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Sports Medicine and Extremities Start-Ups to Watch

By Sharon O'Reilly on 1/3/24 9:30 AM

SmartTRAK highlights start-ups developing innovative products for joint resurfacing, soft tissue fixation, ligament and tendon augmentation at the 2023 MNVC.

Sports medicine and extremities were prominent themes at the 21st Annual Musculoskeletal New Ventures Conference (MNVC) held in Memphis in November 2023. Approximately one-third of the 38 presenting companies debuted new and innovative technologies for treating sports-related injuries of the knee, shoulder, hand, foot & ankle ranging from soft tissue fixation, ligament and tendon augmentation and cartilage resurfacing. Now that investment in robotics and surgical navigation craze has peaked, major orthopedic manufacturers are directing research and development (R&D) dollars toward restoring joint function using biological approaches and a variety of less invasive techniques. 

Among the topics covered in this market outlook article are:

  • Promising Knee and Shoulder Start-Ups
  • Extremity Fixation: An Emerging Market
  • Resurgence in Joint Resurfacing

A fertile ground for strategic negotiations and deal-making, several of the major players have broadened their range of products through strategic tuck-in acquisitions in the past year. Also, several start-ups are targeting the multi-billion dollar Soft Tissue Fixation market.  This landscape reflects a dynamic and competitive environment where established players seek to strengthen their positions through ...

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Sowing the Seeds for Growth: Q123 Extremities Market Recap

By Lisa Mahan on 6/16/23 9:30 AM

New products and technologies in Shoulder Replacement and the Extremities Fixation Segments planted the seeds for sequential growth in the Q123 Extremities Market

The US Extremities Market grew 7.8% in Q123 with new products and continued recovery of elective procedures encouraging growth despite concerns about a looming recession. While headwinds such as supply chain constraints, economic challenges and staffing shortages could darken the forecast, SmartTRAK expects the Extremities Market to weather these issues and continue to experience strong growth through 2023.

Among the many topics covered in detail in SmartTRAK's comprehensive Q123 Extremities Market Recap* are:

  • Complete Q123 Extremities Market Overview
  • SmartTRAK's Expert Market Analysis and Insights
  • All Company News, Revenues, Data, Charts and Shares
  • New Products and Technologies That are Planting the Seeds for Growth in Shoulders
  • Extremities Fixation Closes the Quarter on High with Solid Returns
  • Q123 Regulatory Highlights

Both US Extremities Fixation subsegments, Upper Extremities Fixation and Foot Ankle Fixation, ended the first quarter of 2023 with ...

Read the entire Q123 Extremities Market Recap, including SmartTRAK's expert analysis, news, data, charts, company revenues and shares*

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New Products, Strong Growth & Continuing Strength: Q422 Extremities Market Recap

By Lisa Mahan on 4/24/23 10:02 AM

Strong growth across market segments and new products coming to market signal continuing Extremities Market strength

SmartTRAK reports that the Q422 WW Extremities Market, WW Upper Extremities Market, WW Foot & Ankle Market, US Extremities Market, US Upper Extremities Market and the US Foot & Ankle Market were all up between +4.5% and +9.0% YoY.
 

Among the many topics covered in detail in SmartTRAK's comprehensive Q422 Extremities Market Recap* are:

  • Complete Q422 Extremities Market Overview and Highlights
  • SmartTRAK's Expert Market Analysis and Insights
  • All Company News, Revenues, Data, Charts and Shares
  • New Shoulder Products Driving Growth with More Tech Updates Coming
  • Ankle Market Poised for Expansion with Next-Generation Implants and Technology
  • Renewed Manufacturer Focus along with New Product Intros Fuel Upper Extremities Fixation
  • Foot & Ankle Fixation Propelled by New Product Introductions
  • Q422 Regulatory Highlights
    • Fixation
    • Shoulder Replacement
    • Elbow Replacement
    • Ankle Replacement
    • Toe Replacement
Read the entire Q422 Extremities Market Recap, including SmartTRAK's expert analysis, news, data, charts, company revenues and shares.*

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What's New in Orthopedics Research & Development

By Thomas Wallick on 2/27/23 11:28 AM

In recent years, there have been significant advances in orthopedic treatments, surgical techniques and rehabilitation methods that have transformed the way we approach musculoskeletal disorders.SmartTRAK continues to report daily, in real-time 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.

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 and Be The Expert.

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:

  • NuVasive*

    NUVA spoke about its upcoming product launches, including an expandable Lateral called MOD-EX XLIF and extended blade-fixation options for Modulus ALIF, and predicted that both will support the continued interest in NUVA. NUVA Q422 Earnings Transcripton Seeking Alpha

  • GMED mgmt stated the ortho robot will launch w/ a knee application first w/ other applications to follow, noting it is unlikely that gap-filling joint implant systems would be launched prior to the knee application for robotics. GMED Q422 Earnings Transcript on Seeking Alpha

  • CurvaFix announced a it will launch the 7.5 mm CurvaFix IM Implant, which received FDA clearance in Oct 2022, at this year’s AAOS annual meeting in Las Vegas. BusinessWire

Patents:

  • SeaSpine*

    7D Surgical was granted US Patent “Systems And Methods For Intraoperative Spinal Level Verification” disclosing the use of segmented surface data from volumetic pt image data compared w/ intra-op surface data to verify spine levels w/o x-rays. 11564752

  • Method for Treating Joint Pain  

    US Patent "Method for treating joint pain" was granted relating to treating joint pain by inserting a bone dowel and BMA into the subchondral of a bone and introducing BMA into the intra-articular space of the joint being treated. 11583402

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2023 Extremities Trends to Watch

By Lisa Mahan on 2/21/23 12:17 PM

SmartTRAK highlights trends affecting the US Extremities Market in 2023

The Extremities Market continues to be a hotbed of activity heading into 2023. SmartTRAK highlights trends that will continue to affect the US Market for Extremities in 2023, including CMS reimbursement obstacles, new product introductions and potential mergers and acquisitions.
 

Among the many topics covered in detail in this comprehensive article are:

  • SmartTRAK's Expert Market Analysis and Insights
  • Outpatient Shoulder Replacement Growing Despite Lack of CMS Reimbursement
  • New Shoulders May Heat Up Competition
  • New Ankle Products and Technologies May Boost Growth
  • New Products, DTC and Potential M&As Heat Up Extremities Fixation
  • M&As on the Horizon

To download and read the complete "2023 Extremities Trends to Watch" article, just click the button below.Download the Extremities Trends Article

The countdown to AAOS 2023 on March 7-11 in Las Vegas has begun and the SmartTRAK team will be attending...see you there!

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The Future of PEKK in Orthopedics: An Interview w/ Oxford Performance Materials' Scott Felice

By Nick Fitzpatrick on 1/23/23 10:18 AM

SmartTRAK interviews Oxford Performance Materials CEO Scott DeFelice to learn more about the company’s PEKK-based materials solutions in orthopedics.

In an interview with   SmartTRAK, Oxford Performance Materials’ (OPM) CEO Scott DeFelice explains the history of his company, the difference between PEKK, PEEK and titanium-based implants and the Company’s future plans in the orthopedic space.

To find out more, including OPM’s plan to expand into the custom trauma market and its planned release of an all-polymer total knee, just click on the following video to listen to the full interview. (29:13 min).  A link to download a transcript of the complete interview is also provided below.

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What's New in Trauma and Extremities?

By Natasha Weeks on 12/5/22 10:12 AM

In the market for Trauma & Extremities, companies continue to innovate with new product introductions as well as a value-based care approach that promotes supporting clinical evidence for new and existing products showing their benefits to the patient and the hospital. Manufacturers are investing in solutions beyond implants to differentiate themselves and gain share in the Trauma & Extremities markets. SmartTRAK has observed a variety of strategies and solutions in the fast-paced hallux valgus segment as well as investment in deformity correction and periprosthetic solutions. The following is a sample of SmartTRAK's recent Trauma & Extremities news and developments from around the world, compiled, curated and posted in real-time by the expert analysts at SmartTRAK.

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New Products:

  • CAPTIVATE Cannulated Screw System* - Globus*

    Globus announced the launch of the CAPTIVATE Headed Cannulated Screw System in diameters 2.5/3.0 mm, 3.5/4.0 mm, 4.5/5.5 mm. SmartTRAK reviewed the products at OTA with Globus as the Company fills out its Trauma & Extremities portfolio. LinkedIn

  • Stryker launched the Gamma4 System, the next-gen IM nail system from the IM Nail market leader (45.6% US share in 2021) according to SmartTRAK’s Financial Dashboard. The new system features a precision pin, redefined nail design and integrated instrument.

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Trends and Advancements in Foot & Ankle: AOFAS 2022

By Natasha Weeks on 11/17/22 9:38 AM

SmartTRAK highlights new products and Company strategies to penetrate the Foot & Ankle space at AOFAS 2022

SmartTRAK identified several key themes and takeaways from the American Orthopaedic Foot & Ankle Society (AOFAS) 2022 meeting held recently in Quebec City, Canada. Manufacturers showcased product introductions with a continued focus on hallux valgus solutions and are investing in solutions beyond implants to differentiate themselves and gain share in the US Foot & Ankle Market.

Among the many topics covered in detail in the complete article, which can be downloaded here, are:

  • Small, Niche Players Attempt to Gain Share
    • Globus Fills Out Trauma and Extremities Product Portfolios
    • Enovis Showcases New Products and Gains Traction in F&A Space
  • Direct-To-Consumer Marketing Drives Growth in Hallux Valgus Market
    • Treace Medical Outpaces Others
    • Medartis Showcases New Products
    • JNJ/DePuy/Synthes' Acquisition
    • Paragon28 Focuses on the MIS Segment

To download the complete "AOFAS 2022: Trends and Advancements in Foot & Ankle" article by SmartTRAK's Natasha Weeks, Sr. Analyst, Trauma & Extremities, just click the button below.Download the AOFAS 2022 Article

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Trends and Advancements in Trauma: OTA 2022

By Natasha Weeks on 11/14/22 11:34 AM

SmartTRAK highlights the latest trends and innovations at OTA 2022, with a focus on deformity correction and limb lengthening.

Our expert analysts focus in on the latest advancements, key trends and takeaways from the Orthopedic Trauma Association (OTA) meeting in Tampa, Florida held October 12–15, 2022. Major trauma manufacturers showcased innovation through new product introductions.

Stepping Outside of Internal Fixation

In the market for ring fixation devices, companies have been innovating beyond static frames and are developing dynamic, computer-assisted hexapod frames to treat bone fractures and deformity corrections. One of the challenges with hexapod frames is that they require manual strut adjustments, a process that is prone to patient and clinician error and can require up to 20 manual adjustments per day—a definite burden on the patient and caregiver ...

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Future Growth? Q222 Extremities Market Recap

By Lisa Mahan on 9/15/22 9:30 AM

A variety of conditions decelerated Extremities Market growth, but new product introductions should accelerate future growth 

Companies across the Extremities space reported a variety of conditions decelerating growth in Q222, including supply chain challenges, elective procedure cancellations due to COVID, facility staffing issues and reduced demand for trauma-related devices. WW Extremities Market growth slowed sequentially in Q222 compared to Q122. The US Extremities Market also saw slowing sequential growth. Moving forward, SmartTRAK  expects Extremities market growth to accelerate as headwinds lessen and new product introductions boost revenue.
 

Among the many topics covered in detail in our comprehensive Q222 Extremities Market Recap* are:

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