In close collaboration between industrial partners, universities and in-house institutes the AO constantly develops new operation techniques, implants and clinical solutions under the medical guidance of independent surgeons.
At the core of the AO's innovations and approvals process is the AO Technical Commission. It consists of Specialty Commissions and various Expert Groups in which around 120 surgeons work on solutions for clinical problems.
A key part of developing and bringing innovations to market, the Technical Commission is central to the AO landscape. It plays a crucial role in quality control and product development, forming an essential link between the AO's clinical divisions, the other institutes—and the AO's global network.
Furthermore the AO provides funding for proof-of-concept studies for selected projects via the AO Development Incubator.