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December 2009

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 31-Dec-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 31, 2009

Legislation The Senate voted 60-39 last week to pass the chamber's healthcare reform legislation. Included in the legislation is a change to the timeline of the medical device tax: the tax will be implemented in 2011, later than the original... more

HHS Calls for Closer Controls on Donated Tissues BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 30, 2009

The Wall Street Journal reported last week on the rising demand for donated organs and tissues and the potential increase in the risk of disease transmission to patients. While donors are screened and harvested tissues are tested and sterilized, making... more

A Nanoscale View into Bone Health BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 29, 2009

According to an article published this month in the journal Bone, researchers in Michigan have discovered that observing changes in collagen may give clues to bone health. Current methods of diagnosing conditions like osteoporosis rely primarily on the mineral density... more

Senate Passes Healthcare Reform, with Modifications to the Device Tax BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 28, 2009

On Christmas Eve the Senate voted 60-39 to pass the chamber's healthcare reform legislation. The bill is expected to cost $871 billion over the next decade and promises to widen healthcare coverage by expanding Medicaid and implementing new regulations for... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 23-Dec-09 BY EDITOR, DECEMBER 23, 2009

M&A Alphatec Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:ATEC), the parent company of Alphatec Spine, Inc., announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Scient'x Groupe SAS. The transaction is structured as an all stock transaction such that 100% of outstanding... more

ArgoSpine: Cervical Disc Replacement BY EDITOR, DECEMBER 22, 2009

As part of our partnership with ArgoSpine, we're republishing select content from the ArgoSpine News and Journal for our audience. The article below, excerpted from a lecture by Robert P. Melcher, M.D. of the Klinikum Karlsbad-Langensteinbach Spine Centre in Germany,... more

Ortho Products Top List of 2009 Health Innovations BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 21, 2009

CNN published a list of the top 10 health innovations of 2009, and two orthopedic products made the list: a bone graft substitute made from wood and the economical Jaipur Knee. Researchers in Italy have discovered a way to convert... more

Alphatec Spine Agrees to Acquire Scient'x Groupe SAS BY EDITOR, DECEMBER 17, 2009

Alphatec Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq:ATEC), the parent company of Alphatec Spine, Inc., a medical device company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets products for the surgical treatment of spine disorders, with a focus on treating conditions affecting the aging spine, announced... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 17-Dec-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 17, 2009

M&A Alphatec Holdings, Inc. announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Scient'x Groupe SAS, a spinal implant company headquartered in France. The transaction is structured as an all-stock transaction such that 100% of outstanding Scient'x stock... more

Analyst Casts Doubt on Baby Boomers' Healthcare Spend, Though Orthopedics is Singled Out for Growth BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 17, 2009

Popular belief among analysts and investors is that retiring baby boomers will cause a spike in healthcare spending in the coming decade. Thomas Tobin, an analyst at Research Edge, begs to differ. Tobin's research focuses on demographics, analyzing birth and... more

Senate Drops Plan to Expand Medicare; Medical Device Tax Delayed Until 2013 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 15, 2009

The Senate reversed a plan introduced last week to expand Medicare to allow patients to join at 55. If effected, the plan would have provided additional insurance options to patients who may have had difficulty obtaining coverage elsewhere, helping to... more

No Changes Imminent for the 510(k) Process BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 14, 2009

According to an editorial published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, acting director of the CDRH, has confirmed that no sweeping changes are imminent for the 510(k) process. The rigor of the 510(k) pathway has been a subject... more

JBJS: The Latest in Adult Reconstructive Knee Surgery BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 11, 2009

This month JBJS published an overview from Drs. Carl Deirmengian and Jess Lonner on the latest clinical developments and trends in knee reconstruction. The paper was based on a review of new knee literature in 2008. Below is a summary... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 10-Dec-09 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 10, 2009

M&A The Yorkshire Post reported that DePuy Orthopaedics acquired Finsbury Orthopaedics. Finsbury has a range of hip, knee and small joint replacement products, including a hip resurfacing device. No details of the transaction were disclosed. Funding BioMedFlex raised $0.25 million... more

As Senate Abandons Public Option, Healthcare Legislation Moves Closer to a Vote BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 10, 2009

In the second week of debate, the Senate moved closer to finalizing its healthcare reform bill as the chamber scrapped its plans for a public insurance option. Instead, private payers would have the opportunity to participate in a low-cost plan... more

Survey: Medical Device Companies Positive on 2010 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 8, 2009

Last month, regulatory consulting firm the Emergo Group conducted a survey of over 1,000 medical device professionals to gauge concerns about the economy. According to the results, respondents feel positively about the health of the industry going into 2010 and... more

Help our Research Team Choose Blog Topics + Chance to Win BY EDITOR, DECEMBER 4, 2009

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: 2009 HealthpointCapital Musculoskeletal Readership Survey. Anyone who completes the survey... 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

NuVasive Addresses XLIF Reimbursement Concerns BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 2, 2009

NuVasive held a conference call on Monday to address some of the reimbursement questions the company has faced over the past few weeks, concerns that apparently sparked the hammering the company has taken in the public markets. NuVasive's stock has... more

Stryker to Acquire Ascent Healthcare Solutions BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 1, 2009

Stryker announced yesterday that they would acquire Ascent Healthcare Solutions, a device reprocessing company, from RoundTable Healthcare Partners. Stryker will pay $525 million in cash for the company, which had about $100 million in revenues in 2008. Ascent will become... more

HealthpointCapital Interviews Adam Deitz, Founder and CEO of Ortho Kinematics, Part Two BY EDITOR, DECEMBER 1, 2009

This is part two of our interview with Adam Deitz, Founder and CEO of Ortho Kinematics. It is continued from here. How have surgeons responded to the KineGraph VMA technology? Adam Deitz: Surgeons love this technology because it gives them... more


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