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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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SNIS 2023: New Frontiers in Stroke Care: An Interview with J Mocco, MD

By Anne Staylor on 9/19/23 9:45 AM

SNIS President J Mocco, MD, discusses emerging technologies and new frontiers in neurointervention in an interview with SmartTRAK.

J Mocco, MD, President of the Society of Neurointerventional Surgery (SNIS), discusses the latest research and innovation in stroke care in an interview with SmartTRAK at the 20thAnnual Meeting of the SNIS recently held in San Diego, CA. To find out more regarding important research, emerging technologies and new frontiers in stroke care, listen to the following video. (27:12 min). A complete transcript of the interview can be downloaded below.

SmartTRAK: Hi, this is Anne Staylor with SmartTRAK. Today I'm covering the Society of Neurointerventional Surgery annual meeting here in San Diego, and I have the pleasure of speaking to J Mocco, MD, president of the SNIS. Dr. Mocco, thank you for talking with me today.

J Mocco, MD: Thank you very much for having me.

Well, this year I felt a lot of energy and vibrancy at the meeting, particularly when I walked into the exhibit hall, which is nice after some of the years we've had with COVID. One of the things I wanted to ask you is what are some of the exciting research studies at SNIS this year? Maybe you could just highlight some of the key research that is presented here at the meeting.

Absolutely. I have to say this year was truly spectacular. The depth and breadth of new and exciting research and reports on technology and studies. This year we saw presentations on completely new technologies to treat brain aneurysms, multiple leap forwards in technologies to better remove clots from brains and cure people with stroke. Had very robust discussions on systems of care and how best to evaluate stroke patients. Is the current standard adequate? Should we have different methods of evaluating patient success? They're just examples of the really amazing things that are happening in this space in general, and particularly ...

To download the complete transcript of the interview with J Mocco, MD, President of SNIS, conducted by Anne Staylor, SmartTRAK Executive Editor, VP & GM of Neuro Therapies, just click the button below.Download the Transcript

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What's New in the Neurovascular Market

By Anne Staylor on 8/1/23 9:53 AM

SmartTRAK constantly monitors the worldwide MedTech industry, sifting through the noise to present to our subscribers the most relevant international news, trends, new products, patents, financial data and competitor developments in the global Life Sciences industry. Contact Us if you'd like to learn how to receive these expert insights daily. Our users think it's the perfect way to start their day.

The following is just a small sampling of recent Neurovascular market updates from around the world compiled, reviewed and posted daily by our SmartTRAK analysts.

New Products:

  • ZOOM* - Imperative Care* 

    Imperative Care announced the completion of first cases using the recently FDA-cleared Zoom 88 Support catheter. One of the cases was an AIS patient with a tandem occlusion treated at Erlanger Health System in Chattanooga, TN. SmartTRAK reported FDA clearance of the device on Jun 15.

  •  MicroPort NeuroTech announced in May 2023 that it has completed the first clinical implantation of its NUMEN Detachable Embolization Coil for neurovascular aneurysm treatment in both the UK and Ireland.

  • EOSolutions Launches Dr. Banner BGC

     EOSolutions announced the full commercial launch of its Dr. Banner, Balloon Guide Catheter (BGC), developed in collaboration with InNeuroCo. According to the Company, the BGC features a 0.091 ID, proximal stability, distal trackability and a compliant polyurethane balloon.


  • phenox*

    phenox GmbH’s US Patent Application “Insertion System For Implants For Treatment Of Bifurcation Aneurysms” was published disclosing a Y-shaped tubular implant and Y-shaped insertion catheter for bifurcation aneurysm treatment. 20230233347

  • Aspiration Catheter with an Adjustable Tip

    The Univ of Toledo’s US Patent Application “Aspiration Catheter With An Adjustable Tip For The Intracranial Circulation” was published disclosing a neurovascular aspiration catheter with an adjustable tip controlled by pull wires. 20230233221

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Fingers Crossed for a Market Recovery: Q123 Neuromodulation Market Recap

By Anne Staylor on 7/28/23 9:23 AM

Neuromodulation companies are keeping their fingers crossed that the positive growth in Q123 is a sign that market recovery is well underway.  

With three of the four top neuromodulation companies reporting high-single-digit (HSD) growth in Q123, manufacturers are keeping their fingers crossed that market recovery is well underway. The impact of COVID has lessened significantly and several manufacturers reported that near-term improvement in healthcare staffing levels and post-COVID demand helped drive strong underlying procedure volumes in Q123. Competitors are also seeing gains on new and differentiated product offerings and expanded indications.

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The Future of Interventional Pain Management and Peripheral Nerve Stimulation

By Anne Staylor on 7/17/23 3:13 PM

SmartTRAK’s survey of interventional pain physicians reveals valuable insights into current and future trends in interventional pain management and peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS)

SmartTRAK recently conducted a survey of 30 interventional pain physicians, including 18 doctors who perform PNS, to gain insight into the current state of interventional pain management and identify future trends in the field. This includes physician use of SCS, DRG Stimulation, short- and long-term PNS, RFA, TDD, Regenerative Medicine injections and MIS spine procedures, with an emphasis on PNS companies and technologies.

This comprehensive study sheds light on procedure trends, preferred treatment approaches, physicians' perspectives on PNS and more!

Key questions include:

  • What interventional pain procedures are expected to grow the most in the next 12-24 months?
  • What minimally invasive spine procedures do physicians think will increase the most in the next few years?
  • What are expected procedure volumes for Regenerative Medicine injections?
  • What are the most preferred treatment approaches for different chronic pain conditions?
  • What are physicians' impressions of the different PNS technologies/brands?
  • What are the top targets for PNS and what's driving and limiting physician adoption of PNS?
  • What technology improvements do physicians want to see in PNS devices?

Click the button below if you are interested in purchasing SmartTRAK’s Interventional Pain Management and Peripheral Nerve Stimulation Survey. Be The Expert with the latest insights and trends in the field and equip yourself with valuable knowledge. Click Now! Get the Survey

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What's New and What's Next at Abbott Neuromodulation

By Anne Staylor on 4/18/23 9:30 AM

Rebecca Wilkins, DVP R&D Neuromodulation for Abbott, discusses the Eterna SCS, strategies for penetrating the market for PDN, the latest initiatives for DBS and DRG and what’s next for the Company in an interview with SmartTRAK.

Rebecca Wilkins, Divisional Vice President, Research and Development, Neuromodulation at Abbott, discusses Eterna, the Company’s newest rechargeable spinal cord stimulator, strategies for penetrating the market for painful diabetic neuropathy (PDN), the latest initiatives in deep brain stimulation and what’s next in terms of research and innovation an interview with SmartTRAK. 

To find out more, listen to the interview by clicking on the following video (19:41 min). A link to download a complete transcript of the interview is also provided below...just click Continue Reading.

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Navigating Choppy Waters: Q422 Neuromodulation Market Recap

By Anne Staylor on 3/20/23 10:06 AM

While the macro environment is improving, some neuromodulation companies and segments navigated choppy waters in Q422

While the macro environment continued to improve in Q422, the waters remain choppy for some neuromodulation companies and segments.  Competitors are making gains on new and differentiated product offerings, strengthening demand and expanding indications. These gains are offset by the residual effects of the pandemic, reimbursement challenges, stubborn inflationary pressures and currency exchange headwinds." For FY22, the spinal cord stimulation (SCS) segment showed signs of recovery by year-end while deep brain stimulation (DBS) slowed on replacement headwinds for some companies.
Among the many topics covered in detail in our comprehensive Q422 Neuromodulation Market Recap* article:
  • Complete Q422 Neuromodulation Market Overview
  • SmartTRAK's Expert Market Analysis and Insights
  • All Company News, Revenues, Data, Charts and Shares
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation Sees Growth Exiting 2022
  • Macro Environment Improving
  • Innovation, Expanding Indications Driving Growth
  • Potential Payer Headwinds
  • DBS Slows on Replacement Headwinds, Share Shifts
  • Q422 Clinical/Regulatory Highlights
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Saluda Medical: Changing the Game in Spinal Cord Stimulation

By Anne Staylor on 3/14/23 9:54 AM

Saluda Medical President and CEO Jim Schuermann discusses the Company, the Evoke System and changing the game in SCS in an interview with SmartTRAK

With the US launch of the Evoke System, Saluda Medical is changing the game in spinal cord stimulation (SCS). At the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) Annual meeting in Las Vegas in January, researchers presented impressive 36-month data from the Company’s Evoke Study and the Company was showcasing its Evoke System for the first time on the NANS exhibit hall floor. As the first commercially available closed-loop SCS system using evoked compound action potentials (ECAPs), Evoke is unlike anything on the market. The technology automatically adjusts stimulation to maintain precise and consistent neural activation to the spinal cord for the treatment of intractable low back and leg pain. The Company received FDA PMA for Evoke in February 2022 and announced a limited US commercial release in December 2022, calling it the first and only ‘SmartSCS” in the US.

Saluda Medical President and CEO Jim Schuermann discusses bringing Evoke System to market, the Company’s US launch and commercialization plans, the newest generation of Evoke, his vision for the future and Evoke’s potential impact on the market in an interview with SmartTRAK. Click the button below to download and read a complete transcript of the interview. Download the Interview Transcript

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Spotlight on Medtronic Neuromodulation: NANS 2023

By Anne Staylor on 2/10/23 11:40 AM

Medtronic executives Nnamdi Njoku and Charlie Covert discuss Medtronic’s latest initiatives in Neuromodulation in an interview with SmartTRAK at NANS 2023

Nnamdi Njoku, Medtronic’s Senior Vice President and President Neuromodulation, and Charlie Covert, Vice President and General Manager of Pain Therapies, discuss what’s new for Medtronic Neuromodulation, expected market growth in 2023 and strategies for driving growth in spinal cord stimulation (SCS) and deep brain stimulation (DBS) in an interview with SmartTRAK at the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) 26th Annual Meeting held January 12-15, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

To find out more about the Company’s latest innovations, expanding indications and what’s next for Medtronic Neuromodulation, click on the following video recorded live at NANS 2023. (27:57 minutes.) Specific interview topics by time code are outlined below. A link to download a complete transcript of the interview is also provided below.

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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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Wrestling with Issues and Headwinds: Q322 Neuromodulation Market Recap

By Anne Staylor on 12/29/22 9:30 AM

Growth in the SCS and DBS segments remained soft in Q322 as companies continue to wrestle with macro-environmental issues and currency headwinds

Neuromodulation continued to face a challenging macro environment in Q322 related to stubborn inflationary pressures, currency exchange headwinds and unpredictable surges in COVID affecting supply chains and healthcare staffing in certain geographies. However, some competitors reported seeing steady signs of improvement in the quarter and are looking to expanded indications and new technologies to help drive growth.

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

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