Vorotek was founded in 1971 by Australian ENT surgeon Dr John Vorrath. For over fifty years Dr Vorrath has been developing and manufacturing fully integrated optical systems with illumination. He developed the original Voroscope and was the co-developer of the LumiView in 1993. His aim has always been to provide users with products which enhance their capability for examination, instrumentation and procedures.
1971 : FIRST PROTOTYPE
Frustrated with handheld otoscopes and frontal mirrors, Dr John Vorrath invented a head-worn binocular optical device with a built-in light source. It was portable, light weight and hands free. In ENT it greatly enhanced examination, instrumentation and procedures. Lighting was barely adequate in 1971.
Mid 1970′s : FURTHER DEVELOPMENT
Numerous Voroscope prototypes (initially called Biotoscope) were developed and tested. Quartz halogen lighting was introduced.
Late 1970′s : FIRST PRODUCTION RUN
Rapid uptake by Australian ENTs with the first small scale commercial production – more than 100 units sold.
Mid 1980′s : FIRST COMMERCIAL AGREEMENT
This Agreement resulted in ‘blue & white’ Voroscope manufactured by Australian Biomedical. There were many problems and quality was well below Vorotek expectations.
Late 1980′s : BLACK VOROSCOPE RESURRECTED
Black Voroscope resurrected by Vorotek – more than 200 units sold.
1993 – 2004 : SECOND COMMERCIAL AGREEMENT
10 year agreement reached with Welch-Allyn® resulted in the Lumiview™.
2004 – 2006 : VOROTEK TAKES THE INITIATIVE
Welch-Allyn® and Vorotek agree that redevelopment is needed – in particular, to incorporate white LED lighting, but Welch-Allyn® reluctant to commit. Vorotek proceeds with redevelopment and starts an intensive R & D phase, builds LED prototypes, and invests in production engineering. This includes 12 injection moulding dies for various components.
2007 : VOROTEK BEGINS VOLUME PRODUCTION
In 2007 Vorotek moves to new premises and volume production begins. Now over 95% of Australian ENTs use the Vorotek O Scope with LED Illumination. The Vorotek O Scope is the successor to the Voroscope and Lumiview.
2010-2017 : VOROTEK EXPANDS PRODUCT RANGE
Vorotek now designs and manufactures a range of fully integrated optical systems with LED illumination:
Vorotek L Scope – LED Illumination & Loupes
Vorotek M Scope – LED Illumination & Plate Magnifiers
Vorotek V Scope – LED Illumination with Converged Binoculars
Vorotek LED HeadLight – Surgical quality LED Illumination
Vorotek EndoLight – LED Illumination for Endoscopes
2018 : VOROTEK INVESTS IN NEW PURPOSE BUILT OFFICE & PRODUCTION FACILITY
Vorotek builds a new office & production facility in Australia to meet increasing demand
Vorotek continues to innovate & expand the product range including:
Vorotek Adjustable Spot LED Headlight featuring Dynamic Illumination System