Össur was founded by Össur Kristinsson, a prosthetist and an amputee, the company originally started life as a prosthetic clinic in 1971, steadily building itself a world-class reputation for the design and production of prosthetic liners, sockets and locking systems. At the forefront of research and development, it has pioneered silicone technology to great effect. Building on that tradition, Össur has added numerous life-changing products to its portfolio, dynamic braces such as the Unloader One® to relieve the pain of osteoarthritis, and the unique prosthetic foot PROPRIO FOOT®, the world’s first intelligent prosthetic foot incorporating Bionic Technology. Össur currently holds around 700 patent and 400 patents are pending. R&D is a core function at Össur and the company policy is to use 5-6% of annual turnover on R&D, currently more than 100 persons are working on R&D, located in Iceland, France, and USA. Össur ’s head office is in Iceland. From year 2000, Össur has expanded significantly through acquisitions and inner growth and now combines a broad range of products, offering customers total solutions to meet individual needs.
Currently, Össur employs close to 1850 persons worldwide and the turnover in 2011 was around 400 Million US$. The company operates a strict and effective quality control system meeting all ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 requirements and has recently incorporated an EMS system according to ISO 14001. Össur participates in the work of ISO TC 168 on creating testing standards for prosthetics.