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Doug Devens

20 years of diverse medical device experience, including leading companies 3M, Coloplast and Boston Scientific, along with emerging companies. Leadership experience in product development, including championing the process for voice of customer and concept feedback sessions with key thought leaders.

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Revenues on the Rise: Q122 US Surgical Matrices Market Recap

By Doug Devens on 6/17/22 12:34 PM

Surgical matrices procedures appear back to near pre-pandemic levels, with revenues on the rise

With elective procedures in the United States mostly back at pre-pandemic levels, the US Surgical Matrices Market returned to what had been normal growth in Q122, gaining +5.7% YoY according to SmartTRAK Financial Dashboard. AbbVie* continued to lead the Surgical Matrices Market, though it was approximately flat, while Becton Dickinson* (BD) grew strongly.

Among the many topics covered in detail in our comprehensive Q122 US Surgical Matrices Market Recap* are:

Topics: Wound Care
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The Effect of Clinical Trial Investment On Hernia Matrices Revenues

By Doug Devens on 6/14/22 9:30 AM

SmartTRAK investigates recent trends in hernia repair clinical trials and how these trends relate to competition in the hernia repair market. Using a new SmartTRAK tool to analyze data in clinicaltrials.gov, SmartTRAK describes shifting trends in hernia repair research with company-sponsored studies and randomized controlled trials (RCTs)

Topics: Wound Care
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2022 Outlook for US Breast Matrices: Recent Trends and Future Impact

By Doug Devens on 3/15/22 8:00 AM

SmartTRAK examines recent trends in breast implants and discusses their future impact on breast matrices.

Breast matrices, whether acellular dermal matrices (ADMs) or biosynthetics, have enabled improved outcomes in implant-based breast reconstruction and have contributed, in large part, to the revival of the prepectoral breast reconstruction technique. As the number of breast implant procedures has grown, so has the use of breast matrices. However, SmartTRAK believes the side effects and health consequences now associated with breast implants, while rare, will negatively impact breast implant usage and thus reduce the growth rate of breast matrices in 2022 and beyond.

In this informative Outlook article by Doug Devens, SmartTRAK's Product Director and Senior Editor, Wound, Doug covers:

  • The Relationship between Breast Surgery and ADM Usage
  • Trends in Implant Usage
  • Recent Concerns that May Affect Breast Implant Usage
  • The Future Outlook for 2022 and Beyond
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Q421 Market Recap: US Surgical Matrices

By Doug Devens on 3/3/22 12:55 PM

Procedures using surgical matrices continued their recovery and companies have resumed investing, with revenues surpassing their Q419 levels. 

As the pandemic wanes and procedures are again being scheduled, the US Surgical Matrices market grew strongly in Q421, gaining +12.7% YoY according to the SmartTRAK Financial Dashboard. AbbVie continued to lead the Surgical Matrices market, with Becton Dickinson also growing well ...

Among the many topics covered in detail in our comprehensive Q421 US Surgical Matrices Market Recap* are:

Topics: Wound Care
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Current and Emerging Trends in Hernia Outcomes Research

By Doug Devens on 2/11/22 9:30 AM

SmartTRAK highlights current and emerging trends in hernia outcomes research presented at the European Hernia Society – Americas Hernia Society Joint Congress held in Copenhagen.

by Doug Devens - Sr Analyst, Biosurgery, IT Product Director

Changes in hernia regulations and evolving views on how to study the performance of hernia matrices have fueled a growing interest among hernia researchers in using different methods and data sources to measure outcomes associated with these devices. In this article, SmartTRAK highlights current and emerging trends in hernia outcomes research presented at the European Hernia Society – Americas Hernia Society Joint Congress (Hernia2021), in Copenhagen, including the increasing use of registries and their relative advantages and disadvantages compared to the gold standard randomized controlled trial (RCT). ­

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Duramesh: MSI’s Novel Suturable Mesh: An Interview w/ Gregory Dumanian, MD

By Doug Devens on 1/11/22 8:00 AM

In an interview with SmartTRAK, Mesh Suture, Inc. (MSI) Founder Gregory Dumanian MD, discusses the Company and its novel suturable mesh that has the potential to change how hernias and other conditions are treated.

MSI is commercializing a novel suturable mesh that combines a mesh’s ability to distribute forces and support tissue with the precise placement and minimal foreign body presence of a suture. In a time when patients and physicians are rethinking how mesh is used in hernia treatment, MSI’s Duramesh offers the potential of retaining the durability of mesh repair with less foreign body presence. Today, the Company is running clinical trials and building evidence to support regulatory clearance in the United States. To find out more about the Company and its operation, SmartTRAK talked with Gregory Dumanian, MD, Chief of Plastic Surgery at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, Founder & Medical Officer of MSI and the inventor of the new technology.

Click on the following video to listen to SmartTRAK Senior Analyst Doug Devens’ interview with Dr. Dumanian, which was recorded via Zoom audio (24: 35 min). A link to download a complete transcript of the interview is also provided below.

Topics: Biosurgery
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Regaining its Pre-Pandemic Stride: Q321 US Hemostats & Sealants Market Recap

By Doug Devens on 1/7/22 9:30 AM

The US market for Hemostats and Sealants regained its pre-pandemic stride in Q321 as many procedures mostly returned to normal volumes.

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Q321 Market Recap: US Surgical Matrices

By Doug Devens on 12/6/21 2:00 PM

Procedures using surgical matrices maintained their new normal, with broad strength in both hernia and breast matrices.

Procedures using surgical matrices maintained their new normal, though the resurgence of Delta variant across the northern tier of states may put a dent in the market following deferrals of procedures in various regions as the COVID-19 Delta variant caused more procedural headwinds.

Among the many topics covered in detail in our comprehensive Q321 US Surgical Matrices Market Recap* are:

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Q221 Market Recap: US Surgical Matrices

By Doug Devens on 9/7/21 8:53 AM

Procedures using surgical matrices rebounded to normal levels again, with broad strength in both hernia and breast matrices.

Procedures using surgical matrices returned to approximately normal levels, though the Delta variant may make that recovery short-lived, as recently observed in Texas. The US Surgical Matrices market rebounded strongly in Q221 according to BioMedGPS’ SmartTRAK Financial Dashboard. AbbVie* continued to lead the US Surgical Matrices market, with Becton Dickinson* (BD) bouncing back nearly as strongly.

Among the many topics covered in detail in our comprehensive Q221 US Surgical Matrices Market Recap* are:

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Roaring Back: Q221 US Hemostats and Sealants Market Recap

By Doug Devens on 9/2/21 10:56 AM

The US market for Hemostats and Sealants came roaring back from its pandemic depths in Q221 as procedures returned to normal.  

As surgical procedures returned to approximately normal levels, the US Hemostats and Sealants market grew +51.1% YoY in Q221 according to SmartTRAK Financial Dashboard. Growth was strong across all segments and companies. However, the Delta variant may make that recovery short-lived, as recently observed in Texas.

Among the many topics covered in detail in our comprehensive Q221 US Hemostats and Sealants Market Recap* are:

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