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August 2013

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 28-Aug-13 BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, AUGUST 28, 2013

Aurora Spine files final prospectus...LDR files preliminary prospectus...FDA reviewing 3-D printing technology...FDA launches Health of Women Program...India enacts amendment regulating med devices...Russia to participate in program to unify global med device audits...Tissue Regeneration Systems, Zimmer receive 510(k) approvals...Interventional Spine receives patent...Study published on financial benefits of knee arthroplasty...InVivo Therapeutics announces resignation and appointments more

New Study Quantifies Societal Benefits of Knee Arthroplasty BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, AUGUST 28, 2013

As stated by Dr. John Tongue, former President of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), when a knee arthroplasty (replacement) is performed on patients at the appropriate time, it adds "tremendous" value in improving one's quality of life, allowing... more

Gender: An Important Parameter for Personalized Medicine BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, AUGUST 26, 2013

The FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) has launched its Health of Women Program, an initiative focused on improving women’s access to, and outcomes from, treatments incorporating medical devices. The initiaitive highlights that: 1) Women are less frequently... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 23-Aug-13 BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, AUGUST 23, 2013

Medtronic, TiGenix report financial results...Chinese govt. launches survey...Malaysia issues guidance on good distribution practices...Russia extends replacement registration certificates deadline...CoAlign Innovations receives clearance...Wright Medical to appeal FDA's decision to no approve Augment...AlloSource launches new allograft...Synergy Biomedical receives patent...Moximed completes study enrollment...NuVasive relocates U.K. office more

3-D Bioprinting as a Means of Developing Soft Tissue Structures BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, AUGUST 23, 2013

There has been a rise in the levels of interest revolving around the potential of 3-D printers to develop living tissue structures. Such technology could transform the world of medicine as we know it, eventually making it possible to construct... more

Sun, Sea and Surgery? BY FEDERICO CIARDI, AUGUST 22, 2013

The industry of medical tourism is growing quickly all around the world in response to the ever-climbing price of US healthcare bills. Outraged patients have been warming to the idea of overseas provision of surgery and treatment over the past... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 15-Aug-13 BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, AUGUST 15, 2013

aap Implantate reports financial results...MinInvasive Orthopedic, SightLine Partners, Vexim raise capital...TransEnterix and SafeStitch to merge...FDA transfers review responsibilities of certain live-cell wound care therapies from CBER to CDRH...TGA issues safety alert on B. Braun and LMT Surgical products...LDR, Ortho Kinematics receive FDA clearance...RTI, Vertebral Technologies announce product milestones...KFx enters agreement with Smith & Nephew...Precision Spine, Stryker enter agreements...Russia added to IMDRF...New Zealand annouces report on med device export earnings more

Chinese Research Team Conducting Study on 3D Printed Spinal Implants BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, AUGUST 15, 2013

At the Peking University Third Hospital in Beijing, Dr. Liu Zhongjun, Chairman of the Department of Orthopedic surgery and the Research Center of Spinal Surgery, Peking University, is leading a team of researchers in the process of conducting human clinical... more

FDA to Conduct Study on Metal-on-Metal Hip Implant Corrosion BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, AUGUST 13, 2013

In order to close a loophole in the Medical Device Amendments of 1976, the federal law under which medical devices were first regulated, the FDA issued a proposed order in January that required metal-on-metal (MoM) hip arthroplasty implant manufacturers to... more

Dental News Roundup BY MATTHEW JAFFE, AUGUST 12, 2013

Earnings from Align Technologies and Zimmer Holdings... ZEST Anchors acquired by Avista Capital Partners... Henry Schein divestiture... Researchers grow tooth-like structure from stem cells... Align appointments of chief financial officer, chief marketing officer and board of directors member. more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 9-Aug-13 BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, AUGUST 9, 2013

Alphatec Spine, ArthroCare, Bacterin, Baxano, Mazor Robotics, RTI, Tornier, Wright Medical report financial results...Medtech excise tax progress...Colombia updates list of what qualifies as medical devices...Malaysian Medical Device Bureau appoints BSI...Dallen, Stryker receive 510(k) clearance...SpineNet receives warning letter...Wright receives Not Approvable ruling on Augment...Mizuho, Stryker launch products...Ceterix receives patents...Zimmer to pay Stryker for infringement...Anulex announces study...Audit Committee determine historical Orthofix financials are unreliable...Wright applies for tax abatements...Rotation Medical appoints CEO more

Wright Medical Receives Not Approvable Decision from the FDA for its Augment Bone Graft Product BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, AUGUST 9, 2013

Wright Medical announced that it received a not approvable letter from the FDA in response to its Pre-Market Approval (PMA) application for its Augment Bone Graft, intended for use as an alternative to autograft in hindfoot and ankle fusion procedures.... more

Further Development on Medtech Tax Repeal BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, AUGUST 6, 2013

The Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2013, co-sponsored by House Representatives Erik Paulsen (R-MN) and Ron Kind (D-WI), has accumulated 259 signatures in the 435-seat U.S. House of Representatives, according to the Library of Congress' THOMAS database. The Bi-partisan bill,... more

Musculoskeletal News Roundup 2-Aug-13 BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, AUGUST 2, 2013

Anika, DJO, Greatbatch, Integra, MAKO, NuVasive, Seikagaku, Smith & Nephew, Symmetry Medical report results...ConforMIS closes round...Eden Spine, Episurf Medical, Integra receive approval...DJO announces first implantation of TaperFill...Sintea Plustek launches product...JRI Orthopaedics receives grant...KARL STORZ announce procedure performed...Lanx announces new research...Artimplant applies for bankruptcy...Gizmo Medical opens facility...Emergent and DiFusion enter partnership more

Bioactive Glass Scaffolds Demonstrate Potential as Weight-bearing Implants BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, AUGUST 1, 2013

Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology have developed a type of glass implant that could one day be used to repair injured bones in the arms, legs and other areas of the body that are most subject to... more

Positive Outlook Predicted for European Medtech Industry BY ANDREW VAHRADIAN, AUGUST 1, 2013

Through various market reports, researchers and industry professionals are predicting an overall positive outlook for the medtech industry in the European Union. The European Medtech Market is estimated at a size of €100 billion ($133 billion) and is growing approximately... more


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