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About Us

An original photo of Ottobock founder Otto Bock and his colleague
An original photo of Ottobock founder Otto Bock and his colleague
An original photo of Ottobock founder Otto Bock and his colleague

For over 100 years, our mission has been to restore and improve independence for people with mobility challenges. We take pride in the quality and advanced technology that are reflected in our product lines. The people who work for us believe in our mission – taking it as a personal commitment to help make a difference for people who depend on one of our medical products to be more active.

Our history
Ottobock was founded in Germany in 1919 by Otto Bock, a prosthetist. In the early 20th century, Otto Bock transformed the way prosthetic limbs were made. Instead of carving wood to fit a patient, he applied manufacturing techniques and created separate components (like knees and feet) that could be combined, altered or customized to create a limb that was still unique to each patient – but wasn’t built from scratch.

His vision of restoring mobility lives on today, growing to serve the world with more than 340 patient care centers, 4 research hubs and 60 locations worldwide.

The company is headquartered in Duderstadt, Germany, and has more than 8,000 employees.

North America
In 1958, our North American headquarters were established in Minneapolis, Minnesota and currently resides in Austin, Texas. Our Canadian branch was founded in 1978 and is located in Burlington, Ontario.

North America has led the way in advocating for and supporting local needs while still tapping into a global network of research and development, manufacturing, and clinical expertise. The people who use our products benefit from the synergy of a worldwide organization complemented by a local connection.

Finally, Ottobock continues to give back to the community, supporting various charities and projects that are consistent with our mission of restoring independence.