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Orthopedic and Dental Industry News

December 2010

Dental News Roundup December 2010 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 23, 2010

FDA to review amalgam fillings . . . Biomet 3i debuts new booths . . . Dentsply partners with South Korean company DIO . . . Materialise partners with Zimmer on digital product suite . . . Nobel Biocare announces management changes more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 23-Dec-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 23, 2010

Zimmer buys SoPlus surgical tools . . . SBi raises $15M . . . BMTI to receive Canadian patent . . . Korean court upholds Medtronic patent in kyphoplasty dispute . . . Biomet Biologics completes enrollment in Recover Kit PRP study more

Zimmer Closes China Acquisition BY JOHN MCCORMICK, DECEMBER 21, 2010

This morning Zimmer announced that it has finalized its acquisition of China-based Beijing Montagne, a mainland company that develops large joint implants and instruments. more

Medtronic Chairman and CEO Bill Hawkins to Retire BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 20, 2010

Medtronic announced this morning that Chairman and CEO Bill Hawkins would retire on April 29, 2011, the end of the company's fiscal year. No successor has been named, and the company said Mr. Hawkins would stay with Medtronic through the transition period. An external search has been initiated. more

Orthofix, NuVasive Settle Patent Suit BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 16, 2010

Orthofix announced yesterday that a lawsuit brought by NuVasive over IP relating to Orthofix's Trinity Evolution has been settled for an undisclosed amount. more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 16-Dec-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 16, 2010

Theken Spine wins Ohio grant . . . Ellipse Technologies receives CE mark for the PRECICE limb lengthening device . . . Memometal Technologies launches MemoDerm Acellular Dermal Matrix and Smart Toe II Hammertoe Fixation System . . . Zimmer receives reimbursement premium from Japan for the Trabecular Metal Modular Cup . . . Stryker files patent infringement suit against Zimmer . . . Lanx appoints CEO more

Devicemakers Turn to iPads to Boost Sales Pitches, Save Time BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 15, 2010

Medtronic, Zimmer and Stryker are just a few of the medical device companies equipping their sales representatives with iPads. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, the tablets put product information at a representative's fingertips and may also drive sales and increase efficiency. more

Federal Judge Rules Healthcare Reform Provision Unconstitutional BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 13, 2010

One of the most contentious provisions in President Obama's healthcare reform package - the individual mandate, which requires all Americans to purchase health insurance - has been declared unconstitutional by a federal judge in Virginia. more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 9-Dec-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 9, 2010

SBi sells shoulder assets . . . Ortho Kinematics raises $2M . . . FDA clears VITA's Vitoss Bioactive Foam-2X . . . Life Spine announces first cases with the OCTAVE Posterior Fusion System . . . WMGI initiates limited rollout of the PRO-TOE VO Hammertoe Fixation System . . . BMTI begins enrollment on Augment Rotator Cuff pilot study . . . Audax Medical licenses biomaterial from Brown University . . . NeoStem entity to bring orthopedic stem cell treatments to Shijiazhuang, China . . . EXAC resolves DOJ investigation more

Cephalon Forms Strategic Alliance with Mesoblast BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 9, 2010

Cephalon has entered into a strategic alliance with Mesoblast, paying $130 million up front and up to an additional $1.7 billion in milestone payments related to stem cell applications for degenerative conditions of the cardiovascular and central nervous systems. more

Senate Reaches "Tentative" Deal for One-Year Doc Fix BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 7, 2010

Politico reports that Senate leaders have reached a "tentative" agreement for a one-year patch on the 23% cuts to Medicare reimbursement that are scheduled to go into effect on January 1. The deal would require a change to the healthcare reform plan's tax subsidy program, which will be implemented after 2014. more

Stryker to Divest OP-1 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 7, 2010

Stryker announced yesterday that they would sell their OP-1 family of products to Olympus for $60 million. These products include the OP-1 Implant, OP-1 Putty, Opgenra and Osigraft, all of which are intended for use in orthopedic applications and are thought to generate annual sales of around $94 million. more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 2-Dec-10 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 2, 2010

Synovis reports F4Q:10 . . . MiMedx receives $0.2 million in grant funding . . . Ortho Kinematics raises $1.0 million . . . Medtronic's CD HORIZON pedicle screw system cleared for adolescent idiopathic scoliosis . . . Smith & Nephew receives expanded CE mark clearance for DUROLANE . . . DePuy Spine launches the MOUNTAINEER Laminoplasty System . . . Spine publishes SCOLISCORE AIS data . . . Australian large joint registry data shows 98% success rate for ceramicized metal technology more


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