In 2014, Xiborg CEO Ken Endo teamed up with para-athlete Keita Sato to develop a new prosthetic blade for competition. The partnership was a success. Sato, who had lost his leg to cancer when he was 15, wore the Xiborg blade at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, taking bronze in the men’s 4x100m relay.
The collaboration with Sato was the first test case for Xiborg, which specializes in creating prosthetic limbs for athletes.
It was also an indicator of how the company is able to innovate its products by building close partnerships with athletes at all stages of development. The same end-user design collaboration is also reflected in Xiborg’s senior management.
Dae Tamesue, who was the first Japanese sprinter to win a medal at a track event at a world competition, is the company’s Running Officer. Xiborg also works closely with US Paralympian Jarryd Wallace.
Endo’s 2020 ambition was firmly set on the Paralympic Games in Tokyo, but rather than lament cancellation of the event, Endo says he is energised to rethink Xiborg’s mission, and focus more on the development of affordable running blades for everyone, not just athletes.