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Manchester prosthetic company continues to be in step with innovation

January 22. 2014 9:30PM

Matt Albuquerque, center, founder and president of Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics, explains the I-Limb, prosthetic arm of Bedford's Bill Dube to Gov. Maggie Hassan. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)

MANCHESTER — One of New Hampshire's best-known innovators helps people to regain their mobility and independence.

Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics has provided prosthetic devices to amputees of all ages worldwide, and recently worked with seven of the 16 victims who lost limbs in the Boston Marathon bombing last year.

As part of her "Innovate NH" tour, Gov. Maggie Hassan visited the 155 Dow St. business, which also has offices in Newton, Mass., and Warwick, R.I.

"It is fascinating to see how Next Step Bionics & Prosthetics has turned a former textile mill into a state-of-the-art facility that is truly changing lives by developing innovative technologies, providing high-quality care and helping people all over the world," said Hassan, who visited Next Step on Jan. 10. "I was inspired by the character and resilience of the patients I met, as well as the dedication of Next Step's leadership and employees."

The governor's Innovate NH tour, which she began before taking office last year, includes visits to businesses across New Hampshire and conversations with local leaders, workers and residents.

"In order to help Next Step and the many other cutting-edge businesses across our state grow and create good jobs, we must continue to strengthen our workforce by ensuring that the people of New Hampshire are developing the skills and innovative thinking needed for success in the 21st century economy," Hassan said.

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