How Consensus Orthopedics added smarts to orthopedic devices

Consensus Orthopedics made headlines with its TracPatch this year. So how did an ortho company get a digital product to market? Let’s face it, orthopedic devices are dumb. That is to say, they are mute. Silent. And in today’s healthcare environment, the silent kind of dumb is dangerous. Consensus Orthopedics (El Dorado Hills, Calif.) wanted to

This 3D printed implant replaces skull bone

A New Jersey doctor turned to Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Synthes and a 3D printed implant to replace missing skull bone in a patient. The procedure was performed after the patient suffered brain swelling and the skull became infected. Dr. Gaurav Gupta, assistant professor of neurosurgery at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, had to

CTL Medical wins FDA clearance for titanium cage device

CTL Medical Corp. (Dallas) recently announced that it has secured FDA clearance for its new Matisse titanium ACIF cage implant for spine fusion surgery. The device, which includes CTL Medical’s proprietary TiCro surface technology, has 200% greater endplate contact surface area, according to CTL. The Matisse also has bone-conforming geometry for better mechanical locking at the

Orchid Design hires new engineering director

Surgical device designer Orchid Design has a new engineering director for its Shelton, Conn., design center. Brandon Beckendorf will oversee the development of orthopedic and spine products for Orchid’s customers, Orchid announced July 25. Beckendorf was most recently director of engineering at OsteoMed, where he introduced lean product development, DFx, concurrent engineering and other processes

CTL Medical inks marketing deal with G-21 in Italy

CTL Medical Corp. recently announced a partnership with G-21 in Italy to market its bone cement, kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty technologies in the United States. The deal represents a new addition to CTL’s existing spine and orthopedics portfolio. “With the G-21 partnership, CTL Medical continues to fulfill its mission of becoming a fully integrated medical device design, development

Who could replace Zimmer Biomet’s CEO?

Zimmer Biomet surprised this week with the announcement that CEO David Dvorak is immediately stepping down. So who will replace him? For now, the orthopedic device giant’s SVP and CFO Dan Florin will serve as interim CEO while the company’s board searches for a new permanent CEO. It is unclear whether Florin – who was VP and

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North American artificial disc replacement market to reach $614.5 million

The North American artificial disc replacement (ADR) market – which covers Canada, Mexico and the U.S. – is set to more than double from $274.6 million in 2016 to around $614.5 million by 2023, representing a compound annual growth rate of 12.2%, according to research and consulting firm GlobalData. The company’s latest report states that key

Engineered tissue could eliminate radiation for bone marrow transplants

University of California San Diego engineers have created artificial bone tissue that could eliminate the need for radiation before bone marrow transplants. Shyni Varghese, a bioengineering professor at UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, led a team to develop a bone-like implant to eliminate the pre-treatment radiation that kills stem cells in a patient’s bone

Micron Solutions boosts revenues, narrows losses in Q1

Precision medical device components maker Micron Solutions reported improvements with its finances during the first three months of 2017–even as it faced challenges related to validation requirements. “We have made several improvements in quality systems, capacity and our ability to meet customer requirements. We believe we have laid a solid foundation for further improvement and

Stratasys advancing foot orthotics with large-scale 3D printing

Stratasys Direct Manufacturing is collaborating with medical equipment supplier and Podfo orthotics creator Peacocks Medical Group to increase large scale production of 3D printed custom orthotics. Other foot orthotics manufacturing has long lead times and is not cost-effective when producing advanced design elements. Peacocks Medical Group’s Podfo line is designed using additive manufacturing and avoids

Meet the computer-automated drill that cuts surgery time down to minutes

What do machining auto parts and speeding up cranial surgery have in common? Think a computer-driven drill that can produce fast, safe, clean cuts in complex surgical procedures. Such computer-automated drills, which have long been used in automotive technology, have the potential to speed surgeries by 50% or more. Researchers from the University of Utah

MicroPort Orthopedics launches new tibial system

MicroPort Orthopedics – a medical device company that develops and manufactures joint replacement implants designed to help patients achieve full function faster – announced the launch of the Evolution revision tibial system and Evolution BioFoam tibia. “MicroPort Orthopedics continues to grow its product portfolio with a steady cadence of product launches,” said Aurelio Sahagun, president of MicroPort

The 10 hottest medtech startups of 2017

Medtech startups face more challenges than they have in the past, but several companies are developing products that take advantage of new technology and are specifically designed to meet healthcare’s evolving needs.    The number of medtech startups has declined. Thirty years ago, the medtech field averaged 1,500 startups; it slid to about 600 by

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3D printed models shed light on treating heel deformities

Using 3D printed models of a patient’s foot, investigators at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles have found that the 3 leading procedures for treating heel deformities do not adequately correct the debilitating problem. Investigators used 18 identical 3D prints of a single patient’s heel to evaluate the most common techniques for treating Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT), a genetic

Turns out people can hear prostheses attached to their skeletons

Attach prostheses directly to people’s skeletons, and they can actually hear vibrations in their implants, according to Swedish and Italian researchers. The discovery provides a better understanding of osseoperception – the way that people with osseointegrated prostheses can “feel” mechanical stimulation of the device. “Until now, the consensus was that the sense of touch played the primary role in