Our mission since 1919

We help people maintain or regain their freedom of movement.

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Ottobock Ambassador Anna Schaffelhuber | Paralympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018 | Getty Images for Ottobock

Passion for Paralympics

Our partnership with the International Paralympic Committee started in Seoul in 1988. Ottobock has been at every Summer and Winter Paralympic Games ever since, paving the way for good sportsmanship between the athletes.

We are a loyal partner, providing the athletes with our free technical service in all disciplines – from the 100-metre dash to wheelchair basketball, and from the biathlon to sledge hockey.

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The third generation

Professor Hans Georg Näder

The grandson of the company’s founder, Professor Näder took over the company in 1990 at the age of 28. He considers himself a global citizen, and Ottobock has become the global market leader for prostheses under his visionary leadership.
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Julia Näder sitting on a sofa and smiling into the camera.
The fourth generation

Julia Näder

Professor Hans Georg Näder’s older daughter has been a member of the Ottobock Global Foundation’s Executive Board since the beginning of 2018. The 28-year-old business administration graduate is carrying on the Näder family’s long tradition through her social involvement and her work on behalf of children.
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The fourth generation

Georgia Näder

Georgia is Professor Hans Georg Näder’s younger daughter. She is a member of the European Supervisory Board of Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA and is also on the Executive Board of Näder Holding GmbH.
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The first generation

Marie and Otto Bock

Otto Bock founded Orthopädische Industrie GmbH in the Kreuzberg neighbourhood of Berlin in 1919 – a bona-fide startup in today’s terms. He revolutionised patient treatment by producing prosthetic components in series.
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Dr Max Näder with a Jüpa knee
The second generation

Dr Max and Maria Näder

Starting with almost nothing in 1947, Otto Bock’s son-in-law and his wife built up the location in Duderstadt. Initially a branch, the site is now the company’s headquarters. This is where Max Näder developed milestones in orthopaedic technology.
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