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along with an occasional world-famous dolphin

Medical innovator ALPS South develops gel for skin irritations and wounds

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (September 28, 2011) -- ALPS South LLC, a Tampa Bay-based medical device manufacturer, with 50+ patents and offices around the globe, partnered with the clinical team at Hanger Orthopedic Group, Inc. to custom-develop the thermoplastic elastic gel for the now-famous Winter (star of just-released feature film ‘Dolphin Tale’), to keep her prosthetic tail in place, while enhancing comfort and functionality.

Hanger’s Vice President of Prosthetics Kevin Carroll and Sarasota, Florida Practice Manager Dan Strzempka, inventors of Winter’s prosthetic tail, turned to ALPS to assist in the identification of a gel product that would be sensitive enough for a dolphin’s delicate skin, but would also provide a secure fit for the prosthetic tail. No product on the market functioned well enough, so Hanger worked with ALPS to engineer a new gel, called WintersGel™ (available exclusively by Hanger) that comfortably fit Winter and is being used by human amputees,.

Besides collaborating on the research and development of WintersGel™, ALPS created breakthrough gel formulations to help patients with diabetes or reduced circulation, along with victims of severe burns and wounds. One of those products, ALPS Easygel, contains an antioxidant that effectively neutralizes free radicals and hydroxyl groups.

According to American Family Physician, 15 to 20 percent of the estimated 16 million Americans with diabetes mellitus will be hospitalized with a foot complication at some time during the course of their disease. Early detection and appropriate treatment of these ulcers may prevent up to 85 percent of amputations.

Patients with contact dermatitis, diabetic ulcers and skin grafts have reported significant improvements in the healing process with the use of ALPS Easygel products. Clinical trials are underway in the Midwest and along the West Coast.

Non-prosthetic applications for the new gel formulations include patient positioning devices and cushioning products used during surgery and breast forms for mastectomy patients.

About ALPS South LLC Headquartered in St. Petersburg, Fla., with 130+ employees in seven countries, ALPS South LLC works closely with the medical community to invent and manufacture various medical products. Founded in 1988, the company originally focused on the development of innovative silicone products, expanded to manufacturing of prosthetic devices in 1993, then started formulating gel products in 1996. Dedicated to innovation, ALPS now holds more than 50 patents across several product categories. For more information, visit EasyLiner.com.

WintersGel™ is a trademark of Hanger Orthopedic Group Inc. For more information, visit www.wintersgel.com, www.seewinter.com, and www.hanger.com

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