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Inventions and Developments

Two inventions were more important than any others in paving the way for an unforeseen endoscopy boom in the second half of the 20th century – and both are very closely associated with the name KARL STORZ: the cold light source and the HOPKINS® rod lens telescope. They enabled physicians to diagnose with previously unheard-of precision and develop surgical techniques that are today even familiar to medical lay people under the name "minimally invasive surgery." KARL STORZ has been part of every phase of this revolutionary, ongoing development. In close collaboration with physicians and experts from all specialties, we have developed products that in many cases played a pioneering role and secured the company's position as a global leader.

Truly knowing the wishes of our customers is essential to achieving this kind of success. In addition to profound knowledge of medical requirements, this requires close observation of specific market developments to intuitively comprehend market needs, analyze problems, and then identify what the best feasible solution may look like.

An example of such a solution is the integrated operating room OR1, with which KARL STORZ has proven that we have the creative potential to develop the most comprehensive system solutions as expertly as we do perfect telescopes and instruments.