Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA
The medical technology company Otto Bock is the global market leader in the prosthetics field and a steadily growing supplier of products in the fields of orthotics and Bionicmobility, which includes wheelchairs, rehabilitation devices and, since 2006, the neurostimulation business area.The activities of foreign branches in 40 countries around the world are coordinated from Duderstadt. Otto Bock HealthCare currently has 4,000 employees around the world.
In addition to its proximity to customers in the international markets, quality and technology leadership are the company’s key success factors.
In the medical technology growth market, where demand is expected to increase based on current demographic trends alone, Otto Bock offers a range of products that is unique in the industry and allows the company to provide various fitting options from a single source.
Otto Bock has been a family company since it was founded in 1919 and focuses on people with their need for mobility in its company philosophy.
Realising the vision to help people regain maximum possible mobility and independence with medical technology products requires precise knowledge of natural movement patterns.
Complex measurement systems such as gait analysis and their integration with physiological analyses result in ideas for product innovations.
Measurement technology is used in the fabrication process, for functionality and durability tests and to control the functions of products. Sensors and actuators as well as control engineering and technology are integral product development components.
Based on this foundation, Otto Bock has set the fitting standards for people with disabilities time and time again.
The company's own research and development centres cooperate closely with interdisciplinary partners in the scientific community.
Modern state-of-the-art fittings frequently consist of high-tech solutions. For example, the first fully microprocessor-controlled leg prosthesis system in the world – the C-Leg® – collects information about the current gait situation 50 times per second. A microprocessor in the control unit uses this data to optimise the safety and dynamics of the artificial knee joint.