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Orthopedic and Dental Industry News

July 2010

Dental News Roundup July 2010 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JULY 30, 2010

Align, Biomet, Dentsply and Zimmer report dental sales . . . Astra Tech augments Atlantis patient-specific abutment line . . . Biomet 3i and Renishaw to collaborate on digital solutions . . . BIOLASE announces cost-cutting initiatives and organizational changes . . . DTI appoints Russell Olsen as Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Service . . . Straumann's CFO steps down more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 29-Jul-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JULY 29, 2010

CNMD, IART, NUVA, OFIX, Synthes report 2Q:10 sales . . . Axiomed raises $14.5M . . . China Kanghui Holdings to go public . . . FDA panel votes in favor of Medtronic's Amplify . . . FDA approves Orthovita's new collagen processing facility . . . curasan seeking distribution partners for ATR . . . TranS1 launches next-gen AxiaLIF 2L+ system . . . Ortho Kinematics enrolling study more

FDA Panel Recommends Medtronic's Amplify BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JULY 28, 2010

An FDA panel voted 6-5 yesterday in favor of approving Medtronic's Amplify, a BMP-2 with a different formulation and carrier than InFuse. Heading into the meeting, concerns circulated over a higher incidence of cancer in patients treated with Amplify, though the panel ultimately voted 9-4 in support of safety (with 1 abstention) and 10-3 (with 1 abstention) on efficacy. more

Sen. Franken, AdvaMed Lobby Congress for Pediatric Device Incentives BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JULY 27, 2010

Sen. Al Franken and AdvaMed faced Congress last week, urging legislators to increase financial incentives for devicemakers addressing pediatric patient populations. more

Ortho Gets a TED Talk BY JOHN MCCORMICK, JULY 26, 2010

Watching TED talks on iTunes - or an iPad for that matter - is the futurist's equivalent of a basketball fan's immersion into March Madness. TED, which stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design is a non-profit organization devoted to spreading forward-thinking... more

Zimmer Expanding China Presence BY JOHN MCCORMICK, JULY 22, 2010

Zimmer's data rich earnings announcement this mornining contained an interesting nugget about their China plans. Zimmer announced that they have completed a definitive agreement to acquire Beijing Montagne Medical Device Co., Ltd. a 360-employee company that develops large joint implants... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 22-Jul-10 BY SANDER DUNCAN, JULY 22, 2010

Earnings Genzyme posted 2Q:10 revenues of $1.1 billion. Revenues dropped 12% over the prior year period and missed analysts’ expectations by $0.1 billion. The company eked out a profit of $23,000, down from $187.6 million over the year-ago period. Excluding... more

Prototype Device Detects Osteoarthritis by Sound BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JULY 22, 2010

The BBC reported this week on a non-invasive device that can detect early-stage osteoarthritis using sound. Researchers at the universities of Lancaster and Central Lancashire have developed acoustic techniques that can detect changes in the normal patterns of sounds in the knee, which the developers say can predict the onset of osteoarthritis. more

Are GPOs Driving Up Healthcare Costs? BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JULY 21, 2010

The controversy over GPOs has been somewhat quiet over the past few years, but now the purchasing organizations are back in the news as a Washington Monthly story takes on the groups' power to limit market access for small companies and stifle innovation. more

ArgoSpine: The Evolution of Imaging Capacities in the Management of Scoliosis BY EDITOR, JULY 20, 2010

As part of our partnership with ArgoSpine, we're republishing select content from the ArgoSpine News and Journal for our audience. The article below, written by Jean Dubousset of the Academie Nationale de Medecine in Paris, France, was first published in... more

Russell Olsen Named Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Service at DTI BY EDITOR, JULY 16, 2010

Dental Technologies, Inc. (DTI), a network of high-quality, full-service dental laboratories located throughout North America, today announced the appointment of Russell I. Olsen to the position of Senior Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Service. Mr. Olsen has over 25... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 15-Jul-10 BY SANDER DUNCAN, JULY 15, 2010

Earnings Medicrea reported record sales figures in the first half of 2010, including realizing sales of 4.5 million Euros in 2Q:10 and a 36% increase over 2Q:09. Medicrea cites its three subsidiaries -- Medicrea USA, Medicrea Europe Francophone, and Medicrea... more

JBJS Publishes Review on Metal-on-Metal Total Hip Arthroplasty Trials BY SANDER DUNCAN, JULY 15, 2010

Clinical trials involving metal-on-metal hip replacements have been inadequate to date, according to a review of the literature recently published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. Looking primarily at research published before 2005, the review sought to provide... more

Medical Device Reprocessing Gaining Traction in Hospitals Nationwide BY SANDER DUNCAN, JULY 13, 2010

The emerging trend of medical device reprocessing continues to be a subject of live debate among doctors, legislators, and government and hospital administrators. The New York Times recently observed that in an effort to adopt environmentally-friendly practices while simultaneously reducing... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 8-Jul-10 BY SANDER DUNCAN, JULY 8, 2010

M&A Private equity firm Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe ("Welsh Carson") has entered into an agreement with K2M to purchase the spinal company's outstanding shares and become its majority shareholder. K2M will continue to be run by existing management, which... more

Relief for Low Back Pain Continues to be Elusive in Glucosamine Study BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JULY 7, 2010

A new study on glucosamine shows that the supplement has no effect on low back pain with degenerative lumbar osteoarthritis. more

California Congressman Introduces New Challenge for Device Tax BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JULY 6, 2010

Citing the damaging impact the device tax may have on jobs, Congressman Brian Bilbray (R-CA) introduced the Medical Device Tax Repeal Bill, or H.R. 5615. more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 1-Jul-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, JULY 1, 2010

Biomet and RSB Spine announce revenues . . . Bacterin announces reverse merger, private placement . . . FDA begins review of BioMimetic's Augment . . . Cerapedics receives CE mark for iFactor bone graft . . . DFine signs distribution agreements for Italy and Morocco . . . Michael DeMane declines CEO, Chairman role at Lanx more


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