Constructed from state-of-the-art technology and valued at nearly $1 million - the world’s first complete Bionic Man’ – a two-metre tall artificial human, will be unveiled to press at a special preview at the Science Museum on Tuesday 5 February, 9.00-11.00am.
Created for the Channel 4 documentary How to Build a Bionic Man, the artificial man has been assembled by a team of leading roboticists and pushes the boundaries of modern science and the future of prosthetics. The humanoid has a distinctly human shape and boasts prosthetic limbs, a functional artificial blood circulatory system (complete with artificial blood), as well as an artificial pancreas, kidney, spleen and trachea.
The free exhibit entitled, How much of you can be rebuilt? opens to the public on Thursday 7 February and runs until 11 March 2013.
How to Build a Bionic Man will be transmitted on Channel 4 on Thursday 7 February at 9.00pm.
Date: Tuesday 5 February, 9.00-11.00am
Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London, SW7 2DD
RSVP to Laura.Singleton@sciencemuseum.org.uk
KEY PHOTO / FILMING / INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES
Experts demonstrating how the two-metre tall Bionic Man works – eg. operating ‘his’ heart and lungs and showing ‘blood’ pumping through ‘his’ ‘veins’.
Bertolt Meyer, presenter of the Channel 4 documentary, How to Build a Bionic Man, lifelong user of prosthetic technology and the model for the Bionic Man..
Professor Joan Taylor, Professor of Pharmaceutics at De Montfort University. Joan lead the development of the artificial pancreas prototype in the Bionic Man and her areas of expertise include insulin physico-chemistry, diabetes control and drug delivery.
Dr. Lance Twyman, Senior Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Sheffield. He developed the artificial blood substitute in the Bionic Man and studies how molecules and proteins interact inside the human body.
Rich Walker, Managing Director of Shadow Robot, the team responsible for bringing together the Bionic Man from artificial body parts.
Professor Alexander Seifalian, Professor of Nanotechnology and Regenerative Medicine – who developed the Bionic Man’s trache, arteries and urethra.
David Glover, Senior Commissioning Editor for Channel 4 Factual.
SCIENCE MUSEUM SPOKESPEOPLE
Ling Lee, Exhibition Developer.
Following the media event, images will be available to download from the Bionic Man folder on the Science Museum’s FTP site:
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For further information contact Laura Singleton, 0207 942 4364 or e-mail Laura.Singleton@sciencemuseum.org.uk
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