Rewarded degree project by Frida Svensson

We are so proud of our Frida Svensson who just finished her studies at Halmstad University and managed to get not less than 3 scholarships for her degree project “Blood simpling”.
Together with her partner Lisa Eliasson she developed a tool for blood specimen selection. The tool helps patient having a less painful experience when being sampled for blood. For some patients this procedure is quite simple, while others for different reasons suffer a lot. The tool helps getting it right at the first jab and is also suitable for kids.
Congratulations Frida – well done!

Read more about the degree project and the scholarships at:
Utexpo bjöd på inspiration, innovation och pengaregn – Högskolan i Halmstad (hh.se) (swedish)
Halland | Chalmerska Ingenjörsföreningen (avancez.se) (swedish)

Climbing Pont la Seyne sur Mere with the Xtend Foot

Our ambassador Valerie is truly an adventurous and charitable lady. Normally she does many tower runs that brings donations for charity, but since Covid hit us they have unfortunately all been cancelled.
So Valerie decided to make a run by herself and raise money for a renowned cancer hospital and research centre – Fondation Gustave Roussy – based in Paris. For this she will be climbing the Pont la Seyne sur Mere which has 231 steps. But since she is hoping to raise a minimum of 2310 euros, she decided to multiply her run by 10, which is basically 1 euro per step. All the donations will go to child cancer research at the foundation.
So Valerie’s goals are not to set a performance record but to raise as much money as she possibly can. It will be a challenge since the most she have ever climbed before has been 2000 steps and this tower run is going to be different from the others mainly as it’s an outdoor event and it may be windy or wet that day. Also the tower has metal steps and for the first time she will be going up and down twice with her prosthetic foot – Xtend foot. Usually she only climb with crutches and use the elevator to come down.

Best of luck to Valerie on May 19 – all the colleagues at Lindhe Xtend will of course be rooting and cheering!

Cascade Orthopedic Supply, LP and OrtoPed ULC to distribute Lindhe Xtend products in North America

Naperville, IL – February 22, 2021
Lindhe Xtend Inc. is pleased to announce they have partnered with Cascade Orthopedic Supply, LP, a North American distributor of orthotics and prosthetics. This agreement will facilitate the sale of Lindhe Xtend Inc. products into the United States and Canada.

“The strength of commercial channels , the nation-wide reach of Cascade, and OrtoPed’s access to the Canadian market, will allow Lindhe Xtend Inc. to immediately make our products available to O&P facilities across North America,” says Russell Cannon, Director of Sales, North America at Lindhe Xtend Inc.

The first products accessible through distribution will be the Xtend Connect line, a complete range of quick-change adapters. These adapters function similarly to other adapters on the market, but allow patients to safely and securely detach and attach specific parts of their prosthesis.

“Cascade and Ortoped are pleased to bring this unique Swedish innovation to the US market. The product range of the Xtend Connect can truly revolutionize daily activities of the user. Getting dressed, temporarily disconnecting segments for sitting comfort, or simply changing feet for different activities will be easier and quicker for many patients. Lindhe Xtend, founded by triple amputee Christoffer Lindhe, brings a true user perspective and fills a unique need for the market we serve,” says Nina Bondre, CPO, FAAOP, Clinical Educator at Cascade.

Products are available online to order immediately:
https://cascade-usa.com/product?productID=21808&Name=xtend%C2%AE-connect

ABOUT LINDHE XTEND
Lindhe Xtend is a Swedish-based group of companies, founded in 2013 by triple-amputee, Christoffer Lindhe.
The mission is to develop and commercialize innovative prosthetics based on true user needs. Under the motto ”Xtend your life” new products are constantly developed to further enhance the quality of life for amputees. Lindhe Xtend Inc is the US-subsidiary supporting the North American market.

ABOUT CASCADE ORTHOPEDIC SUPPLY, LP
Founded in 1973, Cascade Orthopedic Supply, LP is distinguished as the leading distributor of orthotics and prosthetics in North America. Cascade has four distribution facilities located in California, Texas, Illinois, and Pennsylvania, allowing overnight delivery anywhere in the contiguous United States at published ground rates. Cascade’s reputation is built on a continued commitment to superior service and support, investments in technology, and operational efficiency. Cascade distributes a broad range of products from more than 250 suppliers. As a leading provider in the industry, Cascade is committed to helping customers build a successful practice and deliver better patient care. Learn more at: www.cascade-usa.com

PRESS CONTACT
Susanna Rosander
Chief Marketing Officer, Lindhe Xtend Group
E-mail: susanna@lindhe.se

Taking lead on Quality and Regulatory

We are really happy to be welcoming Frida Svensson to our team. She will be taking on the role as Project leader within Quality and Regulatory as per February. Our very ambitious new employee is in parallel finishing her studies at University of Halmstad, and will become a bachelor in Innovation engineering at the end of spring semester 2021. With Frida’s competence and energy we will become even stronger at serving our customers and users with high performance and quality assured products.

A warm welcome to Frida!

Lindhe Xtend acquires Hydracoupler

True patient innovation is the core of Lindhe Xtend, and we now have the pleasure to announce the acquisition of all the intellectual property and full rights to the highly innovative system of Hydracoupler.

“This innovation fits very nicely with our idea to “Change & Connect Anything” on all prosthetic legs and will expand the reach of our current product portfolio of Xtend Connect”, says Christoffer Lindhe, Founder and Principal owner of Lindhe Xtend. “We truly believe in every prosthetic users’ right to adapt the prosthesis to their everyday life. Simple tasks like changing trousers or shoes are tricky for me and other amputees, so we want to make those tasks as easy and quick as they were before the amputation.”

The Hydracoupler makes it possible to detach a prosthetic leg even if the amputee uses a traditional foam-cover. The device will open the market for quick-change adapters even further and expand the addressable market for quick-change adapters. No other device on the market fits together with a foam-covered leg.

Hydracoupler is developed by the engineer Martin Adelholt, an amputee himself, and true user-based innovator.

“I am so glad that Lindhe Xtend and I could conclude this. I have been working on this innovation for several years and I also wear it myself, so seeing this product get out on the market and be accessible to other amputees, will mean a lot to me. Lindhe Xtend is one of few prosthetic companies that makes user-driven products, and I am convinced that they will benefit from that in the long term by supporting many amputees around the globe to live a simpler life with prosthetics. “says Martin Adelholt.

The acquisition was completed on December 4, 2020 and the product is expected to reach the market late 2021.

Read more about the Hydracoupler at https://www.hydracoupler.com/

Welcome Surehab India

We are so happy and proud to present our new distributor Surehab Healthcare in India. With the clinical expertise and broad presence in the country, Surehab has the ability and strength to bring our products and innovations to this fantastic market.

“India is a key market for the global expansion of Lindhe Xtend. We see the long term benefits of working together with Surehab and are confident that we will be represented in best of ways. We couldn’t be more excited to offer our products to the India market. With a steady annual increase of GDP in South Asia, the growth potential of this market is a key factor when we expand our territories.”   Marcus Åkesson, Sales Manager International Markets

Effective today, 1st Dec 2020, this strategic partnership will combine Lindhe Xtend innovative range of products in the field of prosthetics and Surehab’s clinical expertise to improve the people’s mobility. Working together, we will improve amputee lives also in India.

Welcome to the team, Surehab India!

Read more about Surehab here

 

Meet Valerie Hirschfield – Our new Ambassador

Who are you?
I’m a “French-South African” lady, married with children. I was born in Toulon (France) in 1964 and still an infant when my father decides he would like to emigrate and the whole family went off to South Africa. I grew up in a suburb of Johannesburg and studied, worked and had 2 of my 3 children there. The youngest was born in France as we moved back to Toulon in 1993.

What is your story?

In 2004 I suffered 3rd degree burns to my leg, which led to many surgeries and during one of these I caught an infection. Finally, I didn’t really have a choice but to amputate as septicaemia set in and that was a life-threatening condition.
I’ve been an amputee for 15 years now. After the amputation I just wanted to get straight back to my family as my kids were young and needed to have their mom back in their lives. So, I decided that I would finish off the summer holidays with them and when their school year was about to start, I would then go to rehab and learn how to walk using a prosthetic leg. By then I was so used to walking on crutches and without a prosthetic leg that the situation lasted 10 years. I finally got a prosthetic when in 2015 I came across a stand-up paddling race which takes place in Holland. The event is the “11 city SUP Tour”, a 220km race, going through 11 beautiful historical villages and over a five-day period. This was a real boost for me and since then I windsurf, snowboard, surf, play stand up tennis and of course walk in everyday life. Nowadays with prosthetics instead of crutches.

What does ”Xtend your life” mean to you?
I’m a person who likes to challenge myself and being out of my comfort zone triggers me. Of course, an amputation is a life changing situation in many ways,but I’m lucky enough to have a good prosthetic leg and foot. The motto “Xtend your Life”, doesn’t mean I will have extra years ahead of me, but will enable me to live life to its fullest in a comfortable and easier way. I like that motto and I could easily make it mine. I try to live my life in a healthy way, even if I tend to push my body to its limits. I just want to carry on with what I do for as long as I possibly can as that is very important both mentally and physically. Some say we should never look back, but I don’t agree. Looking ahead and moving on is great but one must look back to see just how much they have done and where they have come from.

Follow Valerie at Facebook https://www.facebook.com/valerie.hirschfield and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/val_hirschfield/

First man on the ground – North America

We are proud to present our newest team-member Russell Cannon. Russell has considerable experience in the O&P Industry, just recently as Territory Manager North East at Cascade Orthopedic Supply and brings a wealth of knowledge and a valuable network of contacts to our company.
Russell is taking the role as Director of Sales, North America and will play a vital role in taking our Lindhe Xtend products to the market. Russell will, together with the Customer Service team in Naperville (IL), be the core foundation of the newly established US-subsidiary, Lindhe Xtend Inc.

A warm welcome to Russell, we are excited to have you on the team!

You can reach Russell here

Winners of ”Double Challenge” with Dagens Industri

What a fantastic surprise it was to learn that we were appointed winners of Dagens Industri’s competition ”Double Challenge”. We will now get the opportunity to get equipped and coached through the ski-race ”Stafettvasan” in March as well as the running race ”Vasakvartetten” in August. Our team will have the obvious team-name ”Xtend Your Life” and team leader is of course Christoffer.

Wish us luck and stay tuned in our social channels!

To the article in Dagens Industri (in swedish) https://www.di.se/nyheter/de-antar-tuffa-utmaningen-blandning-av-fortjusning-och-skrack/

 

University thesis investigating quick change adapters

We aim to make life easier for amputees and therefore we find it very interesting that Karl Wilsborn and Kenneth Heggdal, prosthetist students at School of Health and Welfare, University of Jönköping, have made a study focusing on the need of quick change adapters. The study was qualitative and made through interviewing 6 users, half of them transtibial amputees and half of them transfemoral amputees.

The results of the study shows that the need of quick change adapters are highly subjective, and depends more on the individuals life style than general factors. The need seems to be depending on activity level, number of components, personal attitude and other subjective factors.
Today there are only two quick change adapters on the market, and these are the two used in the study. One of these are our product Xtend Connect and we are very happy that it was percieved to be slim, easy to use and durable.

Read the full thesis in swedish (summary in english available) 

Presenting Lindhe Xtend Inc

We have the pleasure to announce our new addition to the Lindhe Xtend family. Our subsidiary Lindhe Xtend Inc has now been established and our initial base for our US-expansion will be in Naperville, outside of the metropolitan area of Chicago, IL.
Recruitment for a sales and customer service team is ongoing and our operations will be fully up and running by the end of the year.

We are really excited to start our journey in the USA!

Should you have any questions, please direct them to President/CEO of Lindhe Xtend: Jessika Broström, info@lindheusa.com

Chief Marketing Officer – Susanna Rosander

We are proud to present our newest team-member Susanna Rosander. In order to assure the international expansion of our company, continue to build a strong brand and support the launch of our products in new countries, Susanna will be a great contribution to the team and in scaling up our marketing efforts. Susanna has held leading marketing positions in international companies like Getinge and Gerdmans and has an extensive knowledge in building strong presence in social and digital media. Susanna started her position in March and will share her time between Lindhe Xtend AB in Sweden and the newly established US-entity, Lindhe Xtend Inc.

OTB in Sweden, CEO Jessika Broström member of the Board

Lindhe Xtend has been a member of the Swedish OTB since 2017. The Swedish organization for companies in the Prosthetics & Orthotics gathers 50 Swedish O&P companies, both public and private in Sweden. The target of the organization is to support the industry and its role in the society.

This is a vision that is clearly shared with Lindhe Xtend and CEO, Jessika Broström says: “I am really proud to be a Member of the Board of this important organization. By influencing the O&P industry on many levels, today and tomorrow, we can assure that the patients best is in the forefront”.

Massons Healthcare, new distributor in New Zealand & Singapore

Halmstad, August 30 2018
It is a great pleasure to announce that Massons Healthcare will be our new distributor in New Zealand and Singapore. We welcome Massons Healthcare and their dedicated team as our distributor, and we are convinced that their clinical expertise and good contacts and channels in the selected markets, will fit well with the innovative products of Lindhe Xtend. Read more about Massons Healthcare
här.

OKO Solution exclusive distributor of Xtend Foot for France and its overseas territories

We are indeed very happy to announce that OKO Solution is our exclusive distributor for France and its overseas territories. The Xtend Foot will receive its LPPR-listing code within one and an half month and the product will be jointly demonstrated on OKO Solution’s stand at ISPO France, taking place in Lyon on November 8-9, 2017.
Read more about OKO Solution
here.
Halmstad, Sweden and Marseille, France. October 25, 2017

Lindhe Xtend receives prestigious Innovation Award 2015

Tylösand, October 30, 2015

Every year, Halmstad Näringsliv AB in cooperation with the University of Halmstad, hosts the Golden Awards Ceremony in Tylösand, outside Halmstad. The purpose of the Innovation Award is to support and motivate innovation-based companies to grow and become competitive on a global market.

Lindhe Xtend received the award with the following motivation:

The company has made a fantastic voyage so far and built a dynamic team, both in and outside the company and is constantly developing new innovations is close cooperation with the University of Halmstad. The combination of new innovative solutions and the highly competent team, is judged to be able to build an international growth company within Life Science, with products that gives amputees a chance to get a higher quality of life.

We are of course very proud over the price and after the Golden Awards Ceremony, Jessika Brostrom, CEO of Lindhe Xtend says:

It is very rewarding and exciting to get the Innovation Award and shows that hard work, a true user-innovation and a solid thinking in establishing a great team, pays of and is being appreciated. Now we are looking forward to taking Xtend Foot to the international market!

New Board of Directors for Lindhe Xtend

Lindhe Xtend is now entering the next phase with an international expansion. In order to support the company, a new board has been appointed. The new board strengthens the competence of the company and provides expertise within internationalization, commercialization and clinical expertise:

Tommy Hedberg, Chairman of the board

Tommy Hedberg has a long experience from international business and has held positions as MD at Atos Medical, VP of Marketing & Sales at both Atos and Medscand, and as Product Manager at Leo Pharma. With his international expertise, solid experience and board experience, Tommy will be a great asset for the company.

Peter Gerhardsson, Member of the board

Peter Gerhardsson has over 30 years of experience from the pharmaceutical and med tech industry. His focus on sales and marketing, primarily within the segment of diabetes, contributes a valuable and broad international network. Peter holds the position as VP at Dexcom and has previously been responsible for business development at Novo Nordisk and Medtronic.

Henrik Malchau, Member of the board

Henrik Malchau is a Professor at Harvard Medical School at Massachusetts General Hospital and Chief Physician at the Orthopedic Department at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Göteborg. With his long experience both of clinical work and research, Henrik will contribute with a strong international network and clinical expertise within the orthopedic field.

Anders Rosengren, Member of the board

Anders Rosengren has 20 years of experience in business development of medical devices in both start-ups and mid-sized companies. Anders contributes with a solid technical expertise, broad network as well as commercial and international experience.

Christoffer Lindhe, Member of the board, Product Development Director and founder of the Company

Christoffer Lindhe plays an important role in the board as the Founder and Majority owner. With his contacts, innovations and inspirational approach, he constributes both practially and strategically to the development of the Company.

New team members for Lindhe Xtend

The expansion for Lindhe Xtend continues and we are pleased to introduce our newest team members – Malin Östlund and Jiri Kubicka.

Malin Östlund, Head of Operations

Malin will be responsible for the company’s supply chain to assure high precision and quality of delivery to our customers. Malin has many years of experience of medical devices and project management and was previously working at the Getinge Group.

Jiri Kubicka, Technical Advisor

Jiri Kubicka has a long experience from Med Tech companies like BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) and Nolato Medical and has held positions as Director of Product Development and Project Management. With his technical background, Jiris contributions range from production planning and strategy to broad material knowledge, testing programs and supplier evaluations.

Lindhe Xtend wins Almi’s pitch award

Åre, 7 April 2014

A unanimous jury declared Lindhe Xtend from Halmstad winner in ALMI Pitch Event, which took place during the Åre Capital Market Days.

A total of 20 companies took part in the competition and the final was won by Lindhe Xtend, which is owned and run by Christoffer Lindhe.

”Fantastic and unexpected to win this award. It has been an instructive day with a lot of presentations and feedback from a panel of expert investors,” says Christoffer Lindhe.

Investor panel on the stage consisted of:
Eva Engdahl – CEO Entreprenörinvest, 
Finn Persson – Partner Spintop Ventures, 
Magnus Wiberg – Partner eEquity and
 Tobias Riuttamäki – Country manager and partner at Frontier.

Lindhe Xtend receives grant from the Jimmy Dahlsten Fund

Stockholm, 20 May 2014

Under the motto that everybody is entitled to live a free and independent life regardless of physical conditions and age, the Jimmy Dahlsten Fund wants to help entrepreneurs and visionaries to realise ideas which create new opportunities for people with reduced mobility. The aim is to support projects which, if they are realised, can help many people to achieve a better quality of life. Lindhe Xtend and the Xtend Foot product has been awarded a grant in the Innovation category.

”All too many good ideas don’t get past the idea stage, and it is a great pity as there are lots of good innovations. We therefore want to use the Jimmy Dahlsten Fund to enable more projects to be developed into finished products and services which provide benefit for the users,” says Thomas Fogdö.

Stable new ownership structure in Lindhe Xtend AB

Halmstad, May 2014

Together with founder Christoffer Lindhe and Marketing and Sales Director Jessika Broström, the ownership of Lindhe Xtend AB is now being strengthened with Almi Invest in Halmstad, Halmstad University’s Investment fund and Lindhe Intressenter AB.

”This ownership structure gives us access to both capital and a depth of knowledge within medical technology. This allows us to enter the market at a faster pace and also enables us to broaden our range in the long-term. This is important in terms of our future competitiveness in procurements,” says Christoffer Lindhe, CEO and founder of Lindhe Xtend.

Read more about the team here.

Visit Lindhe Xtend’s stand and workshop at NOIF’s Autumn Meeting in Bergen

Bergen, 1-2 November 2014

Come and meet Lindhe Xtend at NOIF’s Autumn Meeting in Bergen, 1-2 November. We are exhibiting our range of products including prosthetic feet and giving practical demonstrations at the stand of how flexible Xtend Foot High Active is. Meet Christoffer Lindhe and also take the opportunity to attend our workshop entitled:

A life lived to the full! Inspiration – user-led innovation – human foot prostheses.

Xtend Foot wins Plastovationer’s Composite Award 2014

Jönköping, 11 November 2014

The PlastForum journal presents its awards every year at Elmia Subcontractor under the theme of Plastovation Awards 2014. In the Composites category, Lindhe Xtend won with the following nomination:

Because a product has been produced which doesn’t just promote the use of composites, but also produces an enormous amount of benefit for the user. With its Xtend Foot, Lindhe Xtend has developed a prosthetic foot which is more mobile and stable and where, furthermore, the foot blade can be adapted to the underlying surface. This makes it a really innovative product, which will be of great benefit to many people, and which can make everyday life easier for its users.

Some seventy or so people from both the industry and nominated companies had gathered to hear which contributions would receive this year’s awards.

”The fact that plastic is a varied material that can be used and developed in many different ways becomes very clear when we work with Plastovationer. This year too we have seen a broad spectrum of products, for both industry and consumers. This is evidence of innovation that bodes well for the industry,” says Martin Dyberg, chief editor of Plastforum.

Christoffer Lindhe wins Diversity Index 2014

Malmö, October 19 2014

Diversity Index is a cooperation between Region Skåne, Øresundsinsituttet/News Øresund, Mentor International, Swedbank and Malmö University. The purpose of Diversity Index is to stimulate companies and organisations to use diversity in order to create growth and the best innovation climate. Christoffer Lindhe received the price in the category Disability with the motivation:

“Through his persistance and willingness to inspire other, he has challenged himself and the people around him. He is the prime example of how we all can see opportunities when the times are really rough. He is a role-model and a true fighter, a hero in the daily life”.

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