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July 2005

Orthopedic News Roundup 29-Jul-05 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, JULY 29, 2005

Earnings: Please refer to the table (below) for individual company sales and earnings. It's all about earnings this week... Biologics: Clearly, the big winner this week is LifeCell Corp. who reported strong earnings on Monday stock was up 24% at... more

Surgeon Owned Distributorships BY RICHARD ZALL, JULY 28, 2005

[Editor's note: We welcome attorney Richard Zall of Mintz, Levin as a guest blogger to answer a question posed by a reader in response to Joane Goodroe's Gainsharing post earlier this week. See Zall's profile here.] Interested in your thoughts... more

Ossur buys Royce Medical BY JOHN MCCORMICK, JULY 28, 2005

This morning Icelandic prosthetics developer Ossur announced its second major foray into the bracing business: the acquisition of Royce Medical Holding Inc. And for a pretty penny too... $216 million or well in excess of 4x revenue by our estimates.... more

Mendenhall's Famous Pricing/Reimbursement Chart BY JOHN CHOPACK, JULY 25, 2005

Stan Mendenhall, editor and publisher of Orthopedic Network News, is recognized as one of the leading providers of orthopedic data. Many people find a vast majority of his data useful, but one chart (Chart 1) has especially gained significant popularity... more

Wrap-up of the Orthopedic Intelligence Conference Presented by Sg2 BY JOHN CHOPACK, JULY 25, 2005

Sg2 is a consulting and education company which analyzes emerging clinical developments, technological advancements and market trends to help their clients make informed business decisions. They recently put on a one day conference as part of their Orthopedic Intelligence Program.... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 22-Jul-05 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, JULY 22, 2005

Appointment: Tutogen Medical appointed Terry Hill, MD to Director of Quality Assurance and Quality Control. He has worked with various tissue banks prior to joining Tutogen. Clinical Update: At the 12th International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques (IMAST) Conference, Dr.... more

Disc Dynamics Receives CE Mark Approval for the DASCOR™ Disc Nucleus Replacement BY JOHN CHOPACK, JULY 20, 2005

Disc Dynamics announced that it has just recently received approval of its DASCOR™ Disc Arthroplasty System. The DASCOR™ is a patented spinal disc nucleus implant designed to treat back pain associated with degenerative disc disease. Until recently, degenerative disc disease... more

Orthopedic Biomaterials 2005 Report BY KAREN FEDER, JULY 18, 2005

February 2010 update: This report is no longer available for purchase. Learn more here. The future of orthopedics? Easy call... biomaterial-based products. The fastest way to understand this critically important topic? Our newly published monthly report, Orthopedic Biomaterials 2005. It's... more

Ceramics: Products and Manufacturers (from our Orthopedic Biomaterials 2005 report) BY EDITOR, JULY 18, 2005

This is an excerpt from our Orthopedic Biomaterials 2005 report, which is a comprehensive listing of all the products and manufacturers in this exciting space. The report has six more sections like this one (for the other orthopedic applications of... more

Quarterly Earnings Calendar and Dial-in Numbers BY HUYEN NGUYEN, JULY 18, 2005

Since reporting season for orthopedic companies is just around the corner, we thought we'd put together a conference call calendar for the investment community to help you better organize your work schedule. (All conference calls will be reporting 2Q:05 numbers,... more


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

Orthopedic News Roundup 15-Jul-05 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, JULY 15, 2005 is on the prowl again. Zimmer became the primary target for TheStreet, citing that the Company lacks innovation in product technology. According the writer, while Zimmer, Biomet and Stryker's orthopedic implants costs are high, their products are not revolutionary.... 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

BREG: When a Brace is Not a Brace BY JOHN MCCORMICK, JULY 14, 2005

While touring the floors of the AOSSM sports medicine conference in Colorado this morning, Brad Mason the President of BREG (an Orthofix company) pulled us aside to show us the company's new FUSION functional knee brace. Before we could say... more

Price Pressure & Gainsharing: Media Overkill BY JOHN CHOPACK, JULY 14, 2005

The first time I realized that pricing in orthopedics was a controversial topic was my initial meeting with an O.R. purchasing manager at a large Philadelphia hospital. I had submitted an invoice for a total hip arthroplasty which happened to... more

Behind-the-scenes... BY LAING RIKKERS, JULY 14, 2005

This week HealthpointCapital had lots of private equity activity, as evidenced by the flurry of press releases just below. You may be missing the regular flow of orthopedic news and commentary on the blog, and/or wondering what our press releases... more

Nexa Orthopedics, Inc. and OsteoBiologics, Inc. Announce Product Partnership for Extremities Surgery. BY EDITOR, JULY 13, 2005

Vista, CA and San Antonio, TX, July 13, 2005 /PRNewswire/-- Nexa Orthopedics, Inc., ("Nexa") and OsteoBiologics, Inc ("OBI") announced today the execution of a private label distribution agreement, whereby Nexa will have the exclusive right to distribute certain OBI products... more

Nexa Orthopedics, Inc. and HealthpointCapital Announce Purchase of the StayFuse™ Product Line from Pioneer Surgical Technology BY EDITOR, JULY 12, 2005

Nexa Orthopedics, Inc. is focused on developing innovative products to meet the unmet clinical needs of the extremity surgeon. New York, NY., USA and Vista, CA, July 12, 2005 /PRNewswire/-- Nexa Orthopedics, Inc., ("Nexa") a HealthpointCapital portfolio company, announced today... more

Alphatec Manufacturing, Inc., a HealthpointCapital Company, Announces Appointment of President & Chief Operating Officer, Ronald G. Hiscock BY EDITOR, JULY 12, 2005

Alphatec Manufacturing, Inc. is one of the largest independent spinal implant companies in the world. NEW YORK, New York and CARLSBAD, California, July 12, 2005 /PRNewswire/-- HealthpointCapital Partners, L.P. ("HealthpointCapital") and Alphatec Manufacturing Inc., ("Alphatec") announced the appointment of Ronald... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 8-Jul-05 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, JULY 8, 2005

The NYT runs an astute roundup (registration required) of the the "depressing" delay by some insurers to cover Charite surgery. they note the market tumult that might be caused by possible FDA approval of Synthes' ProDisc, Medtronic's Maverick, and Stryker's... more

Kyphon Soars BY JOHN MCCORMICK, JULY 8, 2005

Today (Friday) Kyphon, Inc. stock rose 12% after it raised its financial outlook for the second quarter of this year thanks to: - Better than expected sales in both its U.S. and international operations. - Better selling and marketing efficiencies.... more

NuVasive Files IDE for Cervical Disc BY JOHN MCCORMICK, JULY 6, 2005

This morning NuVasive announced that that it filed for an IDE from the FDA to investigate the safety and efficacy of its Cerpass(TM) ceramic-on-ceramic cervical disc. The filing was completed at the end of June. Approval of the IDE from... more

Synthetic Peptides Demonstrate Promise in Orthopedic Applications BY JOHN CHOPACK, JULY 6, 2005

Fziomed, Inc. recently announced that its Oxiplex Gel demonstrated efficacy in acting as a delivery platform for a novel peptide bone growth factor being developed by the Company. The study was presented at the 12th International Meeting on Advanced Spine... more

Mr. Theken buys Therics BY JOHN MCCORMICK, JULY 4, 2005

On Friday of last week, Tredegar Corporation announced that it sold the assets of Therics, Inc. to a new company controlled and managed by Randall R. Theken (not the actual Theken Spine company itself). The new stand-alone company will simply... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 1-Jul-05 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, JULY 1, 2005

Anika Therapeutics got hit earlier this week due to First Albany downgrading the stock from buy to neutral; stock dropped 13% at the close. Meanwhile, Biomet reported its 4Q:05 and FY ends: spinal revenues increased by 27% and 34%, respectively.... more

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