems.



Review: Annual Meeting of the European Society for Movement Analysis in Adults and Children (ESMAC)


From 10 to 12 September 2015 the 24th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Movement Analysis in Adults and Children (ESMAC) took place at the Heidelberg University, Germany. This multidisciplinary event was once again an enjoyable and enriching forum for researchers and clinicians especially for all those who are interested in the clinical and technical aspects of human movement analysis. novel showed at its booth the large emed®-xl platform system for dynamic barefoot measurements, the pedar® in-shoe measurement system and especially the latest developement – the pedoped® insole system for measuring the force inside the shoe.
Among many interesting lectures and posters another highlight of the meeting was for sure the gala dinner party which was held at the old castle of Heidelberg. After the four course menu everyone had the chance to join in on the dancefloor to electronic rhythms. It is rumored that the party took to 3 clock in the morning.

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Successful data collection on the West Point

novel usa has had the opportunity to be involved in the research collected the past three years on the new cadets at West Point.
This year over 1150 cadets participated in the research collected in just 2 days.

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8 new pedars for Dutch Diabetes project


An engineer of novel was travelling to Amsterdam to install and train 8 companies on their new pedar systems, that they have acquired to participate in a Dutch Diabetes project.

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ESM 2016, July 27th - 30th, 2016, Lisbon Portugal

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We are preparing for the next ESM in July 2016.
The ESM congress will take place at the University of Lisbon in the wonderful area of the Portuguese West Coast between Lisbon, Estoril and Cascais.

The planned dates are:
 
July 26th  Arrival day for Workshop participants
July 27th  Workshops, Welcome and Registration
July 28th  Registration and Presentations  
July 29th  Networking day
July 30th  Presentations, Banquet and Art in Science Award
 
 
Prof. António Prieto Veloso, Ph.D., President of Sports and Health Department FMH-UTL, University of Lisbon, Lisbon (Portugal) kindly offered to host the ESM 2016 meeting.
 
Prof. Veloso holds positions as:
 
•  President of the Sports and Health Department of the Faculty of Human Kinetics
•  Member of the board of directors of the International Society of Biomechanics in Sports since 2006
•  Vice president of the Portuguese Society of Biomechanics

At Technical University of Lisbon, the Faculty of Human Kinetics seeks to improve human development through movement by means of the study of the body and its manifestations in the interaction between biological processes and sociocultural values. The Faculty establishes cooperative relationships and seeks strategic partners to meet its goals.
 
Please apply for travel grants in time.

Application and Registration:

Call for papers: September 15th 2015
Abstracts due: February 15th 2016
Abstract notified: April 11th  2016
Full paper due Art in Science Award : May 31st 2016

Early registration: April 15th 2016
 
We are now working on the accommodation and the venues.
The homepage  will be www.esm2016.de after September 15th.

If you have any questions please write to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



The new pedoped insole

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The new pedoped®  insole monitors the normal plantar force between the foot and the shoe.

It is now possible for the first time to accurately measure the force statically or dynamically inside a shoe during walking and running utilizing only one large sensor which covers the entire plantar surface of the foot.
The force between the foot and the shoe is accurately measured independent from which part of the foot is making contact with the ground. This was not previously possible due to the typical characterization of partly loaded pressure sensors. To accomplish a total plantar force calculation current technology utilizes sophisticated electronics and a dense matrix of pressure sensors in which the total force was summed across all sensors.
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In contrast, the pedoped® covers the entire plantar surface of the foot with one large linear sensor that avoids errors due to partly loading. For applications in which the distribution of localized loads are not of interest, but rather the total load on the foot is of importance, the new pedoped® insole is the optimal solution. This new technology has a matchbox sized electronics and communicates wirelessly with a smartphone via Bluetooth®. The data is transmitted to the smartphone real-time so that the subject can receive an instantaneous biofeedback via sound or vibration. The data can be stored inside the smartphone .

The data can later be transferred  to a PC for multiple analysis of the data matching with the specific task. Long term monitoring of body load as well as instability, fatigue, performance and biofeedback are possible. Later on the pedoped® sensor may also be divided into 3 areas such as forefoot, midfoot or hindfoot for a more detailed analysis of force production. The pedoped® insoles come in any foot size and can be custom made for specific applications.

To eliminate any disturbance or influence to the proprioception of the foot, the small electronics are connected to the insole via a very thin flexible band and then attached to the lacing or shoe upper. This method was chosen over embedding the electronics directly into the insole. Additionally, it is possible to place the pedoped® insole in the shoe at the same time as a subject’s corrective insole without disturbing the biomechanics and proprioception. For certain applications where either corrective insoles are not used or the proprioception is not a concern the hardware can also be imbedded into the shoe or insole on demand. Several smartphone apps will be available for the pedoport® software, each tailored to the specific application such as long-term load monitoring with biofeedback, bipedal comparison of normal ground reaction force, balance and stability of gait, or monitoring of forefoot walking/running.

The measurement rate of the pedoped® insole can be user-defined up to 250Hz for bi-pedal measurement. The raw data are available so that users may program their own applications.

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The new pedoped® load monitoring device accurately measures the normal plantar force detected inside the shoe during all static and dynamic activities. This is the first system to utilize a single sensor integrated with compact matchbox size wireless electronics for data processing and transmission. In addition, this is the first system of this size and capability which can accurately measure the true normal plantar force inside the shoe without estimation from other variables such as body weight, acceleration, etc.

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Features of the pedoped®:

•    measures the plantar force in standing and walking
•    displays bipedal force over time and bio-feedback
•    provides audio and visual bio-feedback on 2 levels
•    runs with various apps for rehabilitation and biomechanics
•    connects to the novel software family
•    utilizes fully calibrated, capacitive sensors
•    covers the complete plantar surface of the foot
•    works with small, lightweight electronics
•    connects to the iPhone, iPad or iPod via Bluetooth®


The Foot in Rheumatology, 16 September 2015, London, UK

On Wednesday, 16th September 2015 a special event - The Foot in Rheumatology - will take place at the Homerton University Hospital in London, UK. This day aims to provide clinicians with an up to date overview of the latest research and current practice. There will be a focus on anatomy and function, the foot & ankle in rheumatology in the biologic era, innovations in diagnosis and management and the role of the extended scope practitioner. With the use of illustrative cases and practical examples this day will facilitate evidenced based practice and help guide the development of multidisciplinary services. novel will participate with a booth to show the latest pressure measurement systems to be used for foot measurement.



30 years emed measurement platform - anniversary offer for special price

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On Wednesday, 15th July 2015 the company novel celebrates a very special anniversary because 30 years passed by since the delivery of our first emed® measurement platform. Today emed® systems are situated in hundreds of well-known clinics and research centers all around the world.
On this occasion we prepared a really special anniversary offer.

Please, celebrate 30 years emed® with us which is the best pressure distribution measurement platform of the world.

We offer a complete equipped emed®-n50/R system.

This setup includes one emed®-n50 measurement platform with large sensor area (475 x 320 mm), a resolution of 4 sensors/cm2 and USB connection to your PC as well as the appropriate emed® Recorder software for fully automatic pressure distribution measurement and simultaneous video recording with 2 cameras (not included). Further software options can be added on at any time.

This anniversary offer is only valid if we receive your purchase order and prepayment latest until 15th August 2015.
After that date our official price list applies and also our appendant terms and conditions.

The delivery will be effected within approx. 6-8 weeks after receipt of your full prepayment.

For detailed system and price information please contact us via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


pedar system on OutDoor Friedrichshafen

The pedar® system was continuously demonstrated by CeRiSM (Research Center for Sport, Mountain and Health, University of Verona) on the exhibition OutDoor Friedrichshafen (15-18 July 2015).
The goal of the presentation was to show how the team does use the pedar® system not only to study walking and running  to get information on the athletes, but also to do comparative and quantitative investigation on boots and shoes with academic expertise, in order to identify their functional characteristics.

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ASB 2015 - Hyatt Regency, Columbus, Ohio

Welcome to the 39th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Biomechanics, which is going to take place from 5-8 of August 2015 at the Hyatt Regency, Columbus, Ohio.

Our colleagues from novel inc. are going to take part in the exhibition and present the latest novel systems. We look forward to meeting you there!



56th Congress of the German Society for Hand Surgery, 24 - 26 September 2015, Ludwigsburg, Germany

From 24 to 26 September the 56th Congress of the German Society for Hand Surgery (DGH) will be held in the baroque town Ludwigsburg, Germany at the Forum am Schlosspark. Many lectures will be the basis for interdisciplinary communication of knowledge, experience and surgical technics concerning the hand.
novel has specific systems for the hand which they will show at the exhibition of the congress:

  1. manugraphy® system for hand diagnostics
  2. pliance® sensor glove

These systems are used especially in the clinical routine, human ergonomics and occupational medicine.

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Biomechanics Symposium, 14th September 2015, Bath, UK

Once again the Biomechanics Symposium will take place in Bath, UK. This year´s theme of the symposium is “Challenges to Innovation in Orthopaedics” and will address some of the challenges in getting technological innovations adopted in the orthopaedic practice and by industry. This theme would be chosen because against a backdrop of multiple litigation issues with orthopaedic devices, major companies and orthopaedic clinicians are becoming increasingly risk averse. This poses significant challenges when introducing advances in technology and surgical techniques to the orthopaedic market, such as additive manufacturing, patient specific surgical approaches and in silico modelling.
novel will be present with a booth and will demonstrate their latest pressure distribution measurement systems for usage in biomechanics.



24th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Movement Analysis in Adults and Children, 10 - 12 September 2015, Heidelberg, Germany

For the second time in the history of ESMAC the 24th Annual Meeting of the European Society for Movement Analysis in Adults and Children (ESMAC) will take place at the Heidelberg University, Germany. This multidisciplinary event is dated from 10th to 12th September 2015 and will provide an enjoyable and enriching forum for researchers and clinicians to meet. It is intended for all those interested in the clinical and technical aspects of human movement analysis. The doors will be open to see all aspects of orthopaedic treatment from surgery to orthotics and prosthetics, and of course motion analysis.

Once again, many companies will show there products at the exhibition and as a long-standing participant in this meeting novel will also be present with a booth. Especially our emed platform system for barefoot measurements and our pedar in-shoe measurement system will be brought into focus. We look forward to meeting you at our booth!



Review: Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB)

From 12th to 16th July 2015 novel participated in the 25th Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB) in Glasgow, UK. The ISB congress is always a good opportunity to get in touch with a wide range of specialists in biomechanics because it offers a highly diversified programme consisting of manifold lectures and presentations, workshops and evening receptions, etc.
Our long-standing customer Prof. Dr. Gert-Peter Brüggemann from the Institute for Biomechanics and Orthopaedics at the German Sport University of Cologne gave an appealing keynote. Prof. Dr. Gert-Peter Brüggemann uses different novel systems for his research in biomechanics and human gait.

The novel team showed the latest developments for pressure distribution measurement in the biomechanical field  - especially our new pedoped® insole system which monitors the normal plantar force between the foot and the shoe was interesting for the visitors of the exhibition. We enjoyed meeting a lot of old and new colleagues and friends! Please have a look at the various pictures!


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Review: Footwear Biomechanics Symposium (FBS)

From 8 to 10 July the 2015 edition of the Footwear Biomechanics Symposium was held in Liverpool, UK hosted by Liverpool John Moores University, co-organised with the University of Liverpool. About 250 people participated in this symposium which was like a family meeting of all well-known foot biomechanics experts. novel showed all of their products for measuring the pressure distribution under the foot. We got great feedback especially with our new pedoped insole system and some of our customers wanted to test the system directly so that they were running around with the pedoped insoles for up to 2 hours.
FBS was a satellite meeting of the Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics (ISB), where novel is at the moment (12 - 16 July 2015 in Glasgow, UK).

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Review: 20th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS)

From 24 to 27 June 2015 novel participated in the 20th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science in Malmö, Sweden. We presented a wide range of our load distribution measurement systems which could be used in various sports applications. Above all, our latest development – the pedoped® insole system – met with great interest among the visitors to our booth. Please have a look at the pictures of this nice event.

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25th Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics, 12 - 16 July 2015, Glasgow, UK

From 12th to 16th July 2015 the 25th Congress of the International Society of Biomechanics will be held at The Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow, UK. In 2015 this unique congress will be hosted by the Biomedical Engineering Department of the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow and in particular the Clinical and Sports Biomechanics Research Group. The congress will cover all aspects of biomechanics with a highly diversified programme consisting of manifold lectures and presentations, workshops and evening receptions.  
Once again, the novel team will show the latest developments for pressure distribution measurement in the biomechanical field.
We look forward to meet you at our booth no. 93!



Review: International Symposium on the Diabetic Foot (ISDF)

novel participated in the 7th International Symposium on the Diabetic Foot in The Hague, The Netherlands, from the 20th to the 23rd of May.
This unique multidisciplinary symposium has become the standard international (scientific) meeting on the topic “Diabetic Foot” and was a complete success. We met long standing customers and good friends and of course many people who are interested in all new developments for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of lower extremity problems in diabetes.

Therefore we mainly showed and demonstrated our emed pressure platform system which is an indispensable tool in the early recognition and treatment of diabetic patients and also our pedar in-shoe system which is used for checking the pressure reduction of the diabetic footwear. But also our latest development – the mobile force sensor pedoped for measurements of the force between the foot and the shoe – drew great interest.

Thanks to all visitors of our booth and for the inspiring discussions!

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20th Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science, 24 - 27 June 2015, Malmö, Sweden

From 24 to 27 June 2015 the Annual Congress of the European College of Sport Science (ECSS) will be held in Malmö in Sweden - hosted by the Malmö University, Lund University, and University of Copenhagen.

In 2015, the multidisciplinary ECSS Congress will be celebrating its 20th anniversary. The 2015 congress theme of Sustainable Sport will permeate the academic programme as well as the arrangements. The ECSS congress especially emphasises exchange of knowledge through oral and poster presentations, and for sure all attendees will find plenty of topics to interest them. Once again, the Young Investigators Award will be one of the highlights of the congress.

novel provides a wide range of load distribution measurement systems for various sports applications. Please have a look at our different examples.

We would be glad to see you at our booth no. 30 and to discuss your specific sports application with you!



7th International Symposium on the Diabetic Foot, 20 - 23 May 2015, The Hague, The Netherlands

The 7th International Symposium on the Diabetic Foot (ISDF) will take place from 20 to 23 May 2015 in the World Forum Convention Center in The Hague, The Netherlands. This unique multidisciplinary symposium has become the standard international (scientific) meeting on the topic “Diabetic Foot” and will cover the latest scientific developments, both findings from basic research and clinical insights important to everybody’s daily practice.

A number of renowned specialists in the field will discuss the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of lower extremity problems in diabetes. Interactive workshops will provide all participants with useful information for the daily clinical practice and oral/poster presentations of submitted abstracts will inform on the current status of research.

novel as the first company who has developed a diagnostic pressure platform system (called emed®) for the neuropathic diabetic foot will participate with a booth. Nowadays the emed® pressure platforms are an indispensable tool in the early recognition and treatment of diabetic patients, and they assist the prevention of ulcerations in patients with neuropathic complications. The second important system from novel is the pedar® in-shoe system which is used for checking the pressure reduction of the diabetic footwear.

We look forward to welcome you to our booth no. 46 and to show you our different pressure distribution measurement systems!



Review: 63rd Annual Meeting of the Association of Southern German Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgeons (VSOU)

novel just returned from the Annual Conference of the South German Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgeons that was held from 30 April to 2 May 2015 in Baden-Baden, Germany. The interesting programme focussed primarily on sports injuries and treatment, joint preservation and replacement as well as prevention and rehabilitation.

novel was represented at the conference with a booth introducing our latest load distribution technology. We were able to establish some exciting contacts, and thank everyone for the interesting exchange!

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Review: 18th International Fair for Rehabilitation, Therapy and Prevention (REHAB)

For the first time novel participated in the International Fair for Rehabilitation, Therapy and Prevention (REHAB) which took place from 23 to 25 April 2015 in Karlsruhe, Germany. 375 exhibitors and 100 institutions from 11 countries as well as over 18.000 visitors came to Karlsruhe too see new developments in the medical market.

novel showed their latest systems which can be used in the field of rehabilitation, therapy and prevention. Our visitors were mainly interested in the pliance® wheelchair system for measuring the seat and back but also in the new pedoped® system with biofeedback feature for the support during rehabilitation and therapy after foot surgery.

Thank you to everybody who visited our booth and was interested in our systems.



Review: 13th Staffordshire Conference on Clinical Biomechanics (SCCB)

From April 23 - 25, 2015, the 13th Staffordshire Conference on Clinical Biomechanics took place at Staffordshire University in Stoke on Trent, UK. The conference offered a wide range of exciting lectures and scientific presentations focussing on lower limb biomechanics and footwear research, and in particular on biomechanics of the at risk foot (with a focus on Diabetes) and musculoskeletal biomechanics of the lower limb and footwear.

novel organised a successful preconference workshop on the theme of „Plantar Pressure Assessment”, together with  Dr Claudia Giacomozzi,  Senior Research Scientist at the Department of Technology and Health, Italian National Institute of Health. The workshop covered basic concepts in plantar pressure and ground reaction force measurements along with an introduction to the technologies used for plantar pressure assessment. Dr Claudia Giacomozzi  presented how to create measuring logs to test orthopaedic insoles and shoes for the Diabetic patients. Comparative measurements were performed with a number of (healthy) volunteers from the audience. The workshop triggered manifold questions, on themes including European legislation on load distribution technology and the accuracy of the measurements systems on the market.

Thanks to everyone for the interesting discussion and for making this workshop a great success.



Review: Gulf Diabetic Foot Conference (GDFC)

novel participated in the Gulf Diabetic Foot Conference 2015 in Muscat, Oman, from the 19th to the 20th of April. novel were guests at the stand of our commercial partner Pulsemed, the company that distributes the novel systems in Oman.
This conference was a unique opportunity to meet and network with colleagues from around the world with wide-ranging research interests and expertise in Diabetic foot, diagnosis, prevention treatment and rehabilitation.

During a typical demonstration at the stand, the visitor had a chance to test the novel systems (emed®, pedar®, pliance®, manugraphy® and pedoped®) and was then provided with a personal report on a CD-ROM.
We would like to thank Pulsemed for their support and hospitality, and hope to share this experience soon again.

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Review: 14th Annual Meeting of the Clinical Movement Analysis Society (CMAS)


The 14th Annual Meeting of the Clinical Movement Analysis Society (CMAS) was held on 16th and 17th April at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, part of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, and at Magdalen College, Oxford University.

Many specialists from leading gait laboratories and universities in the UK participated in that prestigious meeting. novel presented its emed® system for barefoot measurement and its pedar® system for measurement inside the shoe. These two systems are really important and useful for gait analysis.



Review: Annual Meeting of the German Association for Sports Science in Berlin, Germany

The Annual Meeting of the German Association for Sports Science (DVS) - Department Biomechanics was held from 26 to 28 March 2015 at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. novel presented different systems for load distribution measurement which can be used for a wide range of applications in sports science and biomechanics. Especially our latest developments – the pedoped insole for monitoring the normal plantar force between the foot and the shoe and the emed-xl platform system for recording and evaluating pressure distribution under the foot in static and dynamic conditions - were really interesting for the participants. Thank you for visiting our booth!

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Review: 21st Annual Meeting of the German Association for Foot and Ankle e.V. (D.A.F.)

The Annual Meeting of the German Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Association took place on 20th and 21st of March 2015 at the University of Bayreuth. The main goal of this meeting was to get a good overview regarding the current developments of foot surgery. Therefore the participants discussed about injuries of the foot and the ankle, and their diagnosis and treatment. In a number of presentations novel´s load distribution measurement systems were used, e.g. the presentations from
Prof. Dr. Martinus Richter (president of EFAS and vice president of D.A.F.),
from Prof. Dr. Johannes Hamel and Dr. Christian Kinast.

novel showed the pedography technology, the load distribution measurement for weight-bearing CT as well as the intra operative pedography. We also presented the new pedoped insole for monitoring the normal plantar force between the foot and the shoe. Thank you for the great interest in our systems and technology.

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Training on novel systems in Turkey

From 16 to 17 March 2015 a special customer training was held at the Acibadem Hospital in Istanbul, Turkey. The hospital just bought a high-end setup for their Acibadem Sports Center which will be used for clinic daily routine and also for research. In this center professional and amateur athletes, children as well as young adults and those with chronic illnesses will regain their health aided by many sports medicine center specialists. About seven people from Acibadem Hospital were present and got a training on using the new emed®-xl platform system and the pedar® in-shoe system.
The emed system is used for barefoot measurements, to analyse the dynamic foot function. Measuring barefoot gives a pressure picture of the foot without the influence of shoes. This way it can be used for diagnosis. As a perfect combination to the emed system the pedar system measures the interaction between foot, shoe and ground, by inserting a sensor insole into the shoe. It can be used for the control of therapy and to assess the function of the shoe.
The team from Acibadem Hospital learned how they can do measurements with both systems and how they can use the novel scientific analysis software for their daily work and research.

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63rd Annual Meeting of the Association of Southern German Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgeons (VSOU), 30 April to 2 May 2015, Baden-Baden, Germany

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From 30 April to 2 May 2015, the Annual Meeting of the Association of Southern German Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgeons (VSOU) will be held once again in Baden-Baden, Germany. This year’s conference will focus on the sports injuries and treatment, joint  preservation and replacement as well as prevention and rehabilitation.

Meet novel at this conference in Baden-Baden (booth no. U27), and let us talk about our newest load distribution measurement technologies, and their wide range of application in orthopaedics and trauma surgery.



18th International Fair for Rehabilitation, Therapy and Prevention (REHAB), 23 – 25 April 2015, Karlsruhe, Germany

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For the first time novel will participate in the International Fair for Rehabilitation, Therapy and Prevention (REHAB) which will take place from 23 to 25 April 2015 in Karlsruhe, Germany. This fair is one of the world’s leading and largest trade fairs for rehabilitation, therapy and prevention. REHAB is geared towards both specialist visitors and persons with disabilities and their carers who wish to find out about current developments in rehabilitation, orthopedics and medical technology as well as about new products, specialized services, trends and vocational training opportunities. About 500 exhibitors will participate on an area of 30,000 square meters and more than 25,000 visitors are expected during this three-day event.

Please visit us at booth no. J41/ K40! You are welcome to test our different systems for load distribution measurement under the foot, on wheelchairs, on the hand, etc. – especially our pedoped system which is a new development for the support during rehabilitation and therapy after foot surgery.



13th Staffordshire Conference on Clinical Biomechanics (SCCB), 23 – 25 April 2015, Stoke on Trent, UK

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Building on the success of previous meetings, Staffordshire University is pleased to announce the 13th Staffordshire Conference on Clinical Biomechanics (SCCB) at the University Campus, Stoke on Trent, UK. The 3-day conference will be held from the 23th to the 25th of April, 2015. It will provide a forum for information dissemination on lower limb clinical biomechanics and will facilitate discussion on research and case studies in this field via plenary sessions.  

In addition to lower limb biomechanics and footwear research, this year's conference will focus on biomechanics of the at risk foot (with a focus on Diabetes) on the first day and the musculoskeletal biomechanics of the lower limb and footwear on the second day. The keynote speakers will outline the latest developments in the area of pathomechanics and pathology of the foot at risk and highlight the role of technology in understanding biomechanical principles with a focus on diagnosis and management of patients.

Two of the keynote speeches will be held by two of our users: Dr Claudia Giacomozzi, a senior research scientist at the Department of Technology and Health (Section of Biomechanics and Rehabilitative Technologies) of the Italian National Institute of Health (ISS) and Dr Julie Stebbins from the Nuffield Department of Orthopaedics, Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Sciences of the University of Oxford, UK.

novel will participate in the conference with a booth, and we will sponsor a preconference workshop on „Plantar Pressure Assessment“. The workshop will cover basic concepts in plantar pressure and ground reaction force measurements along with an introduction to the technologies used for plantar pressure assessment. Whilst providing an overview on regulatory issues, it will particularly focus on the applications of these technologies for use within a diabetic foot clinic. The workshop will be facilitated by Dr Claudia Giacomozzi and Gabriella Atzori.

We would be happy to welcome you at this conference providing plenty of opportunities to discuss our latest load distribution measurement technology.



14th Annual Meeting of the Clinical Movement Analysis Society (CMAS), 16 – 17 April 2015, Oxford, UK

The 14th Annual Meeting of the Clinical Movement Analysis Society (CMAS) of the UK and Ireland will be held on 16th and 17th April at the Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, part of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, and at Magdalen College, Oxford University. This prestigious and popular event is well attended by orthopaedic surgeons, clinical scientists, bioengineers, researchers and physiotherapists from leading gait laboratories and universities in the UK. Even our novel system´s user and leader of the gait analysis lab at the University of Heidelberg, Dr. Sebastian Wolf, will do a keynote presentation. He supervises a research group which is involved in clinical applications of gait analysis including neurologic disorders as well as prosthetics and orthotics. We look forward to welcome you at our booth to show you our latest pressure distribution measurement systems especially for gait analysis.



Review: 1st Symposium for Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery (miFoot), 6 March, Augsburg, Germany

The 1st Symposium for Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery on 6th March in Augsburg was a successful and interesting event. novel met many customers and new prospects for our load distribution measurement systems especially used to assess the foot function before and after foot surgery.



Annual Meeting of the German Association for Sports Science, 26-28 March 2015 in Berlin, Germany

The Annual Meeting of the German Association for Sports Science (DVS) - Department Biomechanics, will be held from 26 to 28 March 2015 at the Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany. Under the title „Active Health: Exercise is healthy“ Prof. Arampatzis, the president of the meeting, would like to show the importance of physical exercises for health prevention and rehabilitation. Therefore the main topics of the meeting are exercises and health, sports biomechanics, clinical biomechanics and neuromuscular biomechanics. novel will be present with a booth to show the different ranges of application of load distribution measurement in sports science and biomechanics. We look forward to meeting you there!



Measurements with pedar In-Shoe System in Portugal

Currently, our customer Porto Biomechanics Laboratory (LABIOMEP) managed by Prof. J. Paulo Vilas-Boas from the University of Porto in Portugal do measurements with our pedar® in-shoe system combined with Qualisys Motion Capture System.

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21st Annual Meeting of the German Association for Foot and Ankle e.V. (D.A.F.), 20-21 March 2015 in Bayreuth, Germany

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The Annual Meeting of the German Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Association is coming up soon. It will take place on the 20th and 21st of March 2015 at the University of Bayreuth. The participants and guests of the German network around the theme of the foot will discuss injuries of the foot and the ankle, and their diagnosis and treatment, thereby focussing on most recent trends and innovations.
novel will participate with a booth and we will demonstrate our newest load distribution measurement and pedography technology. Please meet us at booth no. 113!



Directorate of Podiatric Surgery Conference (DOPS), 12-14 March 2015 in Warwick, UK

Following the huge success of the last inaugural event, the second independent Directorate of Podiatric Surgery Conference will be held at Radcliffe House, Warwick University on 12-14 March 2015. The conference will once again offer a fantastic program of hands on cadaver workshops and skills based workshops, as well as presentations from renowned UK and international speakers. For the first time, novel will be present with a booth where you can see in action the pedography systems



1st Symposium for Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery (miFoot), 6 March 2015 in Augsburg, Germany

The 1st Symposium for Minimally Invasive Foot Surgery will be held on 6th March, 2015 in Steigenberger Hotel Drei Mohren in Augsburg. This specific symposium will deliver insights into the minimally invasive foot surgery. In this context an international team of speakers will talk about the most important surgical techniques for forefoot and hindfoot disorders. We look forward to meeting you at the small but nice exhibition to discuss our newest systems with you!



Review: Arab Health 2015, 26-29 January, Dubai

From 26th to 29th January the novel team participated in the Arab Health conference and exhibition in Dubai, UAE. Over 120,000 visitors catched up on the latest medical products and developments of over 4,000 exhibitors from 70 countries. Many interested people were visiting our booth and we showed them our load distribution measurement systems and software – especially for the treatment of the diabetic foot.

Various public officials came to our booth, like the Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and once again the Bavarian State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology, Franz Josef Pschierer which is by now a big fan of our medical products.

We thank our visitors for their great interest in our products and we look forward to meeting you again at the next year’s congress!

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HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum officially inaugurates Arab Health









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novel visited again the National Diabetes and Endocrine Centre at Bausher (NDEC) in Muscat, Oman

The Diabetic Foot Lab is now fully up and running and patients are routinely monitored and supplied with special footwear.
The expert team under the leadership of Dr. Noor supplies state of the art treatment to the diabetic patients from Oman to prevent ulceration and amputation.
The center is a flagship institution in the Middle East.

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ARAB HEALTH 2015, 26-29 January, Dubai (UAE)

 

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From 26 to 29 January 2015, the important Middle East exhibition and trade fair for the healthcare and dental industry ARAB HEALTH will once again take place at Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Centre. ARAB HEALTH 2015 will feature 4,000 exhibitors showcasing the latest products and services from the healthcare industry. The important trade fair offers ample networking opportunities, with an ever expanding number of exhibitors over the last few years. Like every year, the novel team will present our high quality load distribution measurement systems at our booth (no. Z3F34) located right opposite from the Bavarian Centre in the Zabeel Hall of the exhibition space.

novel has participated in ARAB HEALTH since more than 10 years due to our important contributions in combating Diabetes. Saving the Diabetic foot is one of the major themes in most Arab countries, building on the high prevalence of Diabetes there. The goal for persons with Diabetes is to prevent localized high plantar pressures and to create a better pressure distribution under the foot. novel’s emed® platform measurement system has proven to be the most accurate pedography system in foot diagnostics and its outcomes are used to select the appropriate footwear and construct shoe inserts. In addition, our pedar® in-shoe measurement system provides detailed and accurate information on foot function as well as the functions of shoe and shoe insert; it is able to measure and quantify pressure relief from inserts in modified shoes. Our emed® and pedar® system are therefore the ideal combination to diagnose the foot and to monitor the function of footwear in order to prevent Diabetic ulceration and amputation.

We look forward to meeting you at this most important trade fair and exhibition and to discuss our newest systems with you!

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