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Introducing Ottobock’s latest innovation in spine technology for the NA market

AUSTIN, Texas, (September 5, 2017) – Ottobock HealthCare, a world-leading supplier of innovative solutions for people with limited mobility, introduces the latest addition to its spinal orthotics product line, the Dyneva™ back orthosis.

Man doing woodworking while wearing Dyneva

Now available to patients in the United States and Canada, the Dyneva product is notable because it is a dynamic flexion orthosis controlled by a spring mechanism that extends the entire spinal column during movement. Dyneva focuses on promoting physical activity, which helps patients maintain a normal lifestyle.

With its unique spring mechanism, Dyneva significantly reduces the compression of the motion segments and facet joints caused by muscle tension during movement and reduces the load on the lumbar spine. The orthosis functionally controls the segments of the lumbar spine enabling patients to walk longer distances without pain and enjoy a more fluid gait.

“Unlike conventional braces, the Dyneva focuses on promoting physical activity and helping patients maintain a normal lifestyle,” stated Chris Nolan, Vice President of Orthotics for Ottobock North America.

“Currently, patients who suffer from spinal stenosis have limited options such as medication, physical therapy, and surgery. Ottobock is proud to offer an alternative solution for patients encouraging them to live a more active, pain free life.”

The product only needs to be worn during active movement, is easy to slip on and take off, and encourages strong patient compliance because of its open-back construction.


Ottobock offers a myriad of educational workshops and demonstrations at the 2017 AOPA National Assembly and World Congress

Ottobock HealthCare, a world-leading supplier of innovative solutions for people with limited mobility, is offering 30 educational workshops and courses during the AOPA National Assembly and World Congress, September 6-9, in Las Vegas.

Ottobock at previous AOPA

During the event, Ottobock’s expert staff of clinical, technical, and reimbursement professionals will be available to help O&P attendees improve their practice and provide exceptional care for their patients.

These workshops and presentations will highlight new innovations and practical applications. A few topics include:

  • How to create successful prosthetic outcomes for low-mobility patients
  • Innovation in spine technology
  • Outcomes with MPKs over mechanical knees
  • How Bebionic™ and Michelangelo® can help patients achieve cognitive connectivity with their upper limb prosthesis.

For the full schedule, vist professionals.ottobockus.com/AOPA-Schedule, or pick up a printed version at
the Ottobock Booth, #615.

There will also be opportunities to learn innovative techniques and time-saving applications at the Ottobock booth, during live fabrication demonstrations. Topics include vacuum forming, lamination techniques, processing thermoplastic composites, and socket assembly.


Ottobock develops the 3R67™ prosthetic knee joint with hydraulic swing phase control for children

Ottobock HealthCare, a world-leading supplier of innovative solutions for people with limited mobility, has developed the first everyday prosthesis with hydraulic swing phase control specifically for children.

Because children with a disability have different prosthesis needs than adults, and active youngsters have a constant urge to be on the move, Ottobock designed the 3R67prosthetic knee joint to meet those needs.
 

Rio playing in the park with his 3R67 knee

AUSTIN, Texas, (September 01, 2017) – The cutting-edge technology of the new 3R67 prosthetic knee joint meets the everyday demands of children, ages six through twelve, during a myriad of playtime activities. These activities include different walking and running speeds, intuitive kneeling with a flexion angle of up to 150 degrees, and frequent changes of pace while riding a bike or scooter.

Thanks to the integrated hydraulics, the prosthetic knee joint functions smoothly in the swing phase. The polycentric four-axis geometry of the joint ensures a high level of stance phase stability and safety. With these features, the 3R67 provides young users with reliable support at any walking speed and enables spontaneous actions.

In addition, the prosthesis can be extended as the child grows. Scope of delivery includes a tube clamp adapter, designed to increase in length by up to 3/4-inch (2 cm), without requiring a new tube adapter. With a net weight of just 18 ounces (510 g), the joint offers great freedom of movement.

Another highlight is the durable, robust design, which allows the 3R67 to withstand the widely varied demands of sports and playtime. Nine-year-old Rio Woolf is especially delighted about this. “My friends think it’s cool that I don’t need any special attention. I can do anything we want to do at the moment,” he said.

Active children like Rio, who love to be on the move, also benefit from the special sport prosthesis combination consisting of the Runner junior sports foot and the Modular Sport Knee Joint 3S80=1™.
 


Ottobock enhances its leadership role in upper limb innovation

AUSTIN, Texas, (August 28, 2017) – Ottobock HealthCare, a world-leading supplier of innovative solutions for people with limited mobility, is enhancing its extensive upper limb portfolio with a strong focus on customer service and education.

Angel wearing a bebionic hand while on set

“Ottobock has been an innovative leader in the field of external powered upper limb prosthetics for more than 60 years,” said Brad Ruhl, President of US Healthcare and NA Prosthetics for Ottobock HealthCare. “We recently announced the acquisition of the bebionic hand from RL Steeper and are more committed than ever in continuing to maintain that leadership position in the market.”

To support the addition of the multi-articulated bebionic hand to its extensive and robust upper limb portfolio–which also includes the Michelangelo Hand with powerful grip capabilities–John Spillar has stepped into his new role as Director of Sales, North America for Upper Limb.

“John is a highly experienced sales and marketing professional, having worked in several areas with Ottobock for more than seven years,” Ruhl shared. “John will lead our team of dedicated upper limb specialists and coordinate their activities, together with our dedicated upper limb professional and clinical services team members, to greatly enhance the support we are able to provide to our customers and their patients as they determine the best possible solution in meeting their needs.”

“I’m excited to work with my team to heighten our upper limb customer support,” Spillar said. “Our commitment to upper limb outcomes has intensified, so we will be adding more trials and educational opportunities for our customers.”

Because patient needs can vary widely, Ottobock offers the broadest selection of available options.

“Upper limb patients often need multiple devices, depending on the activities they are involved in,” Ruhl explained. “This may include a combination of external powered devices, body powered devices, and even cosmetic devices. Having all those choices available from one supplier can truly make things more efficient and far more convenient than having to order from multiple sources. Again, this is reflective of our commitment to be the leader in upper limb prosthetics.”


Ottobock launches WalkOn® Reaction Junior for children and X-ible joints and SNAPstop for articulating AFOs

AUSTIN, Texas (July 3, 2017) – Ottobock Healthcare has launched three orthotic products: the WalkOn Reaction Junior ankle foot orthosis, X-ible flexure joints, and the SNAPstop plantar flexion stop.

child wearing walkon junior AFO

Based on the popular WalkOn Reaction Plus, the WalkOn Reaction Junior is designed for children who require greater support than traditional dorsiflexion assist orthoses provide. It features highly dynamic properties and uses ground reaction force to promote a more stable physiological gait pattern. The lightweight carbon fiber prepreg material provides high energy return to support lifting of the foot during swing phase and toe clearance to reduce fall risk. The durable one-piece design can be fit simply by trimming the sole with scissors.

The X-ible flexure joints and SNAPstop plantar flexion stop are designed for articulating thermoplastic ankle foot orthoses.

X-ible joints are small, lightweight, and flexible self-aligning joints with free-motion or dorsal-assist function. This kind of joint is most commonly used as an ankle joint, but it can also be used as a knee, elbow, or wrist joint. Pre-flexed X-ible joints are available with light, medium, or strong configurations.

The SNAPstop is an interchangeable plantar flexion stop that allows for on-the-spot changes to sagittal alignment. The SNAPstop does not require glue or screws for installation. It can simply be snapped into place.

The X-ible and SNAPstop are available in adult and pediatric sizes.

“Ottobock is proud to expand our line of WalkOn ankle foot orthoses for children and their families,” stated Chris Nolan, Vice President of Orthotics for Ottobock North America. “The WalkOn Reaction Junior is specifically designed for children, allowing them to be more active, independent and play harder.

“X-ible joints used in combination with a SNAPstop plantar flexion stop results in an incredibly lightweight and durable orthosis,” Nolan continued. “These two products allow for a high level of flexibility for custom articulating AFOs.”

The WalkOn Reaction Junior, X-ible flexure joints, and SNAPstop plantar flexion stop are now available in the United States and Canada.


Ottobock to sponsor a Fitness Revolution at the Amputee Coalition National Conference

AUSTIN, Texas (July 3, 2017) — Ottobock HealthCare is sponsoring a Fitness Revolution event on Wednesday, August 2, from 4–7 p.m. at the Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville, Kentucky. The event, which is being held the evening before the opening of the Amputee Coalition National Conference, will feature retired NFL linebacker and renowned adaptive fitness trainer David Vobora.

David Vobora helping amputees train

Vobora is the founder of the Adaptive Training Foundation, a nonprofit organization devoted to empowering the human athlete, restoring hope through movement, and redefining the limits of individuals with disabilities. Through individually customized performance training, Vobora helps people with disabilities move beyond functional rehabilitation to active participation in adaptive sports.

During this unique three-hour event, Vobora will share his inspirational story of turning failure and adversity into a life of purpose and action. In addition to hearing Vobora’s story, attendees will have the opportunity to view Ottobock product demonstrations and trial various products from Ottobock’s robust fitness prosthetics portfolio. Other leaders in the adaptive fitness community will also be on hand to share their stories.

“Ottobock is a committed sponsor of the Amputee Coalition National Conference,” said Matthew Swiggum, Regional President and CEO of Ottobock HealthCare North America. “We can’t think of a better way to kick off this year’s National Conference than with an Ottobock Fitness Revolution event featuring David Vobora.”

The Amputee Coalition National Conference, taking place August 3–5 at the Galt House in Louisville, Kentucky, is the largest gathering of people affected by limb loss in the world. The event gives attendees the chance to meet or reconnect with friends, attend educational sessions that cover everything from the practical to the theoretical, and get hands-on experience with new technologies and activities.

The Fitness Revolution featuring David Vobora is open to the public and free of charge for attendees. Individuals with limb loss or limb difference are encouraged to attend. For more information or to register, go to https://fitrev-louisville.eventbrite.com.


Ottobock is a proud supporter of the Invictus Games Toronto 2017

AUSTIN, Texas, (July 1, 2017) – Ottobock HealthCare, a world-leading supplier of innovative solutions for people with limited mobility, is a proud supporter of the Invictus Games and will provide athletes in this international sporting competition with prosthetic and orthotic technical services for the third year since its 2014 inaugural event in London.

a parathlete running on a track

Established by Prince Harry, the Invictus Games is the only international adaptive sporting event for ill, wounded, and injured military service members. With 550 competitors from 17 nations participating this year, the Invictus Games will be held from September 23-30, at state-of-the-art sport venues throughout Toronto.

Housed at the Sheraton Centre Hotel, the technical services team will again be staffed with experienced Paralympic and Invictus team experts who will be available to adjust, repair, or replace a limb or brace for participants competing in 12 adaptive sports events. These events include archery, indoor rowing, powerlifting, cycling, swimming, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby, track and field events, and golf.

“It is an honor to provide tech services for active duty military personnel and veterans competing in this international event for the third year,” says Matt Swiggum, Regional President and CEO for Ottobock North America. “Ottobock has a long history of partnering with international sporting competitions that support athletes with physical challenges reach their goals. We welcome the opportunity to assist these brave men and women as they compete through sport at the Invictus Games again this year.”
For more information on Ottobock's range of innovative solutions that restore mobility and independence visit www.ottobockus.com, www.ottobock.ca, or follow @ottobockUS_CA.

About Ottobock: Ottobock uses innovative technology, superior service, and world-class education to help people with physical mobility challenges. Established in 1919 in Germany, Ottobock opened its doors in the U.S. in 1958 and in Canada in 1978. Currently in its third generation as a privately held company, Ottobock offers products and services to help people maintain or regain their freedom of movement.


Ottobock launches two new Kimba® Seats for children

AUSTIN, Texas (June 5, 2017) –  Ottobock Healthcare has launched an extension to the Kimba family of seating – the all new Kimba Seat and Neo MPS Seat.

kimba and neo mps seats

For over 15 years, Kimba has been a family and therapist favorite. Ottobock continues to innovate and re-imagine the Kimba line of products to enhance the customer experience and realize better patient outcomes.

“Stroller-style wheelchairs are often misunderstood in the wheelchair mobility market. Funding agencies believe there is limited growth potential and clinicians have found the clinical seating principles lacking,” shared Stacy Clouse, Ottobock North American Market Manager for Pediatrics. “When we started the R&D process to enhance our seating offerings for the Kimba line of products, we wanted to make sure pelvic stability and patient outcomes were the cornerstone around which we built a more user-friendly and adaptable product families will connect with. I believe we achieved it.”

The Kimba and Neo MPS seats provide optimal pelvic stability through strategically located mounting points that ensure a 60-90 degree pull across a child’s legs and pelvis, and under their anterior superior iliac spine (ASIS). Ottobock, being a specialist in foam manufacturing, utilized their highly durable OBSSTM foam in the seat cushions to provide better patient comfort and load distribution. Additionally, the height and depth of armrests are adjustable to promote better upper extremity positioning and assist in weight distribution and activities of daily living.
Belts and harnesses can also be quickly released and adjusted to provide better positioning and easier child care. Tool-less adjustability with wing-style knobs make headrest and seating adjustments simple. Finally, with “00 Inlay” and a new high mount footplate, smaller children with 5” seat depth and 5” lower leg length can be accommodated with the new seating.

“Ottobock continues to innovate and raise the standard of care in pediatric mobility,” stated Frank Oschell, Vice President of Human Mobility for Ottobock North America. “The Kimba and Neo MPS seats will provide the stability and comfort a child needs. Additionally, families will love how easy it is to make adjustments as the needs of the child change throughout the day.”

The smallest of children to the largest of children experiencing mild to complex positioning needs can find a solution in the Kimba range of seating. The Kimba and Neo MPS seats are now available in the United States and Canada. They are designed for use with the Kimba Neo Pediatric Tilt n Space Wheelchair in addition to the range of indoor positioning bases and outdoor Kimba Cross jogging/bike frame.

Additonal information on the Kimba line of products can be found at: http://bit.ly/KimbaFamily


Ottobock’s Harmony® P4 Mechanical Pump Provides Vacuum Faster in Smaller Design

AUSTIN, Texas (June 1, 2017) –  Ottobock Healthcare has launched the Harmony P4 mechanical pump, its smallest mechanical pump that can help amputees achieve higher levels of vacuum with fewer steps than before.

harmony p4 prosthesis

Requiring just 4 ½” of clearance, the Harmony P4 pump is laminated directly into the amputee’s socket. The new design eliminates the need for external tubing and keeps the pump proximal in the prosthesis. 

The Harmony P4 pump features dual vacuum chambers to help achieve vacuum with fewer steps while still providing torsion and vertical shock absorption.

Ottobock pioneered active vacuum technology to help improve prosthetic suspension with clinically proven benefits, including:

  • Limb volume management1, which can reduce the need to add socks
  • Reduced pistoning between the limb and socket2
  • Improved residual limb health3
  • Improved balance, reducing risk of falls and improved walking4

“Harmony P4 is a terrific example of creating innovative solutions for amputees,” said Brad Ruhl, President of US HealthCare and North America Prosthetics for Ottobock. “The Harmony P4 pump refines active vacuum technology into a smaller package that helps maintain a better connection with the prosthesis.”

The Harmony P4 pump is available in the United States and Canada and is designed for amputees designated K2 – K4 activity levels who weigh 110 – 220 lbs.

About Ottobock: Ottobock uses innovative technology, superior service, and world-class education to help people with physical mobility challenges. Established in 1919 in Germany, Ottobock opened its doors in the U.S. in 1958 and in Canada in 1978. Currently in its third generation as a privately held company, Ottobock offers products and services to help people maintain or regain their freedom of movement.

1. Kahle et al. 2014, Sanders et al. 2011, Street et al. 2006, Goswami et al. 2003, Board et al. 2001
2. Darter et al. 2016, Kahle et al. 2014, Kahle et al. 2013, Beil et al. 2002
3. Kahle et al. 2014, Hoskins et al. 2014, Traballesi et al. 2012, Brunelli et al. 2009
4. Samitier et al. 2014, Kahle et al. 2014, Kahle et al. 2013, Ferraro et al. 2011


 

Addition of bebionic multi-articulated hand strengthens Ottobock’s position as the leader in upper limb prosthetics

AUSTIN, Texas (May 1, 2017) –  Ottobock Healthcare announced it is now distributing the bebionic hand after acquiring bebionic prosthetic products and related business from the British med-tech company Steeper in February.

bebionic hand in both sizes

Pioneering technology and an innovative design have been combined to make the bebionic hand one of the most lifelike and easy-to-use multi-articulating prosthetic hands available.  The bebionic hand provides 14 different grip patterns, offering versatility to amputees while assisting them in their daily activities.

The bebionic hands are available in three sizes and include one of four wrist options to suit individual needs.  Available options include the EQD (electric quick disconnect) wrist, the Short wrist to accommodate a long residual limb / wrist disarticulations as well as the Multi-flex and Flexion wrist, which allow an enhanced range of wrist motion.

“We are so pleased to expand our portfolio of upper limb solutions,” said Brad Ruhl, President of US Healthcare and North America Prosthetics for Ottobock. “bebionic’s  revolutionary design and technology allows Ottobock to meet the progressive needs of today’s upper limb amputee.”

Comfortable, intuitive and precise at the same time, the bebionic hand is the culmination of years of development and collaboration with upper limb amputees.   The bebionic hand is now available from Ottobock in the United States and Canada.

About Ottobock: Ottobock uses innovative technology, superior service, and world-class education to help people with physical mobility challenges. Established in 1919 in Germany, Ottobock opened its doors in the U.S. in 1958 and in Canada in 1978. Currently in its third generation as a privately held company, Ottobock offers products and services to help people maintain or regain their freedom of movement.


Ottobock supports Amputee Coalition efforts to amplify voice of limb loss community

AUSTIN, Texas (April 7, 2017) – April is limb loss awareness month and Ottobock HealthCare is supporting the Amputee Coalition, the leading national nonprofit patient advocacy organization for people affected by limb loss, in an effort to increase awareness, educate the public and policymakers, and celebrate the limb loss and limb difference community.

opra osseointegration device from integrum

According to the Coalition, each day, 500 people in America undergo amputation, and more than half of all amputations are a result of vascular disease. In addition, every year more than 1,000 babies are born with a limb difference. And by 2050, 3.6 million people in the U.S. will be living with limb loss.
To encourage people with limb loss and limb difference as well as their family and friends to advocate for the right to medically appropriate care, the Coalition has launched an aggressive initiative, the Amplify campaign

The Amplify campaign aims to:

  • Help people needing prosthetic care contact insurers to get what they need
  • Maximize support for #LimbsAreNotaLuxury and #AmplifyYourself through PR and social media
  • Drive federal legislative action to shape policy and access to care

“Ottobock is proud to partner with and support the efforts of the Amputee Coalition,” stated Matt Swiggum, Regional CEO of Ottobock HealthCare. “We encourage everyone to get involved and help amplify the voice of the limb loss community.”

You can learn more about and take part in Limb Loss Awareness Month by visiting
www.AmplifyYourself.org. To stay informed of the #AmplifyYourself activities, follow Ottobock and the Coalition on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The month culminates with Hill Day activities on April 25 and 26 in Washington, D.C., where those affected by insufficient access to necessary care will meet with legislators to educate them on the need for comprehensive prosthetic care.


Ottobock and Integrum partner for the benefit of amputees

AUSTIN, Texas (March 13, 2017) – Ottobock HealthCare has announced collaboration with Integrum involving Integrum’s unique osseointegration products and Ottobock’s world-leading devices in the care for amputees.

opra osseointegration device from integrum

The FDA has approved the OPRA (Osseoanchored Prostheses for the Rehabilitation of Amputees) Implant System from Swedish manufacturer Integrum AB for use in the USA. Ottobock is partnering with Integrum for distribution of prosthetic connection elements, specifically the OPRA Axor II connectors, related to Integrum’s OPRA implant system.

The OPRA implant system is an innovative technology aimed at helping improve the quality of life for amputees without the need for a traditional limb socket. Integrum is announcing this as it provides hands-on demonstration clinics and clinical lectures supporting the 7th International Conference of the Orthopedic Surgical Osseointegration Society (OSOS) wrapping up today in San Diego, CA.

During osseointegration, an anchoring fixture is implanted in the patient’s bone. The prosthetic can then be attached to the fixture via the OPRA Axor II adapter. This type of fitting comes into consideration when a conventional fitting with a socket is impossible for patients who have difficulties given the condition of their residual limb. These unique components for connecting prostheses to the OPRA implant system are available via Ottobock HealthCare in the United States now. Ottobock is also ready to support this osseointegration solution with appropriate mechatronic prosthetic solutions. The Genium, X3 and C-Leg knee joints are suitable for combination with Integrum’s OPRA System.

“Integrum is thrilled to collaborate with Ottobock, the market leader in prosthetics, to distribute Integrum’s prosthetic components in the US,” commented Jonas Bergman, Integrum’s CEO. Bergman went on to say, “This is a major step forward in developing our presence in the US market and an excellent opportunity to reach and improve the quality of life for thousands of amputees in the US.”

“Dr. Rickard Brånemark, Integrum’s founder, is an absolute pioneer in the field of osseointegration. So we’re delighted to be able to cooperate with such an innovative figure. As a technological leader, we are always interested in trend-setting ideas for providing solutions to people with restricted mobility,” said Brad Ruhl, President of US HealthCare for Ottobock.

About Ottobock
: Ottobock uses innovative technology, superior service, and world-class education to help people with physical mobility challenges. Established in 1919 in Germany, Ottobock opened its doors in the U.S. in 1958 and in Canada in 1978. Currently in its third generation as a privately held company, Ottobock offers products and services to help people maintain or regain their freedom of movement.

About Integrum: Integrum AB, is based outside of Gothenburg, Sweden with a US subsidiary in San Francisco, CA. Since 1990 osseointegration has been helping individuals with amputations towards an improved quality of life. A thorough experience in osseointegration has generated Integrum’s system for bone-anchored prostheses – a beneficial alternative to the traditionally used socket prosthesis. Integrum is world leading in this area, with patients from all parts of the world treated in 12 clinical centers for over 400 surgeries. Integrum’s OPRA technology was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2015 for use in the US under a Humanitarian Use Device (HUD) designation which was reviewed through the Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE) pathway. The OPRA technology is the only FDA approved technology for orthopedic osseointegration approved in the US. More information on the company and its innovative products for amputees can be found at www.integrum.se.


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An active step: Ottobock acquires BionX

AUSTIN, Texas (March 8, 2017) – Ottobock HealthCare has acquired Boston, Massachusetts based BionX Medical Technologies, Inc. (BionX).

empower ankle from ottobock and bionx

Ottobock continues to strengthen its position as the global market leader in prosthetics with the acquisition of the company BionX. The US company BionX Medical Technologies, Inc. produces the world’s only active prosthetic foot and ankle solution available in the market – the emPOWER Ankle. It replaces the function of the muscles and tendons with an actively driven ankle joint, and supports the user by supplying additional energy while walking. Ottobock continues to expand its portfolio of mechatronic prosthetic feet with the acquisition.
“Innovations are our key growth driver. Combining the know-how of Ottobock and BionX is a crucial step towards reaching goals such as the intuitive prosthetic leg more quickly,” says Professor Hans Georg Näder, President of Otto Bock HealthCare GmbH.

This is the second forward-looking addition to the portfolio this year following the recent acquisition of the BeBionic hand. “With the products we have acquired, both in upper limb and lower limb prosthetics, we will offer even more comprehensive fitting solutions in the future and therefore even better Quality for Life in the interest of our users. We are also promoting constructive networking with innovative minds at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and are already working on the joint further development of existing ideas with the BionX team,” Professor Hans Georg Näder says.

BionX company founder and developer of the emPOWER Ankle, Professor Hugh Herr, who also directs the Center for Extreme Bionics at the MIT, is one of the world leaders in the field of high-tech research. The headquarters and production facility of BionX are located in Boston as well. Ottobock is moving closer to the Boston research community with the acquisition.

“I am certain that this transaction constitutes an important step towards shaping the future of bionic prostheses by combining Ottobock’s proven track record of setting standards of care for amputees with BionX’s groundbreaking product and innovation capabilities,” Professor Hugh Herr says.

The principle of intuitive control has already been successfully realised in upper limb prosthetics with myoelectric prostheses and the complex TMR fitting*. With its active drive system, the emPOWER Ankle technology is a crucial element in the development of an equivalent for the lower limbs. Various sensors and microprocessors integrated into the prosthesis currently determine the energy, resistance and flexion in the ankle joint required for each step, reflexively adapting to the respective situation. Nerves are intended to deliver the vital impulses in the future in order to control the active component.

Subsequently this development could also be used in other segments such as orthotics. Ottobock has already been the exclusive distributor of the emPOWER Ankle in the markets of Germany, Austria and Switzerland, Scandinavia and the United Kingdom since last year. Now the Duderstadt-based company is also taking over global marketing with the acquisition of BionX. The two sides have agreed to maintain confidentiality regarding details of the agreement such as the purchase price.

*About TMR: TMR stands for “Targeted Muscle Reinnervation”, a complex fitting procedure. It allows arm amputees to use their prosthesis intuitively by connecting the nerves that used to transmit signals to the natural arm to other muscles in the body by means of surgery. More information about TMR is found here: www.tmr-rehabilitation.de

About Ottobock
: Ottobock develops medical technology products and fitting concepts for people with limited mobility in the fields of Prosthetics, Orthotics, Human Mobility (wheelchairs, rehabilitation devices) and MedicalCare. Subsidiaries in over 50 countries offer quality “Made in Germany” worldwide and employ around 6,800 people. Ottobock has been a family-managed company since its founding in 1919 and has also been supporting the Paralympic Games with its technical know-how since 1988.


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Amputees attending 2017 Para-Rowing International Training Camp and Regatta to experience advanced adaptive sports prosthetics

AUSTIN, Texas (March 1, 2017) – Amputees attending the 2017 Para-Rowing International Training Camp and Regatta at Nathan Benderson Park in Sarasota, Florida will have the opportunity to try out innovative prosthetic knees and feet specifically designed for adaptive sports during the Ottobock Fitness Revolution on March 10th from 8am until 4pm and March 11th from 8am to 3pm.

beautiful coastal scene of Sarasota Florida

The Ottobock Fitness Revolution event helps amputees re-engage with activities they loved before losing a limb. It allows amputees to find new ways of living an active lifestyle that is especially crucial after limb loss. In fact, a study shows that after a six-week exercise program, amputees’ cardiorespiratory performance measures increased to the level of able bodied subjects (1).

A skilled expert from Austin, Texas based Ottobock will also be on hand to facilitate patient fittings and help camp participants get active and moving, no matter what their level of expertise. Camp participants will also have the opportunity to try prosthetics like the Fitness knee and Runner foot used by Paralympic Champions.

“We’re excited to be part of the Para-Rowing International Training Camp and Regatta that is bringing together amputees, education and innovative technology to help people get active and live healthier lives," said Aaron Holm, Ottobock Manager of Consumer Engagement.  “Many amputees have never been exposed to fitness opportunities or been able to live an active lifestyle after their amputation.”

About the Para-Rowing International Training Camp and Regatta:  The camp takes place March 4th – 12th and brings together athletes from countries throughout the Americas to train and compete in multiple sports.  Objectives of the camp are to increase the number of Para-rowing coaches and athletes from countries where Para-rowing is nonexistent or emerging, increase opportunities for all participating athletes to compete in Para-rowing at a world-class venue, and expand opportunities for all participants in cross-training.

Rob Jones, Paralympic Bronze Medalist in Para Rowing (mixed double sculls), will be a featured speaker for camp participants on Thursday, March 9th from 12:00pm to 1:00pm at the Courtyard Marriott Hotel in Sarasota, Florida. Jones, a retired U.S. Marine Sergeant who became a bilateral above knee amputee in July of 2010 while serving in Afghanistan, will discuss the importance of strength and conditioning for para athletes. For the past three years Jones has been using X3 microprocessor knees, developed by Ottobock in collaboration the US military, to help him regain his mobility and become more independent.

You can learn more about the Para-Rowing International Training Camp and Regatta by contacting  Tom Darling, USRowing Director of Para-Rowing at tdarling@usrowing.org or visiting www.usrowing.org.

1.    Chin T, Sawamura S, Fujita H, et al. Physical fitness of lower limb amputees. Am J Phys Med Rehabil 2002; 81 (5): 321-5


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Ottobock to host panel with U.S. veterans at South by Southwest conference

AUSTIN, Texas (February 20, 2017) – Ottobock is hosting a session with United States veterans at the annual South by Southwest® (SXSW®) festival in Austin, Texas on Friday, March 10th from 11am to 12pm at the Convention Center.

man running with prosthesis outside

Ottobock’s session, "How Wounded Warriors Are Transforming Biotech,” features three veterans whose will to move beyond their physical limitations is transforming prosthetic technology. To enable a wider audience to experience the event, Ottobock will livestream the 60 minute SXSW session. You can sign up now to attend the livestream at http://bit.ly/SXSW2017Vets and follow Ottobock on social media with the hashtag #WillToMove.

About the Speakers
On July 22, 2016, Captain Christy Wise piloted her first C-130 flight after losing her right leg above the knee. She continues to be on active military duty and recently participated in the Invictus Games, an international Paralympic-style multi-sport event created by Britain's Prince Harry, in which wounded armed services personnel and veterans competed.

Heath Calhoun is a spokesperson for the Wounded Warrior Project and counsels newly injured veterans and amputees around the country. Calhoun shares his experiences, successes, struggles, and the unique challenges that amputees face daily.

Melissa Stockwell was the first female from the Iraq War to lose her limb in active combat. As an above-the-knee amputee, Melissa has gone on to compete in two Paralympic Games and recently earned a bronze medal in the Paratriathlon at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


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Adam McPherson │Ottobock │ 512 806 2804 │ adam.mcpherson@ottobock.com


Pheon and Prosedo mechanical prosthetic knees provide mobility and stability for less active amputees

AUSTIN, Texas (February 17, 2017) – Ottobock announced the release of the Pheon and Prosedo mechanical prosthetic knees aimed at providing mobility and stability for less active amputees.

two people undergoing physical therapy while wearing the Pheon and Prosedo mechanical knees

The Pheon polycentric knee joint is an ideal choice to help less active lower limb amputees restore their ability to stand and walk both indoors and in limited community settings.  With the integrated optional lock, which can be activated or deactivated by the prosthetist, the Pheon also provides targeted support for the post-amputation therapy process – from initial walking exercises to the final fitting. 

The Prosedo monocentric locking knee joint features individually adjustable, hydraulically controlled support for sitting down. Compared to a conventional locking knee joint, the Prosedo supports the user as they lower into a chair by dampening the knee flexion progressively.  This can help provide balance and reduce strain on the user’s sound side.

“Ottobock is committed to providing new and innovative prosthetic solutions for the less active amputee population,” stated Brad Ruhl, President of US HealthCare for Ottobock. “I’m proud that Ottobock is investing in new solutions for patients who most rely on the security and stability of their prosthesis.  We’re looking for ways to help every patient regain mobility and feel more confident.”

Both knees can be seen in action on the Ottobock YouTube channel.


Media Contact

Adam McPherson │Ottobock │ 512 806 2804 │ adam.mcpherson@ottobock.com


Ottobock to attend American Physical Therapy Association meeting in San Antonio

AUSTIN, Texas (February 15, 2017) – Ottobock, a global leader in orthotic, prosthetic and rehabilitative products is attending the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) Combined Sections Meeting in San Antonio, Texas from February 15 – 18, 2017.

Ottobock participates in and supports educational initiatives such as courses, events and webinars to help physical therapists stay up-to-date on products, services, and techniques that lead to successful patient outcomes.

Key members from Ottobock North America attending the APTA Combined Sections Meeting include Mark Edwards, Director of Professional and Clinical Services, and Aaron Holm, Manager of Consumer Engagement.

Edwards was formerly the Director of Prosthetics Education at Northwestern University’s Prosthetics-Orthotics Center. He has lectured nationally and internationally and authored many journal articles. Edwards has a Master’s Degree in Health Professions Education from the University of Illinois at Chicago and has been certified in prosthetics by the American Board for Certification since 1985.

Holm lost both of his legs above the knee in a horrific accident on January 2, 2007. But what shattered his body failed to dent his courage, strength and infectious optimism. In 2008 he started the non-profit organization, Wiggle Your Toes with a mission to help those who have suffered limb loss heal, recover and flourish. He’s been helping others regain their positive energy and spirit ever since.

In addition to Edwards and Holm, Ottobock Champion, Mike Brock will be in attendance demonstrating the functionality of the innovative C-Brace® orthotic technology that is helping him to be more mobile and independent.


Media Contact

Adam McPherson │Ottobock │ 512 806 2804 │ adam.mcpherson@ottobock.com


Ottobock to host Austin Mayor Steve Adler at North American Headquarters

AUSTIN, Texas (February 13, 2017) – Austin-based Ottobock HealthCare, a global leader in orthotic, prosthetic and rehabilitative products will host Mayor Steve Adler at its North American headquarters on Wednesday, February 15, 2017 from 12pm to 1pm.

michelangelo hand holding bebionic hand

During Mayor Adler’s visit, he’ll be meeting with Ottobock leadership and speaking with employees. Additionally, Mayor Adler will be meeting with YTEXAS during his visit. YTEXAS is an organization that accelerates CEO connectivity and corporate presence for companies newly relocated to Texas.

Ottobock relocated to Austin, Texas from Minneapolis, Minnesota in 2014 and now resides in the high tech corridor of northwest Austin. Today, Ottobock employs over 100 people at its headquarters in Austin and nearly 600 throughout North America.

Ottobock HealthCare is widely known as a designer and manufacturer of upper and lower limb prosthetics; modular, custom and off-the-shelf orthotics; mobility products for children; and unique seating solutions to support persons with disabilities. Ottobock is also a leader in governmental affairs, insurance industry issues, training and education, service and support and patient-care consulting.

“Ottobock is proud to welcome Mayor Adler to our headquarters,” stated Andreas Schultz, Regional President and CFO of Ottobock North America. Schultz led Ottobock’s transition to Austin’s growing tech economy. “We look forward to sharing our entrepreneurial spirit and rich history of innovation that enables people to be more mobile and independent.”


Media Contact

Adam McPherson │Ottobock │ 512 806 2804 │ adam.mcpherson@ottobock.com


 

Ottobock acquires BeBionic prosthetic products from Steeper

AUSTIN, Texas (February 2, 2017) –  Ottobock announced it has acquired the BeBionic prosthetic products and related business from the British med-tech company Steeper.

“With this expansion, we are continuing on our path of innovation as a technological leader,” said Professor Hans Georg Näder, President of Ottobock HealthCare GmbH.

michelangelo hand holding bebionic hand

With the acquisition, Ottobock continues to strengthen its position as a market leader in upper limb prosthetic solutions, with BeBionic’s multi-articulated hand.  These products expand Ottobock’s product portfolio and are well positioned alongside Ottobock’s Michelangelo hand.

While the Michelangelo hand features various powerful grip types, the benefit of the BeBionic hand lies in the diversity of gripping patterns such as separate control of the index finger. This makes it easier for users to operate smartphones, tablets and computers.

“The best possible fitting for every user – by taking over the BeBionic hand, we are accommodating a new generation of users,” said Professor Hans Georg Näder.

Mobility of multiple fingers is very important to upper limb patients, and their needs and requirements have continued to change – especially in regards to the increasingly digital working world and recreational environment.

“Integrating BeBionic into our portfolio is another step on our way to future technologies. The possibilities of the user will once again be significantly expanded once the functionality of these hands can be combined with pattern recognition,” stated Professor Hans Georg Näder.

After a brief transition period, distribution of the BeBionic products will be controlled  exclusively by Ottobock starting on May 1, 2017.


Media Contact

Adam McPherson │Ottobock │ 512 806 2804 │ adam.mcpherson@ottobock.com


 

Ottobock ProCarve approved by International Paralympic Committee for use in competition

AUSTIN, Texas (January 26, 2017) –  Ottobock announced that following rigorous testing in partnership with Tyrolia, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of ski bindings, the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Alpine Skiing Technical Committee has approved the use of the Ottobock ProCarve knee joint and foot without a ski boot in competition.

TLM Foot

Testing was conducted to confirm the ProCarve meets the same standards as ski boots for binding attachment and release.

Launched in 2014, the ProCarve has quickly become a leading ski prosthetic solution used by skiers and snowboarders to provide an alternative to mono-skiing or skiing with a single leg using outriggers. The ProCarve foot can be used as an independent component or in combination with the ProCarve knee joint.  It is designed with adaptable damping that is adjusted for each user’s ability and style.  The ProCarve can also be used by those with an above-knee or below-knee amputation in water activities such as wakeboarding and waterskiing, following recommended safety guidelines.

The ProCarve can be seen at the upcoming IPC World Para Snowboarding Championship January 31 – February 8 at the Big White Ski Resort in British Columbia, Canada. In additional to providing technical service for competitors at the event, Ottobock will be onsite offering clinics for those interested in trying the ProCarve and learning more.  

To see the ProCarve in action visit

www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-WIeWTMPIk


Media Contact

Adam McPherson │Ottobock │ 512 806 2804 │ adam.mcpherson@ottobock.com


 

Ottobock & TaiLor Made Prosthetics enter into exclusive distribution agreement

Austin, TX and Orlando, FL (January 11, 2017) – Ottobock, a global leader in orthotic and prosthetic products, and TaiLor Made Prosthetics have reached an agreement for exclusive distribution of the TaiLor Made prosthetic foot globally, starting in the United States.

TLM Foot

The innovative TaiLor Made prosthetic foot is designed with toe and heel elements that move independently along with a shock absorbing mechanical spring pack. Unlike traditional preassembled carbon fiber feet, TaiLor Made’s unique Control Hub houses vertical shock springs allowing for easy in-clinic customization and optimization. The pioneering design of independent heel and forefoot movement with shock absorption, enables ankle motion and ground conformance resulting in excellent stability, performance and comfort.

“Ottobock is excited to be the exclusive distributor of the TaiLor Made prosthetic foot,” said Brad Ruhl, President of US HealthCare for Ottobock. “Having the ability to adjust the foot’s spring, heel, and forefoot stiffness allows clinicians to receive real-time feedback from patients and then optimize the foot to meet their individual needs. The TaiLor Made prosthetic foot is a great complement to Ottobock’s growing portfolio of prosthetic feet.”

"Ottobock is the perfect company to introduce TaiLor Made's break-through technology," says Stan Patterson, CP, and CEO of TaiLor Made Prosthetics. "Their proven track record in the introduction of superior microprocessor and endoskeleton components along with other technologies which help amputees, clearly makes Ottobock the ideal choice to partner with to revolutionize our industry and change our mindset. The TaiLor Made foot is a truly revolutionary idea that will set the tone for the future of prosthetic foot technology.”

About Ottobock: Ottobock uses innovative technology, superior service, and world-class education to help people with physical mobility challenges. Established in 1919 in Germany, Ottobock opened its doors in the U.S. in 1958 and in Canada in 1978. Currently in its third generation as a privately held company, Ottobock offers products and services to help people maintain or regain their freedom of movement.

About TaiLor Made Prosthetics: TaiLor Made Prosthetics was formed by clinicians to engineer a revolutionary prosthetic foot design that empowers people to have choice in the function of their prosthetic foot through interchangeability of components. The concept was refined by a diverse team of talented professionals with experience and expertise in the prosthetic, product design, aerospace engineering and legal industries who have a mutual passion for improving the lives of people.

Media Contacts

Adam McPherson │Ottobock │ 512 806 2804 │ adam.mcpherson@ottobock.com

Joseph A. Miller, PhD│ TaiLor Made Prosthetics │ 407 930 5783 │joseph.miller@tlmprosthetics.com


 


Ottobock and Myomo Enter into Exclusive Global Distribution Agreement

Austin, TX and Cambridge, Mass (December 19, 2016) – Ottobock, a world market leader in technical orthopedics, and Myomo, Inc., a leading manufacturer of myoelectric orthotics, have reached an agreement for Ottobock to exclusively distribute the Myomo® patented MyoPro® orthosis technology globally, starting with select markets in North America and Germany.

Myopro

The MyoPro is a custom orthosis, based on technology developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, that has been prescribed to help support and restore function for people who have a paralyzed arm as a result of a stroke, spinal cord injury, nerve damage such as a brachial plexus injury, or progressive conditions such as multiple sclerosis (MS) or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”).

“Ottobock is committed to providing orthotic solutions to drive successful patient outcomes and meet the needs of the orthotist,” said Chris Nolan, Vice President of Orthotics for Ottobock North America. “Our partnership with Myomo will enable Ottobock to address the unmet needs of individuals with upper extremity paralysis with the MyoPro orthotic product line. We look forward to providing this innovative technology to help people maintain or regain their freedom of movement.”

Frank Bomers, Global Head of Orthotics for Ottobock, added, “Ottobock is excited to leverage the strength of our global sales organization to represent this innovative treatment for the patients we serve.”

“We are very pleased to enter into this agreement with Ottobock, a leader in the field of orthotics and prosthetics, so that we can broaden distribution of the MyoPro product line in the U.S. and in international markets served by Ottobock. We are often contacted by clinicians and patients from around the world seeking our devices to overcome their paralysis, and we now have a partner that can assist us in helping these individuals to return to work, live independently, and reduce their healthcare costs,” said Paul R. Gudonis, CEO of Myomo.

About Ottobock: Ottobock uses innovative technology, superior service, and world-class education to help people with physical mobility challenges. Established in 1919 in Germany, Ottobock opened its doors in the U.S. in 1958 and in Canada in 1978. Currently in its third generation as a privately held company, Ottobock offers products and services to help people maintain or regain their freedom of movement.

About Myomo Inc.: Myomo, Inc. is a medical robotics company leading the way in providing myoelectric-controlled, powered braces (orthotics) that support weakened extremities. The company’s myoelectric orthotics have been prescribed to help support a limb and restore function by enabling individuals with various neurological conditions to self-initiate and control movement of their partially paralyzed limbs using their own muscle signals. The Myomo technology was originally developed at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in collaboration with medical experts affiliated with Harvard Medical School. The company is headquartered in Cambridge, Mass.

Media Contacts

Adam McPherson │Ottobock │ 512 806 2804 │ adam.mcpherson@ottobock.com

Alan Weinberg │Myomo │ 877 736 9666 │ alan@myomo.com


 

Ottobock Announces Support of RevoFit™ Adjustable Prosthetic Sockets

Austin, TX (December 8, 2016) – Ottobock and Click Medical are teaming up to make innovative, adjustable sockets more easily available – now through Ottobock’s Central Fabrication Service in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Ottobock Central Fabrication now offers RevoFit micro-adjustable sockets. The RevoFit adjustable socket solution, designed and patented by Click Medical, allows prosthetic users to micro-adjust socket fit throughout the day to accommodate fluctuations in limb shape.

RevoFit Socket

“RevoFit adjustable sockets are an excellent complement to our portfolio of Central Fabrication services,” said Pete Nohre, Director of Business Development for Ottobock North America. “For years, we have excelled in unique or difficult fittings to help our customers expand their work bench and offer more to patients. The RevoFit adjustable socket is another example of how Ottobock helps customers offer unique fitting solutions to their patients.”

Click Medical introduced the RevoFit adjustable socket in 2015 as a unique solution that allows patients to quickly adjust socket fit rather than rely on adding socks to their socket. The RevoFit adjustable socket is designed to fine-tune compression within the socket by using custom, movable panels targeted to specific areas of the limb.

RevoFit Adjustable Socket Benefits

  • Patient Empowerment: Patients can control the fit of their socket throughout the day as their limb changes thus giving them more control over fit and comfort.
  • Adjust Prosthetic Fit On Demand: The RevoFit adjustable socket technology allows the patient to micro-adjust the volume of the socket with just one hand.
  • Reduce Patient Time: By giving patients a socket where they can control fit based on daily volume changes the amount of post-delivery adjustments can be dramatically reduced.
  • Rapid Donning & Doffing: With the RevoFit system installed, donning and doffing becomes easy. Simply pull the dial with one hand to release.

“We are excited to have Ottobock’s skilled and experienced fabrication team trained and ready to support the fabrication of the growing number of RevoFit micro-adjustable sockets,” said Jimmy Capra, CEO, Click Medical.

About Ottobock Central Fabrication: With locations in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Toronto, Ontario, Ottobock’s Central Fabrication Service is a leader in outsourced fabrication specializing in overflow and difficult or unusual fittings by using advanced materials and processes. Areas of specialization include:

  • TT / TF sockets
  • Custom silicone / SiOCX
  • Hip sockets
  • Orthotics / Carbon Fiber Prepreg
  • Upper limb
  • Custom seating

Call 800 328 4058 or request a consultation from Ottobock to learn more.

About Click Medical: Click Medical develops next-generation medical support and enclosure solutions using patented technology components. These solutions provide medical professionals options using modern technology to create prosthetic, orthotic and orthopedic devices that decrease pain, increase comfort and provide unmatched ease of use for their patients.

About RevoFit
: RevoFit, developed by Click Medical, is the world’s leading solution for creating adjustable prosthetic sockets. RevoFit uses a system of adjustable panels and cut outs which are controlled by a single dial to allow the user to make micro adjustments to their prosthesis on demand. RevoFit is used by thousands of amputees and is available in 30+ countries worldwide.

Media Contacts

Adam McPherson │Ottobock │ 512 806 2804 │ adam.mcpherson@ottobock.com

Doug Starkey │Click Medical │ 970-829-1359 │ doug@clickmedical.co


 

Ottobock featured in BBC's Click technology program

Austin, TX (December 7, 2016) – Ottobock is featured in the BBC’s Click technology program honoring International Day of Persons with Disabilities.



The BBC report focused on technology that helps people living with a disability.  Each segment is authored by someone who has a disability relating to the technology they are evaluating.

The prosthetic segment featured BBC reporter Kathleen Hawkins, who in 2008 contracted meningococcal septicaemia resulting in both legs being amputated below the knee.  Hawkins along with Click Reporter/Producer, Jen Copestake visited Ottobock’s North American headquarters in Austin, Texas, to film the segment on the latest advancements in prosthetic technology. 

“We’re excited to have the BBC visit our North American headquarters and for Kathleen to use the new multi-purpose Challenger foot,” said Mark Edwards, Ottobock’s North American Director of Professional and Clinical Services.

In addition to experiencing the Challenger foot, Hawkins interviewed Edwards then saw how the X3 microprocessor knee works, and how jogging with a fitness prosthesis like Ottbock’s 3S80 Fitness Knee and 1E91 Runner foot can help people live an active lifestyle.

“Ottobock has been dedicated to helping people maintain or regain their freedom of movement for nearly 100 years, and we are proud to be part of the BBC’s Click program to raise awareness of technology that can help people be more mobile and independent,” said Matt Swiggum,  Regional President and CEO of Ottobock North America.

To watch the segment simply visit the BBC Click official YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7aKioxxSfk

To learn more about International Day of Persons with Disabilities visit: http://www.un.org/en/events/disabilitiesday/

To learn more about the BBC’s Click program visit: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/n13xtmd5


 

Ottobock names Matt Swiggum Regional President and CEO North America

Austin, TX (November 3, 2016) – Ottobock has named Matt Swiggum Regional President and CEO of North America.

Matt Swiggum of Ottobock

Swiggum started his nearly 20-year career with Ottobock in 1997 as a sales representative in the Ohio territory and has held numerous leadership positions across all Ottobock business units as Director of Sales for Technical Orthopedics, Business Unit Director for Mobility Solutions, Vice President of Mobility Solutions and most recently Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing for North America.

In his new role, Swiggum will lead all Prosthetic, Orthotic, Mobility Solutions and Business Services activities across North America with the goal of bringing world-class innovative products and services to market and ensuring a customer centric approach through the highest level of sales and service professionalism, technical and reimbursement support, and clinical education leading to the best possible patient outcomes.

Swiggum will join Andreas Schultz, Regional President and CFO of North America in creating efficiencies and increasing communication across North America. Ottobock now has a dedicated CEO in Swiggum and dedicated CFO in Schultz to lead the organization into the next phase of living its mission to help people maintain or regain their freedom of movement.

“The focus is our mission,” stated Swiggum. “How we support our mission will continue to evolve as we work closely with our customers to enhance their experience and improve patient outcomes throughout North America.”


 

Accept the Challenge – New Ottobock foot takes people from the court to the track

Austin, TX (October 4, 2016) – Ottobock has released the Challenger prosthetic foot, an innovative multi-purpose foot specifically designed for the varying demands of everyday walking to recreational fitness. 

The foot was unveiled to rave reviews during the Invictus Games in Orlando this May where Ottobock was the O&P service provider for all athletes.  The Challenger dominates at a variety of activities and moves from the court, to the field, to running. In addition to the Challenger’s versatility, it is waterproof and its unique design fits snugly inside an athletic shoe without the need for a foot shell.

“The Challenger is the perfect addition to Ottobock’s growing line of fitness and adaptive options and can also be used for everyday walking,” said Brad Ruhl, President of US HealthCare for Ottobock.  “From handbikes, basketball wheelchairs, and sledge hockey equipment to orthotics and prosthetics, we help people compete, restore lost function and live a more active lifestyle.”
The Challenger is now available in the United States and Canada.  If you would like more information on Ottobock’s new Challenger foot or active and adaptive equipment please visit our Fitness page


Children living in poverty to receive $40,000 in medical devices from Ottobock

Burlington, ON (September 30, 2016) –  Ottobock announced the in-kind donation of prosthetic and mobility devices to Christian Blind Mission, (cbm) an international medical charity aimed at transforming the lives of children and families trapped in poverty and with disabilities.  The contribution of these devices reaches a total $40,000 in equipment and will support cbm’s mission to improve the lives of children with disabilities in some of the poorest countries in the world.

Supporting more than 400 hospitals and clinics in 63 underdeveloped countries, cbm is an organization made up of doctors, health officers and community workers dedicated to providing these children and their families with medical supplies and equipment. 

The donation will be facilitated from Ottobock’s Canadian office and logistics center located just south of Toronto in Burlington, Ontario to cbm’s Member Association located in Stouffville, Ontario. According to Natalie Capone in Partnership Development from cbm Canada, in-kind donations are frequently shipped to Cameroon, Rwanda and Malawi in Africa.

“At cbm Canada, we know from our 100 plus years of experience that when children living in the world’s poorest countries can’t walk, they miss out on so much of life. Most of them never get the chance to go to school. Too often they’re left behind by friends. Their world just keeps getting smaller. By donating medical items that will help kids move, play, and learn, Ottobock is making a difference that will last a lifetime,” said Ed Epp, Executive Director of cbm Canada.

“We’re proud to support cbm Canada and help those in need,” noted Mark Agro, President and CEO of Ottobock Canada. “Our organizations share a common goal, as cbm works to improve the quality of life for people with disabilities in underdeveloped countries and Ottobock is dedicated to helping people regain their independence and freedom of movement.” 


Ottobock announces new hire of Vice President of Orthotics Business Unit

Austin, TX (September 27, 2016) —  In line with its commitment to being a leader in Orthotics, Ottobock North America is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Nolan as Vice President of the Orthotics business unit. In his new position, Nolan will help lead Ottobock’s strategic effort in the O&P industry and provide guidance into growing new markets. He is also a member of the Ottobock North America Regional Management Team.

Nolan comes to Ottobock with extensive industry experience, most recently as Vice President and General Manager for Endolite US. During his more than eight years of tenure at Endolite, he served four years on the Board of Directors helping to shape the strategic direction of the company while interacting with the international management team. Prior to that, Nolan held the positions of Regional Sales Director for DJO and Regional Sales Manager for Ossur. Nolan graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.

“We are extremely happy to be able to welcome Chris Nolan to our company,” noted Andreas Schultz, Regional President and CFO for Ottobock North America. “His wealth of experience in the industry will open up new avenues for business development in North America.”

While Chris has enjoyed more than 15 years working in the orthotics and prosthetics industry, he has also given his time and talents by serving on numerous Boards of Directors. He currently serves on the board for the American Orthotic and Prosthetic Association as Chairman of the National Assembly Committee, which organizes the industry’s largest scientific symposium. Chris also serves on the board for The First Tee of Greater Miami Valley which promotes youth development through the game of golf. Chris has previously served on the boards for the National Association for the Advancement of Orthotics and Prosthetics and the Sycamore Creek Country Club. The Nolan family is currently relocating from Springboro, Ohio to Austin, Texas. 


Ottobock to showcase innovation and education at AOPA 2016

Ottobock coming to the largest North American meeting for Orthotics and Prosthetics

Austin, TX (August 12, 2016) —  Ottobock is attending the largest North American meeting for Orthotics and Prosthetics in Boston, MA. With events from September 8-11, we’re joining more than 2,000 people dedicated to advancing the clinical, organizational, and technical aspects of the O&P discipline at the 2016 AOPA National Assembly. In Ottobock’s booth 306, you will see new products designed for fitness and everyday life and have the chance to talk to people who wear them in competition and out in the world.

Hands-on, in-depth demonstrations and presentations give you great information to apply to your clinic, too. And not just specs and sizes! Our Business Affairs team is looking forward to conversations about reimbursement and the future of the industry, eCommerce and billing support, and all the non-clinical aspects of managing your practice.

Download our AOPA 2016 Education Events Schedule for more details. 


Simple Solutions with Revolutionary Socket Technology

DVS - Dynamic Vacuum offers a new solution for Transtibial socket technology.

Austin, TX (June 15, 2016) —  Ottobock has recently released a revolutionary new device, the DVS-Dynamic Vacuum  a new solution for Transtibial socket technology.

Each person’s residual limb has an individual shape and skin types are all different. Many people experiment with different solutions throughout their life and never really find the right one. DVS-Dynamic Vacuum will help bridge that gap by offering a product that is both, comfortable and secure, as well as easy to use.

Integrating innovative design with simplicity, the DVS reduces the movement between the limb and socket associated with limb volume fluctuations.  By generating a vacuum during walking within the socket, it maintains a level of elevation in both swing and stance phase.  This sets it apart from passive systems, such as valves, where a vacuum is only generated in the swing phase. Developed for easy fabrication, fittings are simplified for both the patient and Prosthetist when integrating the system into the socket. 

“The DVS is going to address some of the most chronic problems patients face,” said Brad Ruhl, President of  US HealthCare for Ottobock. “Feedback from our beta-testers is that they are impressed with the fit, comfort and linkage they feel within the socket. It creates a sense of security for the patient that is indispensable.”

The DVS-Dynamic Vacuum is now available in the United States, if you would like more information on this product, please visit the DVS section on our site.

 


Ottobock sponsors 2016 Endeavor Games

The adaptive multi-sport competition will be held June 9th through June 12th in Edmond, Oklahoma.

Austin, TX (June 6, 2016) —  Ottobock is serving as a bronze sponsor for the 2016 Endeavor Games at the University of Central Oklahoma. This reflects the company’s mission to help people to be more independent and mobile – a mission that has remained steadfast since 1919 when Otto Bock founded the company. The Endeavor Games have a great history of helping athletes of all ages and experience levels gather to compete and support each other.

"The Endeavor Games are a unique opportunity for the attendees, both athletes and fans, to experience the nation’s largest multi-sport, multi-disability competition,” says Aaron Holm, Manager of Consumer Engagement for Ottobock North America. “You see athletes returning and evolving over the years, and it is a powerful demonstration of determination and the human spirit.”

Follow the action on Ottobock social media channels and at UCO Endeavor Games. Learn more at https://www.uco.edu/wellness/sr/endeavor/about-the-endeavor-games.asp

 


Ottobock announced as official prosthetic and orthotic technical service provider for Invictus Games 2016 in Orlando, Florida

Providing repairs and assessments to participants in international sporting competition

Austin, TX (May 5, 2016) —  Ottobock, a world-leading supplier of innovative solutions for people with limited mobility, has announced that it will provide prosthetic and orthotic technical service for the Invictus Games Orlando 2016 presented by Jaguar Land Rover. Ottobock will staff a workshop available to all competitors throughout the Games for adjustments and repairs to prosthetic and orthotic equipment. More than 500 competitors from 14 nations will take part in the Games, with teams representing armed forces from across the globe. The Invictus Games will be held in Orlando from May 8th-12th at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney.

"Ottobock's engagement in sport is enabling athletes with physical challenges to go to limits they have not reached before. Providing service for the Invictus Games competitors for the second year is an honor," says Andreas Schultz, President and CFO of Ottobock North America. "Working with our own staff as well as clinical volunteers, we are proud to share in the goals that the Invictus Games has set forth - to support the strength of the human spirit through rehabilitation and sport."

"Active duty military personnel and veterans are often the most challenging people to fit with medical devices. Highly active, aggressive and goal-oriented individuals with the determination to match challenges us to provide the best products and services available," adds Matt Swiggum, EVP of Sales and Marketing for Ottobock North America. "We believe everyone should have the chance to reach for their dreams, whether that's a gold medal or independent mobility and greater engagement with family and friends."

As a global med tech leader, the nearly century-old company has a long history of partnering with international sporting competitions and investing in products and support that help blur the lines between able bodied and disabled competition.

For more information on Ottobock's range of innovative solutions that restore mobility and independence contact Karen Lundquist or follow @ottobockUS_CA.

 


Improving custom seating with new 3D scanning technology

Austin, TX (April 1, 2016) —  Ottobock announced today that it is adopting 3D Systems of Rock Hill, South Carolina’s latest 3D Scanning technology, the Sense 3D Scanner  for its OBSS Custom Seating system. 3D Systems was the first to commercialize 3D printing in 1989 and pioneered scan-based design in 2006 with its patented Geomagic Design X(XOR) software. Ottobock is the industry leader in Custom Seating Solutions for people with mobility challenges and was the first company to embrace digital image capture  for  Custom Contoured Seating.

The Sense 3D Scanner’s hand held state -of-the-art technology will revolutionize the way Ottobock captures molds for OBSS Custom Seating. This newly adopted process is less prone to human error and faster than previous technology making it the ideal method for accurate and efficient image capture.

“Ottobock is always looking to advance the industry with new technology,” said John Phillips, North American Market Manager for OBSS. “I’m excited to be introducing another high tech tool that will make it easier for ATP’s to do business with us, while working with our team of talented seating technicians who are dedicated to delivering better patient outcomes. At the end of the day, it’s about helping the people that need our product the most and providing them with innovative seating solutions.”

The new 3D scanning system will be used to capture the molds of Ottobock’s custom seating and will continue to be manufactured in Salt Lake City with no added charge to customers.


Ottobock forms dedicated Orthotics business unit, sales organization

Austin, TX (February 8, 2015) — Ottobock is pleased to announce the formation of a new US Orthotics Business Unit. Effective January 1, 2016, this new business unit will be supported by the North American Orthotics Sales Organization and will focus solely on orthotic product sales in O&P, including C-Brace, stance control, WalkOn, modular components, and the full line of Ottobock off-the-shelf bracing products.

Ottobock’s existing Activity and Sports Medicine (ASM) Representatives will be renamed Ottobock Orthotics Sales Representatives and will support the full line of Ottobock Orthotics products and services.

Also effective January 1, the current Technical Orthopedics Business Unit will be renamed the Ottobock Prosthetics Business Unit and will be supported by the North American Prosthetics Sales Organization.
Ottobock customers will now have one dedicated sales representative for orthotics and one dedicated sales representative for prosthetics.

“As we continue to expand an increasingly complex portfolio, our goal is to provide our customers with a higher level of professional sales expertise,” said Matt Swiggum, executive vice president of sales and marketing for Ottobock North America. “By providing one sales representative for orthotics and one sales representative for prosthetics, we will be better able to support our customers in optimizing patient outcomes.”

Ottobock orthotics customers will receive information about their Orthotics Sales Representative in the coming weeks. For more information, call 800 328 4058.

 


Join Ottobock 360: San Diego aboard the USS Midway

People who live or work with prosthetics and orthotics will have a unique opportunity to meet with Ottobock and learn more about breakthrough products. Ottobock is hosting an engaging night of presentations from both clinical experts and Ottobock Champions who will share their first-hand experience with solutions such as the X3 and C-Leg microprocessor knees, the C-Brace orthotronic mobility system, the Michelangelo hand, and more.

For the first time, the event, which is open to both medical professionals and people living with mobiltiy challenges, will be held on board the USS Midway Museum, a retired US Navy aircraft carrier. The event will be held:

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PST)

USS Midway
910 N Harbor Drive
San Diego, CA 92101

Attendees can RSVP online here.

Featured speakers will include:

Lacey Henderson, Ottobock Ambassador and adaptive athlete
Lacey is a competitive athlete in sprinting and the long jump with her sights set on Rio for 2016. Lacey was just nine years old when her leg was amputated above the knee in a lifesaving measure after the diagnosis of a rare soft tissue tumor in her knee. It was a tough time for a young girl, but Lacey’s focus wasn’t on the negative. In addition to her personal journey, Lacey will share her experience with the Ottobock C-Leg microprocessor knee and 3S80 and carbon fiber Sprinter foot fitness solution.

Aaron Holm, founder of the Wiggle Your Toes and Ottobock Manager of Consumer Engagement
Aaron is founder and president of the nonprofit Wiggle Your Toes and an Ottobock employee. As the result of an accident in January of 2007, Aaron lost both of his legs above the knee. Aaron’s quick and successful recovery efforts are the premise of the Wiggle Your Toes organization. In May 2008, Aaron founded Wiggle with a mission to help other amputees regain independence and mobility. Aaron has given back to the amputee community through his group and by lobbying on Capitol Hill against the Medicare draft LCD. In addition, Aaron is able to share his experience with multiple Ottobock products, including the C-Leg, Genium, and X3 microprocessor knees and the carbon fiber Triton foot family.

 


Ottobock announces collaboration with Scott Sabolich Prosthetics & Research

Austin, TX (November 9, 2015) — Ottobock recently announced a formal collaboration agreement with Scott Sabolich Prosthetics & Research with a goal to improve outcomes of patients with prostheses.

The two organizations will share expertise and information regarding education, quality standards and reimbursements strategies to improve prosthetic care across the field. The non-equity relationship allows both companies to maintain autonomy, while combining areas of expertise. In addition, through the initiative Ottobock will work with Scott Sabolich Prosthetics & Research (SSPR) to provide optimal patient care.

“Ottobock is excited to continue to strengthen the future of the orthotic and prosthetic industry through stronger collaboration with our clinical customers,” Pete Nohre, director of Business Development for Ottobock North America, said. “SSPR is an ideal collaborative partner for us as evidenced by their dedication to bringing innovation, technology and passion to their work.”“With the way health care is changing, we need to work with our closest partners to help ensure prosthetics continue to advance and help so many people,” Scott Sabolich, SSPR owner, said. “We will be able to offer real-world prosthetic provider feedback, while getting a deeper understanding of Ottobock’s worldwide clinical and technical expertise and experiences.”


Ottobock for life visits Houston and Indianapolis

Ottobock's unique event series featuring both clinical experts and people using the company's breakthrough products every day is making stops in two more cities. Ottobock for life is unique in that it is both for medical professionals and those who live with limb loss and other mobility challenges, and their caregivers. Presented by the Austin-based world leader in prosthetics and orthotics, "Ottobock for Life" will highlight the latest advances in upper and lower limb devices and how they help those individuals live the life they desire. The events will take place:
 
Ottobock for life: Houston
Monday, November 9, 2015
6:30pm - 8:00pm
 
Space Center Houston 
1601 NASA Parkway 
Houston, TX 77058
 
Two of the people sharing compelling stories and demonstrating the technologies that have greatly impacted their quality of life will be:
 
Robert Jordan 

Robert Jordan got his Ottobock C-Leg in 2001 and immediately felt the difference. Going from the mechanical prostheses he had worn since a 1988 industrial accident led to an above-the-knee amputation in 1989, the microprocessor-based C-Leg freed him from the need to concentrate on where and how he was stepping and instead concentrate on where he wanted to go. A native of Texas who now lives in Arkansas, he has worked as a welder, a professional musician and a roofing metalworker and believes the C-Leg and now his Ottobock Genium knee have allowed him to live life to the fullest without being held back. Robert is able to play music and enjoy the outdoors with his granddaughters and on his own, whether it's fishing, driving his pickup, working in his garden or saddling up and riding a horse. Robert has traveled on behalf of Ottobock to clinics around the US helping new prosthetic patients learn to get the most from their devices.

 


Ottobock for life: Phoenix

Austin, TX (September 2, 2015) ̶Spend a couple hours with Ottobock, the world leader in prosthetics and orthotics, to experience the advances that help people live the life they want to.

At Ottobock for life, you’ll hear compelling stories about technologies that help people move better, walk farther, and get the most out of life.

The chance to network over drinks and appetizers will be followed by live demonstrations of landmark products like the X3 prosthetic knee, C-Brace leg brace, and the Michelangelo hand.

We’ll review the clinical proof of course, but also share personal stories and give you a chance to ask questions.

The event is the perfect chance for people interested in advances in prosthetics and orthotics to learn more – whether they use or fit the devices, or support those who do.

Presentation

2828 North Central Avenue, Suite 100
Phoenix, AZ 85004

Monday, September 28, 2015
6:30 – 7:30 PM Cocktail reception
7:30 – 8:30 PM Presentation, stories, demonstrations and Q & A

  • Learn about great products, quality outcomes and powerful stories that will inform your care and device decisions.
  • Meet representatives from Ottobock, the world-leader in prosthetics and custom orthotics
  • 2 scientific ABC CEUs

 


Ottobock announces new name and portfolio: Activity and Sports Medicine

AUSTIN, TX (August 20, 2015) ̶Ottobock’s continuing growth and investment in off-the-shelf orthotics, bracing and supports has resulted in the creation of a business focusing on Activity & Sports Medicine (ASM), which combines the products from the acquisitions of Ortho Rehab, Bio Cybernetics International (BCI), Cybertech products, and a global portfolio of unique orthotic solutions.

“Ottobock has developed and marketed orthotic products for decades,” said Matt Waidelich, President and CEO of Ottobock’s ASM business unit. “The purchase of companies like Bio Cybernetics has spurred increased focus on spinal bracing in particular, allowing us to help meet the increased demand for non-surgical interventions. Our new name reflects the clinicians we work with, helping to improve outcomes for patients with acute and chronic conditions like osteoarthritis of the knee and spinal stenosis.”

Ottobock’s research and development teams in California and in Germany continue to drive innovation in this sector. As the number one provider of spinal bracing, the line continues to be supplemented with new offerings like the Multi Universal Brace and the TLSOx4. Driving competitive advantage for off the shelf-bracing, differentiated products and ever-advancing technology are important keys to better serving existing bracing needs and delivering market share growth.

 


Ottobock announces new role: ASM sales specialist for off-the-shelf orthotics

 

AUSTIN, TX (July 10, 2015) ̶ Brian Mayle, CO joined the Ottobock Activity and Sports Medicine Team, filling the role of OTS Sales Specialist. In this position, he will work closely with key clinical customers, create and deliver scientific education, and provide in-depth product knowledge. In addition to previous positions at Ottobock, Mayle has worked at Hanger Clinic as a Business Development Manager and is pursuing a Master of Science in Health Care Administration at Towson University.

“Ottobock created this role to help deepen the clinical and customer focus on our Activity and Sports Medicine team,” said Dave Slipher, Director of Sales for Ottobock Activity and Sports Medicine. “We recognize the importance of tying outcomes and effective patient care to product performance and offering support to our clinical customers.”

For more information about Activity and Sports Medicine, visit www.ottobockus.com/professionals

 


Ottobock and UNYQ launch Strategic Partnership

Partnership to provide stylish prosthetics for amputees

Ottobock, the global leader in prosthetics and UNYQ, the pioneer in customized prosthetic design today announce a strategic partnership to provide stylish cosmetic fairings to lower limb amputees.

Ottobock has led the technological advancement of prosthetic limbs for more than 90 years, including introducing the first microprocessor-controlled lower limb prosthetic system in the world. By partnering with UNYQ, the industry leader extends its product portfolio to further improve the quality of life for amputees by giving them a way to express their own style.

UNYQ, founded by industry veterans Eythor Bender and Manuel Boza in 2014, gives amputees a creative way to personalize their prosthesis and reclaim control over their appearance in the face of life altering amputations. Leveraging advancements in 3D printing, UNYQ has developed a proprietary method for quickly producing prosthetic fairings that are customized to the individual. UNYQ fairings serve as fashion accessory and also provide some protection for the prosthesis, while restoring an amputee’s sense of symmetry with the sound leg.

"Ottobock is thrilled to join forces with UNYQ," says Dr. Falk Berster, Business Unit Director, Ottobock. "Our company has a long tradition of developing cutting-edge technology to improve the quality of life for amputees. Through our partnership with UNYQ, we are excited to also offer products that enable our customers to combine their own identity with the technology we provide. We are convinced that self-confidently expressing and showing the own style and personality can support amputees to better reintegrate into daily life.”

The alliance of the two companies will become visible in the collection “UNYQ designed for ottobock.” The stream will include Special Fairing Editions free in design and an Ottobock Exclusive Fairing Line meshing the appearance of other Ottobock prosthetic devices. The designs created for Ottobock will be introduced in Q3/2015.

All fairings will be sold by UNYQ directly to prosthetists and amputees via the online shop www.unyq.com. UNYQ will also continue to sell the fairings through its own network of UNYQ Hubs – a network of trusted prosthetic facilities across the globe.

Both companies have also committed to joint communications and marketing initiatives.

“From the start our vision has been to make individualization and style accessible to as many amputees as possible,” says Eythor Bender, CEO, UNYQ. "Teaming up with Ottobock and joining forces across their locations in 54 countries is a dream come true.”

For more information, contact Ottobock’s Director of Communications for North America, Karen Lundquist, at Karen.lundquist@ottobock.com, 512 806 2611.