Simon Pollard, Chief Executive
COVVI is a design-led organization that has created a world-leading bionic hand that is both highly functional and accessible, endeavoring to reach as many users as possible on a global scale. Our visionary team have delivered our ground-breaking medical device that establishes a new level of quality and performance, utilizing premium materials and cutting-edge design.
With over 75 years of combined experience in prosthetic design, product development, and customer service, COVVI aims to deliver an award-winning product accompanied by a customer journey that is second to none. With our customers at the very heart of our mission, we understand the demand for strength, durability, and dexterity, required of a limb for everyday use.
As such we intend to overcome the shortcomings within the current market and produce a device, and customer service, that becomes the preferable choice for upper-body prosthetic users around the world. A bold statement perhaps, but we are confident in our first-class team of designers and engineers’ ability to utilize the latest technology in tandem with market-leading customer relations management.
What Defines Us?
COVVI is a portmanteau of the Latin ‘Coperer’ and ‘Vita’, translating as ‘working together’ and ‘life’, respectively. The two ‘v’s represent multiple lives changed. In other words, COVVI was conceived to change many lives by working together – within our team and stakeholders, with clinicians worldwide, and with our users.
Ted Varley, CTO
Having had the privilege over the past eight years to design and develop the bebionic hand, travel the world and meet amazing people, these experiences have provided me with a considerably unique insight. The bebionic team and I had developed a market-leading product and helped a lot of people but witnessed how much more work needed to be done in upper-limb prosthetics in terms of customer service, accessibility and function.
I have known users to wait weeks for expensive repairs and as a result have done my utmost throughout my career to improve these; but ultimately, I realized that a completely new approach was required. Bionic hands needed to be easier and simpler to build and repair, and this needed to happen in much closer proximity to the end user. Such products are becoming increasingly complex, and in some cases unnecessarily so.
We want to get away from the lusting over technical specifications and the arms race of gimmicks and bolt-ons, to focus purely on functionality. We want to develop a product that is unparalleled, but such claims are no good if they are only available to a privileged minority. We don’t want to compromise on premium quality – we want premium for everyone who needs or wants it.
The sale of bebionic from Steeper to Ottobock gave me the opportunity to implement this vision with a new challenger brand within the global market. I was able to retain the operational and design expertise from the bebionic project, and with a team of brilliant colleagues in engineering, we set about designing the ultimate prosthetic hand: with performance, affordability, repairability, and aesthetic appeal at the heart of things from day one.
Personally, this has been a big step for me, but one I think I was inevitably going to take – I’m very excited to show the prosthetics world what is possible when you put your mind to it!