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Scottish Enterprise provides funding helping hand to Össur to develop new prosthetic products

Prosthetic technology specialist Össur, based in Livingston, has gained support from Scottish Enterprise to develop new products to add to its range of upper limb solutions.

The company has received a research and development grant of £400,000 towards a total project of £2million that will support partial hand technologies and enable the development of a new upper limb device.

Innovation Minister Richard Lochhead visited the company’s new 30,000 sq ft site in Livingston today (Wednesday 6 September) to learn how Össur’s prosthetics products enable people to carry out tasks like reaching for a book or a loved one’s hand to hold.

Mr Lochhead met with a user of the prosthetic products and the team of Össur engineers involved in building innovative prosthetic hand solutions and said: “I welcome the latest investment by Össur, on behalf of Touch Bionics, at its Livingston facility and its ongoing partnership with Scottish Enterprise, who have provided Research & Development funding for the project.

“Our National Innovation Strategy places a strong focus on technologies where we can be demonstrably world leading, with Healthtech being a key target. But as well as this being positive news for the local economy and an important step for Scotland’s innovation sector, this project also offers the prospect of enhancing people’s lives, making it an even more valuable contribution to not just our economy, but our society.”

Andrew Gannon is an artist and ambassador of Össur’s products who is based in Edinburgh and has been using prosthetics after being born with a limb difference. He spoke of the difference the i-limb® has made to him: "I have used prosthetics practically my whole life and when my prosthetist asked me to try out the i-limb at first I had no expectations, however, it became very apparent in the first few hours of using it that I was never going back as it has reduced pain and damage to my arm and is a great improvement on my previous prosthetics."

Scottish Enterprise managing director of innovation and investment Jane Martin said: “Scottish Enterprise has supported the company over many years from its early days as a spinout. Össur’s plans to further develop a range of prosthetic hand solutions to improve the mobility of people across the world is truly inspirational and is also a great example of how an acquisition can boost business growth in Scotland.

“Össur’s investment and next-level product development highlights how purpose-driven companies can transform lives, grow our economy, and Scotland’s international reputation as a place to innovate and scale your business.”

Össur vice president of R&D upper limb prosthetics Hugh Gill said: “This grant allows additional engineers to join Össur to continue developing unique products supporting individuals to live ‘Life Without Limitations’ as is our motto. We are delighted with the support we have had from Scottish Enterprise on our journey to improve people’s mobility.”

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Picture caption main image: l to r:  Innovation Minister Richard Lochhead, Scottish Enterprise managing director of innovation Jane Martin and Össur vice president of R&D upper limb prosthetics Hugh Gill

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Image 2 shows l to r: Össur vice president of R&D upper limb prosthetics Hugh Gill, Scottish Enterprise managing director of innovation Jane Martin, Innovation Minister Richard Lochhead and Össur ambassador Andrew Gannon 

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About Össur

Össur (Nasdaq Copenhagen: OSSR) is a leading global provider of innovative mobility solutions that help people live a Life Without Limitations®. For over 50 years, Össur has had a strong purpose rooted in positively impacting people’s health and well-being. A recognized “Technology Pioneer”, Össur focuses on improving people’s mobility through the delivery of solutions that advance patient care. Significant investment in research and development has led to over 2,000 patents, award-winning designs, successful clinical outcomes, and steady growth. Össur is committed to sustainable business practices and is signatory to the UN Global Compact, UN Women’s Empowerment Principles, and contributes to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Össur operates globally and has around 4,000 employees.

Össur media contact:

Edda H. Geirsdottir, VP Corporate Communications
+354 664 1055