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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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Treading Water: Q120 US Surgical Matrices Market Recap

By Doug Devens on 7/9/20 10:21 AM

The US Surgical Matrices Market treaded water in Q120, up +1.6%, as the impact of COVID-19 began to be felt broadly at the end of a quarter that had initially started with good growth.

In Q120, the US Surgical Matrices Market grew +1.6% YoY according to BioMedGPS’ SmartTRAK Financial Dashboard. Allergan* maintained its lead despite the slowdown in breast augmentation and reconstruction surgeries due to COVID-19, gaining +3.4% YoY. Becton Dickinson* (BD) also had been growing well until COVID-19 slowed hernia surgeries, and, like many other companies, warned that Q220 would be far worse since the impact of COVID-19 would be felt at the beginning of the quarter.

Among the many topics covered in the comprehensive Q120 US Surgical Matrices Market Recap* are:

Topics: Wound Care
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Mid-March Madness of COVID-19: Q120 OrthoBio Market Recap

By Kim French on 7/8/20 9:30 AM

The mid-March madness of COVID-19 results in final missed shots for many companies.

For sports fans, March is about celebrating the best in college basketball. Regrettably, March Madness was swapped with COVID-19 mid-March madness, disrupting lives and companies across the world. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, the first corporate earnings season has concluded and we now have a peek of the negative impacts caused by the pandemic and deferral of elective procedures. As for Q120, US orthobiologics revenue declined -5.5% YoY compared to Q119. 


Among the many topics covered in the comprehensive 
Q120 OrthoBio Market Recap* are:

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COVID-19 Surges: The MedTech Industry Reacts

By Thomas Wallick on 7/6/20 4:35 PM

As COVID-19 surges in the United States and around the world, health officials are responding with stern warnings, more testing and cutbacks on closings. While some nations have virtually stopped the spread within their country, MedTech prepares for a post-COVID world and how the virus and the response to it will reshape the industry.

The following is a small sampling of the COVID-19 updates compiled, reviewed and posted in real-time by our SmartTRAK analysts, who are constantly monitoring the situation and sifting through the noise to present the most relevant news to our subscribers:

Study Projects COVID Impact on US Healthcare

A statistical analysis study concluded elective procedure deferment during the COVID-19 pandemic will have a lasting impact on the US healthcare system and could result in a cumulative backlog of > 1MM ortho surgical cases at 2 years after the end of surgery deferment. JBJS

Challenges when Restart in the UK

A report w/ the title of ”Getting the NHS back on track: planning for the next phase of COVID-19” was published in the UK by the NHS Confederation. The paper talks about the 7 challenges of the health care system when restarting the health care services in the UK.

Canaccord Sees Upside to H220

Canaccord feels SNN’s Q220 preliminary results suggest better-than-expected improvements and an upside to H220 estimates. Canaccord feels US states/health systems are better positioned to handle COVID cases and doesn’t expect widespread elective procedure restrictions.

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Positive Growth in Q120: Infection Prevention Vascular Access Recap

By Susan Paquette on 7/2/20 10:15 AM

Q120 remained a bright spot showing positive growth with modest disruption from COVID-19 for the quarter.

For Q120, according to BioMedGPS’ SmartTRAK Financial Dashboard, the US Infection Prevention - Vascular Access Adjunct Products market was up +4. 4% YoY. The prevention of Hospital-Acquired Infections (HAIs) continues to drive measures and practices to reduce Central Line-Associated Bloodstream Infections (CLABSIs) and is creating demand for products that can address these issues. Numerous programs and educational tools are being developed to provide measures and strategies that assist healthcare providers in the prevention and reduction of infection in acute care and other settings.

Among the many topics covered in the comprehensive Q120 Infection Prevention: Vascular Access Adjunct Products Recap Market Recap* are:

Topics: Wound Care
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Hemostats and Sealants Up Despite COVID-19: Q120 Market Report

By Doug Devens on 7/1/20 10:24 AM

The US market for Hemostats and Sealants grew +6.1% YoY in Q120, up from the pace of Q419 despite the late appearance of COVD-19 in the last few weeks of the quarter. Growth was slightly higher in the Hemostats market, with +6.8% growth driven by relative strength in thrombin hemostats.

As reported in SmartTRAK Financial Dashboard, the US Hemostats and Sealants market had a growth rate of +6.1% in Q120. Leading the way in Q120 was Baxter* with +11.6% YoY growth and continued strength from Tisseel* and Artiss* fibrin sealants. Becton Dickinson* (BD) also posted strong gains as its relaunched Progel* and continued its resurgence in Q120. However, all manufacturers predicted that second-quarter results would be much worse since the full effect of surgery deferrals would be felt for the entire quarter. Some manufacturers warned that revenues were reduced as much as...

Among the many topics covered in the comprehensive Q120 Hemostats and Sealants Market Recap* are:

Topics: Wound Care
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COVID-19 Slows SCS Market Momentum: Q120 Market Recap

By Anne Staylor on 6/30/20 11:00 AM

The SCS market saw double-digit declines in Q120 as elective procedures fell off a cliff toward the end of the quarter due to COVID-19

After a disappointing slowdown in 2019, the spinal cord stimulation (SCS) market was positioned for growth in Q120 after a successful North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS) Annual Meeting in January 2020. With new data and products providing an early tailwind for all SCS competitors, companies reported positive momentum until approximately the third week of March when COVID-19 led to shelter-in-place orders and a sharp decline in elective procedures. This effectively put a halt to the vast majority of SCS trials and implants in the US and also impacted companies with SCS sales in China during January and February ...

Among the many topics covered in the comprehensive Q120 Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) Market Recap* are:

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International Medtech News Roundup: Updates from Around the Globe

By Thomas Wallick on 6/29/20 9:18 AM

As the international response to COVID-19 shifts to preparing for a potential second wave, the Medtech industry pushes forward with the development and approval of new devices. The following is just a small sampling of the past week's international updates that were curated, compiled, reviewed and posted throughout the day by the expert analysts at SmartTRAK. They sift through the noise to discover the latest international news, industry trends, financial data and competitor developments in the global Life Sciences industry.

Pandemic Reserve in Germany

In Germany, as a result of the past months, BVMed proposed to the Minister of Health to build stock for masks and protective equipment for 6 months to be used in pandemics.

How To Build Wound Care Knowledge

The Odense University Hospital in Denmark built up a blended learning concept in wound care for nurses to support them in gaining confidence when carrying out wound care. E-learning modules, study visits and workshops are mixed to address the needs.

Medical Device Promotion in France

In France, The National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products (ANSM) published a guideline on how advertising visas should be handled for medical devices during the state of emergency (until July 10, 2020) and through the year.

Restricted China Export Boost Local Market

Freight costs have increased dramatically during the COVID-19 outbreak. Chinese medical dressing export are mainly low cost, less advanced dressings. Manufacturers are now looking more to grow sales on their local China market, to replace imported more advanced dressings.

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Q120 Trauma Market Growth Halted Mid-March by COVID-19 Pandemic

By Natasha Weeks on 6/25/20 9:30 AM

COVID-19 halts the Trauma Market’s Q120 growth, leading to a -2.8% YoY decline globally.

Q120 was tracking as a stable quarter for the US Trauma Market, following Q419’s +3.8% growth, however, this was interrupted in mid-March by the COVID-19 pandemic. The US Trauma Market was down -1.2% YoY for the quarter, with WW revenues declining -2.8%. The non-elective trauma market experienced a reduction in trauma admissions due to the decrease in daily activities and limited driving for most of the US.

Among the many topics covered in the comprehensive Q120 Trauma Market Recap* are:

Topics: Orthopedics
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The Week in Neuromodulation: New Clinical Trials and Devices

By Thomas Wallick on 6/23/20 8:30 AM

This week, our expert analysts have sifted through the noise to present some of the latest product developments and clinical trials from the Neuromodulation industry. At SmartTRAK,  our analysts constantly monitor the worldwide MedTech industry to present real-time news, analysis and financial data. All of our analysts are experts in their field, having worked in business development, marketing and competitive intelligence roles at leading medical device companies.

The following is a small sampling of Neuromodulation segment updates from the past week that were compiled, reviewed and posted throughout the day by the industry-experienced analysts at SmartTRAK:

Mainstay Medical Receives FDA Approval for ReActiv8 System

Mainstay Medical rec’d FDA approval 6/16/20 for the ReActiv8 System indicated for stimulation of the L2 medial branch of the dorsal ramus for intractable CLBP assoc. w/ multifidus muscle dysfunction. Chris Gilligan, MD-INS Webinar: Novel Stimulation Technologies-Recent Research.

Non-Invasive VNS for PTSD and Mild TBI

The VA is sponsoring a 100-pt, double-blinded study evaluating the effect of non-invasive VNS (nVNS) vs sham on memory and symptoms of PTSD and mild TBI (mTBI) as well as brain and physiology in veterans w/ mTBI and PTSD. The study starts 8/1/2020. clinicaltrials.gov

Rice-Sized Neural Stimulator for DBS

Rice University researchers demonstrated that a miniature, wireless magnetically powered neural stimulator (> 100 Hz) can provide DBS in a rodent model for Parkinson’s disease and that these devices can be miniaturized to millimeter-scale and fully implanted. Neuron

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