End of the Spring and here she comes back
Hi, HI, Hi, there
Them summer days, those summer days
That's when I had most of my fun, back
high, high, high, high there
Those summer days, those summer days
On cloud nine when I want to, Out of school, yeah
County Fair in the country sun, and everything it's true, ooh yeah
Hot Fun in the Summertime
Yes, fellow bloggers to quote Sly & the Family Stone, as the spring winds down, another summer of hot fun lies around the corner. It will be interesting to see what a new season will bring the industry. Yesterday's announcement that Mike Mogul has taken the CEO position at DJO is another sign that one should expect the unexpected. After a stellar twenty-two years at his beloved Stryker, Mike has decided to move on. One of the good guys in the industry, Mogul has survived more changes than Lady Gaga. But what does it say about this chameleon? Could this mean that there will be additions by subtraction at Stryker? Who'd thunk it that M2 would ever leave Stryker? His replacement, spit shined and polished right out of the J&J playbook. One doesn't need to hear Les Cross sing Mike's praises. One company's loss is another company's gain.
On a much lighter note, let's monitor how the Integra and Sea Spine acquisition and merger unfolds. Bloggers have to be entertained when an "effusive" Stu Essig is quoted as saying "Sea Spine is an ideal strategic fit for Integra, as the combination brings two well-respected innovators in the spinal fusion market." C'mon Stu, you may be able to soft-shoe your friends on the Street with your Aztec-Two Step, but let's get serious, those in the industry are not some gullible analyst. If innovation equates acquiring two companies known for commodity products, TSB must admit, you definitely epitomize innovation. Essentially, you hopefully bought into a market. Word on the Street in Vegas was that you couldn't give the product away in the City that could never pass up a fusion that they didn't like. Name one product in your portfolio that would equate to being best in class? By the way, whatever happened to that tortured baboon?
Now onto something more serious. Readers have wanted a discussion on Interspinous Process Devices. The current crop of products come in all shapes and sizes. So which products have the optimal design? Which system has the exceptional instrumentation? Is Lanx and Medtronic leading the pack when it comes to market share? So here they are, and if there are any that we have missed our apologies, but we're sure someone will inform us of a potential faux pas.
Lanx - Aspen
Medtronic - XStop
Globus - Flexus
Paradigm - Coflex
X-Spine - AXLE
Life Spine - (Updating the website would help)
Vertiflex - Superion (What happened to Moti)
Osteomed - PrimaLOK SP