The Exhibit Hall is where you can view and test the latest products and innovations up close.

AAOS Now

Published 12/20/2023
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Terry Stanton

Find the Latest Innovation and Technology at the Exhibit Hall

Advance registration for the AAOS 2024 Annual Meeting ends Jan. 12

In all of orthopaedics, there’s just no place like the Exhibit Hall at the AAOS Annual Meeting. As you join your colleagues at the world’s premiere orthopaedic event, taking place Feb. 12 to 16 in picturesque San Francisco, the Exhibit Hall is your go-to destination to discover innovative devices and solutions that will enhance your practice and transform patient care. There, on a dazzling scale, you can take advantage of unique opportunities to:

  • Explore innovative offerings from more than 500 companies under one sprawling roof
  • Engage with industry experts representing major orthopaedic and device manufacturers
  • Conduct critical product comparisons to plan purchases for your hospital or practice

Expressing his fondness for the Exhibit Hall, Exhibits Chair Adolph V. Lombardi Jr, MD, FAAOS, stated, “At the AAOS Annual Meeting, I always make my plan to spend time in the Exhibit Hall. As orthopaedic surgeons, we want to do what’s best for our patients and we want to see the latest and greatest technology.”

Underscoring the educational experience the Exhibit Hall offers attendees, he noted, “I can’t walk by a booth where someone’s not trying to come up to me, show me something, teach me something. When I first came to the Annual Meeting as a resident, I was in awe. Now I’ve been in practice 37 years, and I’m still in awe. If this is your first time attending the Annual Meeting or if you are early in your career, I highly encourage you to visit the Exhibit Hall and explore all that the industry has to offer, especially if you have not settled on your area of expertise yet. Only here will you really find out what’s the latest and greatest in orthopaedics.”

Dr. Lombardi highlighted the positive impact of time spent at the Exhibit Hall on his practice and staff. “I brought staff to the meeting so we could figure out what we would equip our hospital with. Maybe you’re starting a surgery center, or you just want to put your hands on new products. The interaction with representatives of the different companies, who have so much knowledge that they can share with you, is invaluable,” he shared.

Rest assured, you will have plenty of time to engage in these opportunities and explore the hall without compromising your scheduled CME sessions: The Annual Meeting reserves 10 hours of dedicated Exhibit time, allowing you to discover all the Hall’s offerings without missing other educational experiences. In addition to products on display, you’ll find the Innovation Theater, which offers exhibiting companies a platform to spotlight their innovative products and services or present new research findings to Annual Meeting attendees.

Additionally, the Exhibit Hall will host the return of an event that has proved immensely popular since its debut 2 years ago: Happy Hour in the Hall, a chance to enjoy complimentary libations and connect with friends along with exhibitors and industry innovators. This dedicated time to unwind and explore will run for 2 convivial hours, from 3 to 5 p.m. on Feb. 14.

Dr. Lombardi emphasized the pivotal role that exhibiting companies play, providing essential support that makes the entire Annual Meeting a one-of-a-kind educational and professional experience for the orthopaedic community. “I wish to express my thanks to all our industry partners whose representatives will be displaying their devices and technology and sharing their expertise with our members,” he said. “Our exhibitors, who sustained their commitment to us during and after the long and trying period of pandemic, are truly essential in making our meeting the amazing event it is. In turn, I encourage our attendees to take the time to tour the booths and see and touch the latest innovative devices, software, applications, and business tools that will assist them in providing higher-level care for patients and managing their practices more efficiently.”

New for ’24: Don’t miss OrthoPitch!
OrthoPitch debuts at the 2024 Annual Meeting, bringing the fun and drama of a competition for the best new product pitches. OrthoPitch is a technology competition for early- and mid-stage companies with novel, innovative, and potentially disruptive product concepts or solutions for improving existing standards for orthopaedic care. Watch live as representatives from four selected finalists make their best pitches to a panel of industry experts and AAOS members, as well as the audience.

The finalist companies at OrthoPitch, presented by AAOS and foundational sponsor MCRA—an independent medical device, diagnostics, and biologics clinical research organization and advisory firm—were selected from more than 40 that submitted their product ideas. Finalist products range from a 3D surgical imaging and navigation platform to treatment using alternating magnetic fields (AMF) technology.

Join your colleagues at what is sure to be an enjoyable and unpredictable contest, as you see which concept pitchers get “devoured” by the judges and which one earns bragging rights, along with other prizes.

“We invite you to join the competition, as companies with game-changing innovations battle it out for prize money,” said Jason L. Dragoo, MD, FAAOS, chair of the AAOS Devices, Biologics, and Technology Committee. “You will be a judge, as the audience will help determine the winner!”

“We are excited to work with AAOS on the first ever OrthoPitch event at AAOS 2024 and bring awareness to new companies in the industry,” said David Lown, MCRA’s president.

OrthoPitch takes place Tuesday, Feb. 13, 5:30 to 7 p.m., and will feature refreshments. All Annual Meeting registrants are welcome to attend (no ticket required).

Annual Meeting Mobile App now available
Download this powerful tool for free and create your tailored experience using new, enhanced features. With it, you can plan Exhibit Hall strategy and efficiently navigate the Exhibit Hall, as well as plan your educational activities and networking agenda. With the app, you also can:

  • select Exhibit Hall activities and exhibitors you wish to visit and navigate the hall with the interactive floor map
  • connect with faculty and attendees across all specialties
  • conveniently add Instructional Course Lecture and Specialty Society Program tickets to your existing meeting registration, with just a few taps

You can use filters on the app to focus on specific content areas or preferred learning formats. Three-dimensional maps provide point-to-point navigation throughout the Exhibit Hall, OrthoLive, and meeting rooms.

Reminder—earlier dates, new days of the week
Those familiar with the AAOS Annual Meeting will notice that the 2024 meeting will be earlier in the calendar year than usual. Not only will it convene in February rather than March, but, in response to attendee feedback, the meeting will also span different days of the week. The AAOS 2024 Annual Meeting will begin on Monday and run through Thursday, with Specialty Society Programs occurring on Friday.

Terry Stanton is the senior medical writer for AAOS Now. He can be reached at tstanton@aaos.org.