Captain of the project

Doctor in Robotics, co-founder of Aldebaran Robotics in 2005 (now SoftBank Robotics), David Gouaillier defended his PhD thesis on the design of the humanoid robot NAO, tested with children with autism spectrum disorders.

As an expert in motion engineering, David decided to put his technical skills at the service of mankind and launched the startup ORTHOPUS in November 2018. His purpose: providing new solutions to people with disabilities and improving access to assistive technologies worldwide. His motivation: offering high-tech expertise at the crossroads between technology and solidarity.

David Gouaillier

Crew on board

Thibault Davasse
Thibault Davasse

Thibault - Mechatronic engineer

Thibault is a specialist of robotic subsystems conception. He has more than 7 years of experience (research in actuators, bionic hand conception) including 5 years at Aldebaran Robotics’ Advanced Mecatronic Lab. At ORTHOPUS he steers the development of our medical devices range: he coordinates R&D (from conception to manufacturing) and the quality process. He also is the crew’s Happiness Manager.


Dorothée - Strategy & development manager

Science Po graduated, Dorothée is a specialist in innovative and sustainable projects. She worked in the sectors of scientific research and technological innovation for 7 years (research institute, hardware start-up, NGO). Today, she’s in charge of ORTHOPUS’ strategic and economic development in order to bring to life and achieve the company’s social mission by having a positive impact on society.

Florian Armange
Florian Armange

Florian - Embedded systems engineer

Florian is a specialist of robotic actuators control. He has more than 10 years of experience in the automobile and robotic sector, including 5 years at Aldebaran Robotics’ Advanced Mecatronic Lab. By combining his IT, electronic development skills and the coordination of the test phases, he becomes the embedded systems engineer that makes ORTHOPUS’s solutions work.

Côme Butin
Côme Butin

Côme - Mechatronic engineer

Trained as an engineer specialised in engineering and robotics, Côme is currently undertaking a CIFRE dissertation about the development of a new accessible prosthetic hand with the Laboratoire des Sciences du Numérique de Nantes (LS2N). Coupled with that, he develops intuitive control methods for ORTHOPUS medical devices.

Thomas Solatges
Thomas Solatges

Thomas - robotic engineer

Arts & Métiers and ISEA Supaero graduated, Thomas defended his PhD on the modelling, design and control of robots. He gathered 7 years of experience by working on zero gravity experimentations, hardware and software conception of a flexible robotic arm and an agricultural autonomous robot. At ORTHOPUS he contributes with his technical expertise to the different R&D projects.

Mona Jamois
Mona Jamois

Mona - Communication & marketing officer

Specialised in scientific and technical culture for 10 years, Mona is experienced at the crossroads between social economy, digital manufacturing and the fablab world. Her skills range from transmedia communication, to building effective networks and event planning. Here at ORTHOPUS she implements and drives the communication and marketing strategy.  

Lea - Regulatory Affairs officer

Specialised in the medical devices field, Léa had a scientific and pharmaceutical background before pursuing into regulatory. Here at ORTHOPUS, she is leading the quality policy to assure the safety of people who use our solutions.


Sylvain - Production manager

After studies in microtechnologies, Sylvain aimed his career in the health sector, with the idea of producing products that give patients life improvements. During his 18 years of experience in medical devices, Sylvain became specialized in management, manufacturing and pharmaceuticals products industrialization, in keeping with quality standards. At ORTHOPUS, he ensure the manufacture ( production and assembly) of robotics assistants. 

Sébastien Chauveau

Sébastien - User care & sales manager

Coming from paramedicals, Sebastien has more than 20 years of experience in the optical sector, including commercial development and product conception. He also has a university degree of fabmanager-facilitator. At ORTHOPUS, he’s the distributor’s privileged contact for our technical aid marketing, in France and Europe. He has the major mission of taking care of our users by bringing forward their needs to the ORTHOPUS team.

Baptiste - industrialization manager

Graduated of Polytech Tours in speciality Mechanics and Systems Conception, Baptiste has more than 6 years of experience as R&D Project Manager. His skills range from products developpement to industrialization, passing by robotization of integrated processes on production lines. At ORTHOPUS, Baptiste is in charge of robotics assistants industrialization : providing a link between production and R&D, developing device improvements, and optimizing manufacturing processes.

Pierre - content manager

After obtaining a Bachelors degree in the field of communication and marketing, followed by a second in Graphic Design with a specialization in Webdesign, Pierre gained experience working in diversed communication agences, mainly in the digital field. Creative and passionate about social network, he is currently content manager at ORTHOPUS.

Sophie - Business Developer Europe

Graduated of ESCP Europe, Sophie has been leading international projects with a strong technological focus for more than 10 years. Before joining our team, she created two marketplaces with strong environmental and societal challenges. At ORTHOPUS, she develops and manages new markets with the aim of equipping as many people as possible who need upper limb robotic assistance.

Maëlle - Office manager

Maëlle has been working for 10 years at the crossroads between technological, social and educational innovation, particularly in the world of fablabs. She has worked in structuring, leading and developing cooperative projects. At Orthopus, she is responsible for cross-functional tasks (administration, logistics, human resources) that contribute to the well-being and development of the ship and its crew.

Iséa - Mechatronics engineer

Graduated of ENSIBS in mechatronics, Iséa has already completed her end-of-study internship at ORTHOPUS. After an initial experience in automation and industrial robotics, she is back for 6 months with the role of R&D support on the subject of actuators.

Paul - mechatronics R&D trainee

Paul, a future robotics engineer and graduate of ICAM Lille, is joining the company for 6 months as part of his end-of-studies internship. After completing a research thesis on the control of collaborative robots at the ARSControl Lab in Reggio Emilia (Italy), he will participate in the design of the ORTHOPUS Partner, as well as the tooling required for its production.

Pauline - Industrialisation and R&D Trainee

In her final year of engineering school at INSA Lyon, Pauline is joining ORTHOPUS for 6 months as part of her end-of-studies internship. Specialising in Mechanical Engineering, she has already worked in the field of biomechanics, designing an experimental test bench for stents in collaboration with the HCL – Hospices Civils Lyonnais. She will be using her knowledge to help industrialise the Supporter and Partner arm brace.

Amélie - Quallity and regulatory trainee

A future graduate in biomedical engineering from the ISFIC in Besançon, Amélie is joining the crew for her 4 months end-of-study internship. After training in medical devices, she specialised in mobility aids during a internship at CEA-List on the design of an exoskeleton. She will be responsible for quality and regulatory monitoring of the devices designed by ORTHOPUS.


Home port

ORTHOPUS, our ship, is currently berthed at the Karting, a business centre located on l’Île de Nantes, in the close vicinity of the Elephant (Machines de l’Île) and near the Hangar à Bananes.

Our R&D Lab is equipped with numerous prototyping machines (electronic, 3D printers) thus enabling us to quickly prototype our solutions.

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