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MicrO2 Sleep Apnea Device by MicroDental Laboratories and FDA cleared, is now Registered for Sale in Canada BY EDITOR, OCTOBER 28, 2014

MicroDental Laboratories announced that MicrO2 Obstructive Sleep Apnea Device, which the FDA has granted 510k approval, is now also available for sale in Canada. The first CAD/CAM milled Obstructive Sleep Apnea device, the MicrO2 offers dentists a new, innovative option... more

Globus Medical to Acquire Transplant Technologies of Texas BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, OCTOBER 27, 2014

Globus Medical entered into an agreement to acquire the allograft tissue processor, Transplant Technologies of Texas, Ltd. (TTOT). TTOT is a provider of sterile human tissue products including bone allografts, biomaterials, soft tissue products, machined spine implants, demineralized bone matrix... more

Danaher to Acquire Nobel Biocare for $2.2B BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, SEPTEMBER 15, 2014

Danaher Corporation entered into an agreement to acquire the Zürich, Switzerland-based Nobel Biocare, the second largest dental implant developer, in an all cash transaction valued at an enterprise value of $2.2 billion, or 3.0x LTM revenues, or 16.0x LTM EBITDA.... more

FDA Clears the MicrO2 Sleep Apnea Device by MicroDental Laboratories - the First CAD/CAM Milled Sleep Apnea Device BY EDITOR, AUGUST 6, 2014

MicroDental Laboratories announced that the FDA has cleared the company's MicrO2 Obstructive Sleep Apnea Device. The first CAD/CAM milled Obstructive Sleep Apnea device, the MicrO2 offers dentists a new, innovative option for treating the growing number of patients diagnosed with... more

Nobel Biocare is Considering a Sales Process BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, JULY 31, 2014

Nobel Biocare, the second largest dental implant developer, confirmed that it is exploring a sales process. This verifies that private equity firms and other medical device companies have reached out to assess a buyout. The company affirmed further that the... more

Researchers Utilize Laser Therapy to Regenerate Tooth Dentin BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, JUNE 16, 2014

A new study conducted by a team of researchers from Harvard University and published in Science Translational Medicine, demonstrated that lasers are able to regenerate parts of damaged teeth and in the future, be used to prevent root canal treatments.... more

Danaher Appoints New CEO BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, APRIL 23, 2014

Danaher Corporation announced the appointment of Thomas Joyce, Jr. as President and Chief Executive Officer, succeeding H. Lawrence Culp, Jr., who will retire on March 1, 2015. Mr. Joyce becomes the fourth CEO in the company's 30-year history. Mr. Joyce... more

Henry Schein Completes Strategic Investment in Dental Implant Manufacturer BioHorizons BY EDITOR, JANUARY 2, 2014

Henry Schein, Inc., the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, announced the completion of a 60% equity investment in BioHorizons, Inc., a U.S.-based manufacturer of advanced dental implant technology... more

OrthoAccel Technologies, Inc. Launches Investigator Initiated Research Program with Announcement of Four Inaugural Grant Recipients BY EDITOR, DECEMBER 11, 2013

Four Academic Research Institutions to Investigate Advancements in Accelerated Orthodontics OrthoAccel Technologies, Inc. launched its Investigator Initiated Research Program by awarding initial grants to four academic research institutions. With patient demand steadily trending towards faster orthodontic treatment, OrthoAccel developed the... more

Henry Schein Signs Agreement To Invest In BioHorizons BY EDITOR, NOVEMBER 26, 2013

Company Advances Strategy to Enhance Position in Dental Specialty Markets With Investment in Implant Manufacturer Henry Schein, Inc. (NASDAQ: HSIC), the world's largest provider of health care products and services to office-based dental, animal health and medical practitioners, announced today... more

Biomet Decides Not to Spin-off 3i Dental Business BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, APRIL 2, 2013

Biomet reported in a regulatory filing that the Board of Directors of LVB Acquisition, Inc. and Biomet have collectively decided not to proceed with a spin-off of the company’s Biomet 3i dental business. No explanation regarding the decision was provided.... more

Institutional Investors Showing Interest in Dental Implants BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, NOVEMBER 30, 2012

Thomas Straumann, the Vice Chairman of the dental-implant manufacturer, Straumann Holding, sold a 10% stake in the company to the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GSIC), citing that he needed to meet other financial obligations due to the “prevailing weak... more

Italian Researchers Find Earliest Evidence of Dental Fillings BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, SEPTEMBER 25, 2012

Researchers in Italy, working with a 6,500-year-old jawbone, found what may be the earliest evidence of dental fillings. A tooth was identified as being filled with beeswax, a case that, if the beeswax was applied while the patient was still alive, "would provide the earliest known direct evidence of therapeutic-palliative dental filling." The finding was published in PLoS One. more

Dental News Roundup June 2012 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JULY 2, 2012

Keystone Dental and Southern Implants merge ... Straumann completes acquisition of 49% of Neodent ... Sirona expands distribution agreement with Patterson ... Early-stage implant company Nasseo wins UC San Diego Entrepreneur Challenge ... Nobel announces management changes more

Biomet Weighs Dental Spin-Off BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JUNE 5, 2012

Biomet reported in a regulatory filing that they are beginning to "pursue strategic exploratory work" relating to a tax-free spin-off of Biomet 3i, the company's dental division. The company said they expect this effort to take several months and they would not comment further "unless and until a decision is made." more

OrthoAccel Technologies, Inc. Names U.S. National Sales Director BY EDITOR, MAY 31, 2012

OrthoAccel Technologies, Inc., makers of AcceleDent, a new device to accelerate orthodontic treatment, welcomes Christopher J. Bodish to the newly created position of United States National Sales Director. Mr. Bodish will oversee direct field sales in all United States market territories. more

Dental News Roundup May 2012 BY MATTHEW JAFFE, MAY 31, 2012

1Q12 dental earnings ... Straumann acquires 49% of Neodent ... Astra Tech presents OsseoSpeed data ... Align Technology funds research into clear aligners ... OrthoAccel appoints Christopher J Bodis United States National Sales Director more

OrthoAccel: AcceleDent Device to Enhance Orthodonic Treatment Launches in the U.S. BY EDITOR, MAY 23, 2012

Today we're happy to highlight the newest addition to the HealthpointCapital portfolio, OrthoAccel Technologies, Inc. OrthoAccel’s core technology, the AcceleDent, significantly reduces the treatment time of any type of orthodontic bracing process. With only 20 minutes of use per day, treatment times are reduced by 30-50%. more

How Teeth and Bones Can Treat Hearing Loss BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MAY 15, 2012

Though a bit outside our typical musculoskeletal focus, this morning's funding announcement from Sonitus Medical has highlighted the role of hard tissue in providing solutions for hearing loss. more

Dental News Roundup April 2012 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MAY 1, 2012

Dentsply, Nobel, Straumann announce 1Q:12 earnings ... OrthoAccel announces investment ... Sialo Technology receives CE mark ... Dentsply launches new ATLANTIS abutment for the ANKYLOS System more

OrthoAccel Announces $10 Million Equity Investment BY EDITOR, APRIL 30, 2012

OrthoAccel Technologies, Inc. today announced an investment of $10 million in growth capital to fund the US launch of its AcceleDent system and ongoing working capital needs. The investment was led by HealthpointCapital Partners III, with existing investor S3 Ventures also participating. In conjunction with the financing, HealthpointCapital's John McCormick will join the company's board of directors. Brian R. Smith from S3 Ventures will remain on the board. more

Can Oral Bacteria Cause a Joint Replacement to Fail? BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 25, 2012

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University may have found a potential link between gum disease and joint health, with particular implications for failing joint replacements. Working collaboratively, dental, orthopedic and arthritis specialists tested the DNA in synovial fluid in 36 patients with both native and replacement joints. Some samples showed the presence of oral bacteria in the fluid, which the scientists suggest could be contributing to aseptic loosening or excessive wear in joint replacement patients when no infection is present. more

Dental News Roundup March 2011 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 2, 2012

Periodontal treatment lowers medical costs for diabetics ... Millennium Dental, Institute for Advanced Laser Dentistry renew partnership with the Seattle Study Cub ... Nobel Biocare to host scientific symposia for anniversary of osseointegration more

Dental Roundup February 2011 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 13, 2012

Dentsply, Nobel, Straumann announce earnings ... Align launches Invisalign Outcome Simulator ... Glidewell announces Inclusive portfolio launches ... Zimmer Dental launches Trabecular Metal Dental Implant ... Swedish study shows 92% dental implant survival rate at 18 years ... Nobel Biocare announces that Michel Orsinger will not assume role of Chairman more

Dental News Roundup September 2011 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, SEPTEMBER 29, 2011

Nobel Biocare launches bond issue ... Straumann may purchase own shares ... Astra Tech launches Atlantis 3D Editor ... Biomet 3i rebrands digital products under BellaTek name, launches OsseoGuard Flex membrane and new app for clinicians and patients ... Align to close NJ facility ... Straumann names Regional Head North America more

Dental News Roundup - July 2011 BY MATTHEW JAFFE, JULY 29, 2011

Dentsply and Zimmer Dental announce earnings . . . Straumann makes investment in Dental Wings . . . Study shows cavities, missing teeth correlated to diabetes more

Dental News Roundup June 2011 BY MATTHEW JAFFE, JUNE 30, 2011

Patterson announces F4Q sales . . . Medisafe pursuing an acquisition in the dental implant industry . . . Biolase announces $9 million private placement . . . Affineti Biologics receives research funding . . . MIS Implants Technologies launches PeriZone segment . . . Panasonic releases new intraoral camera . . . Securities fraud case against Align dismissed . . . 3M ESPE and BIOMET 3i to partner on intraoral impressions system for custom abutments more

Study: Optimizing Nano-surface of Dental Implants May Shorten Healing Time BY MATTHEW JAFFE, JUNE 27, 2011

Researchers at the University of Gothenburg study the conductive effects of varying degrees of roughness on titanium dental implants and the result on patient healing time. more

Dentsply Announces Agreement to Acquire Astra Tech from AstraZeneca for $1.8 Billion BY MATTHEW JAFFE, JUNE 22, 2011

Dentsply has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Astra Tech at a valuation of $1.8 billion, approximately 3.4x 2010 sales. They will finance the transaction with cash on hand, commercial paper and long-term debt and expect the deal to close before the end of 2011. more

Dental News Roundup May 2011 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MAY 31, 2011

Astra Tech bids due next week . . . Nobel Biocare reportedly interested in Camlog . . . Align announces Cadent interoperability . . . NIH appoints director of the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research . . . Straumann names CFO more

Dental News Roundup April 2011 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 28, 2011

Earnings reports from Align, Dentsply, Nobel and Straumann . . . Align receives early termination of anti-trust waiting period in its acquisition of Cadent . . . Astra Tech adds Atlantis Abutments to its abutment solutions portfolio . . . Straumann now offering VITA Mark II and TriLuxe glass ceramics in Europe more

Align to Buy Cadent for $190M BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 4, 2011

Align Technology, the manufacturer of Invisalign, announced last week that they would purchase intra-oral scanner company Cadent for $190 million. Cadent offers 3-D scanning solutions and is a leader in the scanner space, which the press release says is growing... more

Dental News Roundup March 2011 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 31, 2011

Align to buy Cadent . . . Japan approves Straumann's Bone Level implant . . . Henry Schein launches miniMARK Miniature Dental Implant System . . . Keystone Dental introduces DynaMatrix Plus . . . Nobel Biocare launches new versions of NobelReplace . . . Payor data shows cost savings for diabetics who maintain their dental health . . . DENTSPLY expands share repurchase program more

Dental News Roundup February 2011 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 28, 2011

Nobel, Straumann announce earnings . . . 3D Systems launches dental printer . . . BIOLASE introduces Waterlase iPlus laser . . . Nobel Biocare adds IPS e.max CAD crown to the NobelProcera line . . . VITA announces shade guide improvements . . . Biomet 3i's social networking campaign . . . Vident, Patterson announce distribution agreement . . . Astra Tech partners with 3Shape A/S more

Dental News Roundup January 2011 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 31, 2011

Align announces 4Q:10 . . . The Carlyle Group acquires Integrated Dental Holdings . . . Glidewell Laboratories' Inclusive Custom abutments now compatible with Astra Tech's implant system . . . Periodontal bacteria linked to respiratory infections . . . Align, Cadent to develop software for Invisalign . . . Dentsply makes donation to NYU more

Scientists Reveal 3-D Atomic Model of a Tooth BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 26, 2011

A new atomic model of a tooth has revealed some of the intricacies of mineralized tissue, which researchers at Northwestern University say could aid in the design of new materials. more

Dental News Roundup December 2010 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 23, 2010

FDA to review amalgam fillings . . . Biomet 3i debuts new booths . . . Dentsply partners with South Korean company DIO . . . Materialise partners with Zimmer on digital product suite . . . Nobel Biocare announces management changes more

Dental News Roundup November 2010 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 30, 2010

Sirona reports F4Q:10 . . . Nobel Biocare extends debt facility . . . Align receives FDA warning letter . . . BioMers launches SimpliClear Full orthodontic system in Singapore . . . NYT weighs in on cone-beam scanners . . . Nobel Biocare donates EUR 2.5 million to the P-I Branemark Institute Bauru in Brazil . . . Vident partners with the California Center for Advanced Dental Studies . . . BIOMET 3i launches new website for the Journal of Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry more

Fibroblast Growth Factor Aids Periodontal Tissue Healing BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 18, 2010

A study conducted at the Osaka University Graduate School of Dentistry in Japan identified the topical application of fibroblast growth factor-2 as an efficacious solution for tissue healing in patients with periodontitis. more

Dental News Roundup October 2010 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, OCTOBER 29, 2010

Align, Straumann, Zimmer report 3Q . . . Align receives approval to market Invisalign in China . . . FDA to hold an advisory panel on dental amalgam . . . Nobel launches Replace Select TC . . . Straumann initiates controlled rollout of MembraGel more

Dental News Roundup September 2010 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, SEPTEMBER 30, 2010

Straumann launches new CAD/CAM portfolio . . . VITA expands shade range . . . EPA may require dentists to recycle mercury waste . . . BIOLASE increases sales force . . . Zimmer Dental to distribute RTI biologics worldwide . . . Sirona announces management changes more

Dental News Roundup August 2010 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, AUGUST 31, 2010

Nobel, Sirona, Straumann report earnings . . . Aspen Dental and Kool Smiles up for sale . . . Sirona celebrates 25th anniversary of CEREC with new product launches . . . Study finds that healthy weight and physical activity correlate to lower rates of severe periodontitis . . . ADA addresses IOM on national oral health policy . . . Straumann marks ten years at Villeret in Switzerland . . . Biolase appoints interim CEO more

Dental News Roundup July 2010 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JULY 30, 2010

Align, Biomet, Dentsply and Zimmer report dental sales . . . Astra Tech augments Atlantis patient-specific abutment line . . . Biomet 3i and Renishaw to collaborate on digital solutions . . . BIOLASE announces cost-cutting initiatives and organizational changes . . . DTI appoints Russell Olsen as Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Service . . . Straumann's CFO steps down more

Dental News Roundup June 2010 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JUNE 30, 2010

Biomet reports F4Q:10 earnings . . . Discus Dental acquires Zap Lasers . . . Euroteknika launches Universal + implant system in the U.K. . . . 20% of Britons are missing five teeth or more . . . 3M closing an Oklahoma plant used by its Espe dental products unit . . . Fibrocell Science appoints three new clinical advisors more

Dental News Roundup May 2010 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MAY 28, 2010

NADX's go-shop period ends . . . Smile Brands cancels its IPO . . . Sirona launches new products . . . Straumann receives award for Roxolid . . . Regenerating teeth from stem cells more

Dental News Roundup April 2010 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 30, 2010

biohorizons_product.jpgAlign, Dentsply, Nobel, Straumann report 1Q:10 . . .GeoDigm to acquire National Dentex . . . MicroDental to manufacture PPM (Pure Power Mouthguard) . . . RIEMSER, Inc. launches AlloSorb allograft . . . Three-year data on BioHorizons dental implants . . . Nobel Biocare introduces new website for dental professionals . . . Zimmer opens new Zimmer Institute in Parsippany, New Jersey more

Smoothing Wrinkles with a New Smile BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 13, 2010

model_Monica.jpgWrinkles and other signs of aging may benefit from an unexpected treatment - refreshing a smile. Cosmetic dentists are promoting the potential of veneers and other procedures to brighten up the face and restore the shape of the chin and cheeks, according to an article this morning in the Wall Street Journal. more

GeoDigm to Acquire National Dentex BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 5, 2010

national-dentex.gifNational Dentex announced this morning that it has entered into an agreement to be taken private by GDC Holdings, parent company of GeoDigm Corporation. The all-cash transaction is valued at around $99.0 million, or $17.00 per share, which represents a 70% premium on National Dentex's last close of $10.02. more

Dental News Roundup March 2010 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 31, 2010

technician2_small.jpg FDA accepts PMA application from Ondine Biopharma Corporation, developers of the Periowave Photodisinfection System . . . Astra Tech launches OsseoSpeed TX implant line . . . Sirona introduces new 3D software for CEREC . . .Nobel Biocare provides clinical data on NobelActive, All-on-4 Solution and TiUnite . . . DTI, Nobel and Straumann strength management teams more

Jeffrey Zellmer Named Chief Financial Officer of DTI (Dental Technologies, Inc.) BY EDITOR, MARCH 25, 2010

dti-mainlogo.jpgDental Technologies, Inc. (DTI) today announced the appointment of Jeffrey Zellmer to the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Mr. Zellmer has over 25 years of financial executive experience, including five years as CFO of publicly-traded Silicon Graphics, Inc. Most recently, he was Vice President of Finance for Lam Research Corporation, a publicly-traded technology company. more

How Will Healthcare Reform Affect Dentistry? BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 23, 2010

Toothbrush.jpgWhile the healthcare reform package is concerned primarily with broadening medical coverage for the uninsured and underinsured, dental care is not excluded from the legislation. The final bill includes a number of benefits designed to support dentistry and train providers, though the ADA has criticized reform efforts for not going far enough to expand access to dental care. more

DTI (Dental Technologies, Inc.) Appoints Lee Culp, CDT Chief Technology Officer BY EDITOR, MARCH 18, 2010

leeculp.jpgDental Technologies, Inc. (DTI), one of the largest networks of dental laboratories in North America, today announced the appointment of Lee Culp, CDT to the position of Chief Technology Officer (CTO). "We are very pleased to have Lee join the company," said Kimberly L. Bradshaw, President and CEO of DTI. "For years Lee has been an advocate for advancing technology in our industry and has been closely involved in its development." more

Dental News Roundup February 2010 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 26, 2010

biohorizons_product.jpgDentsply reported 4Q:09 sales of $568.7 million, up 12% over the year-ago period and beating estimates by $12.0 million. Chairman and CEO Bret Wise commented, "We are pleased to report stronger sales and earnings for the fourth quarter, as we are beginning to see the initial signs of recovery in select markets and regions." more

Nobel Biocare Announces Partnership with Noritake BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 25, 2010

On Tuesday Nobel Biocare announced that it would expand its Preferred Partner Program to include Noritake Dental Supply. The company says the partnership "enables Nobel Biocare to offer superior end-to-end prosthetic solutions." Based in Nagoya, Japan, Noritake Dental specializes in... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 18-Feb-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 18, 2010

Earnings DJO reported 4Q:09 revenues of $257.2 million, up 5% over 4Q:08, with domestic rehab sales up 3% and domestic surgical implant sales up 8%. The company attributed the latter largely to "strong sales of our Reverse Shoulder Prosthesis." Net... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 11-Feb-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 11, 2010

Earnings Nobel Biocare reported 4Q:09 revenues of EUR 156.0 million ($213.6 million), flat over the year-ago period and missing estimates by EUR 5.0 million ($6.9 million.) EPS of EUR 0.21 ($0.29) missed estimates by EUR 0.05 ($0.07). The company called... more

Dental News Roundup January 2010 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 28, 2010

We're listening. In response to your feedback on our 2009 readership survey, we're broadening the dental coverage on our blog. You can help by letting us know what you think or directing your press releases and scientific articles to Lauren... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 14-Jan-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 14, 2010

Earnings aap Implantate reported preliminary sales of EUR 7.4 million ($10.6 million) in 4Q:09, down 4% from the year-ago period. Full year sales were up 3% to EUR 33.0 million ($47.3 million). Company highlights for the year include "optimizing its... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 5-Nov-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 5, 2009

Earnings aap Implantate reported nine-month revenue of EUR 25.6 million ($37.4 million), which represents a 6% increase over the year-ago period. The company said third-quarter highlights included the signing of several IP agreements that emphasize orthopedics, trauma ad spine. Artimplant... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 13-Aug-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, AUGUST 13, 2009

Earnings BioMimetic Therapeutics reported 2Q:09 royalty and sublicense revenue of $0.4 million, missing estimates by $0.1 million. The company reported a net loss of $6.3 million, or $0.32 per share, beating estimates by $0.17. Among the highlights for the quarter... more

Ancient Artifacts Offer a Glimpse into Early Cosmetic Dentistry BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MAY 26, 2009

Decorating one's teeth in gold and diamonds may have been popularized by today's hip-hop stars, but new artifacts from southern North America show not only that dental bling was around 2,500 years ago, but that it was the work of... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 14-May-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MAY 14, 2009

Earnings aap Implantate reported 1Q:09 revenues of EUR 8.4 million ($11.1 million), representing a 5% increase over the year-ago period. EBITDA for the quarter declined 47% to EUR 0.05 million ($1.1 million). The company says that for the full-year 2009,... more

FDA Requiring Safety and Effectiveness Data on Certain Class III Devices BY DAVID KRESSEL, APRIL 9, 2009

The FDA announced yesterday that it would be requiring companies who manufacture 25 specific devices marketed prior to 1976 to submit safety and effectiveness data so they can gauge product risk. The agency says this is in response to January's... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 11-Dec-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 12, 2008

Earnings Wright Medical reiterated 4Q:08 revenue and earnings guidance on a call this week and lowered 2009 guidance based on less favorable foreign exchange rates. The company is now calling for 2009 revenues in the range of $510 million to... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 13-Nov-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 13, 2008

Earnings aap Implantate AG reported sales for the first nine months of 2008 of EUR 24.2 million ($35.0 million), up 30% from the same period last year. The company attributed the sales growth to the Traumatology & Orthopaedics division, where... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 6-Nov-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 6, 2008

Earnings Alphatec Spine, Inc. announced that consolidated revenues for 3Q:08 were $25.8 million, an increase of 27.1% from the $20.3 million reported for the 3Q:07. U.S. revenues for 3Q:08 were $21.5 million, an increase of 27.7% from the $16.8 million... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 30-Oct-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, OCTOBER 30, 2008

Earnings Exactech reported 3Q:08 revenues of $37.9 million, missing revenues by $0.9 million and representing an increase of 27% over the year-ago period. Among segments, knee revenue increased 16%; organic hip implant revenue increased 8%; biologic services revenue increased 12%;... more

BioMimetics' Experience A Microcosm of Current Credit Crisis within Ortho BY DAVID KRESSEL, OCTOBER 27, 2008

This evening, BioMimetic Therapeutics (BMTI) issued a press release stating it has reached a settlement with Deutsche Bank regarding BMTI's holdings of auction-rate securities (ARS). BMTI told investors on its 2Q08 conference call that it had approximately $60 million of... more

New Report Finds Dental Amalgam Safe BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, AUGUST 26, 2008

A European investigation of dental amalgam, undertaken in an effort to evaluate the safety concerns associated with the material's mercury content, found that the product was safe. The European Commission's (EC) Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 7-Aug-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, AUGUST 7, 2008

Earnings Alphatec Spine, Inc. reported consolidated revenues for 2Q:08 of $23.9 million, an increase of 27% from the $18.8 million reported in 2Q:07. U.S. revenues for 2Q:08 were $19.4 million, an increase of 20% from the $16.2 million reported in... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 1-May-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MAY 1, 2008

Earnings Anika Therapeutics reported 1Q:08 total revenues of $8.55 million, an increase of 46% over the year-ago period, which the company attributed to strong domestic and international sales of ORTHOVISC. Revenues beat analysts' expectations by $0.2 million. Net income for... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 24-Apr-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 24, 2008

Earnings Alphatec Holdings reported consolidated revenues for 1Q:08 of $23.2 million, an increase of 19% from the year-ago period. U.S. revenues for the first quarter of 2008 were $18.6 million, an increase of 12% from the year-ago period. Asia revenues... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 17-Apr-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 17, 2008

Earnings Biomet reported FQ3:08 net sales of $603.1 million, a 14% increase over the year-ago period. Excluding the impact of foreign currency, net sales increased 10%. U.S. revenue was $351.6 million. Adjusted net income for the third quarter was $25.2... more

BioMimetic Dives on FDA Communication to J&J BY DAVID KRESSEL, APRIL 2, 2008

BioMimetic Therapeutics' shares dove sharply last week (and recovered somewhat less sharply) because the FDA raised the possibility that the active ingredient of all of the company's products, PDGF (Platelet-Derived Growth Factor), caused cancer. From Thursday's intraday high price per... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 21-Feb-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 21, 2008

Earnings ArthroCare reported 4Q:07 revenues of $87.5 million, beating estimates by $1.7 million, representing a 25% increase over the year-ago period. Net income was $14.5 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, missing estimates by a penny and representing a 78%... more

BioHorizons, Inc. Announces its Merger with DTI Dental Technologies, Inc. BY EDITOR, FEBRUARY 21, 2008

Birmingham, Alabama, and Dublin, California February 21, 2008 /PRNewswire/ --BioHorizons, Inc. (“BioHorizons” or the “Company”) has been formed to create a leading digital dentistry company in the dental implant market by combining DTI Dental Technologies, Inc. and BioHorizons Implant Systems.... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 7-Feb-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 7, 2008

Earnings Smith & Nephew announced 4Q:07 revenues of $967.0 million, beating estimates of $933.0 million and reflecting a 25% (reported) increase over 4Q:06. Adjusted earnings per share was $0.16, in line in estimates and up 10% over the year-ago period.... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 31-Jan-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 31, 2008

Earnings Kensey Nash reported FQ2:08 total revenues of $19.6 million, missing estimates by $0.05 million and up 14% over the year-ago period. Net sales of biomaterials products increased 15% to $11.5 million, which the company attributed to orthopedic sales. The... more

BioHorizons Announces Agreement to Purchase Implant Logic Systems BY EDITOR, JANUARY 30, 2008

BioHorizons Implant Systems, Inc. ("BioHorizons") announced today its parent company has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase Implant Logic Systems, Ltd. ("ILS"). ILS is a leading innovator and provider of technology solutions for the implant dentistry market. ILS's Virtual... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 17-Jan-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 17, 2008

Earnings Biomet reported earnings for 2FQ:08 last week, with net sales up 11% to $578.1 million over the comparable quarter. Worldwide, knee sales were up 17%, and hip was up 12%. Extremity sales increased 11% and bone cements and accessories... more

Lifecore Taken Private BY DAVID KRESSEL, JANUARY 16, 2008

Lifecore announced yesterday that it has entered into definitive documentation to be acquired by affiliates of the private equity firm Warburg Pincus for $239m, implying an enterprise value of $200m. Lifecore has two business units. One sells dental implants and... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 20-Dec-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 20, 2007

M&A BioMimetic announced the impending sale of its dental business and GEM 21S product to Luitpold Pharmaceuticals. Luitpold, who has been distributing the product since 2003, will pay BioMimetic $40.0 million in addition to ongoing royalty and milestone payments. The... more

BioMimetic Sells Dental Business, Reports Positive GEM OS®1 Data BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 18, 2007

There were two big announcements from BioMimetic Therapeutics this week, the first being an announcement that came yesterday on the impending sale of the dental business and the GEM 21S product to Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, which currently markets GEM 21S. BioMimetic... more

Greater NY Dental Meeting Roundup BY DAVID KRESSEL, NOVEMBER 28, 2007

We just returned from the Greater New York Dental Meeting, held at the Jacob Javits Center in Manhattan every year, on the weekend and week following Thanksgiving. Unlike most of the dental meetings we attend, which focus heavily on dental... more

Regeneration Technologies and Tutogen to Merge BY DAVID KRESSEL, NOVEMBER 13, 2007

This morning Regeneration Technologies (RTI) and Tutogen announced their intent to merge. These are two of the larger players in the tissue processing business though their businesses have surprisingly little overlap. RTI has been more focused on allograft hard tissue... more

Periodontists' Meeting Highlights BY DAVID KRESSEL, NOVEMBER 5, 2007

We attended the American Academy of Periodontology meeting this past week in Washington DC. Although there weren't any revolutionary introductions, we noticed a few trends from the exhibit hall. *Straumann featured its first bone level implant and the etkon system.... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 1-Nov-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 1, 2007

Earnings DJO reported 3Q:07 net revenues of $119.8 million, up 5.8% over 3Q:06. Excluding a 2006 revenue benefit from shipping terms and clearing of product backorders associated with Aircast, 3Q:07 revenue was up 7.6% to $121.8 million, in line with... more

AstraTech to Acquire Atlantis Components BY DAVID KRESSEL, OCTOBER 11, 2007

Sweden-based AstraTech, AstraZeneca's medical device subsidiary, announced it will acquire Atlantis Components for $71m. Atlantis, a Cambridge, MA-based producer of custom milled dental implant abutments, complements Astra's dental implant business by allowing Astra to offer a broader portfolio of restorative... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 6-Sept-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, SEPTEMBER 6, 2007

Regulatory Inion Oy received FDA approval for its implant material BioRestore in dental and cranio-maxillofacial applications. The product is designed to fill bony voids or gaps in the skeleton. BioRestore is currently being reviewed by the FDA for use in... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 16-Aug-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, AUGUST 16, 2007

Earnings BioMimetic Therapeutics reported a 2Q:07 net loss of $6.4 million, or $(0.35) per share, beating estimates of $(0.39) per share and improving from a net loss of $3.9 million, or $(0.42) per share, in 2Q:06. 2Q:07 Revenues were $0.5... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 9-Aug-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, AUGUST 9, 2007

Earnings Biologics: Orthovita reported 2Q:07 revenues of $14.85 million, beating estimates of $14.13 million and reflecting a 33% increase over 2Q:06. Sales growth was attributed to increased U.S. sales of VITOSS® FOAM and VITAGEL® products. Net loss decreased to $3.17... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 2-August-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, AUGUST 2, 2007

Earnings Large Joint: Exactech announced 2Q:07 revenue of $31.6 million, beating estimates of $29.9 million and up 19% from the comparable quarter. CEO Bill Petty attributed the growth to "acceptance of our new products and continuing success of our products... more

Nobel CEO Heliane Canepa Steps Down BY DAVID KRESSEL, JULY 31, 2007

Nobel Biocare announced that CEO Heliane Canepa would leave the company, effective September 1. Her replacement will be Domenico Scala, CFO of Syngenta and a Director of Nobel. According to the company, this change is the result of a year-long... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 12-July-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JULY 12, 2007

M&A Biomet Inc. shareholders accepted an $11.4 billion buyout offer from a private equity consortium attempting to acquire the medical device maker. The consortium, LVB Acquisition LLC, announced Thursday that nearly 83 percent of Biomet's shares were tendered. The company... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 28-June-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JUNE 28, 2007

Regulatory Life Spine announced 510(k) clearance for its static anterior cervical plating system Neo®-SL. The system features an integrated lock that allows bone screws to be securely fixated without any additional locking components. The FDA approved new labeling for Genzyme's... more

Swedish Medical Products Agency asks Nobel to Change its Labeling Again BY JOHN CHOPACK, JUNE 27, 2007

On June 25, 2007 the Swedish Medical Products Agency (MPA) published its review of Nobel Biocare's plan to improve information regarding its NobelDirect and NobelPerfect dental implants. The agency stated that the Company needs to provide more information than what... more

Nobel Throws an Implant Party BY DAVID KRESSEL, JUNE 25, 2007

Nobel Biocare held its biannual World Conference in Las Vegas earlier this month. Typically, implant-focused organizations like the American Academy of Implant Dentistry typically have less than 5,000 attendees at their meetings, but Nobel hosted 10,000 in the largest implant-focused... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 7-June-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JUNE 7, 2007

M&A The private equity consortium set to acquire Biomet increased its buyout offer to $46.00 per share in cash, or an equity value of $11.4 billion. The new offer represents a 32.3% premium over the April 2006 common stock closing... more

AACD 2007: Cosmetic Dentistry's Showcase Event BY ELIZABETH VARLEY CAMP, MAY 22, 2007

We attended last week's American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) annual meeting. It is the leading cosmetic dentistry event of the year, with roughly 5,000 dentists in attendance. There were over 100 clinical seminars and live patient-based procedure training; some... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 10-May-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MAY 10, 2007

Earnings Biologics Integra LifeSciences announced 1Q:07 revenues of $123.0 million, beating estimates of $119.25 million and reflecting a 60% increase over 1Q:06. Net income for the quarter was $9.07 million, or $0.33 per share, meeting analysts' estimates. President and CEO... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 19-Apr-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 19, 2007

Earnings Stryker announced 1Q:07 earnings on Wednesday. Net income increased to $243.5 million, or $0.59 per share, beating analysts' estimates of $0.58 per share. In the comparable quarter, net income was $147.5 million, or $0.36 per share. Revenues increased 13%... more

The Greatest (Dental) Show on Earth!!! BY DAVID KRESSEL, MARCH 27, 2007

Last week, Cologne Germany was host to the International Dental Show (IDS). This is the world's premier dental trade show, drawing 80,000 people to the Kolnmesse, one of the world's largest convention centers, every two years. Attendees included dentists, dental... more

FDA Approves Medtronic's INFUSE For Certain Oral Maxillofacial and Dental Applications BY ARIELLA P. GOLOMB, MD, MARCH 14, 2007

Medtronic announced yesterday that they received FDA approval to market INFUSE for oral maxillofacial and dental regenerative bone grafting procedures. This news follows the FDA Dental Products Advisory Panel recommendation for approval last fall. INFUSE has already been FDA approved... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 8-Mar-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 8, 2007

Earnings Orthofix International N.V. announced 4Q:06 revenue of $116.1 million, an increase of 45% over 4Q:05 and just missing estimates of $116.6 million. $28.1 million of 4Q:06's revenue can be attributed to the September 2006 acquisition of Blackstone Medical, Inc.... more

Straumann's Strategic Moves Play Out BY LAING RIKKERS, MARCH 6, 2007

Straumann, the second largest dental implant company, has been on our radar a few times this month. First, Straumann is getting press for stating its interest in buying the not-yet-for-sale Biomet 3i. 3i would give it needed scale and management... more

New Intellidrug Device Delivers Medication Through Teeth BY ARMELLE WIART, FEBRUARY 28, 2007

A team of European researchers has developed an innovative new method of drug delivery - the teeth. Intellidrug is a dental prosthesis fitted into two artificial molars, and it automatically releases a precise dosage of medicine on a continuous basis.... more

Nobel Biocare Allowed to Continue Marketing Controversial Implants BY DAVID KRESSEL, DECEMBER 6, 2006

Nobel Biocare was cleared by Swedish regulators to continue selling the controversial NobelDirect and NobelPerfect implants within Sweden and therefore within the EU. These products are controversial because research has shown using them can cause increased bone resorption at the... more

Insurer Begins Coverage of Dental Implants BY DAVID KRESSEL, NOVEMBER 27, 2006

Delta Dental of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana has announced it will offer coverage of dental implants as a part of its standard coverage package, beginning January 1, 2007. Specifically, patients will be able to choose between receiving a bridge or... more

INFUSE Moves into Dental BY JOHN CHOPACK, NOVEMBER 10, 2006

Medtronic, Inc. announced yesterday that the FDA Dental Products Advisory Panel had unanimously voted to recommend approval of INFUSE Bone Graft for certain oral and maxillofacial procedures. If the FDA agrees with that panel's recommendation, the US indications for INFUSE... more

Orthopedics News Roundup 9-Nov-06 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 10, 2006

Earnings: Tissue Grafting: Regeneration Technologies, Inc. announced revenues of $18.1 million for 3Q:06, compared to $22.5 million for 3Q:05. RTI said the decrease in revenues was due to fewer tissues available for processing demand and reduced orders from primary distributors.... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 2-Nov-06 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, NOVEMBER 3, 2006

Earnings Biologics: Orthovita reported 3Q:06 product sales came in at $11 million, up 32% compared to 3Q:05. Net loss for the quarter was $3.7 million, or a loss of $0.07 per share. The Company beat analysts' EPS estimates by $0.02,... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 19-Oct-06 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, OCTOBER 19, 2006

Earnings Dental: Lifecore Biomedical announced that 1Q:07 net sales increased 12% to $15 million. Net income for the quarter was $1.1 million, representing a year-over-year increase of 9%. The Company was in-line with analysts' estimates and reported earnings of $0.08... more

ADA Annual Meeting Notes BY ARIELLA P. GOLOMB, MD, OCTOBER 19, 2006

For those of you who have never attended an American Dental Association annual meeting, we wanted to provide an overview of the event based on this year's 147th Annual Session. Who was there? The event was enormous. There were close... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 12-Oct-06 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, OCTOBER 12, 2006

Earnings Update: CryoLife provided an update on its 3Q:06 projected revenues, which are estimated at ~$20 million, a 22% increase over the comparable quarter of 2005. In 3Q:06, its tissue processing revenues were ~$10.3 million, an increase of 41%, and... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 21-Sept-06 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, SEPTEMBER 21, 2006

Earnings: Biomet reported its 1Q:07 earnings totaled $0.44 per share (excluding the adoption of the share-based payment) which was $0.01 more than what analysts were expecting. Revenues increased by 5% to $508 million (foreign currency had a $3 million favorable... more

BioMimetics' Data Impresses BY DAVID KRESSEL, SEPTEMBER 19, 2006

Dr. William Giannobile, a professor of dentistry at the University of Michigan, presented new data on BioMimetics' only approved product, GEM21S, at the American Academy of Periodontology meeting in San Diego yesterday. GEM21S is short for "Growth-factor Enhanced Matrix," a... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 7-Sept-06 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, SEPTEMBER 7, 2006

Appointment: Ranier Technology Limited has appointed John C. Moran to its Board of Directors. Previously, Mr. Moran was a President of Synthes Spine and a Director of Spine Solutions, Inc. Active Implants Corporation (AIC) has hired Richard Treharne, PhD. as... more

HealthpointCapital Announces the Purchase of DTI Dental Technologies Inc. BY EDITOR, AUGUST 24, 2006

NEW YORK, New York, and Vancouver, Canada, August 24, 2006 /PRNewswire/ -- HealthpointCapital, LLC ("HealthpointCapital") announced today its purchase of DTI Dental Technologies Inc. ("DTI" or "Company"). DTI custom designs and fabricates crowns, bridges, dentures, cosmetic appliances and orthodontic appliances... more

HealthpointCapital Announces Purchase of BioHorizons Implant Systems, Inc. BY EDITOR, AUGUST 22, 2006

NEW YORK, New York, and BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, August 22, 2006 /PRNewswire/ -- HealthpointCapital, LLC ("HealthpointCapital") announced today the purchase of BioHorizons Implant Systems, Inc. ("BioHorizons" or "Company"). BioHorizons designs, produces and distributes oral reconstructive devices including dental implants and tissue... more


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