Then we have Applied Spine Technology. Another product six years in the making with numerous managerial and engineering changes. Will this product ever get to commercial launch? Or, was this another product that for all it has been made out to be, never amount to anything but a loss leader? Tom Woods, J.P. Timms, Linda Golomb, and now Craig Corrance? A long line of twists and turns in providing this organization direction. Seems like the only thing that is making progress is the evolution of their website. Sooner or later, maybe, just maybe, they will get it right. As far as the product goes, it is still too costly to manufacture. We wonder if this product would have received as much attention if it wasn't for Panjabi. So, who wants to buy this device?
Disc Motion Technology is another company that has been around for a while. One of the first companies with a concept for a posterior lumbar disc, today, it is touting this system as a total motion segment. One can argue if you resect the key components that make up the vertebral complex, eventually you'll find the root cause of pain. But the bigger question is who wants all that hardware in their software? Will this product ever get to the market? An Advisory Board that contains names from the Who's Who in Spine, TSB has heard that this company has had trouble raising capital. If Andy Greenberg and a cast from dancing with the stars can't do it, who will? But the real question is, will this product ever be approved and get to the US market? It has been utilized in Europe, but word on the street is that it is being implanted at European prices.
Retrospective data can substantiate clinical efficacy, but, time is money, and, money is time. It's game time. As an admirer of those that perform the art, one thing that we all know is that doctors are terrible businessmen. That's quoting doctors not lay people. So, TSB would like to know what our readers think? Even nice people have a "come to Jesus" moment when their dreams and aspirations are overrun with a dose of reality, maybe hitting the lottery and cashing out was a thing of the past? Until then, see ya in the Treme.