MedPlast completes Advanced Surgical and Orthopedics acquisition, rebrands as Viant

MedPlast announced that it has finished the acquisition of Integer Holding’s Advanced Surgical and Orthopedics business. The company plans to rebrand as Viant to showcase the new strategic direction. “Today marks an exciting day for our company. The addition of Integer’s business expands our capabilities and offerings and enables us to achieve our goal of

This surgical technique may improve sensation and control of prosthetic limbs

Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Extreme Bionics have developed a neural interface and communication paradigm that sends movement commands from the central nervous system to a robotic prosthesis. Humans are able to naturally sense where their limbs are, how fast they’re moving and the torque, all without looking. Being able to sense

Johnson & Johnson launches new self-shortening Dynacord suture

Johnson & Johnson through its DePuy Synthes franchise has announced the U.S. launch of its Dynacord suture for soft tissue repair in areas such as the rotator cuff in the shoulder. The Dynacord suture, available on Healix Advance anchors, is part of the DePuy Synthes Mitek Sports Medicine portfolio. J&J launched Dynacord today at the San

CoreLink buys Expanding Orthopedics and its expanding spinal fusion systems

Spinal implant systems maker CoreLink (St. Louis) said today that it has acquired the privately held Israeli medical device company Expanding Orthopedics and its FDA-cleared expanding and articulating FLXfit and FLXfit 15 titanium transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion systems. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. Besides acquiring the FLXfit and FLXfit 15, the Expanding Orthopedics

Minor orthopedic implant market to be worth $2.2 billion by 2021, analysts say

The minor orthopedic replacement implant market will grow from $1.5 billion in 2017 to $2.2 billion in 2021, according to analysts from The Business Research Co.. The company’s  Minor Orthopedic Replacement Implants report said the industry will experience an annual growth rate of over 7%,  driven by a higher rate of arthritis and fractures. Osteoarthritis

MD&M West: Here’s what you may have missed

MD&M West is one of the largest medical device manufacturing events in the world, so it’s easy to lose your way on the show floor. Even if you were in Anaheim, Calif., for the February 2018 event, you may have missed a lot. From Omron to Micromo to MedPlast to Apex Motion Control, WTWH Media

K2M leads the pack with 3D printing for spine, analysts say

K2M (Nasdaq: KTWO) continues to lead the 3D printed spine device market with its new 3D printed Mojave expandable cage and its Cascadia family of 3D printed implants, according to a new equity research report out of Barclays. Leesburg, Va.–based K2M presently has a 3D printed portfolio with 10 approved products making up about 12%

13 orthopedic products from AAOS 2018 you need to know

The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons’s annual meeting is an opportunity for industry professional to come together and showcase some of their latest orthopedic solutions, research and technology. The meeting is being held in New Orleans at the Morial Convention Center, March 6-10. This year, a number of orthopedic companies have launched some of their latest

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FX Solutions opens U.S. subsidiary FX Shoulder

FX Solutions (Viriat, France) recently opened its new U.S. subsidiary FX Shoulder in Dallas. The establishment will help FX Solutions expand its shoulder implant footprint into U.S. markets. As of Jan. 1, FX Shoulder is the exclusive distributor of products from FX Solutions. It products have been FDA approved since 2016, starting with the Humelock II

Robotic spine surgery is getting a real-time image guide boost

For the first time, surgeons at Johns Hopkins Hospital were able to harness real-time image guidance during a robotic spine surgery procedure to insert screws into a patient’s spine. The process offers a marked improvement over the accuracy of placement compared with other image-guided procedures. Dr. Nicholas Theodore – professor of neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins University

Zimmer Biomet wins FDA nod for Sidus stem-free shoulder system

Zimmer Biomet (NYSE:ZBH) said today it won FDA clearance for its Sidus stem-free shoulder system. The newly cleared Sidus system is designed as a total shoulder arthroplasty solution for patients with good bone stock with either osteoarthritis, post-traumatic arthrosis, focal avascular necrosis of the humeral head or those who’ve had previous surgeries of the shoulder that […]

How Smith & Nephew’s InVentures program is promoting innovation

For nearly a decade, Smith & Nephew’s InVentures program has worked with surgeons who have innovative ideas but aren’t starting their own companies. The program provides a third innovation route on top of the major two for big medical device companies: internal R&D and acquisition of smaller companies with new technologies. “A company the size of Smith

Medicare finalizes cuts to value-based healthcare programs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday finalized cuts to a trio of bundled payment pilot programs aimed at lowering healthcare costs and improving outcomes. The federal health insurer cut the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model, or CJR, effectively in half, from 67 geographic areas participating to 34, meaning about 470 hospital participants instead of 800. […]

DSM Biomedical and Cerapedics partner for peptide enhanced bone graft

DSM Biomedical has partnered with Cerapedics to create and manufacture the next generation of peptide-enhanced bone graft. The partnerships allows for DSM’s regenerative materials capabilities to be used with Cerapedics’s proprietary synthetic small peptide (P-15) technology. Designed for fast and predictable remodeling in bone graft substitute applications, DSM’s newest bioceramic platform is make of a

What are orthopedic coatings?

Here are some important facts medical device designers need to know about orthopedic coatings, courtesy of Orchid. An orthopedic coating is used on implants to help improve the functionality of an implant. Usually, the coatings can help define the geometry and the mechanical strength of an implant, according to Orchid (Holt, Mich.). Coatings can be applied to