Monday, August 10, 2009

The Spine Technology Awards - Wait a Minute!

The August 15th entry deadline is approaching for those entrepreneurs and inventors that want to be considered for the Spine Technology Awards. The Spine Blogger is curious as to what Orthopedics This Week's policy is towards complimentary admission for any one entering this competition, and I don't mean submitting a product. I am sure like the Academy (that's not the AAOS) it behooves OTW to "comp" the entrants. Would Hollywood make Leonardo DiCaprio or Meryl Streep pay to be part of the ceremony? I would suspect that it is time that the powers to be at OTW start giving something back to the industry considering that they are making money off the industry.

The Spine Blogger does have a few observations. Will surgeons or surgeon inventors that have any financial interest, have received stock, or consulting agreements be recused from the judging? How biased will the judging be, if products from companies that have invested capital into OTW are included in these categories? Will the winners have to pay OTW like some have had to pay Frost & Sullivan to have their award posted on their websites? I would suspect that OTW makes a decent profit off of our industry based on the revenue generating platforms that they provide. The Spine Blogger wants to know what you think?


  1. Lets face it, Robin loves to hear himself speak

  2. And then listens to himself to regurgigate his own utterings as news.