Untimely death of an AO Research Institute team member
18 April 2013
It is with great sadness that we inform you that our esteemed colleague Matthias Forte died on April 14, 2013 at the age of 33.
Matthias graduated in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Vienna in 2008 and started working as a Project Leader at the AO Research Institute (ARI) in July 2011, having recovered from cancer. He quickly became a highly-valued member of the Biomedical Services and AO Research Institute Davos team. Unfortunately Matthias acquired secondary cancer and had further aggressive treatment. After having fought the disease a second time, Matthias restarted his work in November 2012 and continued to be extremely positive and a good motivator of his fellow team members. Matthias worked on new procedures to optimize implant development processes for osteoporotic fracture treatment, which is a high priority project within the AO Research Institute Davos.
Unfortunately in January a medical examination revealed that the cancer had spread and was no longer treatable.
This is a sad time for all of us who knew him as Matthias was truly inspirational and he will be sorely missed by the team. Our heartfelt sympathy and condolences goes to his family and partner. Matthias remains in our thoughts.
R. Geoff Richards
Director AO Research Institute Davos
Head of Human Resources