Ottobock’s Science Center Berlin recently marked its 5-anniversary, more than 525,000 visitors have explored the center since its inauguration in June 2009 by Hans Georg Näder, president and CEO, Ottobock.
The center’s architecture, an Ottbock news release notes, features a distinctive design based upon the structure of muscle fibers, along with three floors of exhibits intended to illustrate how complex the movement patterns of the body are and how sophisticated medical technology needs to be in order to restore human mobility.
The displays, the release says, encourage hands-on interaction to “Discover what moves us” and explore topics such as walking and grasping, how stimuli is processed from the environment, how innovative technology solutions are based upon nature, a look beneath the skin and into anatomy, the statistical risk of sustaining diabetes of stroke, and other common causes that lead to the necessity of a prosthesis or wheelchair.
The Science Center Berlin is also built to provide a unique stage for the topic of mobility where scientific, political, and orthopedic technology experts worldwide can converge to exchange ideas.
Scott Schneider, chief marketing officer, Ottobock North America, designates the center as a great success, since it has seen more than half a million visitors who have included ambassadors, heads of state, military officials, politicians, and popular artists.
“There is special significance with its location in the heart of the city, as Ottobock was founded in Berlin in 1919. The company has in a sense returned to its roots to offer inspiration and education regarding human mobility, and it’s gratifying to consider the large numbers from all walks of life who have been exposed to the orthotic and prosthetic and complex rehab industries due to this endeavor,” Schneider says.