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Meet The Expert: Neil Beals - Senior Analyst, Spine & Spine Biologics

By Thomas Wallick on 2/6/23 3:05 PM

We are pleased to announce that Neil Beals has joined the team at SmartTRAK as our new Senior Analyst, Spine and Spine Biologics. Neil has 30+ years’ experience working in leadership roles in R&D, technology management, marketing and market development, with extensive responsibilities in identifying, developing, and commercializing new technologies. His experience includes executive management positions at Smith & Nephew, Medtronic Spine & Biologics, Ellipse Technologies and Nuvasive Specialized Orthopedics along with consulting with innovative medical device start-ups.

Meet Neil Beals:

What is your role with SmartTRAK? I am a Senior Analyst for Spine and Spine Biologics.

What do you like about SmartTRAK? I like the fact that SmartTRAK is the leader in market intelligence for the highly competitive life sciences industry.  I also like that SmartTRAK provides a unique resource for a wide range of stakeholders.  The SmartTRAK team has tremendous industry-related experience and works collaboratively in pursuing opportunities, addressing challenges and responding to its subscribers.

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Current Trends in Sports Medicine

By Andy Knapik on 2/2/23 10:20 AM

Dr. Scott Sigman, founder and chief medical officer of OrthoLazer Orthopedic Laser Centers and host of the Ortho Show podcast, discusses current trends in arthroscopic sports medicine and orthopedic care in an in-depth interview with SmartTRAK.

In an interview with SmartTRAK, Scott Sigman, MD discusses many trends in arthroscopic technologies and soft tissue fixation including advancements in anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) repair with the BEAR Implant, graft selection in ACL reconstruction, the Stryker InSpace Balloon for massive rotator cuff tears, advancements in Latarjet, needle arthroscopy and more. Dr. Sigman is the chief medical officer and founder of OrthoLazer Orthopedic Laser Centers and the host of the Ortho Show podcast. 

To find out more about Dr. Sigman’s insights on sports medicine and arthroscopy, click on the following video to watch Andy Knapik, SmartTRAK's Sr. Analyst, Soft Tissue Fixation and Arthroscopic Enabling Technologies, interview Dr. Sigman (49:55 min). A complete transcript of the interview is available here. For more details, interview topics by timecode are provided below.

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SmartTRAK's Top 10 Blog Posts of 2022

By Thomas Wallick on 2/2/23 9:00 AM

As the COVID-19 epidemic waned and companies got back to business as usual, SmartTRAK continued to keep you informed of everything that transpired in the MedTech industry in 2022. Here are SmartTRAK's Top 10 blog posts of the past year that garnered the most attention from you and your colleagues, plus 4 bonus posts, because at SmartTRAK we always strive to deliver more than what's expected!

As the leading provider of real-time market data and analysis for the orthopedic, wound, regenerative medicine and neuro therapies markets, SmartTRAK is uniquely suited to make you the expert on all the latest developments. Our knowledgeable analysts covered a lot of ground, everything from breaking medical device event coverage to interviews with some of the industry's top thought leaders.

Medtronic: The Future of Neuromodulation in 2022 and Beyond
by Anne Staylor

Dave Anderson, Medtronic’s President Neuromodulation, and Charlie Covert, Vice President and General Manager of Pain Therapies, discuss the Company, the pandemic and the future of neuromodulation in a wide-ranging interview with SmartTRAK.

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Emerging Technologies in Neurointervention

By Anne Staylor on 1/31/23 9:30 AM

SmartTRAK identifies emerging technologies at the most recent SNIS and ESMINT meetings that have the potential to disrupt the market for neurointervention.

In the market for neurovascular devices, companies continue to innovate and are focusing research and development efforts into novel technologies that could lead to improved outcomes and help fuel growth in the market for ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke devices. At two recent neurointerventional meetings, the Society for NeuroInterventional Surgery (SNIS) 19th Annual meeting and the 14th European Society for Minimally Invasive Neurological Therapy (ESMINT) Congress 2022, SmartTRAK identified emerging technologies that could potentially disrupt the neurovascular market over the next two to five years. This includes enabling technologies for neurointerventional procedures, novel approaches to aspiration for the treatment of acute ischemic stroke (AIS) and innovation in intrasaccular flow disruption devices.

Among the many interesting topics covered in this informative article are:

  • Enabling Technologies for Neurointervention
    • Corindus' CorPath GRX System
    • Robotic-assisted Neuroendovascular Navigation
  • Update on Aspiration
    • Cyclical Aspiration
    • Modulated Aspiration
  • Advances in Intrasaccular Flow Disruption Devices
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Personalized Arthroplasty: The Future of Total Joint Surgery?

By Nick Fitzpatrick on 1/26/23 10:22 AM

SmartTRAK interviews Dr. Pascal-André Vendittoli to learn more about the Personalized Arthroplasty Society and this year’s annual meeting.

Dr. Vendittoli explains the difference between mechanical and kinematic alignment, what he looks for in total joint computer-assisted surgery systems and why he thinks personalized arthroplasty is the future of joint surgery. To find out more, listen to the SmartTRAK interview with Dr. Vendittoli in the video below (14:56 min). A link to download the transcript of the complete interview is also provided below.
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The Future of PEKK in Orthopedics: An Interview w/ Oxford Performance Materials' Scott Felice

By Nick Fitzpatrick on 1/23/23 10:18 AM

SmartTRAK interviews Oxford Performance Materials CEO Scott DeFelice to learn more about the company’s PEKK-based materials solutions in orthopedics.

In an interview with   SmartTRAK, Oxford Performance Materials’ (OPM) CEO Scott DeFelice explains the history of his company, the difference between PEKK, PEEK and titanium-based implants and the Company’s future plans in the orthopedic space.

To find out more, including OPM’s plan to expand into the custom trauma market and its planned release of an all-polymer total knee, just click on the following video to listen to the full interview. (29:13 min).  A link to a transcript of the complete interview is also provided below.

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Headwinds Persist: Q322 Arthroscopic Technologies Market Recap

By Andy Knapik on 1/20/23 11:01 AM

Headwinds persist for the Arthroscopic Technologies Market in Q322

With most of the major headwinds caused by COVID-19 in the rear-view mirror, the Arthroscopic Technologies (AT) Market showed growth in the third quarter with WW Arthroscopic Technologies revenues up +4.2% over Q321. The quarter saw a continued rise in procedural volumes globally that resulted in growth for the AT disposables market which trends with case volumes. On the capital side of the AT Market, capital spending and demand remained strong for items such as arthroscopic camera systems with new equipment purchases as well as an increasing need for replacement capital driving demand.

Among the many topics covered in detail in our comprehensive Q322 Arthroscopic Technologies Market Recap* are:

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The Past, Present and Future of 3M Health Care

By Susan Paquette on 1/17/23 9:18 AM

With the recent announcement that 3M is spinning off its Health Care division, SmartTRAK looks back at the evolution of 3M Health Care, its businesses today, the entry into Advanced Wound Care (AWC) and potential new opportunities for the new Health Care business.

3M, a large, diversified company with annual sales of $35.4B in 2021 announced earlier this year plans to spin-off its Health Care business into a new public company. Today, 3M markets thousands of products through four business groups: Safety and Industrial, Transportation and Electronics, Health Care and Consumer. Post-spin-off, 3M will continue as a leading global material science innovator, while the new stand-alone business will seek to become a global diversified healthcare company focused on wound care, healthcare IT, oral care and biopharma filtration.

Download "The Past, Present and Future of 3M Health Care" Article
Among the many topics covered in this fascinating article are:

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A Shifting Procedural Landscape: Q322 Spine Market Recap

By Courtney Sheedy on 1/12/23 9:52 AM

SmartTRAK reports that Q322 Spine Market performance drove a lack of consensus on operational performance metrics, while a shifting procedural landscape offered new product opportunities for small and mid-tier players, driving competitive pressure.

Among the many topics covered in detail in our comprehensive Q322 Spine Market Recap* are:

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Neuromodulation Trends: SmartTRAK at NANS 2023

By Thomas Wallick on 1/10/23 9:00 AM

SmartTRAK takes a look back at Neuromodulation Trends in 2022 and looks forward to reporting on emerging trends at NANS 2023

Anne Staylor, SmartTRAK's Executive Editor VP & GM, Neuro Therapies, will again be attending and reporting on the North American Neuromodulation Society Annual Meeting (NANS), this year being held in Las Vegas, January 12-15th. If you would like to meet with Anne while at NANS, just click here.

Last year, Anne published a prescient article from the NANS 25th Annual Meeting titled "Neuromodulation Trends in 2022 and Beyond" in which she identified key trends from the meeting in Orlando and provided an outlook of what’s on the horizon for neuromodulation. This included trends in research and technology that will help shape the markets for spinal cord stimulation (SCS), deep brain stimulation (DBS) and peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS), advances in closed-loop therapies, improving care through digital solutions and driving growth through expanding indications.

To download and read the complete "Neuromodulation Trends in 2022 and Beyond" article, just click here.  

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