Research and development

Research and development work

Research and development work at the Vienna location

Medtech company Ottobock, the global market leader in the field of prosthetics, develops and produces high-tech products for people with limited mobility. In addition to fabrication, it’s the research and development department that makes Vienna one of the company’s key locations.
Vienna is home to outstanding research and development achievements in the medical technology sector. Using its Vienna location as a base, Ottobock is involved in national and international cooperative partnerships in the field of research and development. These include projects in the area of neurorehabilitation, clinical research, technologies and materials.

Research partners include, among others:

the Medical University of Vienna
Research and development work is carried out with various hospitals at the Medical University of Vienna, including the University Hospital for Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.

the Christian Doppler Laboratory for the Restoration of Extremity Functions
The Christian Doppler Laboratory (CD Laboratory) for the Restoration of Extremity Functions in Vienna was officially opened in 2012. Here, employees from Ottobock and the Medical University of Vienna research ways to restore the functions of the extremities and make optimal use of mechanical devices as replacements for the extremities.

the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC)
The Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago (RIC) has been the leading rehabilitation institution in the USA for over 25 years. Dr Todd Kuiken developed the method of targeted muscle reinnervation (TMR), an innovative surgical technique which enables the user to control prostheses intuitively, at the RIC in 2002. This development marked the beginning of the RIC's cooperation with Ottobock.
In 2009, Ottobock's owner and then-CEO, Prof. Hans-Georg Näder, founded the Max Näder Laboratory at the RIC in honour of his father. The goal of this laboratory is to carry out and advance cutting-edge scientific research focusing on technology in the field of prosthetics and orthotics in order to help those affected regain their autonomy and retain their independence.

the Göttingen University Hospital (UMG)
This partnership, which focuses on the subjects of using human-machine interfaces to control orthopaedic technology devices, phantom pain and neurorehabilitation, was initiated by the Vienna location and is currently supervised by R&D in Duderstadt. Prof. Dario Farina from the UMG and Dr Bernhard Graimann from Ottobock represent the respective partners within these efforts.

Dr Andreas Hahn collaborates with the UMG in the area of clinical research.

A further focus of the cooperative partnership is the Orthobionics course of study, which is overseen primarily by Dr Michael Hasenpusch.

the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (ETH Zurich)
The Sensory Motor Systems Lab (SMS Lab) at ETH Zurich provides academic supervision for Ottobock research projects in the form of external dissertations and theses. The SMS Lab is working to optimise human-machine interaction and design corresponding mechatronic machines. The result is an ideal breeding ground for product innovations.

the Technical University of Vienna (TU Wien) and the Technical University of Berlin (TU Berlin)
Ottobock shares a long-term, successful cooperative partnership with both of these universities.

Operations

Medtech company Ottobock aims to maintain its position as the global market leader in the field of prosthetics. Its infrastructure, cooperative partnerships with universities, highly qualified employees and young talent all play a role in making the Vienna location the driving force for innovation within the Otto Bock Group.

The newly constructed production building ensures a high level of added value at the Vienna location. State-of-the-art mechatronic prostheses are not only developed but also produced for the global market here.

Technological leadership in the field of electronics

Ottobock in Vienna is a technological leader in the field of electronics. The electronics fabrication department plays a key role in developing and establishing new processes and procedures in order to maintain and further develop the production location in Vienna. The development of high-tech products ushered in the use of new technologies.

Manual fabrication combined with high-tech equipment

In the mechanics, plastics and electronics fabrication departments, individual components are joined together and mounted by hand to form assemblies. Manual fabrication is supplemented by the use of various high-tech devices, including an electronically-controlled automatic placement machine for circuit boards.

Latest products developed at the Vienna location

Michelangelo Hand

C-Leg 4

Genium X3

Genium

DynamicArm Plus and TMR

C-Brace©