Professor Graeme Clark awarded IEEE Medal for Innovations in Healthcare Technology

December 29, 2023

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Professor Graeme Clark awarded IEEE Medal for Innovations in Healthcare Technology

Lone Tree, CO (December 29, 2023) - Inventor of the multi-channel cochlear implant, Professor Graeme Clark, has been awarded an IEEE Medal for Innovations in Healthcare Technology along with Duke University’s Professor Blake Wilson for their contributions to the development of the cochlear implant. Professor Clark and his team undertook research at the University of Melbourne to develop the multi-channel cochlear implant to restore hearing for adults and children.

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The IEEE is the world's largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity and they award medals to individuals whose exceptional achievements and outstanding contributions have made a lasting impact on technology, society, and the engineering profession.

“I am extremely honored to be recognized by IEEE along with Professor Blake Wilson. It has been a privilege to help so many people throughout the world restore their hearing,” Professor Clark said.

Professor Clark started researching ways to help people hear again in 1967 after being inspired by the experience and struggles his father faced with hearing loss. He collaborated with other brilliant minds to create a breakthrough solution that was developed by Cochlear. Since then, Cochlear has helped hundreds of thousands of people all over the world connect to sound.

“We are tremendously proud of Professor Clark and all the work that he’s done since his invention of the multi-channel cochlear implant. He is truly deserving of this recognition. Many people around the world have Professor Clark to thank for their hearing and we are grateful that we get to continue his work at Cochlear,” President, Cochlear North America, Lisa Aubert said.

The IEEE Medal for Innovations in Healthcare Technology was established in February 2009 and is given to those for exceptional contributions to technologies and applications benefitting healthcare, medicine, and the health sciences. The award will be given out at the 2024 IEEE VIC Summit and Honors Ceremony on Friday, 3 May 2024 in Boston, Massachusetts.

About Cochlear Limited (ASX: COH)

People have always been Cochlear’s inspiration, ever since Professor Graeme Clark set out to create the first multi-channel cochlear implant after seeing his father struggle with hearing loss. Since 1981, Cochlear has provided more than 750,000 devices in more than 180 countries, helping people of all ages around the world to hear. As the global leader in implantable hearing solutions, Cochlear connects people with life’s opportunities, and welcomes them to the world’s largest hearing implant community.

Cochlear has a global workforce of around 4,800 people, with a passion for progress, who strive to meet the needs of people living with hearing loss. The company continually innovates to anticipate future needs, investing more than AUD$2.7 billion to date in research and development to push the boundaries of technology and help more people hear.

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