Prosthesis Designer Inducted into Inventors Hall of Fame

Carl Caspers, CPO, has been inducted into the Minnesota Inventors Hall of Fame in recognition of his many contributions to the prosthetics industry-his life's work discovered as a result of a traumatic transtibial amputation that he sustained when he was 18. He now holds more than 15 patents for liners, suspension sleeves, and post-operative and volume management products and technology for the prosthetic industry. Caspers also pioneered vacuum-assisted socket technology, the VASS™, in 2001, which his company, TEC Interface Systems, Waite Park, Minnesota, developed. (In 2003 TEC Interface Systems was acquired by Ottobock, Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the VASS technology was renamed the Harmony® Vacuum Management System).

"That first prosthesis I had was terrible," he was quoted as saying in the Minnesota Redwood Falls Gazette. "I just knew there had to be a better way." This led him to Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois, where he pursued an education in O&P.

Caspers and TEC have previously been acknowledged for their work. In 2002 Caspers was name to the Fast Company magazine's FAST 50 Innovator list and received a Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, and in 1995 TEC was named Minnesota Small Business of the Year.