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OMTEC 2017 to Highlight Latest in Orthopaedic Innovations

Orthopaedic companies of all sizes stand to benefit from dozens of new technologies waiting to be embraced. Staying abreast of technology advancements can be difficult to do among our daily demands, though. OMTEC 2017 will pack reviews of multiple orthopaedic innovations into three days, educating you on the latest in research and adoption rates. Four innovations that will be covered in the Tech Center include:

1. Additive Manufacturing: Design, Materials and RA/QA Standards
How to use additive manufacturing or 3D printing remains a complex question for surgeons, device companies and suppliers alike. OMTEC has dedicated four sessions to additive in order to dive deeper into the subject. You can expect the surgeon perspective on printing-on-demand, the engineer’s perspective on how to design for additive, the supplier perspective on how to choose materials and the society perspective on ways that industry muscle is driving important regulatory and quality standards.

2. Implant Infection Prevention
Post-surgical infection control is a top priority in the reduction of complications, revisions and costs. It’s a topic of importance all along the product development spectrum, from the surgeon, to the research level, to the start-up, through the industry’s largest companies. A joint reconstruction surgeon, Stryker’s R&D director of trauma and a university department head will come together to share their research and discuss current and future technologies being developed to address surgical infections.

3. Stem Cells: Engineering New Regenerative Therapies
The repair of cartilage following joint injury or degeneration remains a challenge for the orthopaedic community. Techniques have been developed to treat cartilage defects, but there have been few attempts at tissue-engineered therapies for end-stage osteoarthritis. Bradley T. Estes, Ph.D., who has over 25 years in orthopaedic device design, research and development, will demonstrate that by combining techniques in functional tissue engineering and synthetic biology, researchers are able to reproduce native cartilage, providing the potential for complete resurfacing of the entire joint surface.

4. Material Advancements
Innovation in orthopaedics is linked to the adoption of new materials and new manufacturing processes for established materials. A rapid-fire session will profile the properties, indications and manufacturing processes that advance the use of different materials like bioabsorbable metals, PEEK and titanium.

With the gain of this new knowledge, how will you decide which innovations to pursue for new product development? You can also learn best practices to on ways to assess new technology. What suppliers can you turn to for support? The OMTEC exhibit hall will host 147 suppliers and service providers, who will be waiting for your questions.

Carolyn LaWell is ORTHOWORLD's Chief Content Officer. She can be reached by email.