Submission Guidelines

The Orthopedics This Week Spine Technology Awards recognize exemplary and innovative spine surgery products and the engineering teams and inventors who create them.

Who May Enter:

Inventors (and companies who’ve developed a new product which may improve patient outcomes from spine surgery) may enter this contest. Rules: Technologies that are eligible for a 2021 Spine Technology Award must be:

  1. Any device, biomaterial or biologic product that was developed to improve the care of patients with spine disease.
  2. The owners of the technology must have applied for patent protection within 36 months prior to the awards presentation (after September 29, 2018).
  3. The technology must have been used in humans (clinical studies or other).
  4. It need NOT be either FDA cleared or approved.
  5. If FDA approved or cleared, such approval or clearance was received NO MORE than 12 months before the awards presentation.
  6. No prior WINNING technology may be submitted again.

How to Enter:

  • Complete an Entry Form for each technology. There is a $100 entry fee for each product submission.
  • When we receive your entry form, then we will send you a technology submission form.
  • After completing the Entry Form, you will be sent the submission form.
  • Please include one completed submission form for each technology per instructions on form.
  • Restrict support documentation to 6-8 pages (including submission form). Any submissions that exceed 8 pages will be returned.
  • DO NOT exceed the 250-word total count.
  • DO NOT include graphics as part of the “Technology Description,” “Clinical Need Being Addressed,” or “How does this technology improve upon current standards of care” sections.
  • All entries are property of RRY Publications, LLC

Submission Deadlines:

August 6, 2021 – All Technology Submissions Due
Early September – Winners Announced
September 29 – October 2, 2021 – Awards will be presented

Winning submissions are judged according to originality, clinical relevance and likelihood that this technology can improve current standards of care. The Spine Technology Award panel includes leading surgeons with clinical and research experience in robotics, cervical care, thoracolumbar care, motion preservation, minimally invasive spine care, biomaterials and biologics.

Awards and Recognition:

Winners will be announced early-September and awarded prior to the NASS annual meeting in Boston. All winners will be featured in a special edition of Orthopedics This Week; OTM: Spine Magazine (post-conference issue) and their profiles will be posted on the Orthopedics This Week website ( Each winning company will be granted permission to post the profiles of their winning teams on their company websites and to distribute freely.

For an entry form or for more information contact:  Suzanne Kirchner, at or call 1-888-352-1952