History and Mission
The RIH Orthopaedic Foundation (RIHOF) was established as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 1998 to provide educational and research opportunities for the Brown University Orthopedic Residency Program. Through the addition of an A2LA ISO 17025 mechanical testing laboratory accreditation (Cert. # 2278.01) in the early 2000s, RIHOF expanded its mission to support the research and development efforts of medical device manufacturers and orthopedic researchers. Currently, RIHOF seeks to leverage its unique position between the academic and industrial sectors of the orthopedic space to foster collaboration between medical professionals, orthopedic researchers, and device manufacturers. With a diverse suite of services and over two decades of experience, RIHOF is committed to providing innovative solutions, delivering quality results, and advancing the field of orthopedics.
The RIHOF Advantage
Integrated Bioskills and Mechanical Testing Facilities
RIHOF’s integrated bioskills and mechanical test facilities provide the perfect environment for conducting state-of-the-art biomechanical research. Most other research facilities fall into one of two categories: a bioskills facility without adequate testing capabilities or a mechanical testing facility that is not equipped to utilize cadaveric tissue. With surgical necrospy tables and mechanical load frames located in connected, adjacent rooms, RIHOF is in a category all its own when it comes to offering convenient and cost-effective biomechanical research opportunities.
Innovative and Customized Test Protocols
RIHOF’s ability to develop and implement innovative and customized test protocols makes it the ideal test facility for those on the cutting-edge of medical device design and orthopedic research. If a manufacturer is developing a novel device, or a researcher is investigating an experimental treatment option, there may not be a specific ASTM/ISO standard or validated protocol which can be implemented during testing. In these situations, RIHOF draws on its years of testing experience and utilizes rigorous literature search methods to develop testing programs that are technically sound, clinically relevant, and perfectly tailored to the unique needs of the subject device.
A Collaborative and Multidisciplinary Approach
RIHOF’s strong ties to both the academic and industrial sectors of the orthopedic space allows it to foster collaboration in a highly effective yet uniquely organic way. By bringing together medical professionals, scientific researchers, and industry stakeholders, RIHOF encourages the multidisciplinary approach needed to provide innovative solutions to the industry’s most critical issues. Whether there is a device startup in need of a medical expert’s opinion or a researcher looking to partner with an established manufacturer, RIHOF can facilitate the connection and coordinate joint project efforts for optimal results.