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COVID-19: The MedDevice Industry Navigates Uncharted Waters

By Thomas Wallick on 5/4/20 6:12 PM

The world-wide medical community continues to search for ways to stem the spread of the COVID-19 virus and deal with its impact. Progress is being made on vaccines and treatments as new surgery guidelines are developed. 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:

AAHKS Survey Shows COVID-19's Effect on MedDevice Industry
Results from a survey of AAHKS Industry Partners indicates an increasing shift to web-based prof ed through 2021, and for H220, a significant emphasis on outpt care, COVID-19 safety measures, and the need for increased availability of instruments and implants. J of Arthroplasty

More Signs COVID-19 Vaccines Coming

There are add’l signs a COVID-19 vaccine could be available in late 2020/early 2021. JNJ and Catalent are preparing for 24/7 manufacturing of JNJ’s investigational vaccine candidate. Also, Pfizer believes it may have a vaccine for emergency use by late Q3/early Q4. Seeking Alpha

FDA Allows Emergency Use of Potential COVID-19 Treatment

The FDA issued emergency use authorization for Remdesivir, an investigation ant-viral drug, for the treatment of suspected or lab-confirmed COVID-19 in adults and children hospitalized for severe conditions. FDA.gov

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Q419/FY19 Soft Tissue Fixation Market Recap: Overall Positive Growth

By Freddy Buntoum on 4/29/20 9:21 AM

For the fourth quarter of 2019, WW Soft Tissue Fixation Market revenue was up +3.7% YoY. Aggregate growth for the quarter especially benefited from healthy and continued revenue gains in the Hip Labral repair segment, which was up +8.9% YoY. And, to a smaller extent, the Meniscal repair and the Shoulder repair segments also contributing to the overall WW market growth in Q419 with YoY increases of 4.4% and 4.1%, respectively, based on SmartTRAK Financial Dashboard. Similar to other orthopedic markets, such as the Joint replacement market, Soft Tissue Fixation is typically seasonal with lower sales during Q3 and recovery in Q4 driven by a year-end increase in the number of elective procedures and stronger product push as competitors race to finish the year at or above their respective budget projections.

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COVID-19 Updates: The State of MedTech as Reopening Begins

By Thomas Wallick on 4/27/20 3:35 PM

The Covid-19 crisis continues to impact the world-wide medical community. As some parts of the world take steps toward reopening, a more complete picture is forming of the effects on the global Life Sciences industry. SmartTRAK's analysts are constantly monitoring data and sifting through the noise to present the most relevant news to its subscribers in real-time updates throughout the day.

Following is a small sampling of the hundreds of COVID-19 updates from the past week that were compiled, reviewed and posted by our analysts on SmartTRAK:

Mesoblast MSC Product Initially Proves Successful in COVID-19 Related ARDS 

Mesoblast announced 83% survival in ventilator-dependent COVID-19 pts w/ moderate/severe acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) treated w/ two IV infusions of remestemcel-L (allogenic MSCs) w/in the first five days.

Impact of COVID-19 on CAS in the US
SmartTRAK took a preliminary look at the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on procedure volumes & capital equipment placement of orthopedic and spine enabling technologies, with projected recovery into 2021. Impact of COVID-19 on US Orthopedic and Spine Computer-Assisted Surgery

Impact of COVID-19 on Advanced Wound Care
SmartTRAK assessed the impact of COVID-19 on the NPWT Market. Single-use volumes are expected to drop during the first three quarters of 2020 due primarily to the drop in elective surgical procedures but will rebound in Q420. Impact of COVID-19 on US Advanced Wound Care

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Q419/FY19 Infection Prevention Recap: VA Adjunct Products Post Gains

By Susan Paquette on 4/24/20 12:39 PM

FY19 showed solid gains in all segments, up +4.1% YoY, as antimicrobial devices take the lead

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.

According to BioMedGPS' SmartTRAK Financial Dashboard, the Q419 US VA Adjunct Products market saw a solid increase of +3.7% for the four segments: Dressings, Antimicrobial Devices, Antimicrobial IV Skin Preps and Mechanical Securement Devices.

Among the many topics including news, financial data, charts and company revenues, covered in the comprehensive Q419/FY19 Infection Prevention: Vascular Access Adjunct Products Market Recap*, are:

Topics: Wound Care
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Q419/FY19 Market Recap: Innovation Amid Weakness in SCS

By Anne Staylor on 4/23/20 9:30 AM

Although the Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) Market was down YoY in Q419 and FY19, new data and devices are on deck for 2020

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COVID-19: The Life Sciences Industry Rises to the Challenge

By Thomas Wallick on 4/20/20 3:29 PM

As the Covid-19 epidemic continues, the medical community world-wide struggles to cope with its impact. SmartTRAK's analysts are constantly monitoring the effect COVID-19 is having on the Life Sciences industry, sifting through the noise to present the most relevant news to its subscribers. Our analysts continue to publish real-time updates throughout the day, detailing what you need to know about the impact the international healthcare crisis is having on the industry at large.

Following is a selection of the COVID-19 updates from the past week as compiled by the analysts at SmartTRAK:

New CMS Guidelines for Providing Non-COVID-19 Care
CMS issued guidance on providing a gradual process for restarting non-COVID-19 care in areas w/ low incidence of the disease including coordination w/ local and state public health officials and readiness assessment in terms of staff, supply and testing capabilities. CMS.gov

AHA & Others Develop Joint Guidelines for Resuming Elective Procedures
AHA, ACS, ASA and AORN have developed joint guidelines to help providers determine their readiness to resume elective procedures including a sustained reduction in COVID-19 cases in their geographic area for at least 14 days and having the appropriate resources. AHA.org

Switzerland Easing Restrictions While Others Extend Theirs
Switzerland announced a 3-step plan for easing restrictions due to COVID-19 including allowing hospitals to perform elective procedures. The UK, however, extended its lockdown for 3 more weeks similar to extensions in Italy, Spain, and France. CIDRAP

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Q419/FY19 AWC Market Recap: Solid Growth and Acquisitions

By Susan Paquette on 4/20/20 9:00 AM

A year of solid growth and acquisitions for the WW AWC market, as 3M moves into the leading position.

For FY19, according to BioMedGPS’ SmartTRAK Financial Dashboard, WW Advanced Wound Care (AWC) revenue for Advanced Dressings, External Devices and Biologics was up +4.7% YoY.

3M captured the number one position in the AWC space after completing the acquisition of Acelity and its KCI subsidiaries on October 11, 2019. According to SmartTRAK Financial Dashboard, in FY19, combined 3M and Acelity seized 22.7% of the market and generated +6.2% YoY growth. Revenue for Q419 was up +6.9% YoY, driven by ongoing strong performance in single-use negative pressure wound therapy and solid growth in Advanced Wound Dressings. 

Among the many topics, including news, financial data, charts and company revenues, covered in the comprehensive Q419/FY19 Advanced Wound Care Market Recap*,  are:

Topics: Wound Care
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Swim with the Sharks: A Deep Dive in the Biologic Association Think Tank

By Freddy Buntoum on 4/17/20 2:23 PM

The Biologic Association kicked off its very 1st Summit (Feb 5-7, 2020 in Carlsbad, CA) with what turned out to be a big crowd-pleaser. Initially set up as a “by invitation only” attendance, the Summit’s opening program, “Biologic Association Think Tank” raised such a high level of interest that everyone in attendance was ultimately let into the session.

The format for the Think Tank was quite similar to the hugely popular television show “Shark Tank.” Only in this session, the “school of fish” (contestants/presenters) included a lineup of industry and/or academic researchers in the field of Orthobiologics who gave presentations on their respective lead product candidates.

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Q419/FY19 CAS Spine Market Recap: Robotics Drives Implant Sales

By Elise Wolf on 4/15/20 2:29 PM

Robotics and other enabling technologies continued to drive implant sales for existing competitors in Q419, with several new product introductions and expanded applications expected in 2020 and beyond.

Topics: Orthopedics
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COVID-19: MedTech Navigates the Pandemic

By Thomas Wallick on 4/13/20 1:31 PM

As Covid-19 tightens its grip on the global community, the impact on the world economy grows. SmartTRAK's analysts are constantly monitoring the effect COVID-19 is having on the Life Sciences industry, sifting through the noise to present the most relevant news to its subscribers. Our analysts continue to publish real-time updates throughout the day, detailing what you need to know about the impact the international healthcare crisis is having on the industry at large.

Following is a selection of the COVID-19 updates from the past week as compiled by the analysts at SmartTRAK:

COVID-19 Could Travel in Air Up to 13 Feet
New research published by the CDC showed COVID-19 was detected in air up to 4 m (~13 feet) from pts in a study that tested surface and air samples from a hospital w/ COVID-19 pts in Wuhan, China. The virus was detected on floors, computer mice, doorknobs, bed rails & trash cans.

COVID-19: Roadmap for Reopening the US

A report by former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD and colleagues at the American Enterprise Institute provides a roadmap for navigating through the COVID-19 pandemic in the US and outlines steps needed to start reopening America for businesses and families. AEI

DSM Launches Site to Support COVID-19 Efforts
With COVID-19 disrupting supply chains and causing shortages, DSM has launched a web page that brings together designs and resources for people looking to help alleviate the supply issues using 3D printing technology.

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