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Freddy Buntoum

18+ years’ experience with expertise in Market Insights and Competitive Intelligence at major manufacturers in Medical Device and Crop Science, including 4+ years at Bioventus as a Sr. Manager, Market Insights.

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Sometimes You Win: Q420/FY20 US Joint Fluid Market Recap

By Freddy Buntoum on 5/5/21 10:23 AM

Like the ball whirling around a casino roulette wheel, COVID-19 sent the US Joint Fluid Market players bouncing and spinning off widely, with some landing the year as winners, and others not so much.

Once again COVID-19 sent players spinning at dizzying speed around the roulette wheel, all in hopes that Lady Luck would let them land unscathed for Q420. With the continued pressure from COVID impacting recovery of the healthcare system and business operations, including the US Joint Fluid Replacement, total revenue for Q420 finished lower vs Q419, according to  SmartTRAK Financial Dashboard. 

Among the many topics covered in the comprehensive Q420/FY20 US Joint Fluid Market Recap* are:

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Q420/FY20 US Orthobio Market Recap

By Freddy Buntoum on 4/26/21 9:44 AM

With jockeys and their racehorses out of the gates to make up for the losses during H120, a resurge of COVID cases muddied the track again, slowing the finish to the 2020 Derby.

If the US Orthobio Market was off racing again in Q320, the racetrack got a bit muddy with a resurgence of positive COVID-19 cases, which halted or placed restrictions on elective procedures in some US states. Spine procedure volumes were particularly affected by the renewed restrictions in Q420, which had a domino effect of negatively impacting the Bone Replacement segment for Q4 and FY20, respectively.

Among the many topics covered in the comprehensive Q420/FY20 US Orthobio Market Recap* are:

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Trends in OrthoBiologics & Regenerative Medicine: A Surgeon's Perspective

By Freddy Buntoum on 3/3/21 8:45 AM

Dr. Wasik Ashraf, an Orthopaedic Surgeon specializing in Sports Medicine, discusses trends and innovation in Orthobiologics and Regenerative Medicine in an interview with SmartTRAK.

In this wide-ranging interview, Dr. Ashraf gives his view of CMS' FY21 OPPS-ASC Final Rulemaking, and discusses emerging trends and innovation in OrthoBiologics and Regenerative Medicine. As a Board-certified and fellowship-trained physician specializing in sports medicine, joint preservation and cartilage restoration, Dr. Ashraf offers his unique view and perspective on some of the newest technologies he is using, as well as those to look out for in the coming years. 

To listen to the interview, recorded live via Uberconference, click on the following video (41:37 min). A transcript of the interview is also available below.

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A Wild COVID Roller Coaster Ride: Q220 & Q320 Soft Tissue Fixation Market Recap

By Freddy Buntoum on 1/8/21 11:12 AM

Although the COVID-19 roller coaster was a tough ride in Q220, Soft Tissue Fixation was stepping out and looking good in Q320

When an unpredictable COVID-19 roller coaster hit the tracks, companies saw revenue plummet in Q220 as stay-at-home orders were implemented (mid-March) and elective surgeries were canceled or postponed indefinitely. The impact of COVID-19 that forced government-imposed restrictions was felt throughout the 2
Topics: Orthopedics
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A Q320 Ray of Sunshine: US Joint Fluid Replacement Market Recap

By Freddy Buntoum on 1/7/21 10:00 AM

Q320 - The bright ray of sunshine companies had hoped for after dismal results in Q220

While Q220 is down in history as a disastrous quarter, marred by the dark mark of COVID-19, Q320 is the bright ray of sunshine companies in the US Joint Fluid Replacement market had hoped for.

For Q320, HA companies shared upbeat notes about renewed product demand, fueled by an uptick in activity from patients (out and about), distribution channels, and physicians treating an influx of new, as well as existing patients. One of the factors benefiting the HA market is the backlog of patients awaiting their turn for knee arthroplasty (TKA) and remain in need of treatment to manage their knee osteoarthritis (KOA) pain. 

Among the many topics, including company revenues, shares, charts and expert analysis, covered in the comprehensive Q320 US Joint Fluid Market Recap* are:

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Current and Emerging Research in Orthopedic Regenerative Medicine

By Freddy Buntoum on 11/16/20 6:24 PM

The Regenerative Medicine market for orthopedic and sports medicine applications is rapidly advancing as clinicians increasingly look to novel injectable options to accelerate the healing of injured joints, tendons and/or other soft tissues. Several companies are conducting research into the use of PRP, BMA/BMC, amniotic tissue products, exosomes and other regenerative medicine therapies to treat degenerative and/or chronic conditions such as osteoarthritis (OA), degenerative disc/spine disease, chronic low back pain, tendinopathy and rotator cuff tears. This includes Arthrex, Emcyte, ISTO Biologics, MiMedx and Harvest/Terumo among others.

The following is a sampling of SmartTRAK market updates covering recently published studies, articles and clinical trials in orthopedic regenerative medicine that were compiled, reviewed and posted in real time by Freddy Buntoum, SmartTRAK’s Sr. Analyst, Regenerative Medicine and Sports Medicine.

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Ideas, Concepts and Innovations: A Window into Soft Tissue Fixation

By Freddy Buntoum on 11/3/20 6:30 AM

In the Sports Medicine market, companies with soft tissue fixation products continue to innovate and pursue patents that provide a window into company ideas, concepts and future technologies. SmartTRAK takes a look at the top competitors in this space, including Arthrex, Smith & Nephew, DePuy Synthes, Zimmer Biomet, Stryker and CONMED Linvatec.

Freddy Buntoum, SmartTRAK’s Sr. Analyst, Regenerative Medicine and Sports Medicine, highlights recently granted patents and published patent applications in soft tissue fixation that describe novel methods, techniques, materials and devices for the repair and reconstruction of soft tissue injuries in the shoulder, extremities, hip and knee.


Arthrex’s US Patent “Knotless tissue fixation assembly” was granted describing a tissue fixation device for securing soft tissue to bone with excellent pull-out strength without requiring suture knots to secure the suture in place or to secure the tissue to the bone. 10,716,556

Topics: Orthopedics
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COVID Clobbers Companies: Q220 US Joint Fluid Replacement Market Recap

By Freddy Buntoum on 9/25/20 11:12 AM

Heavy-weight contender ​COVID-19 landed some brutal blows to revenue in Q220, but companies look for better days in the second half of 2020. 

The impact of the COVID-19 crisis started to hit the US Joint Fluid Replacement market late in Q120, and, to some degree, this helped to shield HA companies from heavy punches to revenue. Although none were left KO’d in round one, they still came through bruised up. Going into Q220 for round two, HA companies prepared as best as they could and braced for impact. Unfortunately, COVID-19 is a formidable opponent and even with strong cost-control measures in place, companies were hit hard with huge revenue losses for products in the three largest segments of the US Joint Fluid Replacement market.

Among the many topics covered in the comprehensive Q220 US Joint Fluid Replacement Market Recap* are:

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Back Down the Revenue Track: Q120 Soft Tissue Fixation Market Recap

By Freddy Buntoum on 7/10/20 10:37 AM

A well-oiled engine, the Soft Tissue Fixation train was prepped for a good start to 2020, then COVID-19 sent it in reverse back down the revenue tracks.

Looking back at how 2019 finished, market sentiment was quite optimistic that 2020 could be another positive year for the WW Soft Tissue Fixation Market. With +3.7% YoY growth in Q419, the first quarter of 2020 seemed set for a good start, with companies chugging along nicely, actively pushing products, planning or recruiting for clinical trials, and some of them also receiving FDA 510(k) clearance for new products or for line extensions. All appeared to be business as usual, that is, until COVID-19 reared its ugly head, picking China as its first target. Alas, the rapid worldwide spread of this devastating virus forced a major halt in elective procedures to enable healthcare systems to focus on the rising number of COVID-19 cases. 

Among the many topics covered in the comprehensive Q120 Soft Tissue Fixation Market Recap* are:

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Q120 US Joint Fluid Replacement Market: Riding Out the COVID-19 Storm

By Freddy Buntoum on 6/8/20 5:35 PM

Coming through Q120 bruised and expecting much harder punches before the calm, companies ride the COVID-19 storm

According to SmartTRAK Financial Dashboard, Q120 revenue for the US Joint Fluid Replacement market was down -2.8%, which is within the range predicted by market leaders and physicians in SmartTRAK’s Impact of COVID-19 on the US Joint Fluid Replacement and Regenerative Medicine Injectable Markets for Knee OA*. Albeit revenue is down for Q120, the stay-at-home orders across US states triggered by the rapid spread of COVID-19 were not implemented until mid-March, which helped to mitigate what could have been much bigger losses. 

Among the many topics covered in the comprehensive Q120 US Joint Fluid Replacement Market Recap* are:

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