Editorial


  • Perspective (Trends at the Top 2017): Findings of the Top 10

    Perspective (Trends at the Top 2017): Findings of the Top 10

    Time breeds perspective if you stare at something long enough. I’ve been staring at the medical device industry since 1999. At that time, the first “trend” I observed was the industry reacting to the threat of Y2K. (I’d ventur…
    Sean Fenske, Editor 08.15.17

  • Large Joint
    Sharing the Patient’s Experience

    Sharing the Patient’s Experience

    Celebrity endorsements aren’t a new advertising technique by any measure. For most products, however, we have no idea if the celebrity actually uses the product in their daily life or if they’re simply collecting a paycheck to endorse it.…
    Sean Fenske, Editor 05.19.17

  • Machining & Tooling | Materials | Molding
    Metal vs. Plastic

    Metal vs. Plastic

    We are in a fantastic age of materials innovation, with so many new options emerging rapidly. Graphene is creating great excitement and could one day prove to be a fantastic material with virtually unlimited applications, both in and out of healthcar…
    Sean Fenske, Editor 03.22.17

  • Leading the Way to Healthcare Savings

    Leading the Way to Healthcare Savings

    Regardless of with whom you speak—patient, physician, payer, or even device manufacturer—virtually all agree that the increasing cost of healthcare is becoming unsustainable. We simply cannot continue to see the price steadily rise withou…
    Sean Fenske, Editor 02.23.17

  • Biologics | Spine/Neurology
    A Transformative Time for Spinal Technologies

    A Transformative Time for Spinal Technologies

    October marked my first trip to the NASS (North American Spine Society) annual meeting. While I attended the AAOS (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons) annual meeting earlier in 2016, this was the first time I was going to an event that was focu…
    Sean Fenske, Editor 11.22.16

  • At the Start of a Materials Revolution

    At the Start of a Materials Revolution

    Fans of the television show, “Game of Thrones,” are familiar with a special metal that had been used to make extremely high quality swords and blades. The metal was known as Valyrian and the process used to fabricate the metal had been lo…
    Sean Fenske, Editor 09.20.16

  • Trends at the Top

    Trends at the Top

    Having been an editor covering this industry prior to my arrival at ODT, I was already familiar with the annual Top Company reports in both this magazine and sister publication, MPO. These issues left me with mixed opinions each year when they would…
    Sean Fenske, Editor 08.09.16

  • A Dramatic Transformation

    A Dramatic Transformation

    We are currently at the start of a convergence of factors that could have a disruptive impact on the orthopedic industry in terms of the types of implants that are being used to replace bones and joints, such as in total knee replacement and hip proc…
    Sean Fenske, Editor 05.23.16

  • Biologics | Large Joint | Trauma/Sports
    Welcoming Party

    Welcoming Party

    As I mentioned in my previous letter, I’ve been covering this wonderful, ever-changing industry for more than 16 years. As such, I’ve focused on virtually every technology sector at one time or another, from cardiovascular to dental to ne…
    Sean Fenske, Editor 03.23.16

  • New Year, New Beginning, New Tax Changes

    New Year, New Beginning, New Tax Changes

    With the start of a new year, many look to make changes that they strive toward accomplishing throughout the subsequent 365 days. It might be losing a few pounds, watching less television, or spending more time with family. Whatever “resolution…
    Sean Fenske, Editor 02.17.16

  • Looking Ahead

    Some years are more transformative than others. In all likelihood, 2015 will be remembered as one of the most metamorphic in recent memory. At least in the medical device sector. As the year draws quickly to a close, industry pundits, consultants a…
    11.17.15

  • The End—a Good Place to Start

    In the life of a medical device, the information gathered after a product has been approved or cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is just as important as the data gathered to support the device’s premarket submission to the…
    Christopher Delporte, Editorial Director 09.15.15

  • Success Factors

    How is success measured? How’s that for a broad topic for discussion? Let’s narrow it down a bit. How is success in business evaluated? A little more focused, but still a wide-open question. Is it by profit? That’s certainly one eas…
    Christopher Delporte, Editorial Director 08.05.15

  • A Bitter Pill

    We’re accustomed to clinical information, studies and patient data compiled by the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons that often serve to guide manufacturers’ decision making about product design, regulatory compliance issues o…
    Christopher Delporte, Editorial Director 05.27.15

  • An Innovation Agenda

    At the beginning of the year, the powers that be at the Washington, D.C.-based Advanced Medical Technology Association (commonly called AdvaMed)—the medical device industry’s largest advocacy group—invite medtech reporters to their…
    Christopher Delporte, Editorial Director 04.01.15

  • Changes & Opportunities

    As we begin 2015, there’s a lot to be excited about. It’s Orthopedic Design & Technology’s 10th anniversary year, for example. To mark the occasion, we’re planning a look back at the last 10 years in the orthopedic se…
    Christopher Delporte, Editorial Director 02.18.15

  • Tripping Over Tomorrow

    Here we go again.
    Christopher Delporte, Editorial Director 12.01.14

  • Better Together

    When you think about orthopedic product development or manufacturing, many things come to mind—science, patients (and patience), materials, skill, knowledge, talent, quality, speed, cost, in addition to countless others.
    Christopher Delporte, Editorial Director 09.16.14

  • The Road Not Taken

    Getting a medical device from a napkin sketch to the operating room, examination room, or patient bedside isn’t always (seldom is, in fact) a high-speed, straight-line journey—particularly for a first-time entrepreneur or a doctor with a big idea.
    Christopher Delporte, Editorial Director 08.04.14

  • Charting Patient Preference: Just Ask

    As consumers, we’re used to providing feedback about everyday products and services.
    Christopher Delporte, Editorial Director 05.19.14