Assistive technology everywhere for everyone

Access to assistive technology is a real source of inequality for disabled persons in the world


do not have access to medical technical aids


live in a developing country

To meet these needs, ORTHOPUS develops equipment solutions dedicated to the motor handicap

Accessible solutions

Thanks to low-cost industrial manufacturing processes, we can provide frugal innovations and ethical pricing

CE certified equipment

That complies with European medical regulations in order to ensure patient safety and comfort

With open source

To promote the diffusion of our solutions, and best practices and unlock technology !

Our direction

Created in 2018, ORTHOPUS is a company that wants to provide access to technical aids in the world in order to :

Help persons with disabilities

and fight against exclusion and inequality around the world by making affordable technical aids

Increase the number of healthcare professionals

who contribute to the evolution of business lines and the emergence of new solutions, tools and processes

Create a sustainable business model

inspired by Open Source, Frugal Innovation and by values from the Social and Solidarity Economy

Our engagements

ORTHOPUS obtained ESUS accreditation in September 2019, which allows it to be officially recognized as a social and solidarity economy company (SSE)

We follow the recommendations of ISO 13485:2016 to meet the requirements of the Quality Management System (QMS) for medical devices

ORTHOPUS is a signatory to the Bologna Declaration, which is an international call to defend fundamental human rights by improving access to assistive technologies

Our home port

The ORTHOPUS, our ship is now moored at Karting, a business hotel located on the Island of Nantes , near the Machines de l’Île and a stone’s throw from the Hangar à Bananes

Our R&D lab is equipped with many prototyping tools (electronics, 3D printers) to quickly test our frugal innovation approach.

All our solutions will be documented in Open Source so that they can be reproduced and customized.

The crew

DAVID - Captain

Ph.D. in robotics, co-founder of Aldebaran Robotics, David completed his thesis on the design of the NAO robot. Wishing to put his technical skills to good use in the service of people, he created ORTHOPUS to bring new solutions to people with disabilities.

DOROTHEE - Navigator

A graduate of Sciences Po, Dorothée discovered digital manufacturing and Open Source in 2012 at the first meeting of French-speaking fablabs. She is in charge of the economic and strategic development of ORTHOPUS and manages communication.

THIBAULT - R&D Explorer

Thibault is an experienced mechatronics engineer who spent 4 years at the Advanced Mecatronic Lab in Aldebaran Robotics. At ORTHOPUS, he leads the development of prosthetic solutions by combining techniques from industry with Maker culture and 3D printing.

THANH - R&D Sailor

Currently studying the Control and Robotics master program at Ecole Centrale de Nantes, Thanh is passionate about robotics and eager to learn everything related. He joins ORTHOPUS as an intern to develop a framework of mechanical testing for prototypes at ORTHOPUS.

FLORIAN - R&D Explorer

Trained as an embedded systems engineer, Florian is a specialist in the control of robot actuators. At ORTHOPUS, he designs adaptable and modular robotic technical aids to help people with limited mobility.

CÔME - R&D Explorer

Mechatronics engineer, Côme is conducting a CIFRE thesis with the Nantes Digital Sciences Laboratory (LS2N). At ORTHOPUS, he creates a new accessible myoelectric prosthesic hand and follows the progress of research in this field.

ROBIN - R&D Sailor

As a mechatronics engineering student at the INSA of Lyon, Robin is doing his final year internship at ORTHOPUS in order to help Florian develop a prototype of Robotic Technical Aid. He works on the kinematics of the aid as well as on the integration of the engine.

They support us

They finance us

ORTHOPUS is financed up to € 680K by business angels and other funders including

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