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Natasha Weeks

13 years' experience in marketing and product development, including 5+ years at DePuy Synthes Trauma - most recently as Product Director at DePuy Synthes Trauma.

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Q319 Trauma Market Recap: Easy YoY Comparisons Support Sequential Gains

By Natasha Weeks on 12/19/19 9:30 AM

Easy YoY comps along with new product introductions help drive sequential growth 

SmartTRAK reports that In Q319, the WW Trauma Market (defined as fixation of the pelvis, femur & proximal/shaft portion of the tibia) increased +3.7% (as reported), with the US posting +4.6% growth. Q319 WW share leaders remained relatively steady compared to last year, with top trauma player DePuy Synthes, followed by Stryker, Zimmer Biomet and Smith & Nephew. The WW Trauma Market Segment shares were...

Among the many topics covered in the complete, comprehensive  Q319 Trauma Market Recap*  are:
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Q319 Extremities Market Recap: New Products Drive Sequential Growth

By Natasha Weeks on 11/27/19 12:04 PM

New products help drive sequential improvement in growth 

The WW Market for Foot & Ankle Fixation exceeded $, up +3.9%, as reported, during Q319, up sequentially due to easy YoY comps. The US Foot & Ankle Fixation market also experienced a sequential increase, resulting in +4.3% reported growth. Major players reported improved growth while smaller players announced new product introductions throughout the quarter.

Stryker posted accelerated trauma & extremities growth in Q319,
reaching $, up +9.3% in the foot & ankle fixation segment according to SmartTRAK Financial Dashboard. The foot & ankle powerhouse reported US growth was positively impacted by double-digit growth across foot, ankle and shoulder products along with the T2 Alpha Nails. Stryker recouped lost share from Q2, gaining ~4.4% share to close Q3 at 25.6%. This gain allowed Stryker to take over the number one position from...

Among the many topics covered in the complete, comprehensive Q319 Extremities Market Recap* are:

Topics: Orthopedics
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News from AOFAS 2019: Arthrosurface’s New BOSS Toe Fixation System

By Natasha Weeks on 10/16/19 10:00 AM

SmartTRAK Interviews Carl Hasselman, MD about Arthrosurface’s alternative to toe fusions

Arthrosurface showcased its new BOSS Toe Fixation System at the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society’s (AOFAS 2019) Annual Meeting held September 11–15 in Chicago, IL. Recently 510k cleared, the system improves stabilization in a first metatarsal with a distal bone void. The Boss Toe Screw fills the current product gap in implant solutions for failed synthetic implants. The system provides an option for patients who want to avoid a toe fusion while regaining motion and enjoying an active lifestyle.

To find out more about the new BOSS Toe Fixation System, its benefits, and how it fits in Arthrosurface’s existing line of HemiCAP DF implants and ToeMotion Systems, SmartTRAK interviewed Carl Hasselman, MD, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, at AOFAS 2019.

To listen to SmartTRAK’s interview with Dr. Hasselman, click on the following video (11:14 minutes). A transcript of the interview is also provided below.

Topics: Orthopedics
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Before OTA, Read SmartTRAK's Q219 Trauma Report

By Natasha Weeks on 9/23/19 12:20 PM

Trauma segment experiences slight sequential gains as product intros gain traction and companies overcome supply disruption.

The WW Trauma Market ended Q2 posting +1.5% (reported) growth, with the US Market driving growth up 3.6% YOY, slightly up sequentially compared to Q1’s 3.2% gains. Internationally, Europe and ROW fared worse due to missed tenders, with -2.1% and -1.1% growth, respectively. Looking forward, SmartTRAK anticipates the trauma segment will see...

Among the many topics covered in the complete Q219 Trauma Market Recap* are:

Topics: Orthopedics
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SmartTRAK's Q418/FY18 Trauma Market Recap

By Natasha Weeks on 5/1/19 1:07 PM

Sequential improvement despite tough comps, supply disruption and pricing pressure

Topics: Orthopedics
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Q318 Extremities Market Recap: Increased Pricing Pressure

By Natasha Weeks on 1/9/19 9:30 AM

Extremities Fixation decelerates as shoulder replacements remain strong

Q318 WW Extremities Market growth declined sequentially to +3.7%, compared to +6.2% growth in Q2. Steeper growth slowdowns in the fixation market segments – Upper Extremities Fixation at +1.8% and Foot & Ankle Fixation at +1.4% - were due in part to...

Among the many topics covered in SmartTRAK's Q318 Extremities Market Recap are:

Topics: Orthopedics
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Q318 Trauma Market Recap: Pricing Pressure Impacts Growth

By Natasha Weeks on 1/8/19 2:31 PM

Tough comps, supply disruption and the ever-present pricing pressure impacts growth

SmartTRAK reports that the WW Trauma Market experienced a downturn in Q3, posting only +1.1% (reported) growth. The US Market was up +2.0% YoY, but is down sequentially compared to last quarter’s +5.0% gains...

Among the many topics covered in SmartTRAK's Q318 Trauma Market Recap are:

Topics: Orthopedics
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Q218 Trauma Market Recap: Healthy Growth, Slight Slowdown

By Natasha Weeks on 9/5/18 9:19 AM

US market experiences slight softening as the top four trauma players all post sequential declines in Q218

The WW Trauma Market was up in Q218 – the third consecutive quarter of growth in the +4% range. Internationally, positive sales growth in Europe offset a sequential slowdown in Rest of World (ROW). In Europe, revenues were steady, while ROW sales dipped sequentially as the top players reported softer growth due to tough comps as a result of 2017 tender orders...

Among the many topics covered Q218 Trauma Market Recap are:

Topics: Orthopedics
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SmartTRAK Attending American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society Meeting In Boston, MA.

By Natasha Weeks on 7/11/18 9:00 AM

SmartTRAK is excited to be attending AOFAS 2018 - American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society - on July 11-14, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Representing SmartTRAK will be Natasha Weeks, Sr. Analyst, Trauma & Extremities Fixation, Christopher McCarthy, VP Corporate Accounts, Orthopedics and Neuro and Michelle Calderon, Account Manager, Orthopedics. Please contact us if you would like a meeting!

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Key Product Trends in the Orthopedic Trauma Market

By Natasha Weeks on 7/3/18 12:59 PM

SmartTRAK's  Trauma & Extremities Fixations Sr. Analyst Natasha Weeks identified several key product trends at the Orthopaedic Trauma Association’s (OTA) 33rd Annual Meeting in Vancouver, BC Oct. 11-14, 2017, as manufacturers looked to differentiate themselves and gain share in the US Trauma market, projected to reach over $2.2B by 2021. 

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