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Orthopedic and Dental Industry News

April 2010

Dental News Roundup April 2010 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 30, 2010

biohorizons_product.jpgAlign, Dentsply, Nobel, Straumann report 1Q:10 . . .GeoDigm to acquire National Dentex . . . MicroDental to manufacture PPM (Pure Power Mouthguard) . . . RIEMSER, Inc. launches AlloSorb allograft . . . Three-year data on BioHorizons dental implants . . . Nobel Biocare introduces new website for dental professionals . . . Zimmer opens new Zimmer Institute in Parsippany, New Jersey more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 29-Apr-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 29, 2010

CNMD, EXAC, OFIX, RTIX, Synthes announce Q1 results . . . Facet Solutions, IMPLANET announce funding rounds . . . Aesculap launches DBM-D . . . Applied Spine Technologies, Facet Solutions release study data . . . Flexuspine cleared to start IDE . . . Federal judge dismisses liability claim against Stryker . . . Cayenne Medical appoints CFO more

FDA Announces Changes to Panel Review Process BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 27, 2010

With the number of PMA applications on the rise, the FDA is adjusting how review panels weigh in on a device. Effective this Saturday, the FDA will implement changes to the panel review process and how panels frame their conclusions,... more

Minnesota Congressman Introduces Legislation to Repeal the Medical Device Tax BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 26, 2010

Erik_Paulsen_small.jpgLast week, Minnesota Congressman Erik Paulsen introduced a bill that would immediately repeal the 2.3% excise tax on the medical device industry levied in healthcare reform legislation. The Defend Medical Innovation Act has 26 co-sponsors, according to a press release on Paulsen's website. The Congressman argues that the tax will "harm job growth, slow innovation and raise costs." more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 22-Apr-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 22, 2010

GENZ, DePuy, NUVA, VITA, SYK, ZMH report 1Q:10 . . . Internal Fixation Systems, Soft Tissue Regeneration announce funding rounds . . . Smith & Nephew wins 510(k) clearance for additional VERILAST claims . . . First commercial use of Interventional Spine's RENEW interspinous process device . . . NUVA files legal dispute against OFIX over Osteocel IP . . . LDR completes follow-up on two-level Mobi-C study more

MicroDental Laboratories Signs Exclusive Agreement to Manufacture the PPM (Pure Power Mouthguard) BY EDITOR, APRIL 21, 2010

ppm_small.jpegMicroDental Laboratories, the largest full-service dental laboratory in Northern California, today announced that it has entered into an exclusive agreement with Makkar Athletics Group to be the sole manufacturer of the PPM (Pure Power Mouthguard). more

NuVasive Initiates "Legal Dispute" Over Stem Cell IP BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 21, 2010

nuvasiveLOGO.jpgYesterday afternoon on their 1Q:10 conference call, NuVasive revealed that they initiated a "legal dispute" against Orthofix over IP related to Osteocel, the stem-cell-based bone graft substitute acquired by NuVasive from Osiris in 2008. more

CMS Proposes 2011 Payment Increases for Ortho BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 20, 2010

CMS%20log%20blue.jpgYesterday CMS released its draft IPPS rule for FY 2011, and pay rates look to be increasing in ortho following relatively flat growth from FY2009 to FY2010. more

Congress Delays CMS Pay Cut - For Now BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 19, 2010

On Thursday Congress voted to delay a scheduled 21% cut to CMS payments until June 1. The pay decreases have technically been in place since April 1, though CMS has not been processing claims, anticipating that Congress would act to block the cuts. more

Alphatec Holdings Announces Pricing of Public Offering of Common Stock BY EDITOR, APRIL 16, 2010

atec%20logo.gifAlphatec Holdings, Inc. announced that is has priced an underwritten public offering of 16,000,000 shares of common stock, consisting of 8,000,000 shares to be sold by the Company and 8,000,000 shares to be sold by a selling shareholder, HealthpointCapital Partners, L.P., at a price to the public of $5.00 per share. more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 15-Apr-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 15, 2010

Biomet kicks off earnings seasons . . . ATEC preannounces . . . Articulinx, biospace med, Osseon close funding rounds . . . ConforMIS G2 Uni receives CE mark clearance . . . EXAC's Novation hip approved for sale in Japan . . . Stryker Interventional Spine launches iVAS for VCFs . . . Cayenne Medical announces clinical results for the AperFix System more

Smoothing Wrinkles with a New Smile BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 13, 2010

model_Monica.jpgWrinkles and other signs of aging may benefit from an unexpected treatment - refreshing a smile. Cosmetic dentists are promoting the potential of veneers and other procedures to brighten up the face and restore the shape of the chin and cheeks, according to an article this morning in the Wall Street Journal. more

Alphatec Holdings Announces Proposed Public Offering of Common Stock BY EDITOR, APRIL 12, 2010

atec%20logo.gifAlphatec Holdings, Inc. announced that it is offering to sell 8,000,000 primary shares of its common stock and a selling shareholder, HealthpointCapital Partners, L.P., is offering 8,000,000 shares of Alphatec common stock in an underwritten public offering. Jefferies & Company, Inc. is acting as lead book-running manager for the offering, with Canaccord Adams Inc. acting as joint book-running manager and Cowen and Company, LLC and Lazard Capital Markets LLC acting as co-managers. more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 8-Apr-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 7, 2010

Earnings RSB Spine announced that 1Q:10 sales increased 25% over 4Q09. M&A Stryker closed its acquisition of assets related to Synergetics' Sonopet/Omni product line, an ultrasonic aspirator that has applications in neurosurgery. Synergetics will receive $2.5 to $3.0 million in... more

New Study Shows Dental Patients Experience Long Term Benefits from BioHorizons Dental Implants BY EDITOR, APRIL 7, 2010

banner_singlestage.gifBioHorizons reported today that a recently published study demonstrates that dentists who use Laser-Lok dental implants to replace missing teeth can give patients years of normal dental function and appearance. "This study is consistent with the results I have had for the last 10 years with Laser-Lok dental implants," said Dr. Cary Shapoff, the lead author of the study. more

JAMA Study Demonstrates Higher Costs and Complications for Older Fusion Patients BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 7, 2010

logo.225x76.gifA study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association this week suggested higher rates of complications and higher costs for Medicare patients who undergo complex spinal fusions (defined as more than two disc levels or combined anterior and posterior approach) compared to decompression procedures. While the study confirmed questions about complications and resource use in elderly patients, it did not consider outcomes measures, such as improvement in function or reduction in pain. more

GeoDigm to Acquire National Dentex BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 5, 2010

national-dentex.gifNational Dentex announced this morning that it has entered into an agreement to be taken private by GDC Holdings, parent company of GeoDigm Corporation. The all-cash transaction is valued at around $99.0 million, or $17.00 per share, which represents a 70% premium on National Dentex's last close of $10.02. more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 1-Apr-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, APRIL 1, 2010

xray_small.jpgATEC closes Scient'x acquisition . . . Anulex and Carticept Medical close funding rounds . . . OrthAlign receives 510(k) clearance for its latest KneeAlign design . . . Eden Spine receive a European patent . . . Medicare cuts loom as Congress departs for Easter recess . . . ArthroCare reports data on their Plasma Disc Decompression products more


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