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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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What's New in Computer-Assisted Surgery

By Thomas Wallick on 8/30/22 9:39 AM

The first half of 2022 has delivered both positive and negative developments for the Computer-Assisted Surgery industry. Supply chain issues and surges of COVID-19 infections have continued to have significant impacts on revenues. At the same time, enabling tech product launches proceed at a rapid pace, with some robotic procedures accelerating. The following is a sample of recent CAS news and developments from around the world, compiled by the expert analysts at SmartTRAK.

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. If you'd like to receive these expert insights daily, Contact Us to learn more.

New Products:

  • Globus*

    GMED announced completion of the first clinical cases using Excelsius3D w/ the ExcelsiusGPS platform. The surgeries were completed at MedStar Union Memorial Hospital in MD, Northwest Specialty Hospital in ID & NYU Langone Health in NY.

  • SPNE touted the Q122 limited commercial launch of FLASH Navigation Lumbar Facet Fusion, which facilitates delivery of OsteoStrand Plus DBM Fiber pellets in spine MIS procedures. It is SPNE’s first procedural solution w/ integrated 7D technology. SPNE Q122 Earnings Press Release

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SmartTRAK Tip: How to Discover Gaps in your Company's Portfolio

By Thomas Wallick on 7/18/22 9:30 AM

Imagine if you could…
  • See gaps in your product portfolio vs your competitors’ 
  • Discover your next acquisition candidate
  • Find a distribution partner

…in just a few clicks!

BE THE EXPERT who fills in the gaps in your company's portfolio! Read on to view a "How To" video and learn how to outperform your peers and competitors by saving yourself HOURS of research with just ONE search.

That’s the power of SmartTRAK!

For example…

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Meet with SmartTRAK at ISASS 2022

By Thomas Wallick on 5/25/22 10:03 AM

The SmartTRAK team will be attending the upcoming International Society for the Advancement of Spine Surgery (ISASS) in The Bahamas and we would love to schedule some time to meet. We are particularly excited about this year’s conference program and speakers.

Our team of expert analysts have their finger on the pulse on the spine industry trends, news, financial data and competitor developments. We would like to meet to hear your perspectives and views and discuss how SmartTRAK can help you make more informed strategic business decisions.

Watch the video below to meet Courtney Sheedy, SmartTRAK's GM, Spine


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SAWC Know Before You Go: Wound Care News and Updates

By Thomas Wallick on 4/4/22 10:46 AM

In just a few days, the first SAWC Spring meeting since the start of the pandemic is set to begin. SmartTRAK has been tracking all the developments in the Wound Care market as the world changes, including how the market has responded to unprecedented times, what new therapies and treatments are being produced and when things might return to a “new normal. The following is a small sampling of SmartTRAK’s Wound Care news updates from the past week to help get you ready for the conference and Be the Expert who makes a difference in the industry.
 
Our SmartTRAK analysts have been compiling, reviewing and posting daily breaking news and developments from the global Wound Care industry. If you’d like to discuss some of these insights, you can also meet up with us at SAWC. Even if you’re not attending, you can sign up for 30 days of Free SmartTRAK Updates and a 15-minute Crash Course.
 

New Products:

  • Cardinal Health* 

    Cardinal Health announced the launch of the first surgical incise drape using Chlorhexidine Gluconate (CHG). The drape features Avery Dennison's patented BeneHold CHG adhesive technology, which helps reduce the risk of surgical site contamination w/ organisms associated w/ SSIs.

  • Coloplast is gradually launching Alprep Pad in select markets. Now available in the UK, Australia and New Zeeland. Alprep Pad is a foam for mechanical cleansing and debridement of wounds.

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The Week in Orthopedic Research & Development - March 22, 2022

By Thomas Wallick on 3/22/22 9:30 AM

As the world continues to adapt to the "new normal", even with the possibility of a new variant ahead, SmartTRAK keeps calm and carries on, reporting 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. And, if you are in Chicago for the big Orthopedics conference this week, make sure you visit us at Booth #4350, or you can schedule a meeting with us...just click here.

SmartTRAK features curated content by our team of industry experts, bringing the most relevant information and insight directly to you in real time. Learn about the latest news, emerging technologies or start-ups to watch, conference happenings and more via articles, videos and interviews.

The following is just a small sampling of recent Orthopedic updates from around the world compiled, reviewed and posted daily by our SmartTRAK analysts.

New Products:

  • Nexxt Spine* 

    Nexxt Spine launches a product-line extension to the NEXXT MATRIXX 3D Printed Porous Titanium portfolio of implants indicated for use in stand-alone ALIF procedures, which features Nexxt Spine’s proprietary 3D laser printed titanium technology. LinkedIn.com

  • DePuy Synthes announced two new additions to its Attune Knee line, Attune Cementless Fixed Bearing Knee w/ AFFIXIUM 3D porous coating (tibial component) and Attune Medial Stabilized Knee.(medial stabilized fixed-bearing insert), that can be used with other Attune components.

  • On FY21 performance, Biogennix’s CEO Chris MacDuff also mentioned the Company saw increasing sales for its newest product, Agilon Moldable, esp in the F&A surgery market. The company also continued to see consistently strong growth of Agilon Moldable in the spine market segment.

Patents:

  • Medtronic*

    Warsaw Orthopedic’s US Patent Application “SPINAL IMPLANT WITH FEATURES FACILITATING INDEPENDENT EXPANSION OF PORTIONS THEREOF & METHOD FOR USE THEREOF” was published describing an implant which facilitates adjustment of lordotic/kyphotic &/or coronal angulation. 20220079770

  • One-Way Adjustable Loop Suture Constructs  

    US Patent “One-Way Adjustable Loop Suture Constructs And Methods Of Forming And Using The Same” was issued describing surgical constructs & methods of use for a one-way adjustable fixation loop for a fixation device, such as a cortical button or plate.11,272,920

  • Acumed’s US Patent Application “HEADLESS COMPRESSION SCREW HAVING AN ATTACHMENT MECHANISM” was published describing a cannulated headless compression screw w/ an attachment mechanism that enables coupling various attachments to the screw. 20220079642

Topics: Orthopedics
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Meet The Expert: Beth Roach, Account Manager, Customer Success

By Thomas Wallick on 3/14/22 10:28 AM

We are pleased to announce that Beth Roach has joined the team at SmartTRAK as our new Account Manager, Customer Success. The SmartTRAK Customer Success team ensures that our users are realizing the maximum benefit from the platform. The team is a central point of contact for users, in addition to the existing SmartTRAK Sales and Analyst teams, and provides complimentary training (refresher or new user) in person or via video.

If you'd like to discuss your SmartTRAK account with Beth, please reach out to her and she'll be happy to support you.

Meet Beth Roach:

What is your role with SmartTRAK? Account Manager, Customer Success

What do you like about SmartTRAK? There is just so much information all in one place. All news, company profiles, market sizing, product portfolio comparison and so much more all at your fingertips!

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The Week in Orthopedics Research & Development

By Thomas Wallick on 2/10/22 9:30 AM

As the world slowly adapts to the "new normal",  SmartTRAK continues to report 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. And, if you are going to Chicago for the big Orthopedics conference in March, visit us at Booth #4350 or you can schedule a meeting with us...just click here.

SmartTRAK features curated content by our team of industry experts, bringing the most relevant information and insight directly to you in real time. Learn about the latest news, emerging technologies or start-ups to watch, conference happenings and more via articles, videos and interviews.

The following is just a small sampling of recent Orthopedic updates from around the world compiled, reviewed and posted daily by our SmartTRAK analysts.

New Products:

  • Journey ll* - Smith+Nephew*

    Smith+Nephew announced the first completed surgery using its JOURNEY II Medial Dished (MD) System for total knee arthroplasty. The procedure was performed by Dr. Ran Schwarzkopf, Orthopedic Adult Hip and Knee Reconstruction at NYU Langone Health.

  • Zimmer Biomet is anticipating the launch of Persona* cementless knees later in 2022 incorporating a design for improved press-fit fixation. The Company has < 10% penetration in cementless w/ runway ahead for the new knee to take off. ZBH Q421 Earnings Transcript on Unhedged.com

  • On FY21 performance, Biogennix’s CEO Chris MacDuff also mentioned the Company saw increasing sales for its newest product, Agilon Moldable, esp in the F&A surgery market. The company also continued to see consistently strong growth of Agilon Moldable in the spine market segment.

Patents:

  • CONMED* 

    Conmed’s US Patent Application “Dual Expansion Anchor” was published describing a suture anchor with an expanding function for biceps tenodesis. 20220039792

  • Expandable Intervertebral Device

    A US Patent Application “EXPANDABLE INTERVERTEBRAL DEVICE,” submitted by the Moskowitz Family, LLC of Rockville, MD was published describing a universal zero-profile expandable intervertebral spacer device for fusion & distraction throughout the entire spine. 20220039963

  • Howmedica Osteonics’ US Patent Application “ORTHOPEDIC SURGICAL PLANNING BASED ON SOFT TISSUE AND BONE DENSITY MODELING” was published describing virtual surgery planning using a mixed-reality headset display. 20220039868

Topics: Orthopedics
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Meet The Expert: Kris Flinn, Analyst, Wound Care

By Thomas Wallick on 2/7/22 1:37 PM

We are pleased to announce that Kris Flinn has joined the team at SmartTRAK as an analyst in Wound Care. Kris has 20+ years of experience within wound care, including Smith & Nephew. Kris recently ran a consultancy focusing on assisting med device companies with commercial strategies. He is based in England.

Meet Kris Finn:

What is your role with SmartTRAK? I’m an analyst within the wound team, with a particular focus on NPWT in Europe.

What do you like about SmartTRAK? The quality of the information and analysis produced is excellent, and something which does not exist anywhere else. All of the team members are true experts in their field, and have the experience and networks to prove it.

What is something special or unique that you bring to SmartTRAK subscribers?

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ConvaTec Acquires Triad Life Sciences, Cites SmartTRAK in Press Release

By Thomas Wallick on 2/1/22 9:30 AM

SmartTRAK, the leading source of competitive intelligence used by the top ten global orthopedic wound care companies, was once again cited as a trusted source, this time in ConvaTec's press release "Entry into the attractive wound biologics segment through the acquisition of Triad Life Sciences Inc" published January 28th.

ConvaTec, in the press release, stated that it was " ...

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Meet The Expert: Tracey Clarke, Account Manager, Customer Success

By Thomas Wallick on 1/31/22 11:37 AM

We are pleased to announce that Tracey Clarke has joined the team at SmartTRAK as our new Account Manager, Customer Success. Tracey has 20+ years experience in the Print and Digital Communications industry, including roles as a Client Relations Manager and IT Project Manager at Broadridge Customer Communications and DST Output LTD.

Meet Tracey Clarke:

What is your role with SmartTRAK? I am an Account Manager on the newly established Customer Success team.

What do you like about SmartTRAK? This is an exciting time to be starting at SmartTRAK. There are many positive changes happening and I am enjoying the opportunity to see the outcome. I feel very fortunate to be with a company that helps others Be the Expert.

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