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All around the world, our life-changing work has been featured in news stories, television shows, documentaries and viral videos. Where there's a bionic hero wearing a Hero Arm, a camera is never far away. On this page you'll find our most recent coverage.

Open Bionics raises £4.6 million in Series A funding round

In January 2019, we raised £4.6 million in Series A funding, which will enable us to serve multiple international markets and finally deliver bionic hands to amputees and people with limb differences in the USA later this year. The Series A round was led by Foresight Williams Technology EIS Fund, joined by Ananda Impact Ventures and Downing Ventures. Dive into the coverage on The Independent, The Telegraph and TechCrunch,

Joel Gibbard & Samantha Payne - Open Bionics

Evie and her Frozen-themed bionic arm featured in the Daily Mail

In December 2018, the Daily Mail ran a story on 11-year-old Evie, who received a Hero Arm with Disney Frozen covers. Evie’s mum said: ‘It gives her functionality. She’s tackling things she wouldn’t have done before – little things like brushing her hair, using the hairdryer, opening a lip balm or putting clothes on a hanger. These are things that we take for granted.’ Read the full article here.

Frozen Hero Arm Cover

12-year-old Raimi on BBC World

In November 2018, BBC World ran a video about how our ‘bionic 3D printed arm gives confidence to young amputees’. 12-year-old Raimi from South Gloucestershire said that the Hero Arm “changes everything”. Watch the video here.

Iron Man Hero Arm Cover

Mark Hamill and Open Bionics' viral video message for kids with limb differences

Luke Skywalker, played by Mark Hamill, famously had a bionic hand after losing his own hand in a battle with Darth Vader. Bionic hands may sound like something from science fiction, but around the world more and more children and adults with limb differences are being fitted with super cool bionic hands. Watch the video here.

Mark Hamill x Open Bionics

Hero Arm user Kim on the front page of the Sunday People

In October, Kim Smith appeared on the front page of the Sunday People, in a story about receiving a Hero Arm after losing all four of her limbs to sepsis. Kim said: “I can brush my own hair and teeth. I can use a fork and operate the button on my electric wheelchair. I can even fist-bump my grandson Oliver.” Read the full story here on The Mirror.

Kim and Oliver

Open Bionics on BBC One Show

Throughout August 2018, the BBC One Show documented the build and delivery of 9-year-old Leo’s Hero Arm. At the end of August Leo appeared in a five minute film and live on the sofa in an episode watched by just under 3 million people. You can watch the clip here.

Open Bionics in The Guardian

In July 2018, The Guardian named the Hero Arm as one of ten seismic tech developments that are revolutionising healthcare. The newspaper placed the Hero Arm alongside mainstream tech such as the Fitbit, genome sequencing, smartphones and virtual reality! Read the article on The Guardian.

Open Bionics in The Independent

On the 70th birthday of the NHS, Open Bionics was featured on The Independent as one of ten health innovations that could soon be on the NHS. We have a development contract with the NHS and look forward to the second stage of our world-first clinical trial later in 2018. Read the article in The Independent.

Open Bionics on Seeker

In June 2018, the LA-based documentary makers Seeker came into the Open Bionics labs to film with our good friend Dan Melville and our CEO Joel Gibbard. “We much prefer the kind of prostheses that we’re making which don’t pretend to look like a human limb, and they’re saying you’re unique, you’re different and that’s brilliant, you should celebrate that,” said Joel. Watch the video on Seeker.

Dan Melville - Bionic Man

Open Bionics in The Telegraph

In May 2018, The Telegraph wrote a great feature on the Hero Arm, highlighting its affordability, design and style. The article includes an interview with co-founder Samantha Payne and Hero Arm users Dan Melville and Tilly Lockey. Read the full article here.

Open Bionics in The Sun

In May 2018, The Sun wrote a feature-length piece on Hero Arm user Tilly Lockey, who lost both of her arms to meningitis as a baby. Read the full article here.

Open Bionics on Mashable

In May 2018, Mashable produced a video feature on the Hero Arm, focusing on how the Hero Arm is the first multi-grip bionic arm available for kids as young as 9. Watch the video here.

Open Bionics on ITV's 'This Time Next Year'

In May 2018, Hero Arm user Tilly Lockey featured on ITV’s ‘This Time Next Year’ with Davina McCall. The documentary followed Tilly’s quest to get two bionic arms, and culminated with her receiving two Hero Arms with lightning blue Hero Arm covers. Watch a clip here.

Open Bionics in The Sunday Times

In March 2018, The Sunday Times wrote a story on 3D printing in healthcare, which featured Open Bionics and 12-year-old Hero Arm user Tilly Lockey. Read the full article.

Open Bionics in Forbes

In March 2018, Forbes magazine listed Open Bionics as one of four British medical start-ups to watch in 2018. Read the full article.

Open Bionics in Business Insider

In February 2018, Business Insider interviewed co-founder Samantha Payne for a feature and video on Open Bionics and the Hero Arm. Read the full article.

Open Bionics in Fortune

In January 2018, Open Bionics featured in a Fortune article about how Star Wars neuroscience in revolutionising healthcare. Read the full article.