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ReWalk Robotics Prices IPO BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, SEPTEMBER 22, 2014

ReWalk Robotics priced its initial public offering (IPO) of 3.0 million shares of common stock at a price of $12.00 per share, raising total proceeds of $36 million. This equates to an enterprise value of approximately $155 million. The final... more

Researchers Reveal Nasal Septum Cells’ Ability to Treat Articular Cartilage Defects BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, SEPTEMBER 12, 2014

A team of researchers at the University and the University Hospital of Basel, revealed that cartilage cells extracted from the nasal septum, called nasal chondrocytes, not only are able to adapt to the environment of the knee joint, but also... more

ReWalk Robotics Proposes Terms for IPO BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, SEPTEMBER 5, 2014

ReWalk Robotics filed to raise between $54 million and $60 million through a previously 3634">announced initial public offering (IPO), by offering 3.4 million shares of common stock at a proposed price range of $14-$16 a share. At the midpoint of... more

Researchers Develop a New Delivery Approach for Bone Regeneration BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, AUGUST 28, 2014

A team of researchers at MIT have developed a new approach to bone regeneration and reconstruction called "layer-by-layer assembly". The approach utilizes a very thin, porous, nanostructured, biodegradable poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) scaffold sheet that incorporates a polyelectrolyte multilayer coating containing active... more

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

FDA Approves the ReWalk Robotic Exoskeleton BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, JULY 2, 2014

ReWalk Robotics received marketing approval from the U.S. FDA for its ReWalk Personal System for home and community use. The ReWalk device is a custom-fit, wearable robotic exoskeleton that provides powered hip and knee motion to enable individuals with lower... more

Johnson & Johnson Plans to Develop a Line of 3-D Printed Reconstructive Implants BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, JUNE 26, 2014

Last month, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) announced that the company plans to file for more than 30 major product approvals within its Medical Device & Diagnostic (MD&D) unit by the end of 2016, in order to bolster the segment's overall... 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

Researchers Develop New Hydrogel with Enhanced Degradation Kinetics BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, MAY 22, 2014

Bioengineers at Rice University have developed a novel thermogelling hydrogel that holds potential as a bioscaffold that would support bone and other three-dimensional tissue regrowth through stem cell delivery. The new material, detailed in the American Chemical Society journal Biomacromolecules,... more

Pig-derived Implants Demonstrated to Grow Human Muscle Tissue BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, MAY 15, 2014

Researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, demonstrated that implanting thin sheets of a scaffold-like material originating from pigs, incited stem cells to regenerate new muscle tissue in human male patients with various disabling leg injuries. Human muscle possesses a moderate... more

Graphene, a Novel and Promising Biomaterial BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, MAY 7, 2014

Initially derived from graphite, graphene is a metamaterial (a material artificially engineered to have unique properties not commonly found in nature) composed of a single layer of carbon atoms arranged in a 2-dimensional, regular hexagonal (honeycomb) lattice. Graphene was first... more

Researchers Conduct Study on Lizard Cartilage in Hopes of Discovering New Insights into Human Cartilage Regeneration BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, MARCH 26, 2014

Unlike muscle, human cartilage does not have the ability to heal itself, and as a result of injury or disease, cartilage can become damaged or even wear away, leading to pain and discomfort. This inability to regenerate and heal cartilage... more

Researchers Develop Novel Approach to Grow Cartilage BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, FEBRUARY 26, 2014

In a recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a team of Duke University biomedical engineers developed a polymer scaffold that utilizes gene therapy vectors to induce stem cells to create the required growth factor... more

3-D Printed Pelvis BY MADISON BEERBOHM, FEBRUARY 12, 2014

A British surgeon has successfully 3-D printed and implanted a pelvis, in what is believed to be the first transplant of its kind. Orthopedic surgeon, Craig Gerrand, from the Newcastle Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, used this innovative procedure three years... 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

Globus Medical to Acquire Excelsius Surgical BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, JANUARY 9, 2014

Globus Medical entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Excelsius Surgical, a company developing a novel surgical robotic positioning platform for the spine, brain and musculoskeletal markets. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, however analysts estimate the... more

3-D Bioprinting's Many Possibilities BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, DECEMBER 17, 2013

Bioprinting, a computer-controlled 3-D printing process utilizing organic inks and robust thermoplastics to assemble living tissue structures, has capabilities ranging from reconstructing sections of the human skull to printing scaffolding structures upon which stem cells can grow into new bones... more

Blue Belt Technologies Announces Clinical Milestone with 100th Navio Assisted Partial Knee Replacement BY EDITOR, NOVEMBER 14, 2013

Blue Belt Technologies announces a clinical milestone for the Navio Orthopedic Surgical System with the 100th robotic-control assisted partial knee replacement surgery performed on November 13, 2013. Dr. Jess H. Lonner performed the 100th Navio case, which occurred at the... more

Blue Belt Technologies’ Navio System Assists in Live Partial Knee Surgery Event BY EDITOR, NOVEMBER 14, 2013

Blue Belt Technologies participated in a live surgery day with Dr. Raul Marquez at Cornerstone Regional Hospital, a 14 bed acute care facility in Edinburg, Texas. Dr. Marquez utilized the precision assistance of the Navio surgical system to perform a... more

Researchers Develop Scaffolds with Greater Biocompatibility by Using Riboflavin BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, OCTOBER 31, 2013

According to new research from a group of biomedical engineers in North Carolina, Riboflavin, or Vitamin B2, could be utilized to make 3-D printed scaffolds for custom medical implants more biocompatible with the human body. Three-dimensional printing which creates finely... 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

Blue Belt Technologies Announces First Sale of the Navio System to a Surgery Center and First Worldwide STRIDE Case BY EDITOR, OCTOBER 15, 2013

Blue Belt Technologies announces the first sale of a Navio orthopedic surgical system to an Ambulatory Surgery Center. The Thomas Jefferson Riverview Surgical Center, at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia, entered into an agreement to purchase Blue Belt’s Navio robotic-controlled... more

Harvard to Collaborate with Charité on Musculoskeletal Tissue Engineering BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, OCTOBER 2, 2013

The Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University has entered into a collaboration agreement with Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, in order to expedite clinical translation of new materials and tissue engineering technologies for the orthopedics and connective tissue... more

Researchers Develop Transparent Ceramic Skull Implant BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, SEPTEMBER 4, 2013

A team of researchers from the University of California, Riverside, have developed a novel transparent skull implant that they hope will eventually provide new treatment options for patients with life-threatening neurological disorders, such as brain cancer and traumatic brain injury.... more

3-D Bioprinting as a Means of Developing Soft Tissue Structures BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, AUGUST 23, 2013

There has been a rise in the levels of interest revolving around the potential of 3-D printers to develop living tissue structures. Such technology could transform the world of medicine as we know it, eventually making it possible to construct... more

Chinese Research Team Conducting Study on 3D Printed Spinal Implants BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, AUGUST 15, 2013

At the Peking University Third Hospital in Beijing, Dr. Liu Zhongjun, Chairman of the Department of Orthopedic surgery and the Research Center of Spinal Surgery, Peking University, is leading a team of researchers in the process of conducting human clinical... more

Bioactive Glass Scaffolds Demonstrate Potential as Weight-bearing Implants BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, AUGUST 1, 2013

Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology have developed a type of glass implant that could one day be used to repair injured bones in the arms, legs and other areas of the body that are most subject to... more

Medical Device Segment Outperforms All other Industries in Patent Growth BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, APRIL 8, 2013

The latest State of Innovation report from Thomson Reuters revealed that the Medical Device industry accounted for 8% of global patent activity in 2012 and that the segment experienced the largest rate of prior period patent growth, increasing approximately 16%... more

The MHRA Launches "Innovation Office" to Promote the Development of Novel Medicines and Devices in the UK BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, MARCH 18, 2013

As part of the UK government's Life Sciences Strategy, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), has launched a virtual "Innovation Office" online in order to provide advice and assistance to companies developing innovative products or exploring innovative approaches... 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

Robotic Suits Help Patients Walk BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, SEPTEMBER 14, 2012

The New York Times highlighted robotic suits in an article published this week, new technology that can help paralyzed patients walk. Further, the military is looking at the suits to make soldiers "superhuman." more

Mazor Raises $15M for U.S. ADR Program BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, AUGUST 14, 2012

Israeli company Mazor Robotics, which currently trades on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange under the symbol MZOR, announced a $15 million private placement that the company will use to support an ADR program. ADRs allow non-U.S. companies to trade on U.S. exchanges. The investment, led by Oracle Investment Management, consists of two tranches of $7.5 million each. 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 19-Jan-12 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 19, 2012

ZMH acquires Synvasive Technology ... Carticept, DiFusion announce funding rounds ... KFx announces ACL study results ... MedShape launches ExoShape Soft Tissue Fastener ... VG Innovations releases VerteLoc v2.5 ... Stryker settles OP-1 charges ... Zyga Technology appoints president and CEO 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

Gov. Rick Perry Brings Attention to Stem Cells BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, AUGUST 10, 2011

Texas governor Rick Perry may be known for his economic conservatism and criticism of President Obama's healthcare overhaul, but lately he's been in the media for a different reason: his support of the use of autologous stem cells in the U.S. Gov. Perry recently underwent a spinal fusion to treat a "recurring back injury", during which he received a dose of his own cultured stem cells. Perry and his surgeon have become public champions for the procedure. more

Ortho-Tag Transmits Device Data Wirelessly BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JUNE 20, 2011

A new device developed at the University of Pittsburgh uses RFID technology to wirelessly transmit data about an orthopedic implant to physicians. The device, called Ortho-Tag, is attached to an implantable device, and information can be recalled later by holding a handheld probe to the patient's skin. more


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