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Orthopedic and Dental Industry News

March 2010

Dental News Roundup March 2010 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 31, 2010

technician2_small.jpg FDA accepts PMA application from Ondine Biopharma Corporation, developers of the Periowave Photodisinfection System . . . Astra Tech launches OsseoSpeed TX implant line . . . Sirona introduces new 3D software for CEREC . . .Nobel Biocare provides clinical data on NobelActive, All-on-4 Solution and TiUnite . . . DTI, Nobel and Straumann strength management teams more

Alphatec Spine Completes Acquisition of Scient'x Groupe SAS BY EDITOR, MARCH 29, 2010

atec%20logo.gifAlphatec Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Alphatec Spine, Inc., announced today the closing of its previously announced acquisition of Scient'x Groupe SAS, a spinal implant company headquartered in France. The combined company will be the third-largest independent spinal company with a global span of product distribution. more

Jeffrey Zellmer Named Chief Financial Officer of DTI (Dental Technologies, Inc.) BY EDITOR, MARCH 25, 2010

dti-mainlogo.jpgDental Technologies, Inc. (DTI) today announced the appointment of Jeffrey Zellmer to the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Mr. Zellmer has over 25 years of financial executive experience, including five years as CFO of publicly-traded Silicon Graphics, Inc. Most recently, he was Vice President of Finance for Lam Research Corporation, a publicly-traded technology company. more

CareFusion Sues Medtronic BY JOHN MCCORMICK, MARCH 25, 2010

logo_care_fusion.gifYesterday the news circulated that CareFusion, an upstart in the vertebral compression fracture market, has sued Medtronic for violating antitrust laws. With a 619-page complaint in a Federal Court no less. Antitrust? A newcomer suing the incumbent right out of the box? Talk about going against a time-honored tradition! more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 25-Mar-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 25, 2010

Bovie Medical, Custom Spine receive FDA clearances . . . Stryker resolves an FDA warning letter . . . Aesculap launches Spyder MIS retractor system . . . RTI Biologics opens reimbursement hotline . . . NASS surveys spine physicians about Medicare cuts . . . ConMed, Smith & Nephew and Stryker ink deals with Premier Purchasing Partners more

ReGen's Menaflex "Likely Safe"; FDA Weighing Next Steps BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 24, 2010

regen_logo.gifA CDRH panel convened yesterday to review the science behind the beleaguered Menaflex collagen meniscus implant, which has been the subject of near-constant scrutiny since its 510(k) clearance in December of 2008. more

How Will Healthcare Reform Affect Dentistry? BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 23, 2010

Toothbrush.jpgWhile the healthcare reform package is concerned primarily with broadening medical coverage for the uninsured and underinsured, dental care is not excluded from the legislation. The final bill includes a number of benefits designed to support dentistry and train providers, though the ADA has criticized reform efforts for not going far enough to expand access to dental care. more

Healthcare Reform Passes in the House BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 22, 2010

800px-U.s._capitol.jpgThe House passed a healthcare reform package last night by a small margin, and now the final vote is in the Senate's hands. The House first passed the Senate's version of the bill from last year and then proceeded to pass a reconciliation bill consisting of revisions to the Senate's version. These changes included a last-minute adjustment to the medical device industry tax, which is now set at 2.3% annually. more

DTI (Dental Technologies, Inc.) Appoints Lee Culp, CDT Chief Technology Officer BY EDITOR, MARCH 18, 2010

leeculp.jpgDental Technologies, Inc. (DTI), one of the largest networks of dental laboratories in North America, today announced the appointment of Lee Culp, CDT to the position of Chief Technology Officer (CTO). "We are very pleased to have Lee join the company," said Kimberly L. Bradshaw, President and CEO of DTI. "For years Lee has been an advocate for advancing technology in our industry and has been closely involved in its development." more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 18-Mar-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 18, 2010

doc_xray_small.jpgANIK, ATEC report 4Q:09 . . . ATEC shareholders approve Scient'x Acquisition . . . Non Linear Technologies, Spinal Restoration close funding rounds . . . CareFusion launches kyphoplasty balloon . . . Integra launches new products for spine . . . New vertebroplasty data released more

Alphatec Spine Announces Stockholder Approval of Share Issuance Related to the Acquisition of Scient'x Groupe SAS BY EDITOR, MARCH 17, 2010

atec%20logo.gifAlphatec Holdings, Inc. announced today that at a special meeting of stockholders held on March 16, 2010, its stockholders approved the issuance of 24,000,000 shares of the Company's common stock in connection with the acquisition of Scient'x Groupe SAS. Approximately 78% of the shares of the Company's common stock that were eligible to vote on the matter were voted. Of the shares that were voted, over 99% voted in favor of the transaction. The Company expects the closing of the transaction to be completed prior to the end of the first quarter. more

Alphatec Spine to Host Technology Day on April 23, 2010 in New York, NY BY EDITOR, MARCH 16, 2010

OFix_web.jpg Alphatec Holdings, Inc. will host a Technology Day for investors and analysts on Friday, April 23, 2010 from 8:30am to 11:30am Eastern Time, at the NASDAQ MarketSite located in Times Square in New York, New York. Dirk Kuyper, the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer, will host the meeting. During the meeting Mr. Kuyper will provide updates on the Company's strategy and product pipeline. The agenda will include presentations from several leading spine surgeons to discuss key spine market segments and the Company's product offerings. more

House Looks Ahead to a Healthcare Vote BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 16, 2010

Stethoscope_small.pngCongress appears to be moving closer to a vote on healthcare reform. While no vote is scheduled, Speaker Pelosi believes she has the support of House legislators as well as the mechanics in place to pass the legislation. The method by which the Senate's version of the bill will become law will not require a House vote, a process known as "deeming" a bill. more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup: AAOS Edition BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 11, 2010

OR_small.jpg The latest news from AAOS! VITA and MAKO report 4Q09 . . . ETEX receives 510(k) . . . DePuy, Integra, Medtronic, Smith & Nephew and more announce product launches . . . SEC Drops Wright Medical Investigation . . . BioMimetic Therapeutics shares study results . . . Long-term use of bisphosphonates may increase fracture risk . . . NeoStem wins research grant more

Device Industry Seeks Cap on Healthcare Reform Fees BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 10, 2010

capitolbuilding_small.jpgWith healthcare reform projected to cost $950 billion, the pharma, device and hospital industries have generally consented to help fund the changes - in the device industry's case, to the tune of $20 billion over the next decade, which will be realized through an excise tax proposed to be implemented in 2011. AdvaMed is pushing on behalf of the industry to lock in that $20 billion as a cap, reports Reuters. more

NYT Challenges Metal-on-Metal Hips BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 8, 2010

hip_small.jpg Wear debris and surgical technique are at the center of a New York Times article on metal-on-metal total hip components, with the paper suggesting that metal-on-metal correlates to poorer outcomes and higher revision rates. The article cites a metal-on-metal revision rate of 1-3%, with women affected more frequently than men. more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 4-Mar-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 4, 2010

knee.jpg Corin, Osteotech and Integra report 4Q . . . Baxter to acquire ApaTech for up to $330.0 million . . . Intrinsic Therapeutics closes on $18.0 million of a $20.0 million round . . . FDA schedules Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Devices Panel meeting for Menaflex . . . Aetna and United Healthcare reverse prior policies and announce that they will cover NuVasive's XLIF . . . Congress delays Medicare pay cut more

NIH, FDA Introduce "Fast Track" Initiative for New Devices BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 3, 2010

The NIH and FDA plan to collaborate on ways to bring innovative products to market sooner. postdoc_fda_logo1_small.jpg Among other actions, the two agencies plan to create a Joint Leadership Council, which will focus on encouraging researchers to think about regulatory issues early in the technology development cycle. The council will also work to incorporate the latest scientific data into the FDA review process. more

Aetna, UHC Reverse Payment Policies for XLIF BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, MARCH 2, 2010

nuvasive_logo_small.jpgAetna and United Healthcare both announced that they will cover XLIF, reversing non-coverage policies and allowing the procedure to shed its "investigational" status. more

Baxter to Acquire ApaTech for up to $330 million BY ARIELLA P. GOLOMB, MD, MARCH 1, 2010

apatech%20logo_small.JPGBaxter announced plans to acquire ApaTech for up to $330 million, with $240 million in cash up front (a 4x revenue multiple) and additional milestone payments of up to $90 million. more

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