The RIH Orthopaedic Foundation (RIHOF) was established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 1998. Its overarching mission was to provide educational and research opportunities for the interns, residents, and fellows participating in the Brown University Orthopedic Residency Program. In the early 2000s, RIHOF added an A2LA ISO 17025 mechanical testing laboratory accreditation (Cert. # 2278.01) and expanded its mission to support the greater orthopedic community. Uniquely positioned between the academic and industrial sectors, RIHOF fosters collaboration between researchers, physicians, and medical device manufacturers to discover innovative solutions to the industry’s greatest challenges.