FINDINGS FROM VIRGINIA TECH STAR TESTING VALIDATE MIPS SAFETY TECHNOLOGY

STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – 28 JUNE 2018

FINDINGS FROM VIRGINIA TECH STAR TESTING VALIDATE MIPS SAFETY TECHNOLOGY




THE TOP SIX STAR RANKED HELMETS ALL FEATURE MIPS BRAIN PROTECTION SYSTEM
A range of helmets with MIPS technology, the premier brain protection system, has featured prominently in the results of a new helmet rating based on laboratory testing. The test was conducted by Virginia Tech, Department of Bio-medical Engineering and Mechanics. The results of the testing were released on June 26th and featured road, mountain and commuter bicycle helmets from the world’s top manufacturers.
The list of 30 helmets tested and ranked by Virginia Tech is located here.
“We are proud to see the results of the STAR testing at Virginia Tech. Here, you clearly can see the benefits of helmets with MIPS Brain Protection System (BPS),” says Johan Thiel, CEO of MIPS. “After thousands of hours in research, testing, and development, we are very glad to see all of the work that we’ve done verified by Virginia Tech”.
The testing was the first time that Virginia Tech’s STAR rating system was used for bike helmets. The STAR rating system was developed through multiple studies that were funded by Insurance Institute For Highway Safety (an independent, nonprofit scientific and educational organization dedicated to reducing the losses from vehicle crashes). In the test the top six STAR ranked helmets all feature MIPS low friction layer. The leading helmets include models from MIPS brand partners; Bontrager, Bell, Specialized, Louis Garneau and Scott.

“Our goal with these ratings is to give cyclists an evidence-based tool for making informed decisions about how to reduce their risk of injury,” said Steve Rowson, director of the Virginia Tech Helmet Lab. Virginia Tech’s helmet laboratory is also a leader in testing helmets for team and motor sports.

All of the helmets ranked in the Virginia Tech STAR rankings are available for sale from bicycle specialty shops.


MEDIA CONTACT:
Greg Fisher, TRUE Communications, greg@truecommunications.com, +1 707 495 3756 (US)
Marcus Lindgren, MIPS, marcus.lindgren@mipsprotection.com, +46 70 111 21 21 (EU)

About MIPS
MIPS is a world-leader in helmet-based safety and the protection of the human brain. Based on an ingredient brand business-model, MIPS Brain Protection System (BPS) is found in helmets around the world and across multiple market categories. The BPS solution, which is patented in all relevant markets, is based on 20 years of research and development together with the Royal Institute of Technology and the Karolinska Institute, both located in Stockholm, Sweden.
MIPS headquarters is in Stockholm with 25 employees engaged in research and development, sales, marketing and ad- ministration. Its product and technology test facility is also in the same location. Production and manufacturing operations take place at sub-contractor facilities.


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