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Orthopedic and Dental Industry News

November 2010

Dental News Roundup November 2010 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 30, 2010

Sirona reports F4Q:10 . . . Nobel Biocare extends debt facility . . . Align receives FDA warning letter . . . BioMers launches SimpliClear Full orthodontic system in Singapore . . . NYT weighs in on cone-beam scanners . . . Nobel Biocare donates EUR 2.5 million to the P-I Branemark Institute Bauru in Brazil . . . Vident partners with the California Center for Advanced Dental Studies . . . BIOMET 3i launches new website for the Journal of Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry more

FDA Responds to Device Industry Study BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 30, 2010

FDA News reported (subscription required) comments from agency spokesman Dick Thompson in response to a device industry survey published last week. The study, partially funded by the MDMA, concluded that the agency's process is slow, costly and unpredictable compared to the EU's. more

JBJS Publishes 10-Year Data on Metal-on-Metal Hips BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 29, 2010

Adding to the body of literature on hip resurfacing is a new level-four study published in JBJS. The paper emphasized that the best outcomes were associated with appropriate patient and implant selection, with the authors concluding from a case series that metal-on-metal resurfacing does offer long-term device survival in young, active patients. more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 24-Nov-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 24, 2010

MDT reports F2Q:11 . . . Bacterin, Sonoma Orthopedics announce financing rounds . . . curasan AG receives Health Canada approval for Cerasorb M ORTHO . . . Medtronic launches SOVEREIGN Spinal System in Europe . . . Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina releases new lumbar spinal fusion guidelines . . . Stryker supports South Carolina medtech development consortium more

Senate Passes One-Month Doc Fix BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 22, 2010

The looming 23% cut to Medicare reimbursement was delayed by the Senate last week - for one month. more

Study: FDA Process "Unpredictable," "Characterized by Disruptions and Delays" BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 22, 2010

A new medtech survey found that compared to the U.S. regulatory process, European approvals were faster, and EU regulatory authorities received substantially higher ratings in the area of "predictability," "reasonableness" and "transparency." As for "overall experience," 75% of respondents rated their regulatory experience in the EU excellent or very good, compared to 16% for the FDA. more

Medtronic CEO Speaks Out on the Spine Market BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 18, 2010

At the Wall Street Journal CEO Council event this week, Medtronic CEO Bill Hawkins addressed some of the challenges in the spine market. more

Fibroblast Growth Factor Aids Periodontal Tissue Healing BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 18, 2010

A study conducted at the Osaka University Graduate School of Dentistry in Japan identified the topical application of fibroblast growth factor-2 as an efficacious solution for tissue healing in patients with periodontitis. more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 18-Nov-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 18, 2010

MDT closes OSTE acquisition . . . Replication Medical receives grant for GelStix development . . . RepRegen raises $1.6M . . . SI-BONE receives CE mark for iFuse . . . FDA clears Titan Spine's Endoskeleton TO . . . Mazor announces clinical results . . . Amedica/US Spine to distribute BioDlogics stem cell products more

Report: AstraZeneca Looking to Sell Astra Tech BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 16, 2010

Bloomberg, the Wall Street Journal and others are reporting this morning that AstraZeneca has hired JPMorgan Chase to help it sell Astra Tech, a medical device manufacturer based in Sweden. more

Kuros Regains Biomaterials Rights from Baxter BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 15, 2010

Kuros announced that they have regained rights to three biomaterials that were in development with Baxter. The original agreement was signed in 2005 and related to combining Baxter's Tisseel fibrin sealant with Kuros' technology. more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 11-Nov-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 11, 2010

ATEC, ANIK, KH and TSON announce 3Q . . . SYST acquires surgical power tools . . . MAKO closes public offering . . . ConforMIS launches next-generation iDuo G2 . . . SYK's Triathlon knee has lowest three-year revision rate compared to competitive systems, according to U.K. data . . . SYK receives subpoenas related to OtisKnee and PainPump . . . Arthrex to distribute KNSY's Cartilage Repair Device in Europe more

HealthpointCapital Readership Survey + Win an Amazon Gift Certificate BY EDITOR, NOVEMBER 10, 2010

We want to hear from you. We're conducting a short, five-question readership survey to help shape our blog coverage and better report on the news that matters to you. more

X-Rays Celebrate 115th Anniversary BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 8, 2010

November 8th marks the anniversary of an invention that became a cornerstone of orthopedic medical practice, the X-ray. Discovered by Wilhelm Roentgen in 1895, the X-ray was in widespread clinical use by the 1950s and became the gold standard for hard-tissue imaging. more

Synthes Acquires Line of High-Speed Surgical Power Tools BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 8, 2010

Synthes announced the acquisition of the Anspach Effort, a manufacturer of high-speed surgical power tools for use in orthopedic, neuro and ENT procedures. The transaction will enable Synthes to create a dedicated power tools division, which they anticipate will bring in $200 million in annual sales. more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 4-Nov-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 4, 2010

ARTC, DJO, EXAC, MAKO, VITA, OSTE, RITX, SNN, SMA report 3Q . . . Xylos receives grant funding . . . FDA clears ArthroCare's SpeedFix Suture Anchor . . . NeoStem receives Chinese reimbursement for an orthopedic stem cell treatment . . . Salient Surgical announces 500,000th patient treated with Transcollation . . . CA judge throws out CareFusion's anti-trust suit against Medtronic more

UCLA Scientists Receive $5.4M Grant for Stem Cell Research BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 3, 2010

California's state stem cell agency awarded a $5.4 million grant to UCLA orthopedic surgery professors Dr. Bruno Peault and Dr. Chia Soo, who will conduct their research at UCLA's Eli and Edythe Broad Center of Regenerative Medicine and Stem Cell Research. Drs. Peault and Soo will use the funds to form and regenerate bone from adipose-derived stem cells. more

Alphatec Spine Appoints New Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources BY EDITOR, NOVEMBER 2, 2010

Alphatec Holdings, Inc. announced today that Heather Rider, who has over 25 years of executive-level Human Resource experience in the medical device and healthcare industry, has been named the Company's new Senior Vice President, Global Human Resources. more

Stryker Acquires CMF Portfolio from Porex Corporation BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, NOVEMBER 1, 2010

Stryker is adding to its CMF portfolio with its acquisition of privately-held Porex Surgical, which manufactures bioimplantable porous polyethylene products (PPE). Stryker says Porex Surgical, a division of Porex Corporation, will complement their current CMF offering. Terms of deal were... more

Alphatec Spine Announces Debt Refinancing BY EDITOR, NOVEMBER 1, 2010

Alphatec Holdings, Inc. announced today that it has amended and restated its loan agreement with Silicon Valley Bank that provides for a $32 million working capital revolving line of credit. more


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