Conference Calendar

March 14-18 - American Association of Orthopaedic Medicine Annual Meeting 2017

March 14-December 31 - Canaccord Genuity Musculoskeletal Conference

Complete Calendar »

Earnings Calendar

No Upcoming Events Scheduled
Complete Calendar »

Read our research via:
email art

Weekly Email

rss art


app icon


app store icon


Orthopedic and Dental Industry News

December 2011

Dental News Roundup - December 2011 BY MATTHEW JAFFE, DECEMBER 30, 2011

Earnings Biomet pre-announced F2Q:12 last week, reporting that sales increased by 3% to $725.0 million compared to the prior-year period. Dental sales increased by 1% worldwide to $73.6 million and grew 11% in the U.S. Growth rates exclude the effects... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 29-12-11 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 29, 2011

KSpine raises $2.5M . . . ICOR provides international device registry update . . . Synthes sues Stryker . . . DePuy to distribute Anika's MONOVISC in the U.S. more

Congress Passes Doc Fix BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 27, 2011

On Friday, Congress passed a bill that would delay a scheduled 27% cut in CMS reimbursement rates. These cuts have been mounting for years, as Congress has postpone each annual pay reduction with a legislative patch known as the "doc fix." more

Integra LifeSciences Appoints New CEO BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 22, 2011

Integra LifeSciences appointed Peter Arduini President and Chief Executive Officer, promoting him from the role of President and Chief Operating Officer, a post he's held since November of 2010. Current CEO Stuart Essig has been appointed Executive Chairman of the Board. The leadership transition is effective as of January 3, 2012. more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 22-Dec-11 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 22, 2011

Biomet pre-announces . . . Oregon judge throws out SNN suture anchor ruling . . . Exactech initiates cartilage repair study . . . Spine Wave and MB Innovations announce partnership more

Year in Review: M&A Takes Off BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 19, 2011

This has been a banner year for musculoskeletal consolidation, with a number of landmark deals taking place in spine, biologics and dental. Our analysis shows that there were 35 significant transactions announced in the musculoskeletal space this year, which compares to 25 in 2010 and just 15 in 2009. more

Legislation Would Authorize Conditional Clearance for 510(k)s BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 19, 2011

New legislation introduced by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), and Herb Kohl (D-Wis) would add a new layer of authority to the FDA's 510(k) pathway. If the bill is passed by Congress, the FDA would be granted the option of "conditional" 510(k) clearance, whereby the agency can require further post-market evaluation. Conditional approval is commonly associated with PMAs. more

New Feature: Clinical Roundup BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 15, 2011

Today we're launching a new feature: we'll be summarizing some of the latest research and clinical data from the top musculoskeletal journals. more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 15-Dec-11 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 15, 2011

Baxter to acquire Synovis . . . FDA approves DePuy's AOX Antioxidant Polyethylene . . . EXAC launches Gibralt spinal system . . . CMS proposes industry relationships disclosure . . . Spinal Kinetics wins patent suit . . . Amp Orthopedics initiates two new studies . . . Vertiflex completes IDE enrollment . . . K2M names SVP Sales in the Americas more

TranS1 Announces Positive Reimbursement Decision BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 14, 2011

TranS1 announced this morning that Medicare Administrative Contractor Palmetto GBA has reversed a prior non-coverage decision for the company's AxiaLIF and will now reimburse the procedure. Palmetto covers approximately nine million people in California, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Nevada, West Virginia and Hawaii. more

Symmetry Medical to Acquire JNJ's Instrument Business BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 12, 2011

Symmetry Medical announced this morning plans to buy the surgical instrument portfolio and associated assets from J&J's Codman business. Symmetry will pay $165 million in cash for the line, which will report about $60 million in sales this year in a $1 billion worldwide market. more

Straumann Reorganization Addresses Portfolio Complexity and Geographic Reach BY MATTHEW JAFFE, DECEMBER 7, 2011

Straumann announced this week that they are implementing a new structure to organize by sales region (EMEA & Latin America, North America, Asia/Pacific) and by business (Surgical, Prosthetics, Regenerative). These changes will help to address the increasing geographic scope and... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 8-Dec-11 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 7, 2011

Mazor reports earnings . . . HealthpointCapital acquires Blue Belt Technologies . . . DFINE receives regulatory clearance in Canada and Mexico . . . LDR approved to market ROC-C cervical cage, ROI-A ALIF cage in China . . . Ranier receives CE mark for Cadisc-C . . . DePuy launches Expedium Neuromuscular System . . . Exactech extends DPA . . . CA sobpoenas MDT over Infuse . . . IART opens China office . . . JNJ names Michel Orsinger worldwide chairman of its Global Orthopedics Group more

HealthpointCapital Acquires Blue Belt Technologies, Inc. and Appoints Eric B. Timko as President and CEO BY EDITOR, DECEMBER 7, 2011

HealthpointCapital announced today the purchase of Blue Belt Technologies, Inc. Blue Belt is developing the next generation of "smart" surgical instruments for use initially in orthopedic procedures and then for other surgical specialties including neurosurgery and otolaryngology. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

CMS to Pre-Review Ortho, Cardio Procedures in 11 States BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 5, 2011

CMS has announced a new strategy against unnecessary procedures, initiating a demonstration wherein the Medicare payor will review and approve scheduled procedures in 11 states. The chosen states include Florida, California, Texas, New York and Ohio and were selected based on "high populations of fraud- and error-prone providers" or a large number of claims for short hospital stays. Analysts have raised concerns that pre-certifying cases will be burdensome for hospitals and may suppress procedure volumes. more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 1-Dec-11 BY LAUREN UZDIENSKI, DECEMBER 1, 2011

IlluminOss raises $4M . . . Nextremity Solutions gets CE mark . . . ArthroSurface announces HemiCAP milestones . . . ARTC to settle class action securities suit . . . Zimmer to establish R&D center in Beijing more

Complete Archive