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Researchers Develop New Shape-memory Polymer for Craniomaxillofacial Reconstruction BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, AUGUST 21, 2014

A team of researchers at Texas A&M University have developed a new shape-memory polymer (SMP) for craniomaxillofacial (head, face or jaw) reconstruction and filling of bone defects. The "self-fitting" material expands with warm salt water and molds to the precise... more

Stryker to Acquire Small Bone Innovations for up to $375M BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, JUNE 30, 2014

Stryker entered a definitive agreement to acquire Small Bone Innovations (SBi) in an all cash, asset purchase transaction for up to $375 million, or 7.8x LTM revenues. SBi manufactures orthopedic devices and instruments for upper and lower extremity small bone... more

Johnson & Johnson Plans to Launch 30 New Medical Devices by 2016 BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, MAY 30, 2014

In the 2013 fiscal year, Johnson & Johnson's Pharmaceutical business grew 12% on a constant currency basis, outstripping the company's Medical Device & Diagnostic (MD&D) segment, which grew at 6%. Therefore, in order to bolster growth to its MD&D unit,... more

Zimmer to Acquire Biomet for $13.4B BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, APRIL 24, 2014

Zimmer and Biomet announced that each of their respective Boards of Directors have approved a definitive agreement under which Zimmer will acquire Biomet in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $13.35 billion, including the assumption of net debt,... more

Wright Medical Acquires Solana Surgical and OrthoPro for $126M BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, FEBRUARY 3, 2014

Wright Medical announced that it has acquired Solana Surgical, a developer of extremity orthopedic products aiming to restore motion while relieving pain, and entered into a definitive agreement to acquire OrthoPro, a developer of surgical products for the Foot &... more

Researchers Develop an Imaging Technique to Visualize the Internal Motion of Wrist Joints BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, JANUARY 16, 2014

Researchers at the University of California, Davis, have developed a novel MRI imaging technique that produces videos of wrists in motion. The dynamic imaging technique is benefitcial to diagnosing diseased joints, which are generally rather difficult to diagnose through MRI... more

Medtronic Presents 7-year Clinical Data for Artificial Disc Replacement BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, DECEMBER 12, 2013

Medtronic presented 7-year clinical and radiographic outcomes of artificial disc replacement procedures with its PRESTIGE Cervical Disc, which is a stainless steel device that articulates through a ball and trough mechanism. The study enrolled a total 541 patients and compared... more

FDA Permits Reviews of Wright Medical and FzioMed Biologic Products BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, NOVEMBER 19, 2013

Wright Medical and FzioMed received notifications from the FDA agreeing to withdraw its not approvable letters and establish Medical Dispute Resolution Panels (DRP) for the companys' Augment Bone Graft and Oxiplex Gel products respectively. Wright's Augment product is intended for... more

The FDA Outlines Approach to Personalized Medicine BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, OCTOBER 31, 2013

It is widely believed that personalized medicine will dramatically change the manner in which medical devices and drugs are developed, tested, and regulated. The FDA believes that with the progression of science, technology and the understanding of the underlying mechanisms... more

Wright Medical to Acquire Biotech International BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, OCTOBER 17, 2013

Wright Medical entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Biotech International, a privately held French orthopedic extremities company, for an offer price of up to $80 million on a fully diluted basis, or 5.3x LTM (last twelve months) revenues. Under... more

European Union Committee Votes in Favor of a Stricter Regulatory Process for Medical Devices BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, OCTOBER 3, 2013

Members of the European Union parliament's Environment Committee (Committee), voted in favor of a new pre-market authorization (PMA) system that would employ randomized clinical trials for Class III, or high-risk, implantable devices under the oversight of the European Medicines Agency... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 26-Sept-13 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, SEPTEMBER 26, 2013

SYK to acquire MAKO ... Crosstress Medical receives 510(k) clearance for PVA Pod System ... PlusLife's Allogeneic Bone Gel for sale ... Integra announces first implantation of the Titan Reverse Shoulder System ... RTI Surgical's first implantation of the map3 Cellular Allogeneic Bone Graft ... Mazor Robotics to raise up to $46M in Nasdaq offering and announces new Renaissance installation in Russia more

Gender: An Important Parameter for Personalized Medicine BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, AUGUST 26, 2013

The FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) has launched its Health of Women Program, an initiative focused on improving women’s access to, and outcomes from, treatments incorporating medical devices. The initiaitive highlights that: 1) Women are less frequently... more

Wright Medical Receives Not Approvable Decision from the FDA for its Augment Bone Graft Product BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, AUGUST 9, 2013

Wright Medical announced that it received a not approvable letter from the FDA in response to its Pre-Market Approval (PMA) application for its Augment Bone Graft, intended for use as an alternative to autograft in hindfoot and ankle fusion procedures.... more

Zimmer to Acquire NORMED BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, JUNE 5, 2013

Zimmer Holdings announced its plan to acquire Tuttlingen, Germany-based NORMED Medizin-Technik GmbH, a developer of a broad range of specialized plates, screws, instruments and systems for bone reconstruction and fracture repair, fusion procedures and external fixation intended for the foot... more

Researchers Develop Material with the Potential to Promote Bone Formation BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, FEBRUARY 11, 2013

Researchers at the Universities of Edinburgh and Southampton have discovered an amalgamation utilizing stem cells and a new lightweight plastic that can support bone formation. In the study, published in Advanced Functional Materials, the researchers determined that by combining bone... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 30-Aug-12 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, AUGUST 30, 2012

Axial Biotech sells ScoliScore for $4.4 million ... Nextremity Solutions closes funding round ... FH Orthopedics announces FDA approval ... Osseon appoints COO more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 5-Jul-12 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JULY 5, 2012

IlluminOss raises $1.4M ... TSON receives CE mark for its VEO system ... SpineGuard announces milestone ... WMGI launches ORTHOLOC 3Di plating system ... Internal Fixation Systems expands GoDirect sales program more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 28-Jun-12 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JUNE 28, 2012

Benvenue raises $25M ... ZMH launches TM Ardis Interbody System for the lumbar spine ... Cartiva completes enrollment for their MOTION trial ... Corin expands LARS distribution agreement ... IART debuts private label version of the aap Implantate stainless headed compression screw system more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 26-Apr-12 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 26, 2012

CNMD, IART, OFIX, RTIX, Synthes, ZMH report 1Q ... FDA clears LDR's ROI-C Lordotic Cervical Cage ... SNN launches HEALICOIL PK suture anchor ... SNN moving some manufacturing to China ... LDR appoints Robert McNamara CFO more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 19-Apr-12 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 19, 2012

JNJ, Stryker announce earnings ... EU approves JNJ's acquisition of Synthes ... DePuy launches VIPER F2 Transfacet Pedicular System ... IART introduces Vu aPOD Prime IBD ... Mesoblast reaches 50% enrollment on phase II study ... OREF announces $3.1 million in grants more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 22-Mar-12 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 22, 2012

KH reports earnings ... Tepha raises $11M ... Anulex resolves FDA warning letter ... IART launches PyroTITAN Humeral Resurfacing Implant ... Benvenue Medical begins enrollment on Luna Interbody System study more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 9-Feb-12 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 9, 2012

Product launches from AAOS ... Nobel Biocare announces 4Q ... Hospitals settle Medicare fraud claims over kyphoplasty billing ... Updates on the American Joint Replacement Registry ... Stryker announces inventory management system rollout more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 12-Jan-12 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 12, 2012

MAKO, NUVA, OFIX, SYK, TRNX pre-announce ... FDA clears Biomet's E1 humeral bearing and Comprehensive Segmental Revision System ... Ortho Kinematics receives 510(k) clearance ... Lanx announces 100th implantation of Durango ... Mazor receives EU patent ... SNN announces VISIONAIRE study ... Arthrex to market ThermoGenesis PRP, bone marrow concentrate product ... Pioneer Surgical promotes Daniel Webber to CEO more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 1-Dec-11 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 1, 2011

IlluminOss raises $4M . . . Nextremity Solutions gets CE mark . . . ArthroSurface announces HemiCAP milestones . . . ARTC to settle class action securities suit . . . Zimmer to establish R&D center in Beijing more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 20-Oct-11 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, OCTOBER 20, 2011

KNSY, JNJ, Medicrea, SYK, SYST announce 3Q . . . BMTI receives Australian approval for Augment . . . FDA clears Medtronic's Aquamantys3 System . . . K2M launches RAVINE Lateral Access System . . . Medicrea highlights six products at Eurospine . . . Globus to fund MIS spine outcomes registry . . . Zimmer to distribute Benvenue's Kiva . . . Lanx creates Surgeon Advisory Board more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 14-Apr-11 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 14, 2011

FDA approves Covidien's DuraSeal Exact . . . IART announces new spine clearances . . . Lanx launches facet screw system and ALIF system . . . Tornier introduces BioFiber Surgical Mesh . . . VITA comments on positive Vitagel data . . . Stryker sues Zimmer for allegedly poaching sales force more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 9-Dec-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 9, 2010

SBi sells shoulder assets . . . Ortho Kinematics raises $2M . . . FDA clears VITA's Vitoss Bioactive Foam-2X . . . Life Spine announces first cases with the OCTAVE Posterior Fusion System . . . WMGI initiates limited rollout of the PRO-TOE VO Hammertoe Fixation System . . . BMTI begins enrollment on Augment Rotator Cuff pilot study . . . Audax Medical licenses biomaterial from Brown University . . . NeoStem entity to bring orthopedic stem cell treatments to Shijiazhuang, China . . . EXAC resolves DOJ investigation more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 24-Nov-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 24, 2010

MDT reports F2Q:11 . . . Bacterin, Sonoma Orthopedics announce financing rounds . . . curasan AG receives Health Canada approval for Cerasorb M ORTHO . . . Medtronic launches SOVEREIGN Spinal System in Europe . . . Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina releases new lumbar spinal fusion guidelines . . . Stryker supports South Carolina medtech development consortium more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 11-Nov-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 11, 2010

ATEC, ANIK, KH and TSON announce 3Q . . . SYST acquires surgical power tools . . . MAKO closes public offering . . . ConforMIS launches next-generation iDuo G2 . . . SYK's Triathlon knee has lowest three-year revision rate compared to competitive systems, according to U.K. data . . . SYK receives subpoenas related to OtisKnee and PainPump . . . Arthrex to distribute KNSY's Cartilage Repair Device in Europe more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 4-Nov-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 4, 2010

ARTC, DJO, EXAC, MAKO, VITA, OSTE, RITX, SNN, SMA report 3Q . . . Xylos receives grant funding . . . FDA clears ArthroCare's SpeedFix Suture Anchor . . . NeoStem receives Chinese reimbursement for an orthopedic stem cell treatment . . . Salient Surgical announces 500,000th patient treated with Transcollation . . . CA judge throws out CareFusion's anti-trust suit against Medtronic more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 30-Sept-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, SEPTEMBER 29, 2010

InVivo Therapeutics planning a reverse merger . . . MiMedx to raise $5.0 million . . . FDA clears ArthroCare's Parallax device to treat VCFs . . . Osseon Therapeutics announces 1,000-patient milestone . . . AAOS releases clinical guidelines for vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty . . . ProChon reports BioCart Autologous Cartilage System outcomes . . . RepRegen releases in vivo StronBone data more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 9-Sept-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, SEPTEMBER 9, 2010

Amedica raises $30M . . . BioMimetic affirms Augment PMA timeline . . . Aesculap, K2M announce 510(k) clearances . . . BMTI and Eden Spine announce U.S. and EU patents . . . Tornier announces early clinical results more

Tornier Files for IPO BY JOHN MCCORMICK, JUNE 8, 2010

Despite recent market turmoil, fast-growing extremities implant leader Tornier made a confident statement about its business outlook by filing for a $205 million initial public offering (IPO) yesterday. After a 16-month nuclear winter, healthcare IPOs came back with a vengeance... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 3-Jun-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JUNE 3, 2010

Mazor announces first German GO-LIF sales . . . OrthoDynamix launches the ArthroSteer Biter . . . Osprey Biomedical introduces the Eagle Cervical Allograft Series . . . DOJ settles with Idaho orthopedists . . . Stryker and Wright Medical settle knee infringement suit . . . Amedica awarded patent . . . AOFAS releases position paper on total ankle replacement . . . Pioneer Surgical announces NuBac data . . . RepRegen reports StronBone data . . . Medtronic to report physician payments greater than $5,000, and Steve La Neve steps down from spine & biologics more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 20-May-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MAY 20, 2010

ANIK, SYK resolve FDA warning letters . . . FDA clears Mesoblast Phase II study . . . DePuy Mitek to launch Bristow-Latarjet Instability Shoulder System . . . OrthoX developing new bone cement . . . DOJ recovers $20 million in allegedly fraudulent kyphoplasty billings . . . SpineGuard signs European distributor . . . B1 collaborating with Invibio more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 13-May-2010 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MAY 13, 2010

aap Implantate, ATEC, ANIK, BMTI, OSTE report Q1 earnings . . . SBi announces Olympus investment . . . Aesculap launches pedicle screw system . . . data on B Braun's Targon screw . . . BioSyntech files for bankruptcy more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup: AAOS Edition BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 11, 2010

OR_small.jpg The latest news from AAOS! VITA and MAKO report 4Q09 . . . ETEX receives 510(k) . . . DePuy, Integra, Medtronic, Smith & Nephew and more announce product launches . . . SEC Drops Wright Medical Investigation . . . BioMimetic Therapeutics shares study results . . . Long-term use of bisphosphonates may increase fracture risk . . . NeoStem wins research grant more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 4-Mar-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 4, 2010

knee.jpg Corin, Osteotech and Integra report 4Q . . . Baxter to acquire ApaTech for up to $330.0 million . . . Intrinsic Therapeutics closes on $18.0 million of a $20.0 million round . . . FDA schedules Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Devices Panel meeting for Menaflex . . . Aetna and United Healthcare reverse prior policies and announce that they will cover NuVasive's XLIF . . . Congress delays Medicare pay cut more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 25-Feb-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 25, 2010

xray_small.jpgAlphatec Spine reported 4Q:09 revenues of $36.6 million, an increase of 29% from the $28.4 million reported in 4Q:08. U.S. revenues for the quarter were $28.3 million, an increase of 29% from the $22.0 million reported for 4Q:08. U.S. revenues for the quarter were $28.3 million, an increase of 29% from the $22.0 million reported for 4Q:08. Asian revenues were $6.6 million, an increase of 38% from the $4.8 million reported for 4Q:08. European revenues in 4Q:09 were $1.7 million. more

FDA Approves Xiaflex as the First Non-Surgical Treatment for Dupuytren's Contracture BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 11, 2010

The FDA approved a BLA for Auxilium's Xiaflex (collagenase clostridium histolyticum) last week, following a unanimous panel recommendation (registration required) in September. Xiaflex is the first non-surgical treatment for Dupuytren's Contracture, which is characterized by a bending of the fingers... more

Orthopedics in China and the U.S.: An Interview with HealthpointCapital's Chinese Research Scholar BY JOHN MCCORMICK, FEBRUARY 8, 2010

Starting in October 2009, HealthpointCapital initiated a one-year Research Scholarship at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) for a select oprthopedic surgeon from China. This month, we checked in with our Research Scholar, Dr. Xiaodong Ju, to see how he... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup Aug-27-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, AUGUST 27, 2009

Earnings Corin reported 1H:09 sales of GBP 20.1 million ($33.0 million), down 25% over 1H:08 after adjusting for currency and beating estimates by GBP 2.1 million ($3.5 million). Outside the U.S., revenues increased by 10%, which the company attributed to... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 20-Aug-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, AUGUST 20, 2009

Earnings aap Implantate reported 1H:09 sales of EUR 14.7 million ($20.7 million), representing a 10% decreased from 1H:08. Adjusting for one-time income, sales were down 3%, and in the second half of 2009, the company "anticipates a recovery in demand... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 23-Jul-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JULY 23, 2009

Earnings Anika Therapeutics reported 2Q:09 revenue of $9.5 million, representing a 5% increase over 2Q:08 and missing estimates by $0.4 million. The company attributed revenue growth to both the ORTHOVISC and MONOVISC product lines, which contributed $5.6 million to total... more

Texting and Thumb Injuries BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JUNE 1, 2009

Teenagers sending and receiving an average of 80 text messages each day may be vulnerable to repetitive stress injuries of the thumb, according to the New York Times. As with Blackberry Thumb, compulsive texting can cause cramping, pain or numbness.... more

Teriparatide (Forteo) May Accelerate Bone Healing BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 15, 2009

Teriparatide, a recombinant form of parathyroid hormone marketed by Eli Lilly as Forteo, has been shown to stimulate stem cell production and accelerate the healing of fractured bones, according to study data presented at the Orthopaedic Research Society meeting in... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 26-Feb-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 26, 2009

Earnings Artimplant reported 4Q:08 revenues of SEK 4.6 million ($0.6 million), down from SEK 5.0 million ($0.8 million) in 4Q:07. During the quarter, the company reported sales of 900 Artelon Spacers (down from 1,100 in 4Q:07) and 300 units of... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 5-Feb-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 5, 2009

Earnings CONMED Corp. reported 4Q:08 revenues of $179.2 million, down 5% versus 4Q:07 and beating estimates by $2.26 million. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share were $0.34, down 23% from 4Q:07 and beating estimates by $0.05. The company reported 4Q:08 arthroscopy... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 29-Jan-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 29, 2009

Earnings Kensey Nash reported FQ2:09 revenues of $20.8 million, up 6% over the year-ago period and beating estimates by $0.4 million. Net income for the quarter was $5.2 million, or $0.44 per diluted share, beating estimates by $0.04 and representing... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 18-Dec-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 18, 2008

Funding In addition to its regularly scheduled payments, Orthofix International will make a $10 million debt prepayment on December 29th in advance of the scheduled maturity. According to Executive Vice President and CFO Bob Vaters, "This is a good time... more

The New York Times Sings the Praises of the "Humble Fifth Finger" BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 17, 2008

The pinkie, asserts the New York Times, is not generally the most prized of one's fingers. Those distinctions usually go to the index finger, with its unparalleled ability to guide a fork and knife or mouse-click, or the sentimental ring... 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

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

Hand Transplants "Exceed Expectations" BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, SEPTEMBER 3, 2008

This month, the Journal of Hand Surgery features a report on the two American patients who received allogenic hand and forearm transplants and are performing beyond expectations at 9 and 7 years post-operatively, respectively. Their progress helps demonstrate that transplanting... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 14-Aug-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, AUGUST 14, 2008

Earnings BioMimetic Therapeutics reported a 2Q:08 net loss of $9.2 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, widening from a net loss of $6.4 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, in 2Q:07. Clinical highlights for the quarter include the announcement of... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 3-July-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JULY 3, 2008

Regulatory Interventional Spine announced that the FDA has conditionally approved its IDE application for the PercuDyn System, pending the company providing some additional information to the FDA. CEO Walter Cuevas commented that the company will now begin collecting data to... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 26-Jun-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JUNE 27, 2008

Earnings Symmetry Medical reported 1Q:08 revenue of $101.9 million, up 57% from the year-ago period. Revenue was positively affected by the recent acquisitions of TNCO, Inc., Specialty Surgical Instrumentation Inc. and DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc.'s Massachusetts manufacturing facility. Net income for... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 12-June-08 BY ARMELLE WIART, JUNE 12, 2008

M&A Wright Medical Group, Inc. announced that it has acquired the foot and ankle product line of A.M. Surgical, Inc. The systems purchased address the decompression and soft tissue release procedures most commonly performed by foot and ankle surgeons. The... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 15-May-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MAY 15, 2008

Earnings aap Implantate AG announced 1Q:08 revenues of EUR 8.0 million ($12.64 million), up 36% over the year-ago period. The company attributed the growth to a 146% increase in sales in its Trauma & Orthopaedics division, which contributed EUR 3.7... 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 14-Feb-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 14, 2008

Earnings Hanger Orthopedic Group reported 4Q:07 net sales of $170.8 million, beating estimates by $7.5 million and representing an 11% over the year-ago period. Revenue growth was attributed to an increase in same-center sales from Hanger's patient care business, an... 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

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 10-Jan-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 10, 2008

M&A ArthroCare Corp. acquired DiscoCare, Inc., whom the company describes as "a third-party billing and reimbursement service provider," for $25 million in cash plus potential future milestone payments. The company says, "This acquisition will allow ArthroCare to significantly expand its... more

Medtronic Expands in China with Weigao Joint Venture BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 19, 2007

Medtronic announced plans yesterday to bring spine and orthopedic therapies to the Chinese market through a joint venture with Shandong Weigao Group Medical Polymer Company Limited. Under the joint venture agreement, the companies will sell spine and orthopedic products, including... 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

Now Ailing the Wired: BlackBerry Thumb BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 27, 2007

Addicted to BlackBerry? You may be at risk for what some physicians are calling BlackBerry Thumb, a condition where tendons in the thumb are strained by BlackBerry overuse. In an article on WebMD titled, BlackBerry Thumb: Real Illness or Just... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 28-Sept-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, SEPTEMBER 28, 2007

Legal Federal prosecutors announced on Thursday the terms of a settlement with Zimmer, Depuy, Biomet, Smith & Nephew and Stryker following an investigation into physician compensation practices. Zimmer, Depuy, Biomet and Smith & Nephew entered into deferred prosecution agreements and... more

Army Advancing Prosthetics BY DAVID KRESSEL, SEPTEMBER 7, 2007

At the confluence of war and improved medical care sit the 130 U.S. veterans of the current war in Iraq who have had an arm amputated. Advances in battlefield medical care have allowed soldiers who would have died in combat... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 19-July-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JULY 19, 2007

M&A DJO announced on Monday plans for merger with ReAble (formerly Encore Medical). ReAble will acquire all outstanding shares of DJO stock, a transaction valued at approximately $1.6 billion and including the assumption of debt. The transaction will be funded... 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

FDA Recommends Approval of Link's S.T.A.R. Total Ankle BY JOHN CHOPACK, APRIL 26, 2007

The FDA recommended the approval of Link's Scandinavian Total Ankle Replacement System (S.T.A.R.) after a favorable advisory panel vote of 4-2. If approved, the device would be the first mobile bearing ankle marketed in the U.S. Although mobile bearing ankles... 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

Orthopedic News Roundup 12-Apr-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 12, 2007

Earnings Vertebron announced in a press release that 1Q:07 was its most profitable quarter ever. The Company attributes the growth to a significant sales increase over the comparable quarter last year as well as a company-wide restructuring in 3Q:06. Vertebron... more

Metal Implants at the Airport: Devices Trigger Metal Detectors BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 22, 2007

Foot & Ankle International reported in its December 2006 issue that heavy, metal devices implanted in the foot and ankle can set off security devices. The walk-through metal detector was shown to be less sensitive than a scan with a... more

BioMimetic Therapeutics Releases Promising GEM OS1 Orthopedic Data BY ARIELLA P. GOLOMB, MD, NOVEMBER 8, 2006

GEM OS1 is BioMimetic Therapeutics' developmental product for open fracture reduction or fractures requiring surgery in orthopedic applications. The therapy consists of both particulate Beta-tricalcium phosphate (β-TCP) with recombinant human Platelet-Derived Growth Factor (rhPDGF-ββ). BioMimetic has a similar, already-marketed product,... more

Synvisc To Share Reimbursement Code BY ARIELLA P. GOLOMB, MD, OCTOBER 31, 2006

In a press release yesterday, Genzyme, maker of Synvisc, announced a CMS decision that would group all viscosupplementation products into the same reimbursement code in January 2007. The company stated that they would fight hard to dispute this decision (through... 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

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

Orthopedic News Roundup 3-Aug-06 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, AUGUST 3, 2006

Earnings: Biologics: IsoTis OrthoBiologics reported 2Q:06 revenue of $10.8 million, up 43% compared to $7.5 million in 2Q:05. Its U.S. division grew 22%, while international revenues grew 39%. The Company has three distribution channels: U.S. independent agents, international distributors and... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 27-Jul-06 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, JULY 27, 2006

Earnings Results: Biologics: Anika Therapeutics announced 2Q:06 net sales increased 11% to $7.1 million. Product revenues grew 74% while licensing, milestone and contract revenue was down 77%. The large product sales growth was partially driven by higher demand for OrthoVisc®;... more

AOFAS Annual Meeting Highlights BY ARIELLA P. GOLOMB, MD, JULY 17, 2006

This past weekend we attended the 22nd Annual Summer Meeting of the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society in La Jolla (AOFAS). The conference ran from July 14-16, 2006 at the Hilton Torrey Pines Hotel and there were approximately 400... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 12-Jul-06 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, JULY 12, 2006

Appointment: Biomet, Inc. appointed Charles E. Niemier as President of EBI's operations following the resignation of its former president, Bart J. Doedens, M.D. Mr. Niemier has been a member of the senior management team and Board of Directors for more... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 6-Jul-06 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, JULY 6, 2006

Appointments: Tutogen Medical appointed Dr. Karl Koschatzky to the position of Managing Director. Dr. Koschatzky will replace Manfred Kruger, who was Tutogen's President of International operations and Managing Director of the German subsidiary. IsoTis OrthoBiologics appointed James William (Jim) Poser,... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 29-Jun-06 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, JUNE 29, 2006

Appointment: Spine Wave announced that it has elected Ron Pickard to its Board of Directors. In addition to his role on the Board, Mr. Pickard will be actively involved in key projects including the development and commercialization of Spine Wave's... more

Ascension Orthopedics Receives FDA Approval for Pyrocarbon Toe Implant BY JOHN CHOPACK, JUNE 15, 2006

Ascension Orthopedics announced that it received FDA approval for a pyrocarbon foot implant called PyroSphere. It is designed to treat patients suffering from arthritis of the fourth and fifth tarsometatarsal joints of the foot. This approval represents Ascension's initial entry... more

1Q:06 Preliminary Earnings Summary BY HUYEN NGUYEN, APRIL 27, 2006

The first group of orthopedic companies reported their 1Q:06 this week and took in $5.3 billion so far. The total aggregated revenues for the quarter were up by 7% from $4.9 billion in 1Q:05. The industry netted $637.8 million, a... more

Zimmer and HCA Make Up BY DAVID KRESSEL, APRIL 25, 2006

Our regular readers will remember that a few months ago, Zimmer and HCA had an unusually public fight. To briefly review, HCA entered into volume discount contracts with Zimmer, Stryker and DePuy. At year end, the implant companies reported HCA... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 23-Mar-06 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, MARCH 23, 2006

This week at HealthpointCapital, we compiled a brief synopsis of the 2006 Orthopedic Industry, projecting that total revenue in 2006 will grow by 12% for the year. Appointment: Two notable extremities companies named their new CEOs this week: Wright Medical... more

Scientific Advisory Board AAOS Sessions BY JOHN CHOPACK, MARCH 16, 2006

In addition to the Top Sessions we chose, we have added AAOS presentations by our Scientific Advisory Board members. Please click on the link at the bottom to view the entire list. Wednesday, March 22 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM127Changing... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 9-Mar-06 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, MARCH 9, 2006

Although management teams are preparing for AAOS, a few more companies reported earnings this week. We did a quick calculation and found that our internal Orthopedic Index PE year-to-date has stayed relatively flat at 27x. We expect that the AAOS... more

New CEO at ONI Medical Systems BY DAVID KRESSEL, FEBRUARY 13, 2006

Privately held ONI Medical Systems announced that Peter Pellerito will join as President and CEO. Peter's background is in ultrasound imaging, first at ATL, and then at GE Healthcare. At GE Healthcare he was most recently the VP and General... more

Smith & Nephew Reports 15% Growth in Orthopedics BY DAVID KRESSEL, FEBRUARY 10, 2006

Smith & Nephew reported results for 4Q05 and FY2005, and they were strong particularly within their Orthopedics segment. For the quarter, they saw 15% growth (ex F/X) in orthopedic sales to $1,267 million, which broke down as follows: *Knees: +12%... more

Another Acquisition in 2006: DePuy Acquires Hand Innovations BY JOHN CHOPACK, JANUARY 19, 2006

DePuy's acquisition of Hand Innovations is significant in the orthopedic space for several reasons. First, it marks the third acquisition of the year already following both Stryker's acquisition of PlasmaSol and Kyphon's purchase of InnoSpine. We, along with several other... more

Large Investment Made In Small Joint Market BY DAVID KRESSEL, JANUARY 4, 2006

Small Bone Innovations Inc. (SBI), a maker of orthopedic devices for the extremities, announced today that it raised $42.2m in a Series B financing. NGN Capital and 3i led the round with $12m each, and they were joined by Axiom... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 8-Dec-05 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, DECEMBER 8, 2005

Due to last week's Merrill Lynch investor conference (subscription may be required), investors have regained confidence in the orthopedic sector after the industry faced some hurdles within the past few months. In our HealthpointCapital Weekly Valuation Index, P/E (price-to-earnings) jumped... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 1-Dec-05 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, DECEMBER 1, 2005

Appointment: OrthoSoft announced that Max Link has joined its Boards of Directors. With over 25 years of experience, Mr. Link is a very well-recognized individual in the medical device and pharmaceutical industry. He was CEO and Chairman of Centerpulse when... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 17-Nov-05 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, NOVEMBER 17, 2005

Regulatory Update: Osteobiologics received FDA clearance on its OsteoChondral Transplant (OCT) Comprehensive System Instruments. The system is intended for the treatment of osteochondral (cartilage) defects in the knee. BioSyntech received an approval from Health Canada, Therapeutic Products Directorate, Medical Devices... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 27-Oct-05 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, OCTOBER 27, 2005

It has been a busy week for many CEOs and CFOs in the orthopedic device sector. In the past two weeks orthopedic companies reported 3Q:05 sales of $4.7 billion which was a 12% increase over the 3Q:04. Net earnings for... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 01-Sept-05 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, SEPTEMBER 1, 2005

This week, we decided to post the Orthopedic News Roundup for Thursday, instead of Friday due to the upcoming holiday. Clearly the biggest headline this week is the announcement of a take-over bid by Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation ("MTF") for Osteotech... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 12-Aug-2005 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, AUGUST 12, 2005

This week we completed the orthopedic reporting calendar as a few more companies reported earnings, starting with Synthes, the number #1 trauma company worldwide. Synthes reported 20% growth in both top and bottom line for 1H:05. Consolidated sales reported at... more

AOFAS Wrap-Up BY JOHN CHOPACK, JULY 18, 2005

The American Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Society (AOFAS) put on its annual summer meeting in Boston last week. The conference began on Wednesday with the 2nd International Congress on Total Ankle Anthroplasty and Current Techniques for Treatment of Ankle Arthritis.... more

CMS Approves Orthofix Application for External Fixation BY JOHN MCCORMICK, JUNE 28, 2005

This morning Orthofix announced that Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) approved the Company's request to modify its coding mechanisms to include specific coding for hospital procedures utilizing external fixation devices. As of October of this year, facilities will... more

Wright Medical (WMGI:NASDAQ) Reports 1Q:05 BY JOHN CHOPACK, MAY 2, 2005

Wright reported 1Q:05 revenues of $82.6 million which was a 10% increase over the 1Q:04. Excluding the effect of currency, WMGI revenues increased 9%. The 10% growth in revenues was almost 3% slower than the revenue growth reported during the... more

Wright Medical (WMGI:NASDAQ) Reports 4Q:04 Financials BY JOHN CHOPACK, FEBRUARY 14, 2005

Wright reported both 4Q:04 and year-end 2004 financials on Thursday evening. 4Q:04 revenues totaled $77.7 million a 13% increase over 4Q:03 revenues and at the upper end of management's previous guidance of revenues of $76-$78 million. Revenues for the year... more


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