RE2, Inc. Donates $850,000 Robot to The University of Texas at Arlington

Mon Dec 17, 2012 11:30am EST

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  PITTSBURGH, PA, Dec 17 (Marketwire) -- 
RE2, Inc. announced today that the Company has donated a Robotic Nursing
Assistant (RNA) assistive healthcare robot to The University of Texas at
Arlington's Research Institute. The donation, valued at $850,000, was
announced today at the official launch of the UT Arlington Research
Institute's Assistive Robotics Lab. RE2 President and CEO, Jorgen
Pedersen, was in attendance to officially gift the RNA robot to the

    The gift marks a significant partnership between RE2, Inc. and UT
Arlington Research Institute, which re-launched this summer with a
mission of becoming a global leader in the development of advanced
technology to help humanity. The institute aims to translate existing
technologies particularly for use by wounded veterans, aging populations
and workers who must lift and move heavy objects. More information is
available at

    The RNA was originally developed by RE2, Inc. under a Small Business
Innovation Research program with the U.S. Army Telemedicine and Advanced
Technology Research Center (TATRC). The goal of the program was to help
nurses move and maneuver patients in a hospital setting. These maneuvers
include assisting a patient from a lying to a sitting position, from a
sitting to a standing position, or from a bed to a chair. Back injuries
are the most common type of injury in the nursing field. Additionally,
nurses are working longer hours and patients are getting heavier,
compounding the problem. The RNA is intended to act as the "muscle" for
the nurse to prevent these types of injuries, while still giving the
nurse complete control over the motion and interaction with the patient.

    "RE2 is committed to working with national research universities like UT
Arlington to enhance robotics education and advance mobile manipulation
research," stated Jorgen Pedersen, president and CEO of RE2. "The RNA
robot is in line with UTARI's mission and will enable institute staff to
perform additional advanced research in the area of assistive healthcare."

    "RE2 has played a critical role in developing robots and robotic
manipulation systems that have reduced the risks faced by our military
servicemen and women," said Rick Lynch, a retired Army lieutenant general
and executive director of the UT Arlington Research Institute. "The RNA
robot can easily be adapted for a myriad of civilian uses and put to work
to help us all live better lives."

    About RE2, Inc.
 RE2 is a leading developer of Intelligent Modular
Manipulation Systems. RE2's mission is to advance the state of the art of
mobile manipulation. RE2's development efforts are focused on creating
plug-n-play manipulation systems and end-effectors that are interoperable
with existing and next-generation robotic platforms. RE2's products
include the RE2 Family of Manipulators, RE2 Family of Quick Releases,
ForeRunner UGV, and Robotics Engineering Services. For more information,
please visit or call 412.681.6382. RE2, Inc. Media
contact: RE2 Public Relations,, 412.681.6382.

    About The University of Texas at Arlington
 The University of Texas at
Arlington is a comprehensive research institution of more than 33,200
students and more than 2,200 faculty members in the heart of North Texas.
Research activity has more than tripled over the past decade with an
emphasis on advanced robotics, bioengineering, medical diagnostics, micro
manufacturing and defense and Homeland Security technologies, among other
areas. Visit to learn more. Media contact: Herb Booth,, 817-272-7075.


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