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2015 PRESS RELEASES AND HEADLINES

     
RE2, Inc. Announces New Lightweight Modular Robotic Arm DM4-A2
RE2 Integrates Arm onto QinetiQ North America’s IOP compliant Dragon Runner™ 10 Interoperable -
RE2 announced today that the company has developed a new high-performance robotic arm. The DM4-A2 robotic arm is highly modular, lightweight, and power-dense. The DM4-A2 is composed of a 4-degree-of-freedom manipulator and a 2-finger gripper. The manipulator and gripper are attached via RE2's End-Effector Interface. The DM4-A2 can be easily mounted on to unmanned ground vehicles (UGV) for use by the military’s dismounted units.  The addition of a robotic arm onto a UGV enhances the robot’s capabilities and ability to remotely interact with the environment. RE2 recently integrated the DM4-A2 onto the IOP compliant Dragon Runner™ 10 Interoperable (DR 10-I) by QinetiQ North America. The integrated system can be viewed in a demonstration video at http://youtu.be/C5iD28vsEto. (5/19/2015)
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RE2, Inc. to Develop Automated Robotic Technology to Assist Combat Medics
RE2 announced today that the company received funding from the US Army Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) office and U.S. Army Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) to develop robotic technologies to assist combat medics in the field. The objective of this project is to develop and demonstrate an innovative and novel medical module payload for future military ground systems, enabling the ground systems to extract a combat casualty and perform medic attended casualty evacuation. RE2’s medical module payload, called LIFELINE, will assist combat medics in maneuvering, treating, and evacuating wounded soldiers under extremely hostile conditions. (3/11/2015)
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2014 PRESS RELEASES AND HEADLINES

RE2, Inc. Awarded NIH Grant to Conduct Robotic Arm Research – RE2 partners with the University of Pittsburgh to Assess Technology for People with Disabilities
RE2, Inc. announced today that the company has been awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Institutes of Health to perform research and development of a Patient Assist Robotic Arm (PARA). The goal of this SBIR program is to engineer a practical solution to allow people with severe disabilities who require assistance (human or mechanical) to transfer to and from a wheelchair in their homes, homes of friends/family, and in the community (e.g., hotels, restaurants, shopping malls) in a safe, comfortable, efficient, and convenient manner. The intent of this project is to conduct further research and development of the University of Pittsburgh’s wheelchair mounted mobile robotic assisted transfer system to determine its feasibility and potential for marketability. RE2 is partnering with the University of Pittsburgh and the Veterans Administration to conduct this research at their Human Engineering Research Laboratories(12/10/2014)
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RE2, Inc. Receives Grant from the Discovered in PA – Developed in PA Initiative
RE2, Inc., a leading developer of robotic manipulator arms, announced today that it has received a $400,000 grant from the state of Pennsylvania. RE2 will use the funds to conduct a Design for Manufacturing Project. This program is funded (in part) by the Pennsylvania Department of Community & Economic Development’s Discovered in PA, Developed in PA program. The Discovered in PA, Developed in PA program is devoted to increasing economic opportunity in the commonwealth by seeding innovative ideas that promote entrepreneurship, technology transfer, business outreach, and increased capacity. (10/22/2014)
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RE2, Inc. Closes $2.25 Million Funding Round to Accelerate Product Development
RE2, Inc., a leading developer of robotic manipulator arms, announced today that it has closed on a $2.25 million Series A funding round led by Pittsburgh-based Draper Triangle Ventures with participation from Riverfront Ventures. RE2 plans to use the capital to accelerate product development of the Company’s robotic manipulator arm technologies and penetrate new markets, such as agriculture and healthcare. (8/18/2014)
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RE2, Inc. Develops Dual-Arm Highly Dexterous Manipulation System – The RE2 HDMS Utilizes Open-Architecture and is Vehicle Independent
RE2, Inc. announced today the release of its Highly Dexterous Manipulation System (HDMS) product line. The HDMS includes dual robotic manipulator arms and a moveable humanoid torso that can be easily mounted onto a robotic platform to efficiently conduct a variety of missions, including explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) operations, manufacturing, healthcare, and others. RE2’s HDMS product line, which was designed specifically for mobile systems, is extremely flexible and configurable. The HDMS is available in multiple dexterity configurations, including, but not limited to 11, 15 or 16 degrees-of-freedom (DoF). (7/28/14)
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RE2, Inc. Teams with Texas A&M on USDA Robotics Research Program – RE2 to assess feasibility of robotic technologies for vineyard operations
RE2, Inc. announced today that the company is partnering with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, an agency within The Texas A&M University System, as a subcontractor on the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Foundation Program, Assessing Viticulture Production Practices for Robotic Technology Development. RE2 will provide expertise to assess and recommend robotic technologies to meet the needs of the viticulture industry. The goals of this project include the identification of issues and operations that are commonly utilized in the production of grapes and verification of which operations are most suitable for robotic technology development. The team will also determine the economic feasibility of adopting robotic technology for vineyard operations. (6/18/14)
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RE2, Inc. Supplies Manipulator Arm for the iRobot 110 FirstLook® Robot
RE2, Inc. announced today that the company has partnered with iRobot by serving as the supplier and Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) of the Small Lightweight Manipulator (SLM) for the iRobot 110 FirstLook® Robot. The FirstLook is a compact, rugged and multi-mission lightweight robot that provides immediate situational awareness, performs persistent observation, and investigates dangerous and hazardous materials while keeping the operator out of harm’s way. The SLM, a mission-enhancing and modular payload developed and manufactured by RE2, enables the FirstLook operator to easily manipulate and interact with the environment. The SLM is a strong yet lightweight manipulator that can quickly and easily be mounted onto the FirstLook robot. The robotic arm also includes a mast camera which provides operators with a better vantage point for navigating and inspecting. (5/12/2014)
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RE2, Inc. Awarded Contract to Develop Exoskeleton Simulator - RE2 partners with Ekso Bionics and Stanford to develop the Biomechanical Exoskeleton Simulator System
RE2, Inc. announced today that the Company has been awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program with the U.S. Army to develop the Biomechanical Exoskeleton Simulator System, a software tool to assess the impact of load carriage and body-wearable robotic devices on musculoskeletal health and performance. RE2 is partnering with biomechanical exoskeleton experts at Ekso Bionics™ (OTCBB: EKSO) and neuromusculoskeletal simulation leader, Dr. Scott Delp, faculty at Stanford University. (2/19/2014)
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2013 PRESS RELEASES AND HEADLINES

RE2, Inc. Awarded Funding by Department of Defense for Unmanned Systems - RE2 Teams with Insitu Inc. to Demonstrate UGV/UAS Solution
RE2, Inc. announced today that the Company has been awarded additional funding by the Department of Defense to commercialize its high speed inspection robot called the ForeRunner. The ForeRunner unmanned ground vehicle (UGV) was developed under an Army Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and the additional funding was awarded through the Robotics Technology Consortium as a Phase III SBIR with the Army’s Tank and Automotive Research Engineering and Development Center (TARDEC). The goal of this program is to provide the Army with unmanned ground vehicles and unmanned aerial systems (UAS) that are truly integrated and can be simultaneously controlled by a single operator from one control station, ensuring increased situational awareness and improved mission effectiveness. (10/30/13)
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RE2, Inc. Applies its Mobile Manipulators to New Market - RE2 to design a dexterous manipulation system to maintain performance aircraft –
RE2, Inc. announced today that the company has been awarded a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program to develop an Automated Air Inlet Coating (A2IC) system to recoat damaged or worn air inlets of performance aircraft using a robotic manipulation system.  The development of the system is being directed by the U.S. Air Force Manufacturing and Industrial Technologies Division, Materials and Manufacturing Directorate, Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL/RXM). “The A2IC system that we proposed is an extremely innovative design that will significantly reduce re-coating time during aircraft overhauls, reduce worker risks, and provide uniform, repeatable and verifiable coating results,” stated Mike Cozza, vice president of engineering for RE2. (9/10/13)
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2012 PRESS RELEASES AND HEADLINES

RE2, Inc. Donates $850,000 Robot to The University of Texas Arlington- RE2 President & CEO, Jorgen Pedersen, helps to launch UT Arlington Research Institute’s Assistive Robotics Lab – RE2, Inc. announced today that the Company has donated a Robotic Nursing Assistant (RNA) assistive healthcare robot to The University of Texas at Arlington’s Research Institute. The donation, valued at $850,000, was announced today at the official launch of the UT Arlington Research Institute’s Assistive Robotics Lab. RE2 President and CEO, Jorgen Pedersen, was in attendance to officially gift the RNA robot to the university. (12/17/12)
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RE2, Inc. Selected to Participate in DARPA Robotics Challenge - RE2 to focus on advancing the state of the art of autonomy and perception software – RE2, Inc., in partnership with Soar Technology, Inc. and the University of Texas at Arlington, has been selected as a performer on the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency’s (DARPA) latest cutting edge robotics program entitled the DARPA Robotics Challenge (DRC). The goal of the DRC program is to develop and demonstrate innovative robotics technologies for disaster response operations such as in natural disasters or industrial accidents. The technology is intended to allow a robot to perform complex tasks in dangerous or degraded environments considered too dangerous for humans. RE2 was selected as one of 11 teams that are being funded by DARPA to develop software that will run in a government-provided simulation environment. (10/24/12)
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RE2, Inc. Wins JIEDDO Endurance Challenge - RE2’s ForeRunner Demonstrates Superior Speed at the 2012 Counter-IED Robotics Challenge – RE2, Inc. announced today that the Company’s ForeRunner Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) won the Endurance Challenge, Dismounted Support Category at the Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) 2012 Counter-IED Robotics Challenge, held at Fort Benning, Georgia on June 28th. JIEDDO held its first challenge-based acquisitions event during the U.S. Army Robotics Rodeo June 20-29.  (7/3/12)
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RE2, Inc. Strengthens Leadership Team with New Additions and Promotion – RE2, Inc. announced today that it has strengthened its leadership team with the addition of Charles Brunot, Controller, Mike Cozza, VP of Engineering and the promotion of Keith Gunnett to Chief Technology Officer. (4/3/12)
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Lieutenant General Rick Lynch Joins RE2, Inc. Advisory Board – Lynch Also to Serve As Strategic Consultant to RE2 – RE2, Inc. announced today that Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch (U.S. Army, Retired) has joined the Company as a consultant and member of the RE2 Advisory Board to provide guidance regarding robotic defense technologies, market strategy, leadership, and organizational development. “RE2 is touching lives and making a difference with the unmanned systems technologies that they’ve created for our armed forces,” stated Lt. Gen. Rick Lynch, U.S. Army, Retired. “The talented team at RE2 is only limited by their imagination. I believe that I can contribute to the company’s product strategy and help the Company reach its goals for 2012 and beyond.” (3/20/12)
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RE2, Inc.to Deliver Robotic Manipulator Arms to Afghanistan for Evaluation – RE2, Inc. announced today that more than 100 units of the Company’s DS1-MA Manipulator Arm will be delivered to MacroUSA Corporation for integration onto the Armadillo Micro Unmanned Ground Vehicle (MUGV).  One-hundred of those units will be shipped to Afghanistan for user testing and evaluation in early 2012. The complete robotic system will provide general Infantry with a dismounted light-weight, yet robust MUGV. The Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) within the Department of Defense plans to evaluate the DS1-MA and Armadillo as a part of a Joint Urgent Operational Need (JUON) request for improved man-transportable robotic capabilities. Troops in Afghanistan require a light-weight man-transportable and throwable robot that can be used to clear structures, perform reconnaissance missions, and counter IEDs during dismounted operations. (1/18/12)
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RE2, Inc. Wins Phase II SBIR to Develop a Highly Dexterous Manipulation System — RE2 announced today that it has been competitively selected to develop a two-arm Highly Dexterous Manipulation System (HDMS) for the U.S. Army’s Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC) under a Phase II Army Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) competitive contract.

Robotic systems for explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) currently include a single manipulator to perform critical tasks such as inspection, detection, and neutralization of explosive devices. These manipulators are often limited in their dexterity, reach and lifting capacity. The goal of the dual-arm HDMS technology is to provide the robot operator with capabilities that far exceed currently fielded single-manipulator robots. These capabilities include inspection in tight and cluttered spaces, manipulating wires, opening bags or packages, unscrewing lids on containers, and other abilities to provide access and information while operating at a safe distance. (01/03/12)
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2011 PRESS RELEASES AND HEADLINES

Robotics Industry Veteran, Cathy Parker, Joins RE2 as Senior Manager of Business Development — Seasoned robotics industry expert and respected member of the EOD/IED community, Cathy Parker, recently joined the Company as a Senior Manager, Business Development.  In this role, Parker will identify, qualify, and capture new business while managing existing business relationships. Prior to joining RE2, Parker held senior positions with several high profile technology based companies such as Allen-Vanguard, iRobot Corporation, and Applied Research Associates. (12/21/11)
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RE2, Inc. Ranks No. 788 on the 2011 Inc. 500|5000 with Three-Year Revenue Growth of 397%Inc. magazine ranked Pittsburgh-based robotics firm, RE2, Inc., number 788 on its fifth annual Inc. 500|5000, an exclusive ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents the most comprehensive look at the most important segment of the economy—America’s independent entrepreneurs. RE2 is also ranked the tenth fastest-growing engineering firm in the nation, according to the list. (8/24/11)
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RE2 Wins Multiple Contracts to Develop Robotic Technologies for AEODRS
RE2 Selected for DoD Program of Record – Puts Pittsburgh-based Company on the National Robotics Map
RE2, Inc. announced today that it has been competitively selected to develop multiple technology components for the First Increment of the Advanced Explosive Ordnance Disposal Robotic System (AEODRS) for Joint Service Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) teams managed by the Naval Surface Warfare Center EOD Technology Division (NAVEODTECHDIV). RE2 will be developing the Manipulator Arm, End-Effector, End-Effector Interface, and the Master Capability Module for the dismounted class of AEODRS robots. (8/16/11)
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Tech 50 Awards nominees selected
Thursday, July 21, 2011, By Deborah M. Todd, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
In recognition of the 15th year of the Tech 50 Awards, the Pittsburgh Technology Council stepped up its own technological efforts Wednesday when announcing the finalists. The awards honor the Pittsburgh region’s fastest growing and most innovative tech companies.