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June 2008

Knees Take the Spotlight at the New York Times and WSJ BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JUNE 30, 2008

Knees have been in the media spotlight lately, thanks to two recent articles appearing in the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Both authors speak positively of their experiences with knee replacements, and the Journal paints a rosy picture... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 26-Jun-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JUNE 27, 2008

Earnings Symmetry Medical reported 1Q:08 revenue of $101.9 million, up 57% from the year-ago period. Revenue was positively affected by the recent acquisitions of TNCO, Inc., Specialty Surgical Instrumentation Inc. and DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc.'s Massachusetts manufacturing facility. Net income for... more

House Votes to Block a 10% Cut to Physician Payments BY HAL BRIGHAM, JUNE 26, 2008

Despite threats of a presidential veto, the House resoundingly passed a bill Tuesday blocking a 10% cut in Medicare’s reimbursement payments to physicians. In addition to protection against the cut, which was scheduled to take effect July 1, the bill... more

FDA Reports Shorter PMA, 510(k) Review Times BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JUNE 25, 2008

Companies filing PMAs or 510(k)s in the past few years have seen a reduction in review time, according to a new report from the FDA. 2002's MDUFMA, which was reauthorized last year through 2012, played a large role in speeding... more

In3 on the State of the Medical Device Industry BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JUNE 24, 2008

China was a hot topic at the In3 Medical Device Summit, but one event focused on the device industry more broadly: where devices have been and where they're heading. The presentation, led by David Cassak of Windhover Information, described the... more

China Aims to Smooth the Way for International Investors BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JUNE 23, 2008

Last week's In3 Medical Device Industry Summit featured a talk on opportunities for device manufacturers in China, and we came away with a sense for the country's efforts to step up regulatory and legal practices to better reflect U.S. and... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 19-June-08 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JUNE 19, 2008

Funding Exactech received a $40.0 million syndicated line of credit which will be used to fund future acquisitions and refinance debt, among other expenses. SunTrust Bank served as lead agent with participation by Compass Bank. M&A clickNsettle announced plans... 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

SPORT, Aging Spine & Obesity Are Hot Topics at Spineweek BY ARMELLE WIART, JUNE 17, 2008

Three weeks ago, we attended the Olympics of spine conferences - otherwise known as Spineweek. Organized every four years, Spineweek brings together in one location the annual meetings of leading spine societies around the world. This year’s participating societies included,... more

FzioMed Awaits FDA Panel Meeting on Oxiplex/SP Gel Approval BY HAL BRIGHAM, JUNE 17, 2008

Having already received market approval in 49 countries, FzioMed now has its sights set on U.S. clearance for its Oxiplex/SP Gel, an adhesion barrier used in lumbar spinal surgery. The FDA announced last week that the Oxiplex technology will be... more

Alphatec Spine Names New Chief Financial Officer BY EDITOR, JUNE 16, 2008

CARLSBAD, Calif., June 16, 2008 /PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network/ -- Alphatec Spine announced today that Peter C. Wulff, who has more than 25 years of financial and operational management in the medical device and life sciences industries, has been... more

Scient'x Announces the Appointment of Key Management Positions BY EDITOR, JUNE 13, 2008

Paris - France, June 13, 2008 - Scient'x S.A., a privately-held company dedicated to spinal implants, announced today that additional appointments have recently been made to support Clinical Affairs and Surgeon relations. “These additions support our focused strategy of developing... 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

Twin Study Shows that Disc Degeneration May be Genetic BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JUNE 10, 2008

Results from the Finnish Twin Spine Study show that disc degeneration may not be the result of physical strain, but genetically determined. The study, which was initiated in 1991, examined 147 pairs of identical and 153 pairs of fraternal male... more

ArgoSpine: Report on the conference of Dr Antonacci on spinal cord injuries BY EDITOR, JUNE 9, 2008

The article below, written by Hugues Pascal-Mousselard, was first published in ArgoSpine News & Journal in September 2007. As part of our sponsorship of ArgoSpine, we're republishing select ArgoSpine News & Journal content for our audience. On November 13, 2006,... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 5-June-08 BY ARMELLE WIART, JUNE 6, 2008

Earnings Integra LifeSciences reported its financial results for the first quarter ending March 31, 2008. Total revenues were approximately $156.0 million, reflecting an increase of $33.0 million, or 27%, over the first quarter of 2007. Adjusted net income for the... more

Alphatec Holdings, Inc. Announces Sales Launch in Europe BY EDITOR, JUNE 6, 2008

CARLSBAD, Calif., Jun 6, 2008 -- Alphatec Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:ATEC), a leading medical technology company focused on the design, development, manufacturing and marketing of products for the surgical treatment of spine disorders, announced that its subsidiary, Alphatec Spine, Inc., has... more

Combined with BMP, Adipose-Derived Stem Cells Promote Spinal Fusion in Animal Model BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JUNE 4, 2008

A recent study published in JBJS shows some of the potential of adipose-dervived stem cells as a vehicle for gene therapy in promoting spinal fusion. Five groups of rats received stem cells and the BMP gene, stem cells, osteogenic media... more

HealthpointCapital Interviews Professor Christian Mazel: A look into the workings of Argospine, a leading spine-research organization france.gif BY ARMELLE WIART, JUNE 3, 2008

 Traduction française ci-dessous HC: For our readers who are not familiar with the Argospine association, could you tell us a little about its history and founding concepts? CM: The association started off as a business collaboration between Pr. Pierre Kehr,... more

New "Smarthroscope" Will Assess Extent of Tissue Damage BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JUNE 3, 2008

Queensland University Of Technology researchers are developing a device they call a "smarthroscope," designed to be a more sensitive alternative to an arthroscope. Professor Kunle Oloyede, who received a grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council to develop... more

Female Athletes More Susceptible to ACL Tears BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JUNE 2, 2008

In February, the New York Times reported on a rise in pediatric ACL cases, attributed to aggressive athletic activity, the increasingly common practice of MRI scans for injured knees and physicians' heightened familiarity with pediatric ACL tears. Now an article... more


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