Karl Storz SE

Karl Storz SE & Co. KG is a German medical device company that manufactures and sells endoscopes and surgical instruments. It was founded in Tuttlingen by Karl Storz in 1945.[1][2] The company is privately owned; Storz' daughter, Sybill, took over running the company after Storz died in 1996.[3]

The company was one of the first to introduce an endoscope that delivered light using fiber optics, in 1963.[4][5]:382[6]:3274–75 It also licensed the patent for the Hopkins relay lens and introduced endoscopes including such lenses in 1965.[2][6]:3275

As of 2012 it employed around 5,800 people worldwide and had annual sales of around 1 billion euros.[3]

In 2017 it was the subject of several lawsuits concerning deaths following use of morcellators that it sold; in 2014 the FDA had advised that these devices should be withdrawn from the market due to the risk of spreading cancer and while Ethicon, the market leader, had withdrawn their devices, Karl Storz had not.[7] It 2017 it changed its corporate form from GmbH to Societas Europaea.[8]

It has a US subsidiary called Karl Storz Endoscopy-America, Inc. that was founded in 1971,[9] and a group focused on industrial products like borescopes called Karl Storz Industrial Group.[10]


  1. Nezhat, Camran (2005). "Chapter 19. 1960's". Nezhat's History of Endoscopy. Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons.
  2. Berci, G; Cuschieri, A (December 1996). "Karl Storz, 1911-1996. A remembrance". Surgical Endoscopy. 10 (12): 1123. doi:10.1007/s004649900261. PMID 8939825.
  3. Möllers, Ludger (9 December 2012). "Karl Storz: Schwäbischer Pionier und Firmengründer". Schwäbische.de (in German). Archived from the original on 6 July 2015.
  4. Gelijns, Annetine C.; Rosenberg, Nathan (1995). "Chapter 4: From the Scalpel to the Scope: Endoscopic Innovations in Gastroenterology, Gynecology, and Surgery". In Rosenberg, N; Gelijns, AC; Dawkins, H (eds.). Sources of Medical Technology: Universities and Industry. National Academies Press (US).
  5. Leonhard, Martin; Irion, Klaus-Martin (2011). "Endoscopy". Springer handbook of Medical Technology. Berlin: Springer. pp. 379–403. ISBN 978-3-540-74657-7.
  6. Lautemann, Kerstin; Leonhard, Martin; Stern, Regina; Heda, Jennifer (2014). "Chapter 264: Instrumentation for Arthroscopy and Sports Medicine". In Doral, M.N.; Karlsson, J. (eds.). Sports Injuries: Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment and Rehabilitation (2nd ed.). Berlin: Springer Berlin. pp. 3273–3291. ISBN 978-3-642-36568-3.
  7. Ong, Matthew Bin Han (21 July 2017). "Anti-morcellation advocate files "wrongful death" suit against Karl Storz and Brigham & Women's Hospital". The Cancer Letter.
  8. "Press Release: KARL STORZ decides for future-looking legal form". KARL STORZ. 20 August 2017.
  9. "Karl Storz Endoscopy-America, Inc.: Private Company Information". Bloomberg. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
  10. Careless, James (June–July 2015). "Today's Cutting-Edge Borescopes: A Sampling of What's Available" (PDF). Aviation Maintenance.

Further reading

  • "A 60-Year Milestone for Karl Storz Company". Journal of Endourology. 19 (8): 952–954. October 2005. doi:10.1089/end.2005.19.952. PMID 16253056.
  • Delisle, Rachel; Turner, Rosanne (29 July 2010). "KARL STORZ's unconventional intercontinental journey to lean". Global Business and Organizational Excellence. 29 (6): 6–16. doi:10.1002/joe.20344.
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