The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, and the Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, took in conjunction with the EU summit in Gothenburg the opportunity to get to know more about an innovation that sparked the curiosity of them both: the first mind-controlled arm prosthesis used in daily life. Innovations were on the agenda when Emmanuel Macron and Stefan Löfven jointly visited the Volvo Group headquarters on 17 November. Various innovations were presented to the visitors during a guided tour, among other things the arm prosthesis which is neurally controlled by the patient´s thoughts. The prosthesis is developed by Max Ortiz Catalan, researcher at Chalmers department of Electrical Engineering, in collaboration with the company Integrum and Sahlgrenska University Hospital.
The French president was keenly interested and asked several questions about this novel technology that is changing the lives of amputees. Max Ortiz Catalan was accompanied by Integrum’s CEO and a patient who demonstrated his new bone-anchored arm prosthesis with neural control to the visitors.
”A handful of large multinational companies were invited to showcase their most innovative technology, and then us, smaller in comparison but nevertheless with a ground breaking technology of great impact. President Macron and Prime Minister Löfven were genuinely interested in our work and what it represents for patients with missing limbs,” says Max Ortiz Catalan.