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James Petricek

20+ years operational and management consulting experience in orthobiologics and regenerative medicine with roles in product development, marketing and business development. Prior management positions with BioMimetic Therapeutics and Synthes.

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OrthoBio-Focused Themes Emerging from NASS 2022

By James Petricek on 10/28/22 1:12 PM

Observations and analysis from the 37th Annual North American Spine Society (NASS) Meeting held October 12-14 in Chicago, IL. 

SmartTRAK highlights the top news and themes at NASS 2022 affecting the markets for OrthoBio and Regenerative Medicine, including the Orthofix/SeaSpine  merger, the ongoing controversy surrounding BMP-2, new product launches, company growth strategies and the latest research and innovation in intradiscal therapies.

Among the many topics covered in detail in this article are:

  • A Spine Merger That Will Significantly Impact The Orthobiologics Landscape
  • BMP-2 Safety Profile Remains an Open Issue
  • Incremental Product Improvement Across OrthoBio Categories
  • Spine Strategic Portfolio Strategies
  • Intradiscal Treatments Take Center Stage

Undoubtedly, the proposed business combination of Orthofix and SeaSpine announced immediately prior to NASS was the most impactful news emanating from the meeting. On a proforma basis, the combined company is expected to generate approximately ...

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Ending on a Bright Note: Q122 OrthoBio Market Recap

By James Petricek on 7/14/22 9:30 AM

Q122 started slow but ended on a bright note as COVID-19 concerns faded and surgical volumes approached pre-pandemic levels.

Virtually all orthopedic/spine companies experienced the same pattern with elective procedures during the quarter. In general, elective procedure case counts were pressured in January through the beginning of February as a surge in COVID-19 cases impacted patients and contributed to staffing shortages at healthcare facilities. However, by the end of the quarter elective procedures approached or returned to pre-COVID levels.

Among the many topics covered in detail in our comprehensive Q122 OrthoBio Market Recap* are:

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COVID-19 Headwinds: Q321 OrthoBio Market Recap

By James Petricek on 12/29/21 11:49 AM

Renewed COVID-19 headwinds mute overall Q3 results, however, the soft tissue repair segment remains resilient

Impact of the Delta variant was felt broadly across OrthoBio, with virtually all publicly traded companies observing a reduction in surgical volume (relative to forecast) directly attributable to a resurgence of COVID-19. Overall, OrthoBio revenue declined, primarily driven by a sharp reduction in Bone Replacement revenue. Several companies noted the decrease in surgical volumes was most acute in August and September due to shortages in hospital staffing. Weakness was most closely tied to deferrable, elective, complex spine procedures.

Among the many topics covered in detail in our comprehensive Q321 OrthoBio Market Recap* are:

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