Captain of the project

Doctor in Robotics, co-founder of Aldebaran Robotics in 2005 (today SoftBank Robotics), David Gouaillier defended his PhD around the design of the NAO humanoid robot, well-tried 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 a startup in November 2018 in Nantes called ORTHOPUS. His purpose: bringing new solutions to people with disabilities and widening the access to technical aids on a global scale. 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

Experienced engineer specialised in mechatronics, Thibault spent 4 years working at the Aldebaran Robotics Advanced Mecatronic Lab. Here at ORTHOPUS, he steers the mechanical development of our medical devices by combining industry-derived techniques to the Maker culture.


Dorothée - Strategy & development manager

Science Po graduate, Dorothée landed in the world of digital manufacturing and Open Source in 2012 during the first Francophone FabLabs Meeting. Passionate about innovation, she is in charge of ORTHOPUS’ economic and strategic development as well as its communication.

Florian Armange
Florian Armange

Florian - Embedded systems engineer

Trained as an embedded systems engineer, Florian is specialised in robot actuator control. Here at ORTHOPUS, he develops adaptable and modular robotic technical aids designed to help people with limited mobility.

Côme Butin
Côme Butin

Côme - Mechatronic engineer

Trained as an engineer specialised in mechatronics, Côme is currently undertaking a CIFRE dissertation with the Laboratoire des Sciences du Numérique de Nantes (LS2N). Here at ORTHOPUS, he is in charge of developing a new accessible myoelectric prosthetic hand and monitors the progress made by research in this specific field.

Thomas Solatges
Thomas Solatges

Thomas - robotic engineer

Doctor in Robotics, Thomas defended his PhD on the modelling, design and control of robots. Prolific inventor, his garage is larger than a fablab! Here at ORTHOPUS, he brings his cross-functional expertise to the various R&D projects.

Mona Jamois
Mona Jamois

Mona - Communication & marketing officer

Communication Officer for ten years, Mona has sharpened her tools in the associative community at the crossroads between the Fablabs world, Social Economy and scientific and technical cultures. Here at ORTHOPUS, she implements and drives the communication and marketing strategy.

Lea - Regulatory Affairs officer

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

Alexane - MARKETING & SALES apprentice

Student at the Business School of Nantes, Alexane joins the crew for a one year long apprenticeship. At ORTHOPUS, she is in charge of business, marketing and communication missions.

Romain - mechanical engineering intern

Mechanical engineering student at the University of Technology of Compiègne, Romain is completing his end-of-course internship at ORTHOPUS to contribute to the 2 motors arm support development project. More specifically, he is studying the movement transmission between the motors and the arm.

Julie - mechanical engineering intern

Mechanical engineering student at the UTC, Julie realizes her engineer assistant internship at ORTHOPUS and contributes to the development of robotic solutions. More specifically, she works on the design of the one motor arm support, and the production of prototypes.

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 and validate our frugal innovation approach.

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