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August 2005

Privatization of Healthcare in the United States? BY JOHN CHOPACK, AUGUST 31, 2005

There is no denying that healthcare costs continue to accelerate in the U.S. We would argue most of these costs are justified given the continuing technological advancements made within the entire healthcare arena including medical devices and biotechnology. However, we... more

Osteotech: Hostile to Shareholders? BY JOHN MCCORMICK, AUGUST 30, 2005

As many of you now know, the venerable (and world's largest) non-profit tissue bank Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation (MTF) announced on Monday that is had proposed to acquire all of the outstanding common stock of Osteotech, Inc. (Nasdaq: OSTE) for $6.25... more

Facet Joint Arthroplasty Milestone: Archus Initiates U.S. Clinical Trial BY JOHN MCCORMICK, AUGUST 30, 2005

Archus Orthopedics, Inc. announced this morning that it has formally initiated enrollment in the U.S. clinical trial of its Total Facet Arthroplasty System or TFAS(TM). The TFAS(TM) is patented spinal implant designed to treat spinal stenosis. The device replaces degenerative... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 26-Aug-05 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, AUGUST 26, 2005

Here is the news roundup for the week... Appointment: Scient'x USA, a portfolio company of HealthpointCapital, announced the appointment of Timothy J. Seese as Chief Operating Officer. Previously, Mr. Seese was president and CEO of a pyrolytic carbon implants company,... more

Scient'x USA Strengthens Leadership Team With the Appointment of Timothy J. Seese as Chief Operating Officer BY EDITOR, AUGUST 26, 2005

MAITLAND, Fla., Aug. 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Scient'x USA announced today that Timothy J. Seese will join the company as Chief Operating Officer, beginning the first week of September. The appointment of Mr. Seese bolsters the company's executive management team, bringing... more

Regeneration Technologies, Inc. Seeks to do $24 Million PIPE BY JOHN MCCORMICK, AUGUST 26, 2005

Allograft and tissue processing stalwart Regeneration Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: RTIX - News), announced Thursday that it entered into definitive agreements to undertake a private placement of its common stock with a group of accredited investors (institutional firms or wealthy individuals).... more

Sports Medicine Shortage in India BY SHELLY ACHAIBAR, AUGUST 25, 2005

Cricket is a well known international sport played in over 60 countries. Although the sport had been around for a century, it became formalized in 1744 after the by-laws were created by the London Club. The game is competitively played... more

Anulex Receives FDA Clearance for Annular Repair Technology BY JOHN MCCORMICK, AUGUST 23, 2005

Anulex Technologies, Inc., a company focused on soft tissue repair of the spine, announced yesterday that it received a 510(k) clearance from the FDA recently. Inclose is a simple umbrella shaped polymer implant that seals the opening in the annular... more

Orthopedic News Roundup 19-Aug.-05 BY HUYEN NGUYEN, AUGUST 19, 2005

Earnings: The world's largest spinal implant technology player, Medtronic, reported 1Q:06 with revenues of $2.7 billion, a 15% increase from 1Q:05. Net income (excluding extraordinary charges) was $616 million compared to $530 million, which is a 16% increase YOY. Spinal... more

More NuVasive Acquisition Activity BY JOHN MCCORMICK, AUGUST 19, 2005

NuVasive has been acquiring non-fusion technologies faster than we can write about them. The most recent announcement this week was the acquisition of dynamic stabilization technology from River Bend, LLC for 51,308 shares of NuVasive common stock or about $1... more

ArthoCare buys Applied Therapeutics for $10mm BY JOHN MCCORMICK, AUGUST 19, 2005

On Wednesday afternoon, Arthrocare (nasdaq:ARTC) announced that it has purchased substantially all of the assets and certain liabilities of Applied Therapeutics Inc. for $10 million in cash. The deal also includes a payment contigent on Applied Therapeutics' revenue from Feb.... more

Regeneration Technology Adds to its Xenograft Product Portfolio BY JOHN CHOPACK, AUGUST 17, 2005

RTI announced today that it had received approval for its xenograft STERLING® bone chips and cubes. Each was approved by the FDA via a 510(k) application. The Company previously received approval in June of this year for its STERLING® Interference... more

Paragon Medical Gets $25mm BY JOHN MCCORMICK, AUGUST 17, 2005

The meat and potatoes orthopedic supply chain is heating up with consolidation activity due to backing from the industrial private equity community. Back in June, we noted that a new roll-up of industry suppliers called Orchid was created. Even last... more

Doctors consulting with Investors BY LAING RIKKERS, AUGUST 16, 2005

Doctors as consultants. This is a concept that is very common in the medical device sector. In fact, it is an area that the DoJ is very interested in. Today the New York Times published a story about doctors-as-consultants with... more

FDA to Hold "Town Hall" Type Meetings BY JOHN MCCORMICK, AUGUST 16, 2005

Press reports are surfacing that the FDA is planning a series of Public-Input meetings at various locations this fall called the "Vision Tour". As we currently understand it, top andministrators and scientists, including Commissioner Lester M. Crawford, plan on attending... more

Gainsharing at Sg2 BY JOHN CHOPACK, AUGUST 15, 2005

This is our final report regarding the Orthopedic Intelligence Conference conducted by Sg2. We wanted to highlight what we considered to be the most significant aspect of the conference -- gainsharing -- a hot topic that has received significant attention... more

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

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

Acquisitions Heating up in Bracing BY JOHN MCCORMICK, AUGUST 11, 2005

The traditionally steady-as-she-goes bracing sector has been heating up with some M&A activity lately. Two weeks ago, Ossur annouced it was buying Royce Medical and, in the last five days, we have two new events to consider: (i) dj Orthopedics... more

HealthpointCapital attends Inaugural Meeting of the Sisyphean Spinal Society BY TIM BERKOWITZ, AUGUST 11, 2005

Reflections on the Inaugural Meeting of the Sisyphean Spinal Society We were honored to attend the inaugural meeting of the Sisyphean Spinal Society ("SSS") which was held on July 14th-17th in Bermuda. SSS is a non-profit organization dedicated to research,... more

Notes on NuVasive's Acquisition of NeoDisc™ BY JOHN MCCORMICK, AUGUST 11, 2005

Late last week, NuVasive, Inc. announced the acquisition of the NeoDisc™ (download product brochure) technology and assets from Pearsalls Limited, a UK medical product developer that has a core competence in surgical suture material. The transaction requires a closing payment... more

2005 Orthopedic Market Report: Sports Medicine - Available for download BY EDITOR, AUGUST 10, 2005

February 2010 update: This report is no longer available for purchase. Learn more here. The sports medicine segment of orthopedics represents nearly $2 billion of revenues between arthroscopic equipment and implants and non-operative devices such as braces and splints. This... 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

Alphatec Manufacturing, Inc., a HealthpointCapital Company, Announces Appointment of Chief Financial Officer, Scott Palka & Chief Administrative Officer, Vicky Romanoski BY EDITOR, AUGUST 9, 2005

Alphatec Manufacturing, Inc. is one of the largest independent spinal implant companies in the world. NEW YORK and CARLSBAD, Calif., Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- HealthpointCapital Partners, L.P. ("HealthpointCapital") and Alphatec Manufacturing Inc., ("Alphatec") announce the appointment of Scott Palka as... more

Differentiating the Needs of Key Stakeholders to Obtain Reimbursement for New Technologies BY KELLI HALLAS, AUGUST 9, 2005

By Kelli Hallas Vice President of Field Reimbursement Services Emerson Consultants, Inc. [Editor's note: We welcome consultant Kelli Hallas as a guest blogger.] In order for new technologies to receive reimbursement in today's healthcare market, they must show substantial clinical... more

More from the Orthopedic Intelligence Conference... BY JOHN CHOPACK, AUGUST 8, 2005

John Cherf, M.D., a clinical advisor for Sg2, presented the top ten trends in orthopedics. This included: 1) Specialty Hospitals Resuscitated 2) Eradicating Wrong-Site Surgery 3) Medical Malpractice Reform Is Still Alive 4) Payment to On-Call Specialists 5) The COX-2... 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

Medical Tourism and Orthopedics BY SHELLY ACHAIBAR, AUGUST 5, 2005

More and more western patients seeking surgery are looking towards eastern destinations such as India, Thailand and Singapore for their medical needs, including orthopedic procedures. The healthcare sector in this region has become a flourishing industry. As patients from Europe,... more

Innovative Spinal Technologies Raises $39 Million BY JOHN MCCORMICK, AUGUST 3, 2005

Innovative Spinal Technologies, Inc. (IST), the Texas Back Institute affiliate that develops of spine products, intellectual property and services, announced yesterday that it has closed a $39 million Series B financing. IST is is clearly making the leap from incubator... more

CMS Denies Add-On Payments for Charite BY JOHN MCCORMICK, AUGUST 2, 2005

In an unambiguous statement yesterday, CMS took a hard line and denied add-on payments for J&J's Charite artificial lumbar disc. In this document on pages 309 - 322, CMS balanced numerous comments, studies and outcomes against each other and came... more

Osteotech Promotes Treasurer to CFO BY JOHN MCCORMICK, AUGUST 1, 2005

DBM developer Osteotech Inc. which is famous for producing Grafton, announced on Friday that Chief Financial Officer, Michael J. Jeffries, was retiring. This morning, the Company announced that Mark H. Burroughs, VP of Finance, would succeed him. Burroughs has been... more

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