How it all began
Hans von Holst, a neurosurgeon at Karolinska Hospital, had long wanted a product that enhances existing strength. His patients had some mobility in the arm and hand, but were too weak to do things that require strength. He wanted to help them to make use of the function that they had left.
Jan Wikander, professor in Mechatronics at the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), had long worked with robots of various kinds. Among these was a robotic hand.
Hans and Jan saw the opportunity to use the same robotic technology and turn it into a bionic glove with super powers. The idea was to create a glove that can help prevent stress injuries, in rehabilitation and provide support to people during their daily activities at home. This idea was presented to John Ingvast, PhD, who started to turn this vision into a product starting in May 2006. As a result, the three founded Bioservo Technologies. Johan is still active in the company today as Head of R&D, Hans holds a position in the Board of Directors and Jan is active in the Advisory Board.
Thanks to this background, we combine medical knowledge with modern robotic technology to create innovative bionic, strength-supplying products for people with reduced muscle strength or in need of extra power.
Bioservo has its headquarters and production in Kista, north of Stockholm, Sweden.