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 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.


ANAÏS - communication apprentice

Anaïs used to work in tourism before her conversion in communication, with the aim of having a transversal path. She’s now working as Community Manager for ORTHOPUS, altering with studies of Animation and Management of communication networks.

JOSEPH-JOWEL R&D mecanical engineering intern

After a degree in Mechanical and Production Engineering at Avray, Joseph-Jowel integrate the Lyon’s school INSA in Mechanical Engineering, and integrate the ORTHOPUS crew for a 5 months final internship. 

His internship’s goal is about realizing the developpement in design office of myoelectric hand prosthesis as part as Côme’s thesis project.


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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