The 2 organizations 1st began working together in 1960, according to a press release, “to deliver world-class professional education and develop new innovations that improve patient outcomes and increase efficiency of care.”
The new deal calls for DePuy Synthes to be the “key industry partner” for the AO Technical Commission in trauma, corrective musculoskeletal surgery, spine, craniomaxillofacial, veterinary products and related instruments and implants, the company said.
“The AO Foundation and DePuy Synthes companies have maintained a strong relationship for 55 years because of a shared passion for advancing patient care,” group chairman Ciro Roemer said in prepared remarks. “Bringing together the unique perspectives of DePuy Synthes companies and the AO will help us accurately identify and effectively solve the most pressing clinical issues in musculoskeletal surgery and then teach clinicians to appropriately use those solutions.”
J&J said the groups will collaborate developing new DePuy Synthes products, that will then be used in AO’s educational programs. More than 200,000 health care professionals are expected to participate in AO programs globally over the next 5 years, the company said.