That was the week that was, let it go, it's over
That was the week that was, it started way on top and it finished way below
That was the week that was, let it slide
That was the week that was, I took him at his word, he took me for a ride
Like Tuesday we met up at Vegas you know, it was SAS and we all had to go
Globus was there attempting to make a big scene, a new copectomy device a secret that's keen
Don't have an invitation, can't see our creation, that was the week that was.......
No fellow bloggers, TSB is not singing the opening song to the 60's satirical television show hosted by David Frost. It was another ho-hum meeting at SAS, or is it now called IsASS? It seems that Globus "when are they going public" Medical, was attempting to one up the meeting by launching a highly classified device by invitation only. TSB was impressed that they hired some mercenaries from Xe, formerly known as Blackwater. As Peggy Lee once sang, "is that all there is David Paul?"
In addition, rumor was circulating that Centinel Spine was facing some liquidity problems...again...
only to be informed that John Viscogliosi is back on the Bar-B-Q Trail in Memphis,Tennessee from May 12-14th in a World Championship competition, and on May 29th-30th, he'll be at the Rock City Rib Fest in Rochester, NY. On June 11-12th you are all invited to the Big Apple Bar-B-Q Party. Will the Purple Pork Master bring his sidekick Sancho Panza? You know what they say about the color purple, it is continually associated with suffering and pain.
The J&J acquisition of Synthes has led Larry Biegelsen, an analyst for Wells Fargo to state that this acquisition would lead to some disruptions in the spine market that could benefit Zimmer. You know what the great Jimmy Durante once said, "everybody wants to get into the act." Come on Larry, we know you get paid by Wells Fargo to make these observations, but can you get serious, there isn't anything in Zimmer's spine portfolio that would be worth maximizing on.
With Medtronic initiating layoffs, its only a matter of time before the Synthes and DePuy sales force is faced with the reality that two's a crowd and three's a party. Regardless of what the powers to be are telling you, there will be collateral damage. It's management's job to feed you propaganda (everybody is safe, at least for the time being) in an attempt to preempt any moves that you may be thinking about. TSB's advice, start shopping your relationships around, the only loyalty you have is to your customer and yourselves. If you're not looking at your options, there's no time like the present to begin your search. You know what Arnold use to say "listen to me now, or hear me later."