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Ambient noise reducing stethoscope wins second design award for Bang & Olufsen

15 June 2006

Copenhagen, Denmark. Bang & Olufsen Medicom, which makes drug delivery device solutions for the pharmaceutical industry, has won a second design award for the E3000 electronic stethoscope, which the company developed in partnership with 3M.

The iF Design award 2006 was bestowed on the E3000 for its sleek appearance and ambient noise-reducing sensor technology. The ambient noise-reducing technology can filter out surrounding sound by 75%.

The E3000 was co-developed and produced by Bang & Olufsen Medicom and 3M and is marketed under the 3MTM Littmann brand. This is the fourth design award that has recognised projects involving both design and development contributions from Bang & Olufsen Medicom in the past year.

Henrik Kagenow, CEO of Bang & Olufsen Medicom commenting on the news said: “Each of these design awards pay tribute not only to the discrete designs but also to our state-of-the-art electronics and software patents that have helped create the stethoscope and tablet reminder device. It is a great recognition for both 3M and our engineering and design teams that their joint collaboration is repeatedly highlighted on an international level.”

In December, the 3MTM Littmann stethoscope was presented the prestigious Danish Innovation and Design (D.I.D) Award at a ceremony in Horsens, Denmark. The stethoscope is used by thousands of cardiologists and physicians worldwide.

Meanwhile, a second product by Bang & Olufsen Medicom has also had a dual design award success in the past year. The Helping Hand, a novel tablet reminder device, has received two design awards and was a finalist in the global INDEX awards 2005. The device is unique on the market and currently serves thousands of customers in Denmark, Sweden, Spain, Portugal, Italy, South America and Japan. The Helping Hand’s intelligent design is particularly helpful in tackling the widespread issue of patient compliance. The device has built-in electronic features, including a traffic-light colour-coded feedback system that helps users to remember to take their medication and motivates them to continue this routine, for the long term.

In December, the Chicago Athenaeum museum paid tribute to The Helping Hand by presenting Bang & Olufsen Medicom with a GOOD DESIGN award 2005 at a local ceremony. In September 2005, the iF Design was awarded to Bang & Olufsen Medicom for The Helping Hand device, making it quite a successful year for the company.

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