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Press Releases from Otto Bock HealthCare GmbH (34 total)

World Record: 1002 Kilometres Nonstop

Manfred Putz (Ottobock Handbike Team): "Anything is possible if you just do it" Wheelchair driver and extreme athlete Manfred Putz now (since early on September 22, 2013) holds the world record: He rode a handbike 1002 kilometres since starting on Friday morning at 10 o'clock, with only two one-hour breaks to eat. To put this incredible performance into perspective, remember that a marathon of 42.195 kilometres is considered a long distance.

red dot awards for Ottobock

Awards for three product designs Ottobock impressed the 37 experts of the jury at this year's "red dot award: product design 2013" with its sport prosthesis, 1C63 Triton Low Profile prosthetic foot and Patella Pro knee orthosis. Among a total of 4,662 entries, these medical technical devices were selected both for their innovative concept and their high design quality. The award ceremony for the internationally recognised seal of quality will be

Ottobock expands its production and logistics site in Duderstadt

Investments of 35 million euros from 2013 to 2015 The family-owned business based in Duderstadt, Lower Saxony (Germany), is planning extensive expansion of its production in the areas of Prosthetic Feet and Socket Technologies and of the central logistics hub for its 49 foreign branches located throughout the world. The German global market leader for technical orthopaedics will invest 35 million euros from 2013 to 2015 in around 20,000 square metres of

Ottobock receives four awards at once

Company receives iF design awards Three Ottobock products received an iF product design award 2013, namely the knee orthosis Patella Pro, the Michelangelo Hand and the back orthosis line Soft Backs. In addition to that, the jury awarded the medical technology company an iF communication design award. Ottobock employees accepted the awards on Friday, 22 February 2013 at the BMW Welt in Munich, Germany, which is where the

Ottobock reveals strong ties to Asia

ISPO world congress: research project received award for best presentation Ottobock presented itself at this year's ISPO world congress in Hyderabad (India). Under the motto "Your Partner in Education", a total of 65 employees from Germany and Asia put up the booth, which, at almost 300 square metres, was one of the biggest of the industrial exhibition and demonstrated almost the entire current product portfolio. Highlights were the presentations of the

Dynamic Growth of the Ottobock Group

Best year for sales and earnings in the history of the company With a sales increase of 15.2 % to EUR 794.4 million, EBITDA growth of 12.8 % to EUR 128.3 million and total operating performance of EUR 869.6 million, the family company and global market leader in orthopaedics technology based in Duderstadt, Lower Saxony is growing fast. Not only Otto Bock HealthCare but also the Foam and Sycor divisions contributed

Ottobock to provide Technical Service for athletes competing at the Sochi 2014 P …

At the XI International Investment Forum in Sochi, German company Ottobock, leading provider of innovative technology and services for people with limited mobility, became the exclusive provider of technical service for athletes competing at the 2014 Paralympic Games in Sochi. The agreement was signed by Dmitry Chernyshenko, President of the Sochi 2014 Organizing Committee, and Oliver Jacobi Ottobock Moscow. Within the framework of the signed agreement, Ottobock will provide

New Ottobock website presents combinations of liners and closure systems

The socket is a highly individual part of a leg prosthesis, since it constitutes the link between the residual limb and the prosthesis. Running, bending or standing – movements occur in the socket during all activities. To ensure the greatest possible wearer comfort, it is therefore important to tailor the combination of liner and closure system to the specific needs of the user. In order to present a quick overview

Sustainable Initiative

Otto Bock Foundation: Education Project in Haiti Started After a long wait, the education project in Haiti supported by a donation campaign of the Otto Bock Foundation has finally started; 32 students have begun their online studies in "Prosthetics and Orthotics" at Don Bosco University in San Salvador, which provides medical technical knowledge via Internet for Central and South America. The Otto Bock Foundation is financing the training of six students

Paralympics Raffle

Meet Heinrich Popow during a Weekend in Berlin Answer three questions correctly, get lucky in the draw and then spend a unique weekend for two in Berlin: excellent prospects for the winner of our raffle from 1 August to 9 September. The latter is the day of the closing ceremonies for the London 2012 Paralympic Games. A meet & greet over lunch with Ottobock Paralympic Ambassador and World Champion in the 100

Bebe Runs in London on Springs

15 year old Italian girl will carry the Paralympic torch on the day of the opening ceremony Bebe is 15 and will be present in London: "Torch carrier at the Paralympic Games! I still cannot believe it. I cannot thank you enough." That was how it was written in the Corriere della Sera, which, along with other Italian newspapers, moved readers to campaign with an email to the International Paralympic Committee

Recognition as Leading Family Company

Ottobock Wins European Families in Business Award Ottobock CEO Professor Hans Georg Näder accepted the CampdenFB European Families in Business Award 2012 at the historical Heineken Brewery in Amsterdam on 9 July. In a ceremonial act, the jurors presented the award for European family companies with outstanding economic engagement which was awarded for the first time this year. Ottobock won in the 'Top Family Business' category; other nominees included De’Longhi, Gebrüder

EUR 155,000 for Safe Zones Project

Eichsfeld Festival Attracts 25,000 Music Fans to Downtown Duderstadt "Tonight is going to rock!" It was with these words that initiators Professor Hans Georg Näder and Peter Maffay opened the 2012 Eichsfeld Festival this past Saturday. Around 25,000 music fans followed the invitation to experience top-class live performances in the Marktstraße of Duderstadt that day. Peter Maffay, Ich + Ich and four regional special guests did more than just wow the

Award for Outstanding Entrepreneurial Achievements

Silver Medal of Honour of the Vienna Chamber of Commerce goes to Professor Näder Professor Hans Georg Näder, Chairman and CEO of Ottobock, accepted the silver medal of honour from the Vienna Chamber of Commerce on 21 June. In a ceremonial act at the Palais Festetics, Vice President and Councillor of Commerce Dr. Paulus Stuller of the Vienna Chamber of Commerce presented the award for outstanding entrepreneurial achievements. The trophy also

Augmented Reality

Augmented reality app opens up new dimensions in orthopaedics technology. With the augmented reality app, Ottobock invites you on an interactive tour of the diverse world of orthopaedics technology. The search term 'Ottobock' in the app store take users directly to the software that can be downloaded for free. After installation on a smartphone or tablet, the app can be used to give an innovative presentation of product highlights in medical technology. Like

Comprix Award for Ottobock

Advertising campaign changes healthcare communication True to the motto of this year's award "Best of...," Otto Bock HealthCare GmbH won the 2012 Comprix Gold Award over 301 competitors. The jurors presented the trophy for creative healthcare communication at the anniversary gala at the Tanzbrunnen in Cologne on May 4. In cooperation with the Düsseldorf agency Brand Pepper, the medical equipment company scored points for its advertising campaign for the Genium microprocessor-controlled

Bettina Wulff is involved in the London 2012 Paralympics

Ambassador for people with disabilities Bettina Wulff is actively involved in competitive sports for people with disabilities at the London 2012 Paralympics (29 Aug. 2012 to 9 Sept. 2012). She and company owner Prof. Hans Georg Näder will welcome numerous international guests of honour from the world of sports, politics, and business on behalf of Otto Bock HealthCare, the German company that is the global leader in the technical orthopaedics market,

Ottobock promotes integrative equitation

Burgturnier tournament offers a foretaste of the Paralympics Otto Bock HealthCare GmbH presented a dressage test for handicapped riders as part of the Hardenberg Burgturnier this past weekend. Subsidised by the Northeim social and sports foundation, therapeutic riding offers a foretaste of the Paralympics in London. The Hardenberg Burgturnier has been a symbol of challenging competitions and high-class equestrian sports in a stylish atmosphere for more than 50 years. Before the

Helping San Myo

A twelve year-old from Myanmar receives a leg prosthesis from Ottobock – Foundation covers costs San Myo from Myanmar is a bright and happy boy. Though the twelve year-old was born without the lower half of his left leg, the handicap doesn't keep him from playing football with friends. In order to help him walk, his father cobbled together a prosthesis using an old drain pipe. At the Ottobock facilities in

London 2012

Off to the Paralympics with 15,000 spare parts Ottobock, the medical equipment company, is preparing for a large-scale operation at the Paralympic Games in London (29 Aug. to 9 Sept. 2012). Some 4,200 athletes are expected at the second largest sports event in the world. In order to ensure technical service for them, Ottobock is sending 78 orthopaedic technicians from 20 countries. The first vehicles are already transporting 9

Prof. Hans Georg Näder is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the NADA effecti …

Prof. Hans Georg Näder is the new chairman of the supervisory board of the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) effective immediately. The 50-year-old is an entrepreneur and CEO of the Otto Bock group. "As an active deep-sea sailor and decades-long member of the global Paralympic family, clean sports are an integral part of my culture," said Näder on Tuesday after being elected for five years by the NADA supervisory board in

Shaping the Future Together

Ottobock at Orthopädie + Reha-Technik 2012 Every two years, the world leading Orthopädie + Reha-Technik trade fair in Leipzig (16 to 18 May 2012) presents the latest medical technology developments for the benefit of people with limited mobility. This year the trade fair is also opening its doors to end users on all three days for the first time. Rather than showing products on their own, the trade fair

Ottobock is a Top Employer

96th place on the trendence barometer: numerous career entry and advancement opportunities. Otto Bock HealthCare GmbH is one of the top employers for up-and-coming engineers: in the "trendence Graduate Barometer 2012", the medical equipment company holds 96th place in the "German Engineering Edition". Ottobock has moved up another ten spots compared to the prior year, coming out ahead of renowned companies such as Deutsche Telekom, Henkel and Hewlett-Packard. The "trendence Graduate Barometer"

Prof. Hans Georg Näder is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of the NADA effecti …

Prof. Hans Georg Näder is the new chairman of the supervisory board of the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) effective immediately. The 50-year-old is an entrepreneur and CEO of the Otto Bock group. "As an active deep-sea sailor and decades-long member of the global Paralympic family, clean sports are an integral part of my culture," said Näder on Tuesday after being elected for five years by the NADA supervisory board in

Centre for Healthcare Technology

Opening with Premier McAllister The ZHT Centre for Healthcare Technology of the PFH Private University of Göttingen combines orthopaedic expertise with scientific competence. It is a unique facility in the world and its goal is to raise the quality of patient care to a new level. The facility was officially opened on Monday, March 19, 2012, by the President of the PFH, Professor Dr. Bernt Sierke. Premier of Lower Saxony David McAllister,

Outstanding Design

Four iF awards for Ottobock Products With the Triton prosthetic foot, the 3R93 therapy knee joint and the Genu Sensa knee support, no less than three Ottobock products have been recognised with the iF product design award 2012. Carbon fibre woven prepreg, a high-performance fibre composite material developed by Ottobock, also received the iF material design award. The iF product design award is one of the most renowned design competitions worldwide. It

Wheelchair Safari Tour

Ottobock Supports Hanover Adventure Zoo Free rides in the adventure zoo: the medical technology company Ottobock has donated ten new wheelchairs, which are made available to visitors free of charge, to the Hanover zoo. 99-year-old Erna Bönig, who was visiting the zoo with her daughter, granddaughter and great-grandson Maximilian, took the first test drive. The tour took her down a long ramp into the underwater world of Canada, where the polar

Ottobock YouTube Channel

Global Presence on Leading Video Platform Ottobock is now represented with its own channel on the YouTube video portal. Visitors have access to a wide variety of Ottobock videos from the Prosthetics, Socket Technologies and Mobility Solutions divisions, clearly illustrating the benefits of our solutions. The number of videos and the topics covered are gradually being expanded. YouTube also offers a variety of features for its users: if they like the Ottobock

Kelly Cartwright: World Record and New Goals on the Way to London 2012

Olympic stars such as world track and field athlete Sally Pearson and Paralympic hopefuls like Kelly Cartwright are preparing for London with a series of joint competitions during this Australian summer. Both of them drew attention to themselves during the Qantas Australian Athletics Tour on 28 January in Adelaide. Pearson with two predominant wins in the 100 and 200 metres, Cartwright with a new world record for female transfemoral amputees

Journeyman's Examination at Ottobock

Success is when people walk again Having successfully passed their journeyman's examinations as prosthetists, all seven graduates are also guaranteed jobs. They received advance confirmation from the companies that trained them, provided they passed in theory and practice. Everything went like clockwork with an average mark of 2.0. "A strong group" exulted Karl Becker, member of the examination commission and Education Manager at Ottobock, when he received the results. Duderstadt has been hosting

From the Iron Hand to the High-Tech Prosthesis | "Hand_Craft" Special Exhibit in …

How research and development shape the future of humanity is a topic which is constantly being explored in the Science Center Medical Technology on the Potsdamer Platz. 270,000 visitors have made fascinating discoveries at the multimedia stations since the center was opened in June 2009, expanding their knowledge in the permanent exhibition which is open with free admission. Starting on June 16, 2011 the "Hand_Craft" special exhibit goes back 500 years

The New C-Leg® | Confidence in the Next Step

The new C-Leg® offers everyday reliability and safety, combined with new functionality to meet the individual needs of the user. Optimised swing phase control, enhanced stumble recovery and a higher weight limit up to 136 kg are just some of the innovations featured by this further development of a proven product. "Confidence in the next step": this is what many users of the C-Leg® have now been enjoying for 14 years

Double Gold for Otto Bock

Presentation of the iF product design and iF material awards at CeBIT in Hanover Double gold for Otto Bock at the presentation of the iF product design and iF material awards 2011: the third generation of the Avantgarde active wheelchair series recently received the iF product design award in gold at CeBIT in Hanover. The iF material award in gold was also presented for SKINGUARD® carbon resin, which is used in

Honours for Otto Bock in Canada

ottobock.com Corporate Award of the Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons The Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons (CFPDP) has honoured Otto Bock HealthCare Canada in Toronto with its prestigious Corporate Award. The award was presented at the Great Valentine Gala with 900 guests, an annual event that recognises the enduring commitment to people with disabilities since 1991. In announcing its decision, the Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons stated that "Otto Bock