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OrthoChallenge Encourages Patient-Focused Innovation

by OREF | Apr 23, 2020
OREF is proud to announce its endorsement of the For Such A Time As This - OrthoChallenge. This innovative program, conceived by NovApproach Spine CEO, Raymond J. Cloutier along with co-sponsors Joseph D. Zuckerman, MD and Dawn A. Lissy, MS, encourages the development of new product, software and services that address the needs of orthopaedic patients whose surgeries and therapies have been delayed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The goal of the program is to harness the energies of the highly talented and creative people in the orthopaedic community who due to Covid-19-related work restrictions, including the discontinuance of elective surgery, have unexpected time available to pursue new ideas. The intent is for these individuals to use this 'found time' to create a positive impact for patients and orthopedics in general that will endure beyond the COVID-19 crisis. The sponsors are encouraging submissions that will help orthopaedic patients by:

  • Addressing or assisting with their physical limitations while they wait for their procedure to be done.
  • Reducing the chance their musculoskeletal issues will put them at greater risk of contracting COVID-19.
  • Minimizing the risk their orthopedic condition will affect morbidity or mortality if they contract COVID-19.
Asked about OREF's support of the initiative, Mr. Cloutier stated, “OREF has an excellent reputation for supporting advanced orthopaedic care through research and education. Their willingness to endorse the ‘For Such A Time As This – OrthoChallenge’ initiative indicates they recognize innovation is the ‘engine’ that has often advanced patient care.”

Submissions are due May 10, 2020. For more information about the For Such A Time As This - OrthoChallenge, visit
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