Merging Technology and the Human Body
CEO, Berkeley Bionics
With extensive global experience in leading medical device, life science, and bionic device companies from concept through commercialization, Berkeley Bionics’ new CEO Eythor Bender has a personal enthusiasm for non-invasive technologies that augment mobility, strength and safety.
Eythor’s passion is about improving the quality of life for those in need, which makes him a natural fit with the company’s mission: Berkeley Bionics develops and makes bionic exoskeletons.
At TEDxSanAntonio, Eythor will demonstrate how bionic technology is merging with the human body to help wheelchair users walk again.
Throughout his career, Eythor has championed innovation; fostering and spearheading creativity in medical technologies and taking them from unconventional ideas to FDA-approved products. Such was the case with the boomerang-shaped prosthesis Cheetah Flex-Foot® by Ossur. Worn by Ossur Americas-sponsored, history-making, bilateral amputee Oscar Pistorius from South Africa, this device changed the world’s perception of the disabled athlete. Eythor and his team helped him win the right to compete in the Olympics and today the Cheetah Flex-Foot is the prosthesis used by nearly every medalist at the Paralympics. Eythor holds a master’s degree in business and economics from Eberhard-Karls University,
Eythor is an ardent heliskier and the father of four children, including one
set of twins.