Otto Bock

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Otto Bock HealthCare GmbH
Industry Orthopaedic
Founded Berlin, Germany (13 January 1919 (13 January 1919))
Founder Otto Bock
Headquarters Duderstadt, Germany
Key people
Hans Georg Näder
Products wheelchair, prosthetic, artificial limbs
Revenue €456.9 million (2007)
Number of employees
3730 (2007)
Iraq War veteran Tammy Duckworth wearing a C-Leg on her right side

Otto Bock is a German prosthetics company situated in Duderstadt.[1]

It was founded in 1919 by its namesake prosthetist, Otto Bock (1881–1960). It was created in response to the large number of injured veterans from World War I.

The Otto Bock Corporation has been responsible for several innovations in prosthetics, including the pyramid adapter (a highly adjustable linkage for prosthetic parts) and the C-Leg, a computerized knee that adaptively varies its passive resistance to suit the patients' different walking gaits.

A medical science center (German: Science Center Medizintechnik) is being built by the company in Berlin to celebrate 90 years of its foundation.[2]

In 1958, a US-based corporate headquarters was established in Minneapolis, Minnesota under the name Ottobock. In March 2014, the company announced it would relocate its headquarters to Austin, Texas.[3] The logistics facility will relocate to Louisville, Kentucky, and manufacturing will be moved to Salt Lake City, Utah.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Otto Bock Healthcare wins the red dot: best of the best three times in this year's red dot award: product design". Retrieved 2009-05-08. 
  2. ^ "A Science Center for Otto Bock at Potsdamer Platz". Retrieved 2009-05-08. 
  3. ^ Grattan, Robert (31 March 2014). "German Health Care Manufacturer to Bring U.S. Headquarters, 110 Jobs to Austin". Austin Business Journal. Retrieved 23 August 2016. 
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  5. ^ "Ottobock moves operations to Louisville", Lower Extremity Review, April 2014, p. 66

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