Augment Bionics is a medical device start-up founded at the University of Edinburgh in 2019. Our company is focused on producing highly functional and affordable bionic prosthetic arms.
Augment Bionics' mission is to ensure that prosthetic users do not have to sacrifice quality for affordability when seeking a device suitable for their needs. Our innovative product concepts combine smart engineering techniques and user-centric designs to create the most functional devices at their given price point.
At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, our team was honoured to help our frontline workers in acquiring PPE during a severe national shortage. Throughout the course of March - June 2020, Augment Bionics provided over 60,000 medical face shields to 62 different NHS locations across the UK. In addition, Augment Bionics distributed face shields abroad, where the effects of the Coronavirus had also taken hold.
As a socially responsible business, generating a positive social impact both in the UK and in emerging markets abroad remains at the heart of our operations and an integral part of our vision.
Pedro is a Post-Graduate student in Energy Technologies at Cambridge University. Originally from Portugal, he studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Edinburgh, where he developed a passion for Mechatronics. After discovering the wonders of 3D printing and cheap, user-friendly electronics, he realised there was potential to help the amputee community through the introduction of affordable, yet functional, robotic prosthetics. After nearly 1 year of sketches and blueprints, he gathered a team in 2017 to turn this dream into a reality. Co-managing this team with Hubert Taczyński was an amazing experience and he is looking forward to see the exciting developments of the new team.
Hubert is currently a Master's in Management student at HEC Paris. His BSc in Medical Sciences initiated his passion for MedTech, which was further fuelled by Augment Bionics. As Pedro's good friend, he got inspired by his vision and contributed to AB's conception and initial execution. He eventually helped Pedro scale up the project and make the first prototype happen. He hopes to see the startup redefine affordable prosthetics and improve the lives of thousands.