Permobil Partnering

Partner with Permobil

Do you have an idea for the next great innovation in advanced medical technology to improve the quality of life for people living with disabilities? The Permobil Partnering Program welcomes individual inventors, researchers, and entrepreneurs, as well as companies that want to collaborate with Permobil. As a Permobil partner, you will have the full support of our team to make your idea a reality, from developing your solution to taking it to market.

Our global company started 50 years ago with one great idea tested out in a basement workshop in Timrå, Sweden. Now, we want to nurture a new generation of groundbreaking innovators who share our commitment to redefining ability. Together, we can improve the quality of life for people with disabilities around the world.

The Permobil Partnering Program is open to collaboration ideas for the existing areas of our company: power and manual wheelchairs, seating and positioning solutions, and new medtech areas that help people with disabilities.

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Areas of Interest

The Permobil Partnering Program is open to collaboration ideas for the existing areas of our company: power and manual wheelchairs, seating and positioning solutions, and new areas in the area of medtech and helping people with disabilities.

  • Power wheelchairs

    Inspired by a deep understanding of the needs of our user community, Permobil delivers technical products that gives the possibility for people living with a disability to have freedom in their everyday lives. Permobil is seeking partners who have new ideas that can improve our powered wheelchairs; we are looking for everything from fantastic sensors to assisted driving technology to a complete power wheelchair.

  • Manual wheelchairs

    Our TiLite manual wheelchairs are tailored specifically to the person. Every chair is built according to measurements made by professional clinicians to maximize the benefits for the rider. We create a chair best suited for the user by optimizing the level of stability, lightness and agility with our customized parts. To continue staying on the cutting edge of this area we believe that the other innovators can bring ideas that can improve our wheelchairs. We are looking for everything fro accessories to software solutions and beyond.

  • Seating & positioning

    A major part of being in a wheelchair is the fact that you are in one for long periods. This increases the risk of getting pressure injuries and other complications. Our ROHO cushions, with patented air-cell technology, help prevent unnecessary pressure injuries. That’s why we innovate new products that make wheelchairs as comfortable as possible. Perhaps you have a new idea on textiles, cushioning or positioning devices that will help us meet the future needs.

  • Services

    Permobil is always looking at the future and wants to remain at the forefront of medtech. To keep up with rapid changes we want to develop both new products and services. Some areas we are interested in are Internet of Things (IoT) enabling services and future business partnerships. You could be an individual at home who came up with an idea to integrate our wheelchairs with the internet. Or, maybe you represent another organization that wants to collaborate with Permobil. If your idea can both create value for us and our users, please contact us!

Partnering Process and FAQ

Partnering Process

All proposals submitted via the Permobil Partnering submission form will be carefully evaluated. Permobil aims to provide feedback within 6 weeks.

The process continues with a second detailed assessment phase, including in‐person or Skype meetings with the relevant Permobil teams. A successful assessment leads to a discussion and agreement on the best form of collaboration between you and Permobil. This can be, but not limited to, a license agreement, a merger and acquisition agreement or a joint development agreement.

Submissions may be withdrawn at any stage of the process.


Why should I partner with Permobil?

Permobil is the leading industry innovator within complex rehab and by partnering with us, you can increase the likelihood that your idea will become a reality and receive the best market coverage. We are committed to nurturing and supporting you throughout the process. Along the way, you will benefit from our strong R&D capacities, manufacturing and supply chain excellence, deep knowledge of quality and regulatory issues, and global distribution channels.

Why does Permobil want to work with me?

We believe that by complementing our knowledge with your expertise we can create a very strong team that will be able to develop great innovations to help improve health outcomes for people living with disabilities.

What kind of business deal with Permobil could result from my submission?

We construct deals based on mutual benefit. This is defined according to what type of deal is best for the innovation, the submitter and Permobil. The deal may take the form of a licensing or a supply agreement, a joint development agreement or other types of collaborative ventures.

What information does Permobil need to evaluate my idea?

Please provide us with a clear description of the idea, including its features and benefits, and any relevant supporting documents (intellectual property status, patents, test/lab results.) Please do not reveal any sensitive or confidential information in the initial application stage.

Do I need to patent my idea before submitting?

No patent is needed for consideration by Permobil and we welcome applicants in any stage of the patent process.

We do, however, encourage all inventors to patent their ideas as this will facilitate possible future negotiations and give you certain legal rights in the future.

Can my application be submitted as confidential information?

No. Any information you do send through the idea submission form will be deemed NOT confidential. (See terms and conditions above.) Confidential information may only be shared at a later stage in the assessment process once appropriate agreements are in place.

What happens to my idea after it has been submitted and how long will it take before I receive a reply to my submission?

Your idea will be forwarded a cross functional evaluation team. The team will review your idea and evaluate how it fits with Permobil. If the evaluation team judges that we can complement each other, you will be contacted to discuss next steps. It may take up to 6 weeks before you will receive a response but we will reply to all submissions

How do I know that Permobil will not copy my idea?

As an innovative company, Permobil values inventors and the integrity of their ideas. That is why we ask you not to submit any confidential information in your application and encourage all inventors to patent their ideas.

However, it is possible that Permobil might already be working on developing a product or solution that contains your idea or similar ideas, which does not limit us from continuing to develop that idea.

How do I submit my idea for Permobil’s consideration?

All ideas for partnering are to be submitted via this online form and process. First, if you accept our terms and conditions, fill out the submission form to enable us to make an evaluation. After you submit your idea you will receive an email confirming your submission.

Can I arrange to present my idea in person?

The preliminary review is based wholly on the non-confidential information provided in your submission. Face-to-face meetings or live demonstrations are not required in this stage and therefore we currently only accept online submissions. In the event that we need more information regarding your idea, we will contact you.