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December 2007

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 27-Dec-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 27, 2007

M&A Sandvik AB said its Sandvik Materials Technology division has acquired Medtronic's specialty instrument manufacturing plant in Memphis. Medtronic plans to move the plant's purchasing, receiving and quality functions to the company's development and logistics center nearby. The transaction is... more

Alphatec Holdings, Inc. Acquires an Exclusive Worldwide License for Innovative Pedicle Screw Technology BY EDITOR, DECEMBER 20, 2007

CARLSBAD, Calif., December 20, 2007 -- Alphatec Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATEC), a medical technology company focused on the design, development, manufacturing and marketing of products for the surgical treatment of spinal disorders, announced the entry into an exclusive worldwide license... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 20-Dec-07 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 20, 2007

M&A BioMimetic announced the impending sale of its dental business and GEM 21S product to Luitpold Pharmaceuticals. Luitpold, who has been distributing the product since 2003, will pay BioMimetic $40.0 million in addition to ongoing royalty and milestone payments. The... more

Medtronic Expands in China with Weigao Joint Venture BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 19, 2007

Medtronic announced plans yesterday to bring spine and orthopedic therapies to the Chinese market through a joint venture with Shandong Weigao Group Medical Polymer Company Limited. Under the joint venture agreement, the companies will sell spine and orthopedic products, including... more

BioMimetic Sells Dental Business, Reports Positive GEM OS®1 Data BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 18, 2007

There were two big announcements from BioMimetic Therapeutics this week, the first being an announcement that came yesterday on the impending sale of the dental business and the GEM 21S product to Luitpold Pharmaceuticals, which currently markets GEM 21S. BioMimetic... more

Spine's Evolution Keeps Pregnant Women Upright BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 17, 2007

The New York Times reported last week that post-doctoral fellow at Harvard discovered what keeps pregnant women upright amid changes to abdominal mass and center of gravity: the lumbar curve in the lower back and reinforcement of the lumbar vertebrae.... 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

Scient’x USA Strengthens Leadership Team With Appointment of Bryce IntVeld As Vice President Of Sales BY EDITOR, DECEMBER 13, 2007

MAITLAND, Florida, December 12, 2007 -- Scient'x USA, an innovative leader in the development and marketing of products for the surgical treatment of spinal disorders, announced today that Bryce T. IntVeld has joined the Company as Vice President of Sales.... 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

Expanding Their Presence in Spine, Exactech Plans to Acquire Altiva BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 11, 2007

Exactech announced yesterday plans to acquire all outstanding shares of Altiva for a payment of $7.0 million in cash and Exactech common stock. The company previously announced a purchase valuation of Altiva totaling $25.0 million. Prior to the news of... more

BioHorizons Expands to New 44,000 Square Foot Facility BY EDITOR, DECEMBER 7, 2007

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- BioHorizons Implant Systems, Inc. relocated its global headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama, to a state-of-the-art, 44,000 square foot facility. The new facility, located at 2300 Riverchase Center, houses all administrative services, a newly formed manufacturing... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 6-Dec-07 BY ARIELLA P. GOLOMB, MD, DECEMBER 7, 2007

As originally announced back in June, this week the Supreme Court heard a Medtronic case involving a failed balloon catheter. The decision of the case could have broader implications for the FDA's authority and product liability. According to the... more

ArgoSpine: Cervical Stenosis: Treatment Strategy, Surgical Approach and Technique BY EDITOR, DECEMBER 4, 2007

The article below was first published in ArgoSpine News in December 2006. As part of our sponsorship of ArgoSpine, we're republishing select ArgoSpine News content for our audience. This article, originally published in December 2006, was written by Paul R.... more

Help our Research Team Choose Blog Topics + Chance to Win BY EDITOR, DECEMBER 3, 2007

We're running a five-question readership survey to help shape our Musculoskeletal blog coverage. It should take you about a minute, since there are no open-ended questions. The survey is here: 2007 HealthpointCapital Musculoskeletal Readership Survey Anyone who completes the survey... more

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