• An MDR Roundup

    An MDR Roundup

    Anyone involved in medical device development and manufacture has undoubtedly heard of the regulatory changes happening in the EU beginning May 2020, lest they have been living under the proverbial rock. So much has been written and discussed, in fac…
    Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief 09.17.19

  • A Look to the Future: Observations from the Top 10 Reports

    A Look to the Future: Observations from the Top 10 Reports

    As I reviewed this year’s top company reports, I saw mentions of the familiar products commonly associated with the orthopedic industry—implants for hips, knees, and spine, as well as bracing solutions and instrumentation. These products…
    Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief 08.14.19

  • Biologics | Bracing/Prosthetics
    The Changing World Around Orthopedic Implants

    The Changing World Around Orthopedic Implants

    Those who have been in this industry for more than a few years realize implant technology has not changed all that much. Sure, there are new product releases offering innovative benefits not previously available. Further, emerging manufacturing techn…
    Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief 05.23.19

  • 3-D Printing/Additive Mfg. | Design | Instruments | Instruments, Cases & Trays | MIS/Robotics
    A Return to Memphis: An ODT Forum Preview

    A Return to Memphis: An ODT Forum Preview

    Hopefully by now, you’ve seen the ads, received the emails, or heard the buzz—but in case you haven’t, the ODT Forum is returning. In addition, it’s going back to where it started—Memphis, Tennessee. On April 11, this on…
    Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief 03.29.19

  • Your 2019 ‘Regulatory Issues to Watch’ List

    Your 2019 ‘Regulatory Issues to Watch’ List

    In 2018, one of the most prominent themes for the medical device industry had to be change. The year marked a continued transition for a number of regulatory initiatives as well as the emergence of several new challenges. In spite of how serious some…
    Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief 02.13.19

  • Large Joint | MIS/Robotics | Spine/Neurology
    Practice Makes Perfect...Virtually

    Practice Makes Perfect...Virtually

    The North American Spine Society (NASS) 2018 event that took place in September seemed quite similar to the ones I’ve attended during previous years. The overwhelming focus (on the expo floor anyway) was on technologies and solutions involved i…
    Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief 11.30.18

  • Extremities | Large Joint | Spine/Neurology
    A Need for Removal Protocols?

    A Need for Removal Protocols?

    Many of you have likely heard of the controversial medical device industry documentary, “The Bleeding Edge,” recently released through Netflix. If you haven’t yet seen it but you’re reading this column, put the magazine down o…
    Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief 09.19.18

  • Bracing/Prosthetics | MIS/Robotics
    Robotics Revolution

    Robotics Revolution

    In my Letter last issue, I was wondering about what had happened to the promise of smart implants. The combination of sensors, connectivity, IoT, and miniaturization could be leveraged to enhance the level of orthopedic care provided to patients requ…
    Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief 08.15.18

  • Large Joint | Spine/Neurology
    Where Are the Flying Cars, Hoverboards, and Smart Implants?

    Where Are the Flying Cars, Hoverboards, and Smart Implants?

    Speculation about the future can often result in unrealistic expectations, regardless of the source from which the speculation originates. For example, just look at the second “Back to the Future” movie. Fans of the film gawked at the pro…
    Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief 05.29.18

  • Instruments | Large Joint
    A Gathering of Industry

    A Gathering of Industry

    Last week (as of this writing), I attended the 2018 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons in New Orleans. It is likely one of the largest collections of orthopedic industry stakeholders, from key surgical opinion leaders to l…
    Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief 03.21.18

  • The Pain Points in Raising Awareness of Medical Technology

    The Pain Points in Raising Awareness of Medical Technology

    Pain management is an extremely hot topic at the moment. Relieving suffering is always a goal of doctors and medical professionals, regardless of its cause. That goal, however, is intertwined with the opioid crisis and the growing attention that issu…
    Sean Fenske, Editor 02.12.18

  • Materials
    ‘Bulletin Board Material’ Spurs Advancements

    ‘Bulletin Board Material’ Spurs Advancements

    Most sports fans are familiar with the phrase “bulletin board material.” It seems to be a favorite topic for sports reporters to bring up with coaches and players when someone from the opposing team makes derogatory comments. Those commen…
    Sean Fenske, Editor 11.21.17

  • Materials | Spine/Neurology
    Porous PEEK in the Limelight

    Porous PEEK in the Limelight

    Mergers and acquisitions have become one of the leading growth strategies among medical device manufacturers (and those suppliers who support them as well, for that matter). Purchasing another firm can offer numerous benefits including opening up new…
    Sean Fenske, Editor 10.02.17

  • 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