Outside of a few technologies, it has become apparent that innovation is being bred by the mid-to-large cap companies within the industry. This year we will miss Disc Dynamics, Innovative Surgical Technologies and Vertebron (thank heavens we won't have to sit through another presentation by Bruce Khalili on Total Joint Kinematics). Yes, readers there still are some stranglers. These include Disc Motion Technologies (How long has this been goin' on), X-Spine with the Capless Pedicle Screw (I thought they had problems with that screw), and Mazor (they've been around so long my children have grown up).
Oh where, oh where are those so-called "Others?" Where is Amedica, Atlas, Eminent, Lanx, Captiva Spine, Custom Spine, Vertiloc, Vertecor, Spine 360, Spineology TruFuse, etc., etc., and so on? Weren't these the companies that as recent as a few years ago claimed that they have something novel or emerging? Why isn't Robin doing a segment on Facet Fusion with dowels? If there ever was a controversial and debatable topic in spine, this would be the perfect forum to discuss, outcomes, selection criteria and retrospective data.
Do we have to sit through another Scott Blumenthal presentation? No offense Scott, but been there, done that. So in the spirit of debate, TSB wants to know what our readers think?