Prof R Geoff Richards
FLSW FBSE, FIOR, Member of the AO Executive Committee, Executive Director Research & Development, Director AO Research Institute Davos
Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales (FLSW)
Fellow of Biomaterials Science and Engineering (FBSE)
Fellow of International Orthopaedic Research (FIOR)
Honorary Fellow Aberystwyth University (Cymrawd er Anrhydedd Prifysgol Aberystwyth)
Past-Chair of the International College of Fellows for Orthopaedic Research Global (world)
President Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine International Society (TERMIS)
Editor-In-Chief eCM Not-for-profit Open Access Journal
Editor-In-Chief eCM Periodical
Professor, Cardiff University Wales, United Kingdom
Professor, Albert-Ludwigs University, Freiburg, Germany
Distinguished Professor, First Affiliated Hospital, Sun-Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China
Member of Chinese High Level Foreign Talents Program (Category A) at the invitation of Sun Yat-sen University
Dr Honoris Causa, Technical University of Varna, Bulgaria
Professor Richards has worked at the AO Research Institute in Davos, Switzerland since 1991. Since 2009 he has been the director with 100 multidisciplinary scientists who undertake cutting-edge research in regenerative medicine, tissue engineering, biomaterials and implant science. The research contributes to the AO Foundation’s educational courses dedicated to promoting excellence in patient care in musculoskeletal disorders and trauma where over 58,000 surgeons attend 830 such educational events globally each year.
In his 10 years as director he has brought the institute up to international standards ISO 9001: 2015 and certified the institute as a medical device manufacturer EN ISO 13485: 2016 to allow clinical evaluation of the institute's innovations. He brought the Preclinical Facility to AAALAC accreditation (Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care International) in early 2013 and achieved Good Laboratory Practice level in 2016 (GLP compliant test facility for biocompability and efficacy with medical devices and pharmaceuticals).
He is author on over 220 peer reviewed research articles and numerous reviews and book chapters. His research work on titanium implant interfaces in trauma has translated to major improvements in the design and manufacture of fracture fixation devices.
In 1999 he co-founded eCM journal, arguably the first online only, open access journal in the world, a pioneer in open access publishing. This concept disrupted the publishing field in science, which is now standard practice. The journal is a leader in the orthopaedic research field. He is a member of the International Combined Orthopaedic Research Societies (ICORS) Steering Committee and in 2016 he founded the International College of Fellows for ICORS. ICORS is an alliance of national societies from around the world which aims to promote basic, translational, and musculoskeletal research worldwide.
Since becoming Global president of TERMIS, he has developed and implemented the following steps for best practice in governance.
1. New mission for TERMIS.
2. A diversity statement
3. Created the first Code of Ethics policy.