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NBC News - First came the big announcement from Argo Technologies.

"We are very excited to announce that we have chosen Massachusetts as our us headquarters and the headquarters of many of our global activities."

Then came the big moment, Army Sergeant Teresa Hannigan a paraplegic sitting next to Governor Deval Patrick stood up, put her high-tech wristband in walk mode and in her special head to shoulder Argo Technologies Rewalk Exoskeleton commenced to able around the Avimed 2012 Medical Technologies Conference.

She was stricken by an auto-immune disease that attacked her neuro-muscular system, she's among 60 people worldwide using the exoskeleton according to Argo executives. It was launched last month in Europe and will be available soon in the U.S.

Eleven-year-old Argo Technologies was founded in Israel and is a prize catch for the bay state's five-year-old, one billion dollar life science initiative.

"Pretty exciting there are a whole host of different technologies that I have come in contact with over the last few years as we've been building the medical device and life sciences industry here that are transforming."

Hannigan can even climb stairs and was introduced to the exoskeleton at the Bronx New York veteran's hospital, taking her first steps within three sessions.

She sat down with others hoping to use the system which may include war-injured veterans.

"When somebody tells you your not going to be able to walk again, all you can think about is all the doors that are going to be closing behind you. This is now opening all these doors for me."

 

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