Brandon Owen, DDS, who developed the system and holds seven patents, with 20 more patents pending, was named the 2019 AAO Ortho Innovator Award recipient.
In addition to AAO investing in KLOwen braces, a member of AAO leadership will be seated on the company's board.
By building, partnering, or investing, the AAO's Innovation and Transformation Fund can be used to develop new products and services for orthodontists and patients and will drive nondues revenue for the association. According to the AAO, the fund's investments can be made in promising, innovative companies focused on advancing the specialty and who are aligned with the AAO strategic plan.
The fund's first investment went to PhotoDynamic, a Canadian startup that developed a patented light-activated antimicrobial oral hygiene technology designed to kill bacteria-causing plaque.
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