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Microport to Expand Wright Medical Presence BY JOHN MCCORMICK, JUNE 13, 2014

This week, MicroPort, China's largest and most successful private medtech company, announced that it will be investing $100 million over the next 5 years to add to Wright Medical's training capabilities. Having recently closed its acquisition of the Wright Medical... more

FDA Agrees to File PMA Amendment for Wright Medical’s Augment Product BY MATTHEW JAFFE, MARCH 11, 2014

Wright Medical reached an agreement with the Office of Device Evaluation (ODE) of the FDA regarding the approval of the company’s Augment Bone Graft product, intended for use as an alternative to autograft in hindfoot and ankle fusion procedures. The... 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

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

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

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

Wright Medical to Divest OrthoRecon Business to MicroPort BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, JUNE 20, 2013

Wright Medical announced it has entered a definitive agreement with MicroPort Medical, a subsidiary of MicroPort Scientific Corporation (HK: 0853), for the acquisition of Wright's OrthoRecon business at a cash purchase price of $290 million, valuing the unit at 1.1x... more

Wright Medical Tests Cost-Saving Sales Program BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MAY 22, 2013

On their recent 1Q:13 earnings call, Wright Medical introduced WrightDirect, a sales paradigm targeting the large joint market. The program evolved from a prior discount initiative and was refined to specifically address mounting hospital cost pressures and the increasing rate at which independent physician practices are being acquired by hospitals. more

Wright Medical to Acquire BioMimetic Therapeutics BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, NOVEMBER 19, 2012

Wright Medical announced that it reached an agreement with BioMimetic Therapeutics to combine the businesses, in which it will potentially pay up to $380 million, or $12.97 per share, for BioMimetic in cash and stock, implying a premium range of... 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 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 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 23-Feb-12 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 23, 2012

ARTC, IART, MDT, NUVA, OFIX, SMA, TRNX, WMGI announce earnings ... Cerapedics raises debt ... Karolinska Development leads investment in Oss-Q ... FDA clears Ascendx Spine's Acu-Cut Vertebral Augmentation System ... Osseon receives CE mark for Osseoflex SB ... SBi names president and CEO 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 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

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 3-Nov-11 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 3, 2011

ATEC, ARTC, EXAC, IART, WMGI and more announce 3Q . . . FDA clears LDR's ROI-A Oblique ALIF cage . . . ATEC, Custom Spine, Globus, K2M, Medtronic and others debut new products at NASS . . . Relievant MedSystems starts enrolling SMART trial . . . Spine Wave starts EU NuCore study more

Wright Medical Appoints CEO BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, SEPTEMBER 19, 2011

Robert Palmisano has been named President and CEO of Wright Medical, effective September 17th. He joins Wright Medical from ev3, an endovascular device company. The press release notes that during his two-year tenure, ev3's market capitalization more than tripled, from approximately $800 million in 2008 to $2.6 billion in July 2010. more

Wright Medical Announces Restructuring Plan, Extends DPA BY SANDER DUNCAN, SEPTEMBER 16, 2011

Wright Medical is launching an operational restructuring plan to enhance profitability and rejuvenate stagnant growth. The plan includes reducing international exposure and decreasing workforce by 6%. Meanwhile, Wright has voluntarily extended its DPA by 12 months. more

Metal-on-Metal Hip Complaints Surging: NYT Analysis BY SANDER DUNCAN, AUGUST 23, 2011

The FDA received more complaints about metal-on-metal hip implants this year to date than in the preceding four years combined, according to a New York Times analysis of FDA data. 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

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 12-May-11 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MAY 12, 2011

DJO, Tornier, TSON announce earnings . . . OsteoGeneX receives grant funds . . . BMTI introduces new Augment kit size in Canada . . . Wright Medical commences full commercial launch of the INBONE II Total Ankle . . . Orthovita notes positive vertebroplasty coverage decision . . . RTI Biologics splits Chairman, CEO roles more

WMGI's Compliance Issues Deepen as U.S. Attorney Alleges "Material Breach" of DPA BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MAY 6, 2011

Additional resignations and a letter from the U.S. Attorney's Office alleging a "material breach" of Wright Medical's Deferred Prosecution Agreement are further clouding the company's compliance issues. Wright Medical disclosed on Wednesday afternoon that three executives resigned "without good reason," a month after CEO Gary Henley resigned and SVP and CTO Frank Bono was terminated. The letter from the USAO arrived on Thursday morning, according to the company's 1Q:11 press release. more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 7-Apr-11 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 7, 2011

aap, Medicrea report 1Q sales . . . Orthopaedic Synergy to raise $9.5M . . . FDA clears ATEC's Solus . . . Titan Spine receives CE mark for Endoskeleton lumbar devices . . . Emerge Medical introduces trauma line . . . Life Spine holds surgeon training . . . Mazor announces 2,000th procedure . . . CareFusion's COO resigns more

Wright Medical's CEO Resigns BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 5, 2011

Wright Medical announced this morning that CEO Gary Henley has resigned and SVP and CTO Frank Bono has been terminated, apparently over issues related to the company's compliance program. Chairman of the Board David Stevens has been named interim President and CEO. more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 17-Mar-11 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 17, 2011

Biomedical Structures acquires Concordia Medical . . . Neue Magnetodyn IP to go up for auction . . . Wright Medical closes tender offer for convertible senior notes . . . K2M receives CE mark for RAVINE Lateral Access and ALEUTIAN Lateral Interbody Systems . . . Smith & Nephew files suit against former employees . . . OrthAlign comments on new clinical data . . . Misonix, Aesculap sign new distribution agreement . . . Shukla Medical licenses Kytogenics' biopolymer technology . . . Inion resumes operations . . . DePuy Spine appoints worldwide president more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 10-Mar-11 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 10, 2011

ANIK, BMTI, VITA report 4Q . . . Global Biotech to take minority position in BoneGrafix . . . ConforMIS to raise $1.8M . . . Medtronic launches ATLANTIS VISION ELITE cervical plate system . . . Wright Medical launches PRO-TOE VO . . . OFIX receives subpoena . . . Vertos announces mild clinical data . . . GenOsteo and SpineSmith to collaborate on stem cell scaffold . . . RegeneCure licenses synthetic membrane for use with stem cells . . . Bacterin now trading on NYSE Amex 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

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 3-Feb-11 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 3, 2011

CNMD, KNSY, RTIX report 4Q . . . Spine Wave raises $17.5M . . . Vertiflex raises $14M . . . Tornier goes public . . . BioMimetic Therapeutics gets FDA panel hearing date . . . ConforMIS knee system cleared . . . Healthcare reform found unconstitutional in Florida . . . Wright Medical expands supply agreement for GraftJacket . . . Biomet makes a donation to OREF more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 13-Jan-11 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JANUARY 13, 2011

MAKO, NUVA, SYK pre-announce . . . Globus acquires Facet Solutions' assets . . . Doctors Research Group raises $7.7M . . . Wright Medical launches DARCO system in Japan . . . Zimmer introduces NexGen LPS-Flex Mobile Bearing Knee with Prolong Highly Crosslinked Polyethylene . . . FDA approves Wright Medical's IDE for the INBONE Total Ankle Replacement with Calcaneal Stem . . . China Kanghui Holdings and Consensus Orthopedics announce manufacturing and marketing agreement 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

JBJS Publishes 10-Year Data on Metal-on-Metal Hips BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 29, 2010

Adding to the body of literature on hip resurfacing is a new level-four study published in JBJS. The paper emphasized that the best outcomes were associated with appropriate patient and implant selection, with the authors concluding from a case series that metal-on-metal resurfacing does offer long-term device survival in young, active patients. 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 28-Oct-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, OCTOBER 28, 2010

IART, NUVA, OFIX, WMGI, ZMH report 3Q . . . Wright Medical acquires EZ Frame external fixator for the foot . . . ArthroCare cleared to market the Spartan PEEK Suture Implant system . . . FDA clears Medtronic's Kyphon Xpander II Inflatable Bone Tamp . . . Wright Medical launches PRO-STIM Injectable Inductive Graft . . . NUVA to appeal NeuroVision brand name verdict more

Wright Medical Settles with Government, Enters 5-Year CIA BY SANDER DUNCAN, OCTOBER 1, 2010

Wright Medical Group announced yesterday that it has settled with the DOJ over their investigation into Wright's consulting practices. The company has entered into a 12-month deferred prosecution agreement (DPA) with the government, under which Wright will not face charges... 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 10-June-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JUNE 10, 2010

M&A The Quebec Superior Court authorized the sale of BioSyntech's assets to Piramal Healthcare. Piramal will acquire assets and assume certain BioSyntech liabilities for CAN $3.9 million ($3.7 million). The sale should close within 15 business days. Funding According to... 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 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: 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 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 19-Nov-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 19, 2009

Earnings ArthroCare restated its earnings from 2004 through 2Q:09. The company reported total revenue for 2008 of $314.2 million, up 12% over 2007. Relative to prior-year periods, 1Q:09 revenues increased 2% to $78.8 million; 2Q:09 revenues decreased 6% to $80.8... 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 29-Oct-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, OCTOBER 30, 2009

Earnings Anika Therapeutics reported 3Q:09 revenues of $10.1 million, representing an 18% increase over the year-ago period and missing estimates by $0.3 million. Joint Health sales, including the Orthovisc and Monovisc products, were up 31% to $6.1 million. Anika noted... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 22-Oct-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, OCTOBER 22, 2009

Earnings CONMED reported 3Q:09 sales of $175.5 million, down 2% from the year-ago period and beating estimates by $1.4 million. Arthroscopy sales were up 2% and powered instrument sales were flat. Non-GAAP diluted EPS of $0.28 beat estimates by $0.12.... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 24-Sept-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, SEPTEMBER 24, 2009

Funding MedShape Solutions closed a $10 million round of equity funding from unnamed private investors. The company will use the funds to develop its portfolio of PEEK-based shape-memory devices. An Indianapolis foundation granted $7.0 million for the creation of OrthoWorx,... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 17-Sept-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, SEPTEMBER 17, 2009

M&A Integra LifeSciences acquired the assets of Innovative Spinal Technologies, Inc. (IST) for $9.25 million in cash. Last year the company recorded $2.2 million in revenues, though they ceased operations in January and went into liquidation in May. This transaction... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 10-Sept-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, SEPTEMBER 10, 2009

M&A Kapstone Medical acquired exclusive rights to Spherofix's screw-locking technology, which the company plans to incorporate into a line of spinal implants. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Regulatory Covidien received FDA approval to market its DuraSeal spine sealant,... 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 6-Aug-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, AUGUST 6, 2009

Earnings Alphatec Spine, Inc. announced financial results for FQ2:09. Consolidated revenues for the second quarter 2009 were $32.3 million, an increase of 35% from 2Q:08 and an increase of 5% over first quarter 2009. Adjusted EBITDA reached $2.8 million in... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 18-Jun-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JUNE 19, 2009

M&A The bankruptcy trustee for Innovative Spinal Technologies announced plans to pay creditors by selling the company's patent portfolio and other IP. The company's products include the AXIENT motion-preserving pedicle screw system; the PARAMOUNT MIS pedicle screw system; the PARAMOUNT... 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 9-Apr-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 9, 2009

Earnings Biomet reported FQ3:09 revenues of $615 million, a 7% (constant currency) increase over FQ3:08. Among segments, recon reported growth of 7%, with hip up 10%, knee up 9%, fixation up 4% and dental down 10%, which the company attributed... 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 19-Feb-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 20, 2009

Earnings Exactech reported 4Q:08 revenues of $40.3 million, representing a 22% increase over 4Q:07 and beating estimates by $0.4 million. Net income was $3.1 million, or $0.24 per share, representing a 15% increase over 4Q:07 and beating estimates by $0.04.... more

Wright Medical Guidance Call Reiterates 4Q; Lowers 2009 on FX BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 12, 2008

Wright Medical held their annual detailed guidance call yesterday, reiterating 4Q:08 revenue guidance in the $119 million to $122 million range. This affirms that revenue expectations will remain stable despite the macro economic climate. For the full year 2008, management... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 18-Sept-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, SEPTEMBER 18, 2008

M&A BoneSupport acquired Ultrazonix, the developer of an ultrasound-based treatment for alleviating pain associated with herniated discs. The product is FDA-cleared and CE-marked. Financial terms were not disclosed. Funding Formae received an investment of $0.5 million from BioAdvance, the Biotechnology... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 11-Sept-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, SEPTEMBER 11, 2008

M&A Wright Medical Group, Inc. acquired the RAYHACK System for wrist reconstruction, which consists of "procedure-specific bone-cutting guides and fixation plates that allow precise shortening and repositioning of the radius and ulna." The system will be available in the U.S.... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 31-July-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JULY 31, 2008

Earnings Cryolife reported 2Q:08 revenues of $27.2 million, up 18% over the year-ago period and beating estimates by $1.4 million. Orthopedic tissue processing revenues declined 76% to $0.3 million, as the company has discontinued that segment of the business. Net... more

SEC's Foreign Sales Probe Widens to Include Wright Medical BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JUNE 18, 2008

Last fall, Biomet, Medtronic, Smith & Nephew, Stryker and Zimmer announced they were under investigation by the SEC for possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), which is designed to prevent U.S. companies from making payments to foreign... 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 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 13-Mar-2008 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 13, 2008

Earnings BioMimetic Therapeutics reported 4Q:07 revenues of $4.5 million, up from $1.9 million in 4Q:06 but missing analysts' estimates by $1.1 million. Revenues included $3.6 million of product sales of GEM 21S to Luitpold, $0.7 million of royalty income and... 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 7-Feb-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 7, 2008

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

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 13-Dec-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 13, 2007

Earnings Tutogen reported FY07 revenues of $53.8 million, an increase of 42% over FY06. The Company reported net income of $6.8 million, or $0.36 per fully diluted share in fiscal year 2007 compared to a net loss of $0.6 million,... more

Wright Medical, Exactech Subpoenaed Over Surgeon Payments BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 12, 2007

Wright Medical announced late yesterday that the company received a DOJ subpoena requesting documents on any surgeon consulting and professional service agreements dating from 1998 to the present. The company said the subpoena pertained specifically to agreements relating to hip... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 29-Nov-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 29, 2007

Regulatory Amedica received FDA clearance for their Valeo™ Pedicle Screw system, a low profile and modular pedicle screw system intended for non-cervical pedicle fixation from the T1 through L5. Corin announced FDA clearance for additional sizes of its Cormet hip... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 15-Nov-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 15, 2007

Earnings Artimplant announced 3Q:07 revenue of SEK 2.6 million, up from SEK 0.9 million in the year-ago period. 3Q:07 net loss was SEK 3.6 million, down from SEK 10.4 in 3Q:06. Earnings per share, including a non-recurring item, amounted to... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 8-Nov-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 8, 2007

Earnings Anika reported 3Q:07 product revenues of $7.28 million, up from $5.49 million in 3Q:06. The company attributed the sales growth to strong domestic and international sales of ORTHOVISC®. Net income for 3Q:07 was $1.8 million, or $0.16 per diluted... more

Musculosketal News Roundup 25-Oct-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, OCTOBER 25, 2007

Earnings ArthroCare Corp. reported 3Q:07 total revenues of $78.5 million, an increase of 21% over the comparable quarter. Revenues missed estimates by $0.11 million. The company reported net income of $11.1 million, or $0.39 per share, up 28% over 3Q:06... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 4-Oct-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, OCTOBER 4, 2007

M&A Orthofix acquired the rights to all of the intellectual property related to the InSWing™ interspinous process spacer. InSWing is designed to relieve pain associated with lumbar spinal stenosis and can be used in a minimally invasive surgical procedure. Orthofix... 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 23-Aug-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, AUGUST 23, 2007

Earnings aap Implantate announced 38% growth in revenues following its consolidation with Fame Medical Group. Revenues in 1H:07 totaled EUR 12.7 million. Highlights from 2Q:07 include a reported double-digit increase in international sales in the Trauma & Joint Reconstruction segment... 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

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

Society for Biomaterials a Product Pipeline Crystal Ball BY DAVID KRESSEL, APRIL 24, 2007

Last week, we attended the Society for Biomaterials' annual conference. The event showcases the latest academic research and its broad applications across medical specialties. Roughly a third of the poster presentations focused on orthopedics, and most of the rest related... 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

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

Orthopedics News Roundup 15-Feb-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, FEBRUARY 15, 2007

Earnings Tutogen announced results for first fiscal quarter ending December 31, 2006. Total revenues increased 43% to $11.5 million, compared to $8.0 million in the comparable quarter of fiscal year 2006. U.S. revenues increased 50%, and international revenues increased 27%... 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

Wright's Sales Growth Driven By Hip & Extremities Sectors BY HUYEN NGUYEN, JULY 31, 2006

Wright Medical Group reported 2Q:06 net sales of $87.5 million, a 6% increase over 2Q:05 (foreign currency had no material impact on sales). Net income for the quarter was $2.8 million, or a diluted EPS of $0.08, beating analysts' estimates... 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

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 27-Apr-06 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, APRIL 27, 2006

Appointment: Stryker Corp. appointed three officers to the company: Luciano Cattani, Vice President, Group President, International; Elizabeth A. Staub, Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance, Stryker Corporation and Bronwen R. Taylor, Chief Compliance Officer, Stryker Corporation. Mr. Cattani... 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 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

Wright Medical's Forecast Disappoints BY DAVID KRESSEL, FEBRUARY 10, 2006

Last night Wright (WMGI) reported slightly better than expected results, but lowered 2006 guidance dramatically. Revenue guidance dropped modestly, but EPS guidance was knocked down substantially because Wright will increase investments in R&D and sales and marketing. 2006 Guidance, and... 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 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

Implant Pricing: Not Black and White (EDITORIAL) BY JOHN MCCORMICK, OCTOBER 21, 2005

Is Wall Street's shrill reaction to hip and knee implant pricing concerns overblown? Even with sophisticated econometric tools such a question is difficult to evaluate because we are dealing with an expectations driven phenomenon. So we have our doubts about... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 06-Oct-05 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, OCTOBER 6, 2005

While Medtronic was the big winner this week, Wright Medical ("WMGI") captured more headlines with two important news items that have negatively impacted their stock price. On Wednesday, WMGI's stock price suffered a huge loss with 20% decline intraday due... more

News Flash: Resignation at Wright Medical BY JOHN CHOPACK, OCTOBER 6, 2005

Laurence Y. Fairey's resignation as President and CEO of Wright Medical has been accepted by the board of directors. The resignation follows Wright's recent announcement that revenues would fall $4 million shy of its previous stated guidance for the 3Q:05... more

Wright Medical Adds Fuel to the Fire BY JOHN CHOPACK, OCTOBER 5, 2005

Wright Medical announced its preliminary 3Q:05 financial results; revenues are anticipated to be $4 million lower than its previous guidance and earnings will range between $0.10 and $0.11 which well below analyst expectations of $0.17. Wright blamed its domestic biologics... 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

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

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

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

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

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

Wright Medical Holds Annual Analyst Guidance Call - The Future is Bright BY JOHN CHOPACK, DECEMBER 13, 2004

Wright Medical (WMGI:NASDAQ) held its annual analyst guidance call to provide management's outlook for sales, earnings and product trends for the 4Q:04, year-end 2004/2005 and 2006. The forecasts, we think, look strong: 4Q:04 - The Company has reaffirmed its October... more

Wright Medical (WMGI:NASDAQ) Reports 28% biologics growth and 23% Hip growth in 3Q:04 BY JOHN CHOPACK, NOVEMBER 3, 2004

Wright Medical reported a blistering 28% rate of growth for its biologics products as well as a solid 23% rate of revenue growth for its hip products. Clearly, this is a company that is gaining market share from biomaterials. Hip... more

Wright Medical (WMGI: NASDAQ) Lowers 3Q:04 Earnings Guidance by $0.04 BY JOHN CHOPACK, SEPTEMBER 27, 2004

WMGI announced that it was lowering its previous earnings per share guidance of $0.13-$0.15 to a range of $0.09-$0.11, or approximately $3.2 - $3.9 million. However, the Company maintained its current revenue projections for the 3Q:04 of $68 - $70... more

Wright Medical, Regeneration Technologies, LifeCell, Orthovita, MacroPore and Stellar International Slated to Join 30 Other Presenters at October Biomaterials Summit in New York BY ROBIN R. YOUNG CFA, AUGUST 23, 2004

Headlining this year's one-day Biomaterials Summit will be Wright Medical, Regeneration Technologies, LifeCell, Orthovita, MacroPore and Stellar International. All are leaders in the field and working on significant new technologies. Wright Medical, whose sales for the first half of 2004... more

Wright Medical Reports a 22% Increase in Revenues and a 34% Increase in Earnings; Stock is Off as Much as 16% on Wednesday BY JOHN CHOPACK, AUGUST 2, 2004

In a common trend this earnings season, Wright Medical reported in our opinion one of the best second quarters of 2004 in the orthopedic sector and investors congratulated the Company by dumping shares. Wright Medical is one of four large... more

510(k) Approvals BY EDITOR, JUNE 21, 2004

  Device Applicant 510(k) Decision Date 1 acumed lower extremity congruent plate s acumed llc K033639 1/15/2004 2 titanium cannulated interference screw advanced biomaterial K033749 2/23/2004 3 aesculap absorbable craniofix aesculap, inc. K040080 3/31/2004 4 abc caudal and cranial extension... more

Laurence Fairey Gets Back in the Game. BY ROBIN R. YOUNG CFA, JUNE 21, 2004

Jumping back into the fray after 4 years of semi-retirement, former Sofamor Danek and Richards senior executive, Laurence Fairey has agreed to become President and Chief Operating Officer of Wright Medical today. Laurence Fairey is one of the best regarded... 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

Wright Medical's Hip Sales Increase 52% In Quarter. Ceramic-On-Ceramic and Metal Bearings The Key. BY JOHN CHOPACK, MAY 3, 2004

Wright Medical (WMGI:NASDAQ) reported that revenues totaled $74.9 million during the 1Q:04 which was a 28% increase (22% on a constant currency basis) over the 1Q:03. WMGI also reported that $6.6 million of these revenues flowed through the P&L to... more

A Random Walk Down the Academy's Halls BY JOHN CHOPACK, MARCH 22, 2004

Stryker Corp. (SYK:NYSE), in similar fashion to last year, brought and introduced a majority of its operational leaders of its various operating divisions. However, a significant portion of the analyst meeting, especially Q&A, centered around Stephen MacMillan, President & COO,... more

Wright Medical – Best Company in Orthopedics? BY JOHN CHOPACK, FEBRUARY 23, 2004

For the just completed quarter and year, Wright Medical (NASDAQ:WMGI) reported, we believe, the best quarter and year in orthopedics. First, Wright's seven year investment in the Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) ceramic-on-ceramic clinical hip trial delivered huge dividends in 2003.... more

Wright Medical - Growing for the Long Run BY EDITOR, DECEMBER 15, 2003

Guidance to 2005? This is a famously conservative management, so to guide out to 2005 is cause to sit up and take notice. What's going on at Wright medical? Strong biologics and ceramic on ceramic hip components certainly. But, we... more

Conference Focus on Materials BY EDITOR, NOVEMBER 24, 2003

At the 78th annual reunion of the Société Française de Chirurgie Orthopédique et Traumatologique (SO.F.C.O.T.) held last week in Paris, the focus was clearly on new materials - ceramics, plastics and biologics. And among the most successful new materials companies... more

Orthopedics Growing 2.5x Faster than U.S. GDP BY EDITOR, NOVEMBER 3, 2003

For the third quarter, with three more companies yet to report, public orthopedic companies have reported that their sales grew 17.5% on a year-over-year basis. To put that into perspective, U.S. GDP grew at a 7.2% annual rate in the... more

HealthpointCapital Initiates Research Coverage of Exactech, Inc. and Regeneration Technologies BY EDITOR, MAY 5, 2003

Last week we published our sales and earnings forecast as well as an analysis of future prospects for two companies, Exactech and Regeneration Technologies. We've posted the summary of our analysis for each company on First Call (the Thompson Financial... 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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