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Smith & Nephew

Smith & Nephew Unveils New Discounted, Hospital-focused Sales Model BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, AUGUST 14, 2014

Smith & Nephew unveiled a new hospital-focused sales model that will offer two of the company's primary hip and knee implants through multiyear contracts at an approximate discounted rate of one-third.
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Blue Belt enters into a commercial agreement with Smith & Nephew to bring the JOURNEY UNI Knee to the Navio Surgical System BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, JULY 10, 2014

Blue Belt Technologies, a robotics-assisted surgical technology company, today announced a world-wide commercial agreement with Smith & Nephew, a global medical technology business, to support their JOURNEY UNI knee system on Blue Belt’s Navio Surgical System. The Navio system has... more

Medtronic Reported to be Considering an Acquisition of Smith & Nephew BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, JUNE 5, 2014

Medtronic is reported to be considering an acquisition of Smith & Nephew. Presently, no offer is imminent as Medtronic's bid preparations are believed to be at an early stage. The transaction would impart greater leverage to Medtronic with payor and... more

Smith & Nephew's Proposed Acquisition of ArthroCare Approved by UK Antitrust Regulatory Authority BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, MAY 27, 2014

Smith & Nephew's proposed acquisition of ArthroCare received "unconditional clearance" from the United Kingdom's Competition & Markets Authority, after the regulatory body concluded its Phase I procedure. Subsequent to receiving clearance from the relevant authorities in the United States and... more

Smith & Nephew Signs Agreement to Acquire ArthroCare BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, FEBRUARY 4, 2014

Smith & Nephew (SNN) entered into a definitive agreement to acquire ArthroCare Corp. for $48.25 per share (20% premium) in cash, equating to a total consideration of approximately $1.7 billion and an enterprise value of $1.5 billion, or approximately 4.0x... more

Smith & Nephew to Acquire Assets from Plato Grup BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, JULY 11, 2013

Smith & Nephew announced an agreement to acquire certain assets related to the distribution of its orthopedic reconstruction, trauma and sports medicine products in Turkey, currently conducted through Plato Grup. The acquisition is being made through the local subsidiary of... more

Julie Brown Appointed CFO of Smith & Nephew BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, NOVEMBER 27, 2012

Smith & Nephew announced that effective early February 2013, the company will appoint Julie Brown as its Chief Financial Officer and name her as an Executive Director on its Board of Directors. Julie joins Smith & Nephew after 25 years... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 13-Sept-12 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, SEPTEMBER 12, 2012

FDA clears Iconacy Orthopedic Implants' I-Hip system ... Precision Spine's Slimplicity Solo Anterior Cervical Plate System 510(k)-cleared ... Amedica studies find "superior osseointegration and bacterial-resistant properties" of silicon nitride ... Ascendx Spine begins commercial shipments to Europe ... Osseon launches Osseoflex SN+ ... Smith & Nephew releases LEGION HK Hinge Knee ... NuVasive signs Premier agreement more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 2-Aug-12 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, AUGUST 2, 2012

ANIK, ARTC, DJO, EXAC, MAKO, RTIX, SNN, SMA, WMGI report 2Q:12 ... Medtronic launches Aquamantys3 BSC 9.1S Bipolar Sealer with Cutting ... NewVert completes biomechanical testing for Octopus Spinal Annular Repair System ... Spinal Elements introduces Lucent Ti-Bond ... Benvenue Medical completes KAST enrollment ... TranS1 announces study results more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 7-June-12 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JUNE 7, 2012

J&J/Synthes deal may close next week ... Mindray to acquire controlling interest in Chinese orthopedic manufacturer ... FDA clear's Medicrea's LigaPASS ... K2M launches MESA Small Suture implant ... SNN voluntarily withdraws the optional metal liner component of its R3 Acetabular System ... ISTO receives U.S. patent ... SYK close to settling DOJ investigation into OtisKnee ... SANUWAVE comments on preclinical data more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 10-May-12 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MAY 10, 2012

ATEC, ANIK, BMTI, MAKO, TRNX, TSON report 1Q ... OrthoSensor raises $15M ... Internal Fixation Systems announces distribution agreement with Intelligent Orthopaedics ... Seikagaku announces marketing agreement with Kaken for lumbar disc herniation treatment ... Bioventus officially launched more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 3-May-12 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MAY 3, 2012

ARTC, DJO, EXAC, KNSY, NUVA, SNN, SMA, WMGI report 1Q:12 ... Titan Spine announces publication of data ... VG Innovations awarded new patent ... Solco Biomedical announces U.S. distribution deal 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 5-Apr-12 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 5, 2012

SNN acquires LifeModeler ... Cutting Edge Spine launches E-Vol System of spinal fusion devices ... Medtronic to settle shareholder lawsuit for $85M ... New BONESUPPORT CEO announces 100 Day Plan ... Blue Belt opens new Pittsburgh facility 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

Orthofix, Smith & Nephew Reach Agreements with U.S. Government BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 7, 2012

In separate announcements yesterday, both Orthofix and Smith & Nephew reported that respective investigations by the U.S. government into certain business practices are being resolved. Orthofix's stock reacted positively to the news, with shares up 4% in morning trading. Smith & Nephew's stock is down 1% this morning. more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 2-Feb-12 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 2, 2012

EXAC, KNSY, RTIX, SNN announce 4Q:11 ... CartiHeal raises $5M ... ConforMIS raises $89M ... FDA clears Eden Spine's GIZA device ... NLT announces 510(k) clearance for the PROW FUSION TLIF device ... ThermoGenesis announces "encouraging" study results 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 5-Jan-12 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 5, 2012

IART pre-announces . . . China Kanghui subsidiary receives FDA clearance for hip and knee systems . . . first procedure performed with Ellipse Technologies device . . . Pioneer Surgical announces first clinical use of nanOss Bioactive 3D . . . Wright Medical launches ORTHOLOC 3Di Ankle Fracture System and the QUICKDRAW Knotless Soft Tissue Fixation System . . . Globus appoints SVP and CFO . . . Vexim appoints CEO more

Smith & Nephew, CONMED Ink Biologics Deals BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 4, 2012

Both Smith & Nephew and CONMED announced biologics deals today, with Smith & Nephew spinning off their biologics division and CONMED signing an allograft and PRP distribution deal. more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 22-Dec-11 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 22, 2011

Biomet pre-announces . . . Oregon judge throws out SNN suture anchor ruling . . . Exactech initiates cartilage repair study . . . Spine Wave and MB Innovations announce partnership more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 15-Dec-11 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 15, 2011

Baxter to acquire Synovis . . . FDA approves DePuy's AOX Antioxidant Polyethylene . . . EXAC launches Gibralt spinal system . . . CMS proposes industry relationships disclosure . . . Spinal Kinetics wins patent suit . . . Amp Orthopedics initiates two new studies . . . Vertiflex completes IDE enrollment . . . K2M names SVP Sales in the Americas more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 8-Sept-11 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, SEPTEMBER 8, 2011

MedShape Solutions receives SBIR grant . . . Ascendx Spine receives CE mark . . . Pioneer Surgical receives Canadian clearance for the Sternal Cable System . . . SNN launches new DYONICS PLATINUM Series Shaver Blades . . . SpineSource launches WAVE-O Expandable Lumbar Interbody Fusion Cage . . . Gary Henley appointed Executive Chairman of the Board at TransCorp Spine more

Takeover Rumors Surround Smith & Nephew BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, SEPTEMBER 6, 2011

Smith & Nephew's stock is up 9% over the past month as fresh takeover rumors swirl around the company. Similar speculation occurred late last year, with JNJ as the potential acquiror. The latest chatter identifies Stryker as making a bid for the company, though JNJ, who is suspected to have made an offer for SNN earlier this year, has been mentioned as well. more

Joseph DeVivo Lands at AngioDynamics BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, AUGUST 16, 2011

Effective September 7, Smith & Nephew's former President of Orthopedics, Joseph M. DeVivo, will assume the role of President and Chief Executive Officer at AngioDynamics. more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 4-Aug-11 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, AUGUST 4, 2011

ATEC, ANIK, ARTC, BMTI, EXAC, SNN, SMA announce earnings . . . Ellipse Technologies announces series C round . . . CMS announces IPPS final rule . . . KFx Medical sues Arthrex . . . Tornier initiates IDE study more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 28-Jul-11 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JULY 28, 2011

CNMD, IART, NUVA, OFIX, RTIX, WMGI and ZMH report 2Q . . . FDA releases draft guidance on device modifications . . . Osseon launches in India . . . Carbylan Biosurgery announces results from viscosupplement study . . . Lanx comments on data at IMAST more

SNN Reorganizing; Mike Frazzette to Lead New Advanced Surgical Devices Division BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JULY 25, 2011

Several Memphis-based publications are reporting today on a restructuring plan underway at Smith & Nephew. Among the changes is the creation of a new business unit called Advanced Surgical Devices. more

Smith & Nephew's CEO to Retire in April BY SANDER DUNCAN, FEBRUARY 11, 2011

Smith & Nephew announced yesterday that David Illingworth, CEO, will retire from the company following their annual meeting on April 14th. Illingworth made the announcement during the company's annual earnings call, reporting a "strong finish to 2010." more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 10-Feb-11 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 10, 2011

EXAC, OSSUR, SNN, WMGI announce 4Q . . . Biomet receives FDA clearance for the Signature patient-specific instrumentation system . . . FDA clears Vitoss BA Bimodal Bone Graft Substitute . . . Integra launces Allograft Cancellous Sponge . . . MedShape Solutions introduces the the ExoShape CL for ACL surgeries . . . ISTO Technologies announces new spine patent . . . InteliFUSE seeks dismissal of patent infringement suit with Biomedical Enterprises . . . Federal appeals court rules against Globus in Medtronic patent dispute . . . SEC concludes ARTC investigation . . . curasan, SYK ink distribution deal more

SNN Denies Takeover Rumors BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 14, 2011

Smith & Nephew released a brief statement on rumors of a takeover this morning, saying that the company is "not engaged in any discussions" that would lead to an acquisition. more

Smith & Nephew Rebuffs JNJ Bid BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 10, 2011

Smith & Nephew has rejected a $10.9 billion bid from Johnson & Johnson to acquire the company, according to reports out late this weekend. Smith & Nephew turned down the offer before Christmas, saying it undervalued the company. The stock price has increased about 19% over the past three months, driven by takeover rumors. 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

Smith & Nephew to Develop Cartilage Regeneration Product with Nanotope BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, OCTOBER 19, 2010

Nanotope, Inc., a portfolio company of Arrowhead Research Corporation, has entered into an agreement with Smith & Nephew to develop a cartilage regeneration product. The press release states that Smith & Nephew will conduct and pay for preclinical and clinical studies. Nanotope will also receive up to $26.6 million in milestone payments, plus additional royalties. more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 5-Aug-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, AUGUST 5, 2010

ATEC, ARTC, BMTI, DJO, EXAC, MAKO, VITA, RTIX, SNN, SMA, TSON, WMGI report 2Q:10 . . . Bacterin closes private placement . . . Wright Medical launches the EVOLUTION Medial-Pivot Knee . . . VertiFlex enrolls 150th patient in their IDE study more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 24-Jun-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JUNE 24, 2010

Baxano closes $30M series C . . . SpineForm, Lanx, OrthoHelix receive $1M Ohio Third Frontier Commission awards . . . Aesculap launches S4 MIS Cannulated Pedicle Screw Spine Fusion System . . . Medtronic launches KYPHON ActivOs 10 Bone Cement with Hydroxyapatite . . . SNN granted injunction against Arthrex . . . Senate passes Medicare pay patch . . . Kensey Nash, Arthrex sign agreement over KNSY's ECM . . . Therapure, ProChon Biotech ink manufacturing deal . . . NuVasive leases NJ office space . . . BioTime creates new stem cell subsidiary more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 6-May-2010 BY EDITOR, MAY 6, 2010

Earnings ArthroCare reported 1Q:10 revenues of $90.6 million, up 15% over the year-ago period and beating estimates by $5.0 million. Among the company's orthopedics division, sports medicine sales were $60.4 million and spine sales were $4.4 million. Net income for... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 22-Apr-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 22, 2010

GENZ, DePuy, NUVA, VITA, SYK, ZMH report 1Q:10 . . . Internal Fixation Systems, Soft Tissue Regeneration announce funding rounds . . . Smith & Nephew wins 510(k) clearance for additional VERILAST claims . . . First commercial use of Interventional Spine's RENEW interspinous process device . . . NUVA files legal dispute against OFIX over Osteocel IP . . . LDR completes follow-up on two-level Mobi-C study more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 15-Apr-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 15, 2010

Biomet kicks off earnings seasons . . . ATEC preannounces . . . Articulinx, biospace med, Osseon close funding rounds . . . ConforMIS G2 Uni receives CE mark clearance . . . EXAC's Novation hip approved for sale in Japan . . . Stryker Interventional Spine launches iVAS for VCFs . . . Cayenne Medical announces clinical results for the AperFix System more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 8-Apr-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 7, 2010

Earnings RSB Spine announced that 1Q:10 sales increased 25% over 4Q09. M&A Stryker closed its acquisition of assets related to Synergetics' Sonopet/Omni product line, an ultrasonic aspirator that has applications in neurosurgery. Synergetics will receive $2.5 to $3.0 million in... 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 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

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 4-Feb-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 4, 2010

Earnings CONMED reported 4Q:09 sales of $190.6 million, up 3% over the year-ago period and beating estimates by $6.0 million. Arthroscopy sales rose 3% to $75.7 million. All growth rates exclude the effects of currency. 4Q:09 EPS of $0.37 beat... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 21-Jan-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 21, 2010

Earnings MEDICREA reported 4Q:09 sales of EUR 3.9 million ($5.6 million) and 2009 sales of EUR 13.1 million ($18.8 million), representing a 45% increase over 2008. The company said their sales development in the U.S. has been "successful" and a... more

Industry Reaches Out to Help Haiti BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 20, 2010

A week after a catastrophic earthquake in Haiti, the orthopedic industry is mobilizing to help. Alphatec Spine, DePuy, Medtronic, Smith & Nephew and Synthes are among the companies contributing money and surgical supplies in the wake of the crisis. Synthes... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 3-Dec-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 3, 2009

M&A Stryker entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Ascent Healthcare Solutions, a medical device reprocessing company, for $525.0 million in cash. Ascent describes its operations as including the "cleaning, testing/verifying, packaging and sterilizing" or devices, as well as "remanufacturing,"... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 25-Nov-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 25, 2009

Earnings ArthroCare reported 3Q:09 sales of $76.4 million, representing an increase of 8% over 3Q:08. Analysts had forecast total revenues of $84.3 million. Sports medicine contributed $50.6 million in sales, up 11% over the year-ago period, and spine contributed $4.5... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 12-Nov-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 12, 2009

Earnings Alphatec Holdings, Inc. announced record consolidated revenue of $32.7 million in 3Q:09, which represents 27% growth over 3Q:08. U.S. revenue increased 21% over the prior-year third quarter and 28% over the first nine months of 2008. International revenue was... more

Wright Medical Receives FDA Approval for Conserve Plus Hip Resurfacing Device BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 10, 2009

Wright Medical announced that their Conserve Plus hip resurfacing device received long-awaited FDA approval, which the company said was supported by clinical data on over 1,300 patients with up to eight years of follow-up. The company plans to initiate surgeon... 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 1-Oct-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, OCTOBER 1, 2009

Earnings MEDICREA reported revenues of EUR 6.1 million ($8.6 million) in 1H:09, representing a 32% increase over 1H:08, which the company attributed to growth in sales from direct subsidiaries, primarily in the United States. Net loss was EUR 1.5 million... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 3-Sept-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, SEPTEMBER 3, 2009

Regulatory Active Implants Corporation received a CE Class III Certificate for its TriboFit Hip System. The system is made from a low-wear polycarbonate-urethane material that the company says shares some of the characteristics of human cartilage. MEDICREA received 510(k) clearance... 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

FDA Panel Votes Against Durolane BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, AUGUST 19, 2009

An FDA panel determined in a 6-1 vote that Q-Med's single-injection Durolane, a hyaluronic acid, should not receive market approval. The panel raised efficacy concerns based on study data showing limited benefit for the product compared to placebo. The panel... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 30-Jul-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JULY 30, 2009

Earnings Exactech reported 2Q:09 revenues of $43.3 million, representing a 1% decrease from the year-ago period and beating estimates by $0.3 million. The company reported net income of $2.6 million, or $0.20 per share, representing a 14% decrease from 2Q:08... more

New Studies Question Efficacy of Hip Resurfacing BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JUNE 8, 2009

The promise of hip resurfacing seems to have faded somewhat with the publication of some new studies showing that outcomes for the procedure are similar to those associated with a traditional hip replacement. Additionally, the surgery has been found to... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 21-May-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MAY 21, 2009

Earnings Medtronic reported FQ4:09 revenue of $3.8 billion, representing a 5% increase (constant currency) over FQ4:08 and in line with estimates. Adjusted EPS for the quarter was $0.82, also in line with estimates. Spine and biologics revenue was $881.0 million,... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 30-Apr-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 30, 2009

Earnings aap Implantate reported 2008 revenues of EUR 31.9 million ($45.0 million), a 14% increase over 2007 sales. Sales in the Trauma & Orthopedics division grew by 35%. Biomaterials sales increased by 4%, with the company attributing slower growth to... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 16-Apr-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 16, 2009

Earnings JNJ reported 1Q:09 sales of $15.0 billion, missing estimates by $0.4 billion and representing a 7% decline over 1Q:08, which the company attributed mostly to unfavorable exchange rates. Net income was $3.5 billion, or $1.26 per diluted share, beating... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 2-Apr-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 2, 2009

Earnings Corin reported 2008 revenues of GBP 39.8 million ($57.6 million), an 8% increase over 2007 sales. The company also reported a pretax loss of GBP 3.9 million ($5.6 million), which reflected a GBP 5.2 million ($7.2 million) inventory write-down... more

Four of Big Five Settle with DOJ; Compliance Monitors Leave BY DAVID KRESSEL, MARCH 31, 2009

Eighteen months after the Department of Justice entered into Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPA) with Smith & Nephew, Johnson & Johnson (Depuy), Zimmer and Biomet, and a Non-Prosecution Agreement with Stryker, the DOJ has announced it has dismissed the criminal charges... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 5-Mar-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 5, 2009

Earnings Alphatec Spine reported consolidated revenues for 4Q:08 of $28.4 million, an increase of 33% from the $21.3 million reported for 4Q:07. U.S. revenues for 4Q:08 were $22.0 million, an increase of 29% from the $17.1 million reported for 4Q:07.... more

AAOS 2009: Procedure Volumes Steady, Though Economic Worries Loom BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 3, 2009

The orthopedic industry convened in Las Vegas last week for what was a slightly quieter AAOS than we've seen in recent years, shadowed by worries about the economy. More than new products and deals, the tone at this year's conference... 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 12-Feb-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 12, 2009

Earnings Nobel Biocare reported 4Q:08 revenue of EUR 162.6 ($229.2 million), down 13% from 4Q:07. 4Q net profit of EUR 24.9 million ($32.3 million) was down 45% from the year-ago period and missed estimates of EUR 29.0 million ($40.9) million.... 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

NASS Announces More Stringent Disclosure Policy BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 26, 2009

The North American Spine Society (NASS) adopted a new transparency policy requiring surgeons presenting at conferences to disclose both industry relationships and the dollar amount of any payments. Failure to disclose information could result in sanctions including suspension or expulsion... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 22-Jan-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 22, 2009

Earnings aap Implantate pre-announced 4Q:08 and full-year 2008 revenues of EUR 7.1 million ($10.0 million) and EUR 31.2 million ($44.0 million), respectively. 4Q:08 revenues declined 24% from the year-ago period, which the company attributed to "more orders from global partners"... more

Smith & Nephew Granted Injunction against Arthrex BY JOHN MCCORMICK, NOVEMBER 24, 2008

Last week, Smith & Nephew Endoscopy was granted an injunction from a US Federal court barring Arthrex from manufacturing or selling several tacks and suture anchors used in minimally invasive soft tissue repairs. The injunction is due to take effect... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 20-Nov-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 20, 2008

Earnings Medtronic reported FQ2:09 revenues of $3.57 billion, up 14% (8% constant currency) over the year-ago period and missing estimates by $0.12 billion. Non-GAAP net earnings and diluted earnings per share were $758.0 million, or $0.67 per diluted share, missing... 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

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 22-Oct-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, OCTOBER 22, 2008

Earnings CONMED reported 3Q:08 revenues of $179.4 million, up 9% over the year-ago period and beating estimates by $2.95 million. Arthroscopy was up 18% (17% constant currency), contributing $69.5 million to total sales. On a non-GAAP basis, diluted earnings per... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 2-Oct-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, OCTOBER 2, 2008

M&A Arthro Kinetics announced that they are pursuing a potential asset sale. The company said this week that their current $5.0 million cash balance was not sufficient to sustain operations. Tecomet has been acquired from Cardinal Health by Charlesbank Capital... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 4-Sept-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, SEPTEMBER 4, 2008

Earnings Inion reported 2Q:08 sales of EUR 1.8 million ($2.8 million), up 34% over 2Q:07. 1H:08 sales were EUR 2.59 ($4.1 million), a 12% increase over 1H:07. Operating loss for 1H:08 was EUR 4.85 million ($7.6 million), a 20% decrease... 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 10-July-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JULY 10, 2008

IP Michigan-based Smart Disc, Inc. received a Notice of Allowance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for U.S. patent application number 10/838,515, covering the company's artificial disc technology. The device can be implanted using a posterior approach and is... more

Patient Sues Surgeon, U Penn Health System Over Undisclosed Consulting Payments BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JULY 2, 2008

The Philadelphia Inquirer reported this week that Katrina McKenzie has filed a lawsuit against Jonathan Garino, M.D. and the University of Pennsylvania Health System following a hip replacement she received as a participant in a clinical trial. The suit alleges... 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 22-May-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MAY 22, 2008

Earnings Medtronic reported FQ4:08 revenue of $3.86 billion, representing an 18% increase over the year-ago period and beating estimates by $0.14 billion. Currency translation had a positive impact of $160.0 million. Adjusted net earnings for the quarter were $884.0 million,... 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 6-Mar-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 6, 2008

Earnings Anika Therapeutics reported 4Q:07 product revenue of $7.9 million, in line with estimates and up from $5.08 million for the same period last year. The revenue growth was attributed to domestic and international sales of the ORTHOVISC product line,... 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

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

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

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 18-Oct-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, OCTOBER 18, 2007

Earnings Biomet reported FQ1:08 sales of $552.3 million, up 9% over the comparable quarter. The company reported a net loss for the quarter of $42.9 million, down from an income of $104.4 million for FQ1:07. The company attributed the loss... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 11-Oct-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, OCTOBER 11, 2007

M&A With certain conditions, the FTC will allow Kyphon to proceed with its planned acquisition of Disc-O-Tech Medical Technologies and Discotech Orthopedic Technologies Inc. Kyphon was directed to sell Disc-O-Tech's Confidence product lines to address antitrust concerns. When Kyphon announced... 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

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 20-Sept-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, SEPTEMBER 18, 2007

Earnings AOI Medical reported a 1H:07 loss of $1.8 million, increasing from a loss of $0.97 million in the comparable half. The company attributed the loss to increased expenses. They expect their product, the Balloon Assisted Management of Spine Fractures,... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 30-Aug-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, AUGUST 30, 2007

Earnings Globus Medical announced 2Q:07 revenues of $30.2 million, an increase of 52% over the comparable quarter. The company attributes the revenue growth to the expansion of its sales and distribution footprint, product introductions in its fusion, MIS and biomaterials... 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

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

Orthopedic News Roundup 21-June-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JUNE 21, 2007

Regulatory TiGenix submitted an application to market ChondroCelect to European regulatory authority the European Medicines Agency for the Evaluation of Medicinal Products. The application is supported by clinical data comparing ChondroCelect to microfracture, where, according to the company, ChondroCelect was... 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

SNN Completes Plus Orthopedics Acquisition, Looking For More... BY ARIELLA P. GOLOMB, MD, JUNE 4, 2007

After announcing the completion of its Plus Orthopedics acquisition last Friday, Smith & Nephew CEO Christopher O'Donnell made clear the company's aims to grow its global footprint: "We have at the moment 30 to 40 companies which are potential takeover... more

Star-Ledger: DOJ Settlement Could Come this Summer BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MAY 24, 2007

A DOJ investigation into surgeon compensation practices by Biomet, Depuy, Smith & Nephew, Stryker and Zimmer in 2005 could reach a settlement "as soon as this summer," according to the Star-Ledger's John P. Martin. Current terms of the settlement are... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 3-May-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MAY 3, 2007

Earnings Spine Kyphon reported that worldwide revenues in 1Q:07 increased 40% to $128.1 million, which includes $18.1 million in X-STOP® Interspinous Process Decompression (IPD®) sales from the St. Francis acquisition. In the U.S., revenues increased 34% to $101.1 million, while... more

Now it's Really Official-There is a New Guard in Orthopedics BY JOHN CHOPACK, MAY 3, 2007

Following Tuesday's announcement that David Dvorak and James Crines were replacing Ray Elliott and Sam Leno as CEO and CFO at Zimmer, Smith & Nephew announced today that its CEO for last the 10 years, Sir Christopher O'Donnell, will retire... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 29-Mar-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 29, 2007

Earnings BioMimetic Therapeutics announced 4Q:06 financial results, reporting a net loss of $5.3 million or $0.34 per share and beating analysts' estimates of a loss of $0.37 per share. This compares to a net loss of $9.2 million, or $5.82... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 15-Mar-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 14, 2007

Earnings Orthovita reported 4Q:06 revenues of $13.81 million, beating analysts' estimates of $13.76 million and reflecting 38% growth compared to $9.97 million in 4Q:05. Orthovita attributed the growth to increased U.S. sales of VITOSS® FOAM and VITAGEL®. OrthoLogic announced 2006... more

Smith & Nephew Purchases PLUS Orthopedics BY JOHN CHOPACK, MARCH 12, 2007

Smith & Nephew announced today that it is acquiring Plus Orthopedics for $889 million, including the assumption of approximately $190 million in debt. Plus Orthopedics reported revenues of $300 million and EBIT of $36 million in 2006. This purchase price... more

2007 AAOS Busy as Ever BY ELIZABETH VARLEY CAMP, FEBRUARY 21, 2007

Sunny San Diego hosted this year's AAOS meeting, and with more than 470 exhibitors wall-to-wall on the Convention Center floor, it was the biggest Academy yet. One of our cab drivers said, as we were driving away from the conference... more

Orthopedics News Roundup 8-Feb-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 8, 2007

Earnings Biologics Regeneration Technologies, Inc. reported 4Q:06 revenues of $19.1 million, down 5% from $20.1 million in 4Q:05. The Company reported net loss of $6.7 million, compared to a net lossn of $1.7 million for 4Q:05. Net loss per diluted... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 14-Dec-06 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 14, 2006

Regulatory CryoLife received FDA 510(k) clearance for its ProPatch™ Soft Tissue Repair Matrix, an announcement that drove its stock up 9%. Among other applications, ProPatch can be used to reinforce tissues repaired by sutures or by suture anchors during tendon... 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

SNN Issued a Statement Re: BMET Acquisition Rumors BY HUYEN NGUYEN, NOVEMBER 2, 2006

This morning Smith & Nephew issued a statement confirming speculations that it has been speaking with Biomet. The Company stated that it, "it has held very preliminary talks with the US medical devices company, Biomet Inc. No agreement has been... more

Renewed Talk of Biomet Merger BY ARIELLA P. GOLOMB, MD, OCTOBER 24, 2006

Reuters reported that takeover speculation from the ft.com/alphaville website and trading desks were fueling bullish options trading of Biomet shares. The merger is speculated to involve a "larger company or possibly a private equity bid." Smith & Nephew has been... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 5-Oct-06 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, OCTOBER 5, 2006

Earnings Update: Tutogen Medical, Inc. provided an update on its 4Q:06 projected revenues which are estimated at ~$10.8 million, representing a 36% increase over the comparable quarter of 2005. Revenues for the fiscal year will be ~$38 million, an increase... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 14-Sept-06 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, SEPTEMBER 14, 2006

Appointment: Orthovita, Inc. has appointed Albert J. Pavucek, Jr. Vice President Corporate Controller. Mr. Pavucek was with PDI, Inc. serving as Vice President, Finance and Operations. Awards & Recognition: Smith & Nephew plc announced that two of its products, the... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 31-Aug-06 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, AUGUST 31, 2006

Appointment: SpineVision® SA has hired Julian Mackenzie as its new Chairman and CEO. Previously, Mr. Mackenzie was with Wright Medical serving as Director General and CFO. Business Update: Donor Referral Services of North Carolina is at the center of a... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 17-Aug-06 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, AUGUST 17, 2006

Earnings: Biologics: Tutogen reported 3Q:06 sales of $10 million and a net loss of $1.1 million, or $0.07 per fully diluted share compared to the same quarter last year. The Company would have experienced breakeven results without ~$1.1 million in... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 10-Aug-06 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, AUGUST 10, 2006

Earnings: Biologics: Orthovita reported 2Q:06 product sales came in at $11.2 million, up 32% compared to 2Q:05. On a non-GAAP basis net loss for the quarter was $5.1 million, or a loss of $0.10 per share. The Company did not... more

Smith & Nephew Reveals Subject of DOJ Investigation BY ARIELLA P. GOLOMB, MD, JULY 31, 2006

DOJ Investigation Smith & Nephew PLC announced this morning that an internal investigation prompted by last month's DOJ subpoena revealed that an independent orthopedic sales representative under contract to the Company sent an email on October 28, 2005 to competitors.... 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

Will Landis's Next Victory Be a Win For The Orthopedics Sector? BY ARIELLA P. GOLOMB, MD, JULY 26, 2006

Last Sunday, Floyd Landis won the Tour de France. Although this victory has been called into question today by doping allegations, his next big battle is going to be tackling the avascular necrosis in his right hip caused by a... 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

Smith & Nephew Acquires Osteobiologics BY ARIELLA P. GOLOMB, MD, JULY 11, 2006

Smith & Nephew plc (SNN) announced today that it has acquired Osteobiologics (OBI) for a net consideration of $72.3m in cash, representing ~20x OBI's 2005 revenues of $3.3m. The acquisition is expected to reduce SNN's earnings by $7m in the... more

Smith & Nephew Receives DOJ Subpoena BY ARIELLA P. GOLOMB, MD, JUNE 30, 2006

Smith & Nephew announced today that it had received a subpoena from the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division, for documents relating to possible antitrust issues over the manufacture and sale of orthopedic implant devices, joining its peers Zimmer, Biomet,... 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

Smith & Nephew and Q-MED Form Hyaluronic Acid Treatment Alliance BY ARIELLA P. GOLOMB, MD, JUNE 28, 2006

Viscosupplementation to treat osteoarthritis has traditionally been performed with a course of three or five injections. Today Smith & Nephew Inc. and Q-MED AB announced an alliance which paves the way for the US marketing of DUROLANE, the first and... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 22-Jun-06 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, JUNE 22, 2006

Appointment: Smith & Nephew appointed Michael G. Frazzette as President of the Endoscopy division and a member of the Company's Group Executive Committee. Mr. Fazzette recently served as President & CEO of MicroGroup, Inc., a private, equity-owned contract manufacturer of... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 1-Jun-06 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, JUNE 1, 2006

Appointment: A medical imaging company ONI Medical appointed Victor Ruiz to Vice President, of the Corporate Strategy and Marketing division. Mr. Ruiz's past experience include world-famous imaging companies: GE Medical Systems and Cardinal Health Inc. Clinical Update: LDR Spine announced... more

1Q:06 Final Performance Summary BY HUYEN NGUYEN, MAY 25, 2006

Final results for the 26 publicly-traded orthopedic companies* in 1Q:06 showed that orthopedic sales for first quarter increased by 9.2%, as reported. Now that Medtronic has reported its spine revenues, total aggregated sales for those 26 companies came in at... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 18-May-06 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, MAY 18, 2006

This week, DePuy Spine and many patients were excited to hear that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has agreed to local coverage of DePuy's Charite artificial disc for patients under 60 years of age. According to CMS,... 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

Orthopedic News Roundup 20-Apr-06 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, APRIL 20, 2006

Many orthopedic companies will be reporting their 1Q:06 results in the next few weeks. The table below provides a listing of conference call dial-in numbers and webcasts for the investment community. How the overall orthopedic industry fared in the first... 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

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

Analyst Meetings during AAOS BY KAREN FEDER, FEBRUARY 23, 2006

Looking ahead to the AAOS 73rd Annual Meeting on March 22-26, 2006 taking place at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, we wanted to post the latest information on Company Analyst meetings that will be held in Chicago: -... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 23-Feb-06 BY LAING RIKKERS, FEBRUARY 23, 2006

Financing: BioMimetic Therapeutics, Inc. filed a registration statement for an Initial Public Offering. Earnings: Medtronic 3Q Earnings climb 23 percent. CryoLife fourth quarter 2005 revenues increased 13% over fourth quarter 2004 Gross margins for full year 2005 increased to 53%... 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

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

Update on Surgeons' Subpoenas (DOJ Investigations) BY SUSAN BERSON, NOVEMBER 9, 2005

[Editor's note: We welcome attorney Susan Berson of Mintz, Levin as a guest blogger. See her profile here.] Earlier this year, the government announced investigations of several device manufacturers charging that the manufacturers were offering inappropriate incentives to referring physicians... 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 20-Oct-05 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, OCTOBER 20, 2005

Some orthopedic stocks declined as two of the big five ortho-companies reported their 3Q:05 earnings this week. Stryker Corp. and DePuy (division of JNJ) both reported top line sales growing at 14%. On Tuesday, Stryker reported below street's estimates by... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 13-Oct-05 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, OCTOBER 13, 2005

The allograft industry was scrutinized recently due to the highly publicized case of Biomedical Tissue Services (BTS). The company is being investigated by the Brooklyn district attorney's office for operating a scam to profit from body parts. The first company... more

Orthopedic Stocks Decline: Our Thoughts BY JOHN CHOPACK, SEPTEMBER 30, 2005

The decline in the valuations of the orthopedic stock prices has reached epic proportions. The 7 leading orthopedic companies which derive a majority of their revenues from hip and knee sales are on average 30% off their 52-Week Highs. Biomet... more

Novel Products to Rejuvenate Hip Market Growth BY JOHN CHOPACK, SEPTEMBER 21, 2005

The rate of growth in the hip market has been somewhat lackluster since the 2Q:04. That quarter marked the first two FDA approvals for ceramic-on-ceramic hips for Stryker and Wright Medical. For the 12 months prior to the 2Q:04, Stryker... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 9-Sept-05 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, SEPTEMBER 9, 2005

The FDA Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Devices Panel held a meeting September 8th and 9th to rule on two important issues: Smith & Nephew's hip resurfacing device and the design of clinical studies for spinal devices. You can find background information... more

ArthroCare and Smith & Nephew Bury the Hatchet BY JOHN MCCORMICK, SEPTEMBER 7, 2005

ArthroCare Corp. has settled all legal disputes with the Smith & Nephew PLC Endoscopy division by signing product supply and license agreements for bipolar and monopolar arthroscopy products. The various agreements resolve all of ArthroCare's pending litigation against Smith &... more

Earning Calls Replay Info BY HUYEN NGUYEN, AUGUST 10, 2005

Thanks to one of our readers who reminded me that I should add international dial-in numbers to the conference calls list. Since most of the companies have already reported their earnings, I am providing you with replay information in case... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 5-Aug-05 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, AUGUST 5, 2005

This week we finish off the first half of 2005 reporting season with 17 orthopedic companies* released their financial numbers. In 2Q:05, in an aggregated total, orthopedic revenues increased 16% ($3.8 billion vs. $3.2 billion) and a 25% increased in... more

AOSSM 2005: A Sports Medicine Trip Report BY JOHN MCCORMICK, JULY 15, 2005

Perhaps the most startling innovation of this years AOSSM sports medicine conference was a palm pilot kiosk where surgeons and exhibitors could beam the entire conference program and floorplan into their cellphones and PDAs in about 30 seconds. Immediately addicted,... more

Hip Resurfacing in the U.S.? BY JOHN CHOPACK, JUNE 8, 2005

About six months ago I had an individual come into my office asking about an article he had recently read in a local newspaper regarding hip resurfacing. The man was approximately 40 years old and was too young for a... more

1Q:05 Large Joint Review: Knees Remain Strong while Hips Weaken BY JOHN CHOPACK, MAY 9, 2005

With most of the major large joint market share leaders reporting their 1Q:05 financials, we examine the strength of the market. At first glance revenue growth of hip products seems to be slowing while knee growth accelerates. Hips We estimate... more

The Industry Subpoenaed: Our Perspective BY JOHN MCCORMICK, APRIL 4, 2005

The healthcare industry has long been the subject of regulation by complex laws that do not exist in other industries and which, under certain circumstances, may seem almost excessive and counter-intuitive. The enforcement of these laws has been significant and... more

4Q:04 Orthopedic Wrap-up BY JOHN CHOPACK, MARCH 14, 2005

We have aggregated the 4Q:04 and 3Q:04 reported revenues (includes the effects of foreign currency) for 16 public orthopedic companies. Although we would have liked to use revenue growth rates which excluded foreign currency, a majority of the companies report... more

Smith & Nephew (SNN:NYSE) Reports 4Q:04 & 2004 Financials BY JOHN CHOPACK, FEBRUARY 7, 2005

After a strong report from Zimmer earlier in the week, Smith & Nephew followed suit on Thursday. SNN reported revenues totaled £332 million for the 4Q:04 which was a 14% increase over the 4Q:03 on a constant currency basis. Earnings-per-share... more

Smith & Nephew (SNN:NYSE) Receives FDA Approval For Ceramic-Ceramic Hip and Introduces Imageless Computer-Assisted Surgical Navigation System. BY JOHN CHOPACK, JANUARY 10, 2005

SNN became the fourth orthopedic manufacturer to gain FDA approval of a ceramic-on-ceramic hip behind Stryker Corp., Wright Medical and Encore Medical. Ceramic-on-ceramic hips offer superior wear characteristics compared to traditional polyethylene and metal-on-metal hips providing the potential to last... more

Smith & Nephew (SNN:NYSE) Reports Strong 3Q:04 Financials BY JOHN CHOPACK, NOVEMBER 8, 2004

Smith & Nephew reported revenues of '288.9 million for the 3Q:04 which was a 12% increase over the 3Q:03 on a constant currency basis. Earnings for the 3Q:04 totaled '4.99p per share which was a 15% increase over the 3Q:03.... more

Smith & Nephew (SNN:NYSE) Reports 14% Rise in Orthopedic Revenues 21% Increase in U.S. Knee Sales BY JOHN CHOPACK, AUGUST 16, 2004

Smith & Nephew reported an 8% increase in revenues which totaled '350 million for the 2Q:04. Orthopedics was the strongest segment of SNN, increasing by 14% worldwide and 18% in the US. Growth in Endoscopy sales rebounded from flat to... more

ArthroCare Lands Key Ruling Versus Smith & Nephew: Raises 2005 Revenue Estimate BY JOHN MCCORMICK, JUNE 14, 2004

If you are looking to buy a Smith & Nephew Dyonics Control RF System, ElectroBlade or Saphyre™ you might as well go to ebay because Smith & Nephew has been barred from selling them by the U.S. District Court of... more

A Review of the Five Largest Orthopedic Companies' 1Q:04 Financial Results BY JOHN CHOPACK, MAY 17, 2004

We tabulated the five largest general orthopedic companies' financial results for the 1Q:04. The companies include Stryker, Zimmer, Biomet, Smith & Nephew and Wright Medical, each of which has a market capitalization in excess of $1 billion. Although many subscribers... more

Smith & Nephew Reports Strong 1Q:04 Financials Driven by Further Penetration of Oxinium Sales BY JOHN CHOPACK, MAY 10, 2004

Sir Christopher O'Donnell, CEO of Smith & Nephew, held an analyst call to discuss the Company's progress throughout the first 90 days of 2004. The Company reported revenues of '302 million which was a 12% increase in underlying sales growth... more

The 2004 AAOS Whirlwind BY JOHN CHOPACK, MARCH 22, 2004

The 2004 American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons hit with the speed and intensity of a tornado. It wasn't a destructive tornado but rather a whirlwind of innovative technology and merger activity. Biomet (BMET:NASDAQ) couldn't wait for the official Academy to... more

Smith & Nephew Reports Orthopedic Revenues Total $867 Million , Up 16% from 2003 BY JOHN CHOPACK, FEBRUARY 9, 2004

Smith & Nephew (SNN) reported that revenues totaled $1.9 billion during 2003 which was an 11% increase in underlying sales over 2002. Underlying orthopedic revenues increased by 16% during 2003, totaling $867 million. The Orthopedic growth of 16% was 7%... more

Smith & Nephew posts 16% ortho revenue growth (+23% in knees!) BY EDITOR, DECEMBER 22, 2003

Smith & Nephew (SNN:NYSE) held a trading update conference call on Thursday to provide an update on its performance during the 2H:03 – which at 16% orthopedic growth is in-line with the respective market. However, SNN's knee growth rate of... more

Merrill Lynch downgrades Smith and Nephew BY EDITOR, NOVEMBER 24, 2003

About a year ago, Merrill downgraded the entire orthopedics industry saying that revenue growth rates were about to moderate from 2002's blistering 14% growth rates. Medicare was the proximate reason. Unfortunately (for Merrill) orthopedic revenues accelerated in 2003 to 18%... more

Smith and Nephew merge with Stryker? BY EDITOR, NOVEMBER 5, 2003

Earlier today, Reuters published a short story recounting an occasional rumor that Smith & Nephew (SNN) and Stryker (SYK) are in merger discussions. It is a rumor and may very well prove false, but the logic is strong. Here's our... more

A Shocking Move: Smith & Nephew Drops Out of Takeover Battle for Centerpulse without a Fight BY EDITOR, AUGUST 11, 2003

To our surprise, as well as most of the analyst on Wall Street, Smith & Nephew publicly announced its decision not to up its current offer of approximately $2.5 billion in order to triumph Zimmer Holdings approximate $3.1 billion offer.... more

In a testament to second chances, InFUSE gets CMS approval for $8,900. BY EDITOR, AUGUST 4, 2003

Rejected one year ago... Medtronic came back with new data and CMS, while rejecting InFuse again using one analytical approach found another way to show that InFUSE does indeed meet the threshold requirement for receiving a new technology add-on payment.... more

Smith and Nephew's Oxinium technology driving 70% year-over-year sales jump BY EDITOR, JUNE 23, 2003

Smith and Nephew's large joint recon business is a muscular enterprise. In its preview of the first half, SNN's management reported that orthopedic revenues are expected to rise 15% year-over-year (YOY), with knees leading the way at a 22% growth... more

What's an Orthopedic Implant Manufacturer worth? BY EDITOR, JUNE 23, 2003

The most valuable orthopedic company in world according to Wall Street is Stryker (SYK:NYSE) at $13.9 billion. With sales this year expected to top $3.5 billion and earnings to clear $2.15 per share, Wall Street is willing to pay 32x... more

It's the World Series of Orthopedic Poker BY EDITOR, JUNE 16, 2003

On Tuesday of this week, Zimmer's offer becomes official. We think Smith and Nephew will call Zimmer and raise. To stay in, Zimmer will likely have to throw more chips in the pot. Of course, we don't quite know what's... more

Countdown to Zimmer's Offer BY EDITOR, JUNE 9, 2003

It's 8 days and counting. There's been quite a bit of maneuvering on both sides but until Zimmer's offer is official on June 17th, 2003, nothing of substance can happen. This is patently obvious on the Centerpulse website which gives... more

The Battle for the Hearts and Minds of Centerpulse Shareholders BY EDITOR, JUNE 2, 2003

Smith and Nephew (SNN) appeared to be gaining ground last week against Zimmer's strong bid to acquire Swiss based Centerpulse as the Financial Times of London published a series of stories that called into question the stability of Zimmer's offer.... more

Industry Chatter About Zimmer / Supartz, the SNN Ace we forgot last week BY EDITOR, MAY 27, 2003

We collected a variety of comments this past week about Zimmer's counter bid for Centerpulse. Some came over the email transom, others from phone interviews. The sources included CEOs, surgeons, hospital administrators, VPs of marketing, Zimmer distributors, Centerpulse distributors and... more

Who is listening to those earnings calls? BY EDITOR, APRIL 14, 2003

Earnings season starts this week with the Tuesday, April 15th release of DePuy/Acromed's first quarter results (as buried in JNJ's release) and continues until mid-May when Sofamor Danek's numbers for the April quarter (Medtronic, Sofamor Danek's parent, is on an... more


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