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From basic research to product development and clinical validation, innovation is a key AO pillar, advancing our work to promote excellence in patient care and outcomes in trauma and musculoskeletal disorders.

The AO Innovation Translation Center (AO ITC) streamlines and drives innovation projects with its competence areas: AO Technical Commission (AO TC), Clinical Evidence, and Technology Transfer.

At the core of the AO's innovations and approvals process is the AO TC. A key part of developing and bringing innovations to market, the AO TC is central to the AO landscape. In 2021, with the global COVID-19 pandemic in its second year, the AO TC continued to play a crucial role in quality control and product development and acted as an essential link between the AO clinical divisions, the other institutes, and the AO's global network.