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Call for Spine Technology Award Submissions

June 25, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Engineering Business Journal -- This November the Spine Technology Awards will recognize the best spine products, engineering teams and inventors for 2014. The first awards of their kind, the Sixth Annual Spine Technology Awards highlights engineering excellence, innovation and advancement of spinal care.

Awards will be presented in five technology categories: Biomaterials and Biologics; Cervical Care; Diagnostic and Imaging; Minimally Invasive Spine Care and Thoracolumbar Care.

Entrants may submit applications in one or more of the five categories. Judges will be assessing the applications according to originality, clinical relevance, and the likelihood that the technology will improve current standards of care. The deadline for submission of entries is September 19, 2014. The winning entries will be notified in late October and presented in San Francisco, November 12-13, 2014.

Presented by Orthopedics This Week, the premier online orthopedics newsletter, and RRY Publications, LLC, the Spine Technology Awards are intended to bring increased recognition to exemplary and innovative spine surgery products as well as the engineering teams and inventors who create them.

Said Orthopedics This Week founder Robin Young, "Patients, physicians, hospitals, and reimbursers rely on the inspiration and perspiration of engineers and surgeon-inventors to improve outcomes and to control costs. Most engineers and inventors are little known, so we are proud to provide awards and a venue to recognize their great talents and contributions."

For more information about the Awards or to obtain an entry form, contact Suzanne Kirchner at or visit our web site at

Entry Rules: Technologies that are eligible for a 2014 Spine Technology Award are any device, pharmaceutical or biologic product that was developed to improve the care of patients with spine disease. The owners of the technology must have applied for patent protection within the 36 months prior to the awards ceremony (after November 12, 2011). The technology must be new to commercial use. Specifically, the technology need not be FDA cleared or approved. But, if the technology IS FDA approved or cleared, it will have had fewer than 24 months of commercial use prior to the awards ceremony.

RRY PUBLICATIONS LLC publishes Orthopedics This Week (

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Source: Engineering Business Journal

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