Capitain 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.

Pirates ans sailors on board

Thibault -

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


Dorothée -

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 -

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 -

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 -

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 -

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.

Kenza -

Mechanical engineering student at the INSA in Lyon, Kensa joined ORTHOPUS as part of her end-of-course internship. She develops test benches in order to evaluate the resistance of mechanical hand prosthetics in views of their CE certification.

Okba -

Mechanical engineering student at the INSA in Lyon, Okba is completing his end-of-course internship at ORTHOPUS and is making his contribution to the myoelectric prosthetic hand development project. More specifically, he studies new kinematics with a view to tailor the thumb’s motion to our solution.

Clément -

Mechanical engineering student at the INSA in Lyon, this young ship boy, currently completing his end-of-course internship, joined the ORTHOPUS crew with a view to take part in the development of new robotic technical aids. He is in charge of sizing, designing and prototyping these assistive solutions.

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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