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Anne Staylor

Former Senior Editor, Medtech Insight. +25 years in various leadership roles in business intelligence, marketing, communications, product management, and consulting for medical device industry, hospitals, physician groups, insurers. Registered nurse and former Director of Marketing for a national ambulatory surgery company.

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COVID Clobbers Spinal Cord Stimulation Market in Q220

By Anne Staylor on 10/16/20 9:39 AM

COVID-19 hit the SCS market hard in Q220 as shutdowns and widespread procedure cancellations led to a dramatic decline in SCS revenues.

COVID-19 clobbered the SCS market in Q220 as shutdowns and widespread procedure cancellations led to a dramatic decline in SCS revenues, with the biggest impact in April across all geographies. For Q220, WW SCS revenues tumbled down -38.1% vs Q219, and US SCS revenue dropped by -37.7% YoY according to SmartTRAK Financial Dashboard.

Among the many topics covered in the comprehensive Q220 SCS Market Recap* are:

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Elevating Stroke Care: An Interview with Imperative Care's Fred Khosravi

By Anne Staylor on 10/5/20 9:30 AM

With plans to become a stroke strategic, Imperative Care Chairman and CEO Fred Khosravi discusses elevating stroke care through technology and streamlined care in an interview with SmartTRAK

With plans to become a stroke strategic and leader in in the market for neurovascular products, Imperative Care Chairman and CEO Fred Khosravi says Imperative Care is a clinically driven company focused on elevating stroke care by bringing innovation to the market that addresses unmet clinical needs, expands patient access, democratizes the delivery of care and improves first pass efficiency.

The Company secured $85MM in Series C financing in December 2019 and has introduced two new products to the marketplace--the Zoom Aspiration System and the TracStar LDP (large distal platform), a new category of intracranial access device that combines the stability of a long sheath with the flexibility of an intermediate catheter. According to Khosravi, TracStar LDP (0.088” inner lumen) is capable of reaching farther into the brain than other access devices (to the base of the middle cerebral artery), a feat that allows interventionalists to track farther and get closer to the treatment site for both ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke procedures.

To find out more about these new products, how Imperative Care is faring amid COVID-19 and the Company’s plans for 2020 and beyond, SmartTRAK recently sat down with Khosravi for a wide-ranging interview conducted via Uberconference. To listen to a recording of the interview, click on the following video (48:15 minutes). Specific interview topics by timecode are also outlined below as is a link to download the complete transcript.

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Cerenovus: Becoming a Key Player in Stroke: An Interview with Mark Dickinson

By Anne Staylor on 9/28/20 9:42 AM

Mark Dickinson, Worldwide President of Cerenovus, discusses the Company’s focus on patients, innovation and physicians and becoming a key player in the market for stroke devices in a recent interview with SmartTRAK.

To find out more about Cerenovus, its latest innovations and the Company’s strategies for growth, click on the following video to listen to the interview recorded via Uberconference. (31:11 minutes)  Specific interview topics by timecode are also outlined below.

To download a complete transcript of the interview, click here.

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Growth Strategies Amid COVID-19: An Interview with Abbott's Keith Boettiger

By Anne Staylor on 9/21/20 9:32 AM

Keith Boettiger, Vice President, Neuromodulation, Abbott discusses COVID-19 and the Company’s strategies for growth in an interview with SmartTRAK

Keith Boettiger, Vice President, Neuromodulation, Abbott discusses how COVID-19 has impacted the Company, its growth strategies, the market for neuromodulation and what’s next in terms of innovation in an interview with SmartTRAK.

To find out more about Abbott and the Company’s latest initiatives, including digital health, remote care and remote programming, click on the following video below to listen to the interview recorded live via Uberconference (35:38 min). Specific interview topics by time code are also outlined below. To download a complete transcript of the interview, click here.

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Stroke Care During an Evolving Pandemic: An Interview with J Mocco, MD

By Anne Staylor on 7/30/20 11:29 AM

J Mocco, MD, MS discusses how an evolving pandemic is affecting stroke care in an interview with SmartTRAK

The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically disrupted health care around the world and is wreaking havoc on medical device markets. In the US, social distancing and other mitigation efforts have helped flatten the curve and many states are now working toward reopening their economies.

The pandemic continues to evolve and its impact on healthcare delivery systems is rapidly changing. Elective surgery has re-started again in many states and hard-hit places like New York City have seen COVID-19 cases peak and start to trend downward. So how are these trends affecting stroke care? Why are strokes up in some regions but down in others? When will neurointerventional procedure volumes return to pre-COVID levels? To find out the answers to these questions and more, SmartTRAK talked with J Mocco, MD, MS, Vice Chair, Department of Neurosurgery and Professor of Neurosurgery at Mount Sinai Health System in New York City.

To listen to the interview recorded via Uberconference on Monday May 11, click on the following video. A transcript of the interview can be downloaded here.

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COVID-19 Slows SCS Market Momentum: Q120 Market Recap

By Anne Staylor on 6/30/20 11:00 AM

The SCS market saw double-digit declines in Q120 as elective procedures fell off a cliff toward the end of the quarter due to COVID-19

After a disappointing slowdown in 2019, the spinal cord stimulation (SCS) market was positioned for growth in Q120 after a successful North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) Annual Meeting in January 2020. With new data and products providing an early tailwind for all SCS competitors, companies reported positive momentum until approximately the third week of March when COVID-19 led to shelter-in-place orders and a sharp decline in elective procedures. This effectively put a halt to the vast majority of SCS trials and implants in the US and also impacted companies with SCS sales in China during January and February ...

Among the many topics covered in the comprehensive Q120 Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) Market Recap* are:

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Q419/FY19 Market Recap: Innovation Amid Weakness in SCS

By Anne Staylor on 4/23/20 9:30 AM

Although the Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) Market was down YoY in Q419 and FY19, new data and devices are on deck for 2020

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A Critical Crossroads for COVID-19: An Interview with Krishnan Chakravarthy

By Anne Staylor on 3/23/20 6:06 PM

Krishnan Chakravarthy, MD, PhD discusses the state of the pandemic and its impact on pain medicine in an interview with SmartTRAK

Krishnan Chakravarthy, MD, PhD discusses the COVID-19 pandemic, current and evolving methods for containing and treating the virus, how it's changing the practice of pain medicine and its impact on industry in an interview with SmartTRAK. Dr. Chakravarthy is Chairman of the COVID-19 Task Force for the American Society of Pain and Neuroscience (ASPN), a virologist, pain management specialist and assistant professor of anesthesiology at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). 

To find out more, including lessons learned from the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, click on the following video to listen to the interview conducted by Anne Staylor, SmartTRAK's Managing Editor and Director of Advanced Technologies, recorded live via Uberconference (47:29 minutes).  Specific interview topics by time code are also outlined below, as is a link to download the transcript.

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Medtronic Ups its Game with Percept DBS and BrainSense Technology

By Anne Staylor on 3/13/20 9:30 AM

Mike Daly, VP and GM of Medtronic’s Brain Modulation, discusses the Company’s new Percept DBS System with BrainSense Technology in an interview with SmartTRAK

Although Medtronic has lost share in deep brain stimulation (DBS) over the last several years, the Company upped its game recently with the EU launch of its new Percept PC Neurostimulator with BrainSense technology, which received CE Mark in January 2020. Percept is a primary cell DBS device that can send and record brain signals while delivering therapy to patients for the treatment of symptoms associated with Parkinson’s disease, essential tremor, primary dystonic, epilepsy and obsessive-compulsive disorder.  Although Percept is currently available in the EU for open-loop sensing, the device is closed-loop capable, and Medtronic plans to conduct additional research in closed-loop DBS in hopes of eventually gaining regulatory approval for an Adaptive DBS system. 

To find out more about Percept DBS, BrainSense technology and what’s next for Medtronic’s Brain Modulation Business, click on the following video to listen to SmartTRAK’s interview with Mike Daly, Vice President and General Manager of the Brain Modulation Business within Medtronic. A transcript of the interview is also provided below.

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Abbott's Proclaim XR: Extended Battery Life in a Recharge-Free SCS

By Anne Staylor on 1/14/20 12:43 AM

Abbott’s Allen Burton, MD, discusses the Company’s new recharge-free Proclaim XR Neurostimulation System in an interview with SmartTRAK

In the market for Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS), companies have been looking at different ways to extend the battery life of an implantable pulse generator (IPG) and minimize the amount of time patients spend recharging a device. One competitor that’s making advances in battery longevity is Abbott Laboratories.

Armed with its own research that showed patients do not like recharging, Abbott launched the recharge-free Proclaim Elite SCS in 2017 with a patient-centric strategy and an eye for capturing share in the US SCS market. Since then, there have been questions about battery life, and whether or not a recharge-free IPG would have to be replaced more frequently than a rechargeable SCS.

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