March 2018 | Volume 2

Among our takeaways from AAOS is companies are responding differently to the  challenge of creating products that correlate  to better patient outcomes and quicker, less expensive procedures. We highlight four examples.

The annual event is known for its innovative AM/3D printing solutions. This year, the medical focus is expanded with the SME  Medical Manufacturing Innovations series, which explores critical AM applications such as patient-matched implants, prosthetics, bone and tissue scaffolds and more.
1,001+ participants | 230 companies  

Mislabeled/misbranded devices are one of the top three causes for recalls in the U.S. Companies can take steps to minimize these mistakes; it comes down to being in control of your design. 
OEMs such as DePuy Synthes, Nextremity Solutions and Zimmer Biomet, along with certain suppliers,  have made a change from hospital-sterilized products to single-use, terminally sterilized devices. We highlight more than a dozen sterile-packaging related announcements made in 2017.

Join two of the world's leading authorities, Dr. Mark Spearman and Ed Pound, to learn basic approaches for operations science to enhance your world, with all its variability in product mix, demand, people and processes. 
The key precursor to the development step is the "harvesting effort." Answering specific questions allows inventors to organize their thoughts and give a clear explanation about their invention.