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Cognition Medical: An Interview with CEO Alex Turjman at SNIS 2019

By Anne Staylor on 10/7/19 9:30 AM

Cognition Medical discusses its next generation neurovascular technologies in an interview with SmartTRAK at SNIS 2019

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Q219 SCS Market Recap: Shares Shift Amid Ongoing Weakness

By Anne Staylor on 10/4/19 10:00 AM

Despite continued weakness and share shifts in Q219, the SCS market is poised to accelerate in H219 on new products/clinical data

In Q219, US and WW spinal cord stimulation (SCS) revenues were down for all the big players against tough YoY comps and ongoing weakness in the market as companies work through a gap in new product introductions, ongoing commercial execution issues and customer destocking. In the US, SCS revenues were down -6.3% vs Q218 according to the SmartTRAK Financial Dashboard. Although revenues were up sequentially per the usual seasonality in Q2, QoQ growth in Q219 was more anemic compared to the previous year. Between Q119-Q219, US SCS revenue was up just over ...

Among the many topics covered in the complete Q219 SCS Market Recap* are:

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SmartTRAK Attending SNIS 2019

By Lindsey Wolejko on 7/18/19 11:56 AM

SmartTRAK is excited to be attending the Society of Neurointerventional Surgery’s (SNIS) 16th Annual Meeting in Miami, Florida from July 22-25, 2019. Anne Staylor, Managing Editor, Business Intelligence and Senior Director, Advanced Technologies will be covering the latest news at the conference, and will be providing updates on key studies, trends, and technologies affecting the market for ischemic and hemorrhagic stroke devices. 

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Intraoperative Neuromonitoring in SCS: An Interview with Steven Falowski, MD

By Anne Staylor on 5/22/19 9:30 AM

Intraoperative neuromonitoring could be a game changer in the field of SCS by elucidating the MOA for current and emerging SCS waveforms and stimulation patterns. But will it improve outcomes? To find out more, SmartTRAK interviewed Steven Falowski, MD at NANS 2019.

Steven Falowski, MD, Secretary of the Board for the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS), discusses the latest research on the use of intraoperative neuromonitoring during spinal cord stimulation (SCS) in an interview with SmartTRAK at the NANS 22nd annual meeting held Jan. 17-20, 2019 in Las Vegas.

Historically, pain specialists have always placed spinal cord stimulators in awake patients for safety reasons and to confirm the therapy is adequately covering painful areas. However, Dr. Falowski says there’s been a paradigm shift where both pain physicians and surgeons alike are now using intraoperative neuromonitoring to place SCS systems for both percutaneous electrodes and paddle leads in asleep patients to more accurately localize the spinal cord midline and to improve intraoperative electrode placement and pain coverage... 

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INS 2019 Preview: An Interview with INS President Robert Levy, MD

By Anne Staylor on 5/20/19 12:59 PM

In an interview with SmartTRAK, Robert Levy, MD, president of the International Neuromodulation Society (INS), provides a preview of the research, emerging technologies, and trends in neuromodulation that will be at the INS 2019 14th World Congress to be held May 23-30, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. 

The meeting will highlight several important topics, including the use of neurostimulation to reduce opioid use, closed-loop neurostimulation, and advances in non-invasive brain stimulation, including for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and for enhancing memory and learning.

In terms of research, Dr. Levy said Sam Eldabe, MD of the United Kingdom will provide a critical evaluation of clinical trials in neuromodulation. Researchers will also present the latest insight into mechanism of action, new data on neurostimulation for cardiac ischemia, as well as research on use of deep brain stimulation (DBS) for obesity, eating disorders and addiction. Researchers will also present important pivotal trial results, including: the Evoke Study (Saluda Medical), evaluating closed-loop spinal cord stimulation (SCS); the SURF study (Stimwave Technologies), comparing different wireless SCS frequencies and waveforms; and the ReActiv8 trial (Mainstay Medical), evaluating the use of a restorative neurostimulation system for nocioceptive chronic low back pain. 

On the technology front, the INS’s Innovation Day will highlight disruptive innovations in neuromodulation, and will feature panel discussions and presentations by researchers and major shareholders from early stage start-ups, middle-stage start-ups and well-established companies.

To find out more about the INS World Congress, click on the following video to listen to SmartTRAK’s interview with Dr. Levy recorded via phone from his office in Florida. A transcript of the interview is also provided below.

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NANS 2019: Highlights and Key Takeaways

By Anne Staylor on 5/7/19 7:30 AM

SmartTRAK highlights key takeaways from the recent North American Neuromodulation (NANS) 22nd annual meeting held in Las Vegas in January, including important company news, trials, technologies, and trends affecting the US market for spinal cord stimulation (SCS) and what's next in this market. This informative article also includes exclusive interviews with leading figures in Neuromodulation including Saluda Medical CEO John Parker, President Abbott Neuromodulation Keith Boetigger, Medtronic Senior VP and Pain Therapies President Marshall Stanton, and Medtronic Senior Global Product Manager for Pain Stimulation and Early Interventions Brian Ranck ...

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Q418/FY18 Market Recap: SCS Market Slows

By Anne Staylor on 4/9/19 10:12 AM

The Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) market saw high-teens growth in FY18, but decelerated in Q418.

The US SCS Market saw another banner year in FY18, growing +17.4% YoY. Market growth was driven by new product launches, expanding indications and ongoing demand for non-narcotic alternatives that address chronic intractable pain and the opioid epidemic.

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Q318 SCS Market Recap: On Track for Another Record Year

By Anne Staylor on 1/21/19 10:17 AM

New Products, Continued Demand Provide SCS Market Tailwinds

SmartTRAK reports that with new products providing a strong tailwind in Q318, the SCS market saw another quarter of strong double-digit growth in both the US and WW, positioning the market for another record year. 

Among the many topics covered in the Q318 SCS Market Recap are:

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Spinal Cord Stimulation: Top Trends to Watch in 2019 and Beyond

By Anne Staylor on 1/15/19 12:00 PM

SmartTRAK identifies trends to watch in spinal cord stimulation 

With the start of a new year, it's time to look back at 2018 and identify continuing and emerging trends in the market for Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) that are likely to shape the landscape in 2019 and beyond.

So what’s on the horizon? Anne Staylor, SmartTRAK Managing Editor, gives her predictions for the top technology and market trends to watch.

Among the many interesting and informative topics covered in the article are:

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NANS 2019 Preview: SmartTRAK Interviews Todd Sitzman, MD

By Anne Staylor on 1/14/19 10:00 AM

In an interview with SmartTRAK, B. Todd Sitzman, MD, MPH, President of the North American Neuromodulation Society (NANS), provides a preview of the educational opportunities, key research and emerging technologies that will be at the NANS 22nd Annual meeting to be held January 17-20, 2019 in Las Vegas, NV. Dr. Sitzman expects NANS 2019 to be the biggest meeting yet for the premier neuromodulation society, with up to 3000 attendees and 300+ abstracts presented, organized around the theme of “The Science Behind Successful Outcomes.”

To find out more about the meeting, click on the video below to listen to SmartTRAK’s interview with Dr. Sitzman, recorded via Skype from his office in Hattiesburg, Mississippi (11:53 minutes). 

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