The deadline for Ortho Innovator Award Submissions has been extended to January 31 by the AAO.

The American Association of Orthodontists (AAO) has extended the deadline for submissions for the 2022 Ortho Innovator Award to January 31.

In its fourth year, the Ortho Innovator Award is part of an ongoing effort to support innovation among orthodontists and industry suppliers. Businesses considered eligible to enter the competition are companies offering new products or services for orthodontic treatment or orthodontic practice management.

Past winners include KLOwen custom digital brackets, developed by Brandon Owen, DDS, MS; EasyRx and its president and CEO Todd Blankenbecler; and Grin, developed by Adam Schulhof, DDS.

“The Ortho Innovator award is just one way the AAO is committed to supporting entrepreneurial orthodontists and partners in our industry. The AAO Committee on Technology (CTECH) is looking for that bright idea that helps advance our specialty. If you have an idea that can help manage a practice better, a unique marketing approach, or even a product that revolutionizes orthodontic treatment, I encourage you to apply,” said Ken Dillehay, DDS, MS, AAO president.

All Participants must submit an “elevator pitch” video featuring the innovating AAO member/orthodontist(s). All entries should be addressed to the AAO’s Committee on Technology and received by January 15, 2022. According to the AAO, C-Tech will evaluate all entries by uniqueness, originality, functionality or feasibility, and value for an orthodontic practice. The committee will select one winner to receive the 2022 AAO Ortho Innovator award. Grand Prize winner will receive travel to 2022’s Annual Session and exhibition space during the 2023 Annual Session in Chicago, IL.

The Ortho Innovator Award application is also the entry form for the AAO Ortho Tank Pitch Event that will take place at AAO Annual Session 2022 live on the exhibit hall floor.

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