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SmartTRAK Life Sciences News and Analysis Blog

Thomas Wallick

30+ years’ experience in Consumer and Life Sciences Industry marketing including Orthopedics and Cardiology.

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Pediatric Orthopedics Modules: Spine, Trauma and Extremities are Now Available!

By Thomas Wallick on 5/3/21 11:08 AM



We are excited to announce the addition of the full market view of Orthopedic Pediatrics (US) to the SmartTRAK platform, featuring 3 modules covering Pediatric Trauma, Pediatric Extremities and Pediatric Spine!

Learn More about the SmartTRAK Pediatric Orthopedics Modules
Coverage includes:

  • Pediatric Trauma:
    • Pelvis
    • Femur
    • Proximal Tibia
      Technologies covered include Guided Growth Plates, Anatomic Plates, IM Nails (including Elastic Nails), Deformity Correction and more!
  • Pediatric Extremities
    • Upper Extremities Fixation
    • Foot and Ankle Fixation
      Technologies featured include Cannulated Screws, Clavicle Plates, Wrist Fusion Plates, External Fixation and more!
  • Pediatric Spine:
    • Adolescent idiopathic Scoliosis
    • Early Onset Scoliosis
    • Neuromuscular Scoliosis
      Technologies included feature Growing Rods, Fusion Technologies, Vertebral Body Tethering, ApiFix and more!
Topics: Orthopedics
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Deep Brain Stimulation Now Available on SmartTRAK

By Thomas Wallick on 4/26/21 11:23 AM

SmartTRAK is pleased to announce the addition of the Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) module to our business intelligence platform. The DBS module will provide real-time news and analysis of the US market for Deep Brain Stimulation, including an in-depth overview of the market and expert insight into the latest research, trends and innovation in DBS. 

"SmartTRAK is excited to offer this detailed analysis of the US DBS Market. By providing sophisticated market modeling and real-time monitoring of the competitive landscape, my goal is to provide must-have data and unparalleled insight that will help subscribing partners make informed strategic decisions and create innovative solutions that will ultimately improve patient care and drive results." Anne Staylor, SmartTRAK GM, Strategic Alignment & Neuro Therapies.

The Deep Brain Stimulation module includes:
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R&D Focus on OrthoBio: Patents, Products & Predictions

By Thomas Wallick on 3/15/21 11:07 AM

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues its unprecedented impact on economies around the world, the MedTech industry presses on with product innovation and plans for the future. SmartTRAK reports daily on the challenges still ahead, covering all aspects of the OrthoBio market.

The following is just a small sampling of recent OrthoBio updates from around the world compiled, reviewed and posted in real time by our SmartTRAK analysts. We constantly monitor the worldwide MedTech industry, sifting through the noise to present to our subscribers the most relevant international news, patents, trends, new products, financial data and competitor developments in the global Life Sciences industry.

As part of SmartTRAK's R&D appreciation month, Research & Development professionals can now sign up for a Complimentary Month of Daily Updates delivered straight to your inbox. Just let us show you SmartTRAK and we'll give you a month of Daily Updates, delivered to your inbox, for FREE!

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R&D Focus: Patents, Products & Predictions: The Week in Wound Care

By Thomas Wallick on 3/1/21 11:22 AM

Facing the prevailing headwinds of the pandemic, the MedTech industry presses on with product innovation and plans for the future. SmartTRAK reports daily on the challenges still ahead, covering all aspects of the Wound Care market, including Advanced Wound Care, Conventional Wound Care, Infection Prevention, Biosurgery, Surgical Matrices, EU and ROW Advanced Dressings and EU Negative Pressure Wound Therapy.

The following is just a small sampling of the Wound Care updates from around the world compiled, reviewed and posted in real time last week by our SmartTRAK analysts. We constantly monitor the worldwide MedTech industry, sifting through the noise to present to our subscribers the most relevant international news, patents, trends, new products, financial data and competitor developments in the global Life Sciences industry.

As part of SmartTRAK's R&D appreciation month, Research & Development professionals can now sign up for a Complimentary Month of Daily Updates delivered straight to your inbox. Just let us show you SmartTRAK and we'll give you a month of Daily Updates for FREE!

Patents:
  • Medtronic*
    Medtronic’s US Patent Application “POWERED SURGICAL TACK APPLIER” was published, describing a powered system for surgical tack application for hernia repair. 20210045740
  • Interrad*

    Interrad’s US Patent Application “SYSTEMS AND METHODS FOR ANCHORING MEDICAL DEVICES “ was published describing an anchor system that includes an anchor device, a tether and an adapter for securing a catheter to a pt using subcutaneous anchors. 20210052857

Topics: Wound Care
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Arthroscopic Technologies Market Coverage Now Available on SmartTRAK

By Thomas Wallick on 2/15/21 11:24 AM

SmartTRAK is excited to announce the addition of the Arthroscopic Technologies module to the SmartTRAK platform. For the first time ever, the world of arthroscopic technologies will be analyzed and available right at your fingertips.

Our Arthroscopic Technologies module is managed by Andy Knapik, Andy has 20+years experience in US and International Sales and Marketing for the orthopedics and sports medicine markets, including 12 years at Smith & Nephew.

"Arthroscopic minimally invasive surgery is increasingly popular for patients and surgeons alike. The challenges associated with this type of surgery require ever changing advancements in technology that offer the orthopedic surgeon more efficient ways to see and work within the joint space effectively. Because of this, SmartTRAK is excited to offer detailed analysis for the arthroscopic technologies market." Andy Knapik, Sr. Analyst, SmartTRAK Arthroscopic Technologies.

Our Arthroscopic Technologies module covers:

  • Arthroscopic/Endoscopic Video
  • Mechanical Resection
  • Radio Frequency Ablation
  • Fluid Management
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R&D Focus: Trials, Patents, Products & Predictions: The Week in Orthopedics

By Thomas Wallick on 2/11/21 9:30 AM

Facing the prevailing headwinds of the pandemic, the MedTech industry presses on with product innovation and plans for the future. SmartTRAK reports daily on the challenges still ahead, covering all aspects of the Orthopedic market: Extremities, OrthoBio, Spine, Computer Assisted Surgery, Total Joints, Trauma, Soft Tissue Fixation and EU Extremities and Trauma.

The following is just a small sampling of the Orthopedic updates from around the world compiled, reviewed and posted in real time last week by our SmartTRAK analysts. We constantly monitor 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.

Arthroscopic Treatment of Chronic Instability of the Lateral Ankle Joint

This study evaluated the clinical effect of total arthroscopic repair of the anterior talofibular ligament in the treatment of chronic instability of the lateral ankle. clinicaltrials.gov

Treatment of varus posteromedial rotatory instability of the elbow w/ an internal joint stabilizer is as effective as a static lateral ex fix allowing for elbow ROM & eliminating many of the complications associated w/ ex fix concluded a cadaveric study. J Shoulder Elbow Surg

Topics: Orthopedics
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See What's Coming to SmartTRAK in 2021

By Thomas Wallick on 2/2/21 8:00 AM

Over the past few months, the SmartTRAK team has been hard at work preparing for some significant market coverage expansion for 2021.  Our Analysts have been diligently monitoring the marketplace and speaking with our subscribers to understand where we should focus our market intelligence efforts next. We are thrilled to announce the following market segments will be launching soon! If you're interested in learning more or if you would like a demo of these new areas, please reach out. We'd love to show you the platform and how real-time intelligence can lead to real-time results.

Arthroscopic Technologies

Launching February 2021

SmartTRAK is expanding its Sports Medicine coverage, covering arthroscopic enabling technologies and devices including:
  • Visualization
  • Mechanical resection
  • Radio frequency ablation
  • Fluid management

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Meet Jenny Blair, MD: Senior Analyst/Editor

By Thomas Wallick on 1/21/21 9:30 AM

We are pleased to announce that Jenny Blair, MD, has joined the team at SmartTRAK as Senior Analyst/Editor. Jenny has 10+ years' experience as an award-winning journalist and analyst. Formerly a board-certified emergency physician, Jenny has provided coverage of device markets for Medtech Insight and contributed to Univadis, Medscape, MedPage Today and Discover.

Meet Jenny Blair:

What is your role with SmartTRAK? I’m a Senior Analyst/Editor helping to cover Neuro Therapies and Digital/CAS and providing occasional editorial and analyst support across all modules and product lines.

What do you like about SmartTRAK? The interface is clean, inviting, and information-rich.

What is something special or unique that you bring to SmartTRAK subscribers? I’m an unusual creature—a science and medical writer and journalist as well as a former emergency physician. So I’m at home speaking with and synthesizing information from a variety of experts while also knowing firsthand about some of the challenges clinicians face.

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Smith & Nephew: What’s New in Ortho and Sports Medicine

By Thomas Wallick on 11/9/20 1:29 PM

SmartTRAK highlights what’s new in orthopedics and sports medicine, with a spotlight on Smith & Nephew (SNN). We constantly monitor the worldwide MedTech industry, sifting through the noise to present to our subscribers the most relevant international news, trends, new products, patents, research, financial data and competitor developments in the global life sciences industry.

The following is a sampling of recent market updates covering Smith & Nephew that were compiled, reviewed and posted in real time by our SmartTRAK analysts covering the markets for Computer Assisted Surgery, Extremities, OrthoBio, Soft Tissue Fixation, Total Joints and Trauma.
Topics: Orthopedics
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PNS 2020: What’s New in Peripheral Nerve Stimulation?

By Thomas Wallick on 11/2/20 9:30 AM

In the market for Peripheral Nerve Stimulation (PNS), companies are developing new wireless or minimally invasive technologies with novel waveforms and form factors designed to treat a wide variety of applications and unmet clinical needs, including for the treatment of intractable migraines, chronic intractable postoperative pain, suprascapular neuralgia, low back pain, tibial/ankle pain, stroke rehab, overactive bladder and tibial nerve stimulation, to name a few.

Companies competing in the market for PNS include Stimwave Technologies*, Nalu Medical*, SPR Therapeutics, Bioness and Cala Health among others. To find out more about these companies and what’s new for PNS, SmartTRAK highlights market updates covering the top news, clinical studies, reimbursement and patents in PNS so far in 2020.
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