Danny Florence lost his right arm and both legs to Meningitis and Septicaemia when he was just five years old. Nothing could stop Danny from getting around with his chair and prosthetic legs, but he has never had the use of his right arm or hand.
Foresight portfolio company, Open Bionics, manufactures the world’s first clinically approved 3D-printed bionic arm. With a mission to turn disabilities into superpowers, the Bristol-based team has engineered a product at a fraction of the cost of a standard prosthetic arm, which is both more durable and more flexible.
Just over a year ago, Danny’s life changed once again with the arrival of his baby boy, Joshua. That was the trigger for Danny and his fiancé Danielle to start a funding page to finance a Hero Arm. With their fundraising and the support of a grant, the Open Bionics team was able to manufacture his Hero Arm for fitting around Joshua’s first birthday in December 2019.
The very first thing Danny did with his arm was to write his son’s name for the first time The Hero Arm has been a “game changer” and Danny is thrilled that regular father son stuff like playing crazy golf is no longer inconceivable, although at this point, he’s mostly helping Danielle with nappy changing duties!
Foresight invested into Open Bionics at the start of 2019 through the Foresight Williams Technology EIS Fund. This fund, a unique collaboration with Williams Advanced Engineering, is dedicated to investing into early-stage, disruptive technologies, capturing the essence of a ‘smarter future’.
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