Ilya Chekh, Co-Owner and General Director, Motorica

In 2013, Ilya Chekh cofounded Motorica with fellow additive technologies engineer Vasily Khlebnikov. Together they shared a clear ambition: to design and deliver a new generation of high-tech artificial limbs.

In just four years, the company has designed cutting-edge, multifunctional upper-limb prostheses for over 1,000 users. Motorica’s initial focus was on pediatric limbs, but it soon expanded to include the development of prostheses for the adult market. Today, the company has customers in 56 Russian regions and 12 countries around the world. In 2019, Motorica received funding to continue its international expansion and to further develop high-tech prostheses.

Ilya has revolutionized the sector by constantly pushing the boundaries of what technology can achieve. The company’s artificial limbs are customized to the individual and even incorporate smartphone functionality, allowing users to make calls and payments with a “bionic hand.”

Ilya says of his customers, “They are proud of being among the first people on the planet to use both biological and technological limbs at the same time — they are like cyborgs in a way.”