Open Bionics makes top 50 robotics companies to watch in 2015

Issue date: 18 February 2015

A south west start-up has been ranked amongst Dyson, Google, and Panasonic as one of the Top 50 robotics companies to watch in 2015.

The international RBR50 list named Open Bionics, a start-up based at the Technology Business Incubator at Bristol Robotics Laboratory, as one of the most noteworthy companies in the global robotics industry for 2015.

Chosen by the robotics community through the Robotics Business Review, RBR50 companies are recognized based on their innovation, ground-breaking application, commercial success and potential, and represent many different levels and facets of the robotics ecosystem.

Open Bionics was considered for their ground-breaking work into 3D printed robotic prosthetic hands.

Joel Gibbard, Open Bionics' founder, said, “Looking at the list and seeing our start-up's name feels incredible. Pretty much every single company on the list is a company I have aspired to work for in the past and certainly aspire to match in their success in innovation in the future.”

This international compilation spans 11 countries and in addition to the large conglomerates, 20% of the list is comprised of lesser-known start-ups. The RBR50 list is dynamic, with robotics companies entering and leaving on an annual basis and thus creating a list that is indicative of where the global robotics industry as a whole is headed.

“2015: Year of the Inflection Point in robotics. What a great time to be counted among the global best in the fastest rising industry in the world. Once again, the robotics community has done a stellar job in selecting those few to represent all,” says Tom Green, RBR Editor in Chief.

With the robotics industry more competitive than ever, new companies are popping up all the time. Of those companies, the RBR50 list outlines those who should be kept on your business radar.

This is the latest international recognition for the Bristol-based business after a string of recent award wins, including 'Best Product Innovation' at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Open Bionics is an award-winning robotics company based inside the Bristol Robotics Laboratory, a world renowned centre for excellence in robotics innovation and research. The company was founded in April 2014 and seeks to create affordable 3D printed robotic hands for amputees. The start-up has won multiple awards for innovation including 'Prosthetic Innovation of the Year'.

24-year-old Joel Gibbard is the CEO and founder of Open Bionics. Joel was recently named 'Britain's Design Engineer of the Year' at the British Engineering Excellence Awards, 'Founder of the Year' at the TechSpark awards, and is currently short-listed for Semta's 'Engineering Hall of Fame'.

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