New product development takes an interdisciplinary and multifaceted approach


Photo: A researcher explains to a patient where the future prosthesis takes the muscle signals for controlling the prosthesis in his arm; Copyright: Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA

For medical technology companies in particular, the focus is also on research. This is the case with the collaboration between MedUni Vienna and Ottobock on the topic of Targeted Muscle Reinnervation (TMR), which promises more intuitive prosthetic control.

Why innovations don’t always come from the manufacturer

Photo: a screen in the centre console of a car, which shows how much space is left when parking; Copyright: PantherMedia/ifeelstock

LUCI is similar to the parking assistant in cars. Using sensors, the system scans the environment and stops the electric wheelchair in front of an obstacle if necessary.

MEYRA: Involving end users in the development process

Photo: A man in the iCHAIR MEYLIFE, next to him a woman, both looking out of the window of a white, futuristic room; Copyright: MEYRA GmbH

The latest member of the MEYRA product family is the iCHAIR MEYLIFE. The electric wheelchair was developed for complex clinical pictures and can therefore be individually adapted to the needs of the user.

Interdisciplinary collaboration drives developments

Photo: A physiotherapist during gait training with a patient wearing the exo-suit on her right leg; Copyright: ReWalk Robotics GmbH

The Soft Exo-Suit enables stroke patients to train their gait more effectively.

ReStore Exo-Suit: Developed with experts and users

Photo: Anne Hofmann; Copyright: private