AO Foundation

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AO Foundation
Formation1958; 64 years ago (1958)
Biel, Switzerland
PurposeTreatment of trauma and disorders of the musculoskeletal system
Key people
Maurice Edmond Müller, Robert Schneider, Hans Willenegger, Martin Allgöwer

The AO Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the care of people with musculoskeletal injuries and their sequelae through research, development, education and quality assurance in the principles, practice, and result of fracture treatment. Distribution and sales of all AO products is done through Synthes via a subsidiary. From March 2006, Synthes acquired existing "Synthes"-branded products from the AO Foundation.[1]

The AO research centre at Davos

The foundation had its origins in a Swiss study group, Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Osteosynthesefragen (German for "working group for bone fusion issues") or AO, founded in Switzerland in 1958[2][3] and runs training courses on methods of bone plating and fracture surgical treatment in many countries. Growth led to restructuring and the AO Foundation was constituted in December 1984.[2]

AO regularly hold courses worldwide for Orthopedic Surgeons and other health professionals. These include hands on experience of using the latest implants, as well as lectures from expert surgeons and discussions.[4][5]

The foundation has a large impact in the field of Maxillofacial surgery and many of the foundation recommendations are used in that field.[citation needed]

In March 2018, it was announced that the AO Foundation has partnered with OBERD, a leader in outcomes data collection to provide an innovative patient outcomes data collection system for its members in the United States.[6]

In March 2020, The AO Foundation announced an agreement with icotec ag for the joint development of a new spinal stabilization system based on the latters proprietary BlackArmor Carbon/PEEK composite implant material.[7]

The AO Foundation owns four institutes:[8]

  • AO Research Institute, at Davos
  • AO Education Institute, at Davos
  • AO Clinical Investigation, at Dübendorf
  • AOTK System, at Davos

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  1. ^ "Synthes acquires Synthes-branded products". Archived from the original on 2016-12-21. Retrieved 2013-04-22.
  2. ^ a b AO Foundation History
  3. ^ Schlich, Thomas (2002). "Starting the Network". Surgery, Science and Industry. pp. 28–45. doi:10.1057/9780230513280_3. ISBN 978-1-349-43181-6.
  4. ^ Kang, Jatinder S. (2009). "The AO Foundation fracture management courses". BMJ: b2276. doi:10.1136/bmj.b2276.
  5. ^ "Surgery and Medical Imaging Working Together". Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  6. ^ OBERD. "AO Foundation partners with OBERD for patient-reported outcomes data collection". Retrieved 2018-03-14.
  7. ^ "AO, icotec Join Forces on New Spinal Stabilization System". BioSpace. Retrieved 2020-03-03.
  8. ^ Davos and Dübendorf

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