About us: a portrait of Hidrex GmbH

HIDREX GmbHAbout us: a portrait of Hidrex GmbH

… has been a man­u­fac­tur­er and dis­trib­u­tor of elec­tron­ic aids and med­ical tech­nol­o­gy for more than 30 years. The com­pa­ny spe­cialis­es in elec­tri­cal med­ical devices, assis­tive tech­nolo­gies, and spe­cial wheel­chair con­trols. Its qual­i­ty man­age­ment sys­tem has been cer­ti­fied accord­ing to DIN EN ISO 13485 since 1999. For the dis­tri­b­u­tion of its ion­tophore­sis devices in the US, HIDREX GmbH has been approved by the Food and Drug Admin­is­tra­tion (FDA) as a devel­op­er, man­u­fac­tur­er, and dis­trib­u­tor of var­i­ous Class I reha­bil­i­ta­tion and Class IIa stim­u­la­tion med­ical prod­ucts.

Locations

HIDREX GmbH has been head­quar­tered at Otto-Hahn-Straße 12 in Heili­gen­haus, Ger­many since 2006. In addi­tion to its admin­is­tra­tive offices, this is also the loca­tion of its man­u­fac­tur­ing facil­i­ties, in par­tic­u­lar for the ion­tophore­sis devices for hyper­hidro­sis, aux­il­iary com­mu­ni­ca­tion aids, lasers, and mag­net­ic field devices for vet­eri­nary use, spe­cial wheel­chair and envi­ron­men­tal con­trols, as well as var­i­ous OEM prod­ucts.

The Heili­gen­haus loca­tion has also been home to IDEA Elek­tron­iksys­teme GmbH, also man­aged by Andreas Käm­per, since 2004. This prox­im­i­ty to the main sup­pli­er of elec­tron­ic com­po­nents used in HIDREX’ pro­duc­tion ensures time­ly sup­ply and short lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

History

HIDREX GmbH is the legal suc­ces­sor to the Gesellschaft für ange­wandte Kyber­netik mbH (ABP) and its sub­sidiaries, found­ed in 1974 at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Wup­per­tal. In its ear­ly projects, ABP suc­cess­ful­ly con­duct­ed research into using the elec­tri­cal biosig­nals of the nerves and mus­cles to con­trol active pros­the­ses.

The rapid devel­op­ment of the com­put­er tech­nol­o­gy allowed ABP to begin man­u­fac­tur­ing and sell­ing reha­bil­i­ta­tion aids for peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties from its Wup­per­tal facil­i­ty in 1976 The aim was to improve the inte­gra­tion of dis­abled peo­ple in their pro­fes­sion­al and pri­vate envi­ron­ment through spe­cial work­place equip­ment. Over the next few years, the prod­uct port­fo­lio expand­ed to include com­mu­ni­ca­tion tools devel­oped in-house such as spe­cial key­boards, dis­abil­i­ty-friend­ly mouse con­trols, and image-based acces­si­bil­i­ty fea­tures such as eye-track­ing sys­tems and the head mouse. Part­ner­ing with Siemens AG in the “Com­put­ers help heal­ing” project head­ed by Han­nelore Kohl, the wife of for­mer Ger­man Chan­cel­lor Hel­mut Kohl, ABP was involved in the devel­op­ment of spe­cial acces­si­bil­i­ty solu­tions for speech recog­ni­tion, tele­pho­ny, and com­plete envi­ron­ment con­trol sys­tems.

In 1983, ABP expand­ed its busi­ness to include med­ical devices. Togeth­er with the Gesellschaft für Medi­zin und Tech­nik as part of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Wup­per­tal and in coop­er­a­tion with the largest der­ma­tol­ogy clin­ics in Ger­many, ABP devel­oped the first ion­tophore­sis device for the treat­ment of hyper­hidro­sis and suc­cess­ful­ly launched it onto the mar­ket. The com­pa­ny has also been devel­op­ing mag­net­ic and soft laser ther­a­py devices for the orthopaedic and vet­eri­nary sec­tors since 1988.

While the rehab prod­ucts con­tin­ued to be sold under its own name, ABP estab­lished two sub­sidiaries for the new­ly acquired areas of busi­ness in the years that fol­lowed: HIDREX Gesellschaft für Bio­medi­zinis­che Tech­nik mbH was found­ed in 1987 to man­u­fac­ture and mar­ket prod­ucts that fell under the Ger­man Med­ical Devices Act (MPG), while IATRON GmbH was found­ed for sales to the vet­eri­nary sec­tor.

In 2011, HIDREX GmbH became the legal suc­ces­sor of the ABP Gesellschaft für ange­wandte Kyber­netik and its sub­sidiaries. Today, the two com­pa­nies HIDREX GmbH and IDEA Elekro­niksys­teme GmbH employ more than 30 peo­ple under the lead­er­ship of Andreas Käm­per.