26 Technologies Receive 2009 Spine Technology Awards

Nov 12, 2009, 07:30 ET from Orthopedics This Week

WAYNE, Pa., Nov. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Twenty-six new technologies for back care were selected as "Best New Technology for 2009" by a panel of independent surgeon judges in San Francisco. Sponsored by Orthopedics This Week, the largest circulation weekly publication in the industry, the 2009 Spine Technology Awards received submissions from 83 outstanding technologies representing more than 300 individual engineers, inventors and surgeons.

The technologies were judged according to their likelihood to advance the care of back patients using cost-effective innovation. The 30 judges were selected for their clinical experience and independence -- none were affiliated with the winning technologies.

Treating back pain is one of the most complex medical problems. New technologies have historically played a significant role in advancing the cause of patient care.

Speaking at the awards gala, Orthopedics This Week Publisher Robin Young said, "The medical device industry relies on the inspiration and perspiration of engineers and surgeon-inventors to improve outcomes and control costs. Most engineers and inventors are little known, so we are proud to provide these awards and a venue to recognize their great talents and contributions."

Winning spine technologies for 2009, by category, were:

    Covidien BioSurgery, DuraSeal Spine Sealant
    Invibio Ltd., PEEK-OPTIMA Polymers
    WW Technology, Bonewelding for Spine

    Cervical Care
    Aspen Medical, Symmetrically Adjustable Cervical Collar
    Pioneer Surgical, nanOSS Cervical
    Pioneer Surgical, NuNec Artificial Cervical Disc

    Diagnostics and Imaging
    L.I.T. Surgical, ONE HEADLIT
    Nemaris, Surgimap-Spine
    Ortho Kinematics, Kinegraph VMA

    Lumbar Care
    Alphatec Spine, OsseoScrew Expandable Screw
    Ouroboros Medical, Ouroboros Spinal System
    Spine 21, Bionic Spacer

    Minimally Invasive Care
    Alphatec Spine, GLIF - Guided Lateral Interbody Fusion
    K2M, Inc., SERENGETI Minimally Invasive Retractor System
    NuVasive, Inc., XLIF (eXtreme Lateral Interbody Fusion)

    Motion Preservation
    Facet Solutions, Inc., ACADIA
    Spinal Kinetics, Inc., M6 Artificial Disc (Cervical & Lumbar)
    NuVasive, Inc., PCM-V
    Paradigm Spine, DSS Spine Stabilization System
    Applied Spine Technologies, STABILIMAX

    Pain Management
    Alpha Orthopaedics, Inc., ReleF Technology
    Vexim, SpineJack

    Regenerative Technologies
    Advanced Biologics, OsteoAMP
    Aston-Oxford-Keele Universities, Intervertebral Disc Biomaterial
    Bacterin International, Inc., OsteoSponge Demineralized Bone Matrix

    President's Award
    CrossCurrent, Inc., INCISIVE MD

The Spine Technology Awards bring increased recognition to innovative spine surgery products and their inventors. Eligible technologies are any devices, pharmaceuticals or biologics that were developed to improve spine patient care. Judging is based on originality, clinical relevance, and the likelihood that the technology will improve current standards of care.

    Robin Young
    RRY Publications LLC
    Ph.: 877-817-6450

SOURCE Orthopedics This Week