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/

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

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

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”.

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.

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