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Adapttech: Meet Stuart Mead, our new Chairman

We’re delighted to announce the appointment of former Touch Bionics CEO, Stuart Mead, as our non-executive Chairman. Stuart comes to the company with a wealth of experience in the leadership of innovative medical devices and prosthetics companies.


Touch Bionics was the developer of the world’s first bionic hand. Stuart led the company from a pre-revenue IP-based business to being one of the leading brands in its field, recognised globally for both innovation and product excellence. Touch Bionics was sold to Icelandic orthotic and prosthetic manufacturer Össur in 2016.

“We are delighted to welcome Stuart to the Adapttech team,” said Peter Dines, COO and Head of Life Sciences & Biosciences at our lead investor, Mercia Asset Management. “As the company moves into its commercialization phase, we wanted to find a business leader with specific expertise in the prosthetics sector, and there are very few people in the world who are as well-qualified as Stuart for this role.”

Stuart has more than 30 years’ experience in technology industries and is experienced in sales and marketing. In addition to Touch Bionics, he has also been CEO of 3D scanning firm Fuel3D and biopharmaceuticals manufacturer Excell Biotech, and held senior management positions at both Kodak Clinical Diagnostics and Johnson & Johnson.

“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to help Adapttech take its innovative technology to market,” said Stuart Mead, our non-exec Chairman. “We’ve got a big year ahead with our full commercial launch in the United States planned for the third quarter, and I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

INSIGHT Scanner: The user experience comes first

INSIGHT Scanner: The user experience comes first

When designing INSIGHT Scanner, we adopted the very basic principles of user-centered design and spent some time at Prosthetics & Orthotics clinics observing and asking questions.

Adapttech: The Power of Internships

Adapttech: The Power of Internships

Let’s get something clear: internships by themselves are not —and have never been— meant to be pleasant. They are created for you to learn doing things and at the same time for the company to get work done without increasing its costs.

Adapttech: The early stories of our journey

Adapttech: The early stories of our journey

I was talking the other day to some friends about the journey it has been creating a company. For a lot of reasons it drew a smile in my face, but I also remembered a couple of tear-inducing ones. Here are some stories of Adapttech’s first years.

How working in Industry taught me the value of Academia

How working in Industry taught me the value of Academia

To deliver the solutions we deliver with the levels of user experience we strive for, we do a lot of technology transfer. Most of it would not be as effective without this constant support of academic work laser-targeted at the market's needs.

Adapttech: Why we chose Founders Founders

Adapttech: Why we chose Founders Founders

Our house is small when compared with other huge incubators out there, but just like Shihan Demura once said: “A great dojo doesn’t need to be a big building. It has to be full with the right people."

Adapttech: Our Dojo Kun explained

Adapttech: Our Dojo Kun explained

Since the first day we started working on our company I was completely convinced that we were going to require some guidance for creating our business culture. I wasn't quite sure on how to do this, but then we decided to create a set of rules for the company —and most importantly, for ourselves.

Adapttech: How we created our team

Adapttech: How we created our team

Putting your team together is one of those critical things you need to get done when you are starting your company. After all, what do you do when you need to get things done and you are not the best person for the job? You hire someone smart. Smarter than you. 

Adapttech: A new branding as powerful as our technology

In May, we presented our new branding. A much needed change to reflect the evolution that our company went through this past few years, since it was founded. It was developed by our Lead Designer Diogo Lopes that here unveils the whole concept behind the idea.

Adapttech: Our Dojo Kun

Adapttech: Our Dojo Kun

1. We don't f*ck around

If you are thinking about doing something, you are already late

The due date is always yesterday

If everything seems under control, you're not going fast enough

2. Don't be an *sshole

Rules are for the obedience of fools and the guidance of wise men

No one wins alone, and every triumph is collective

If you f*cked it, unf*ck it

3. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication

Aim for the third best: the second best comes too late and the best never arrives

If it's stupid, but it works, then it's not stupid

If it's not broken, don't fix it

4. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit


To develop biomedical technologies to help people with physical limitations improve their quality of life


To become a worldwide reference in innovation, design and quality in the biomedical devices industry

Our Values








Curious to know more about this topic? We have every part of this valuable Dojo Kun explained here.