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Meet Jim Petricek - General Manager, Orthobiologics & Regenerative Medicine

By Thomas Wallick on 10/25/21 9:26 AM

We are pleased to announce that Jim Petricek has joined the team at SmartTRAK as General Manager, Orthobiologics and Regenerative Medicine. Jim has 20+ years operational and management consulting experience in orthobiologics and regenerative medicine with roles in product development, marketing and business development, including prior management positions with BioMimetic Therapeutics and Synthes.

Meet Jim Petricek:

What is your role with SmartTRAK? General Manager Orthobiologics and Regenerative Medicine; Lead Analyst Orthobiologics

What do you like about SmartTRAK? I’ve had the pleasure of interacting with SmartTRAK for many years. The group is very knowledgeable in their respective fields, and while I’m sure not every day is bliss, there is a very palpable sense that everyone really enjoys being part of the SmartTRAK team.

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Evolution is Inevitable: An Interview with Anika's Cheryl Blanchard, PhD

By Freddy Buntoum on 10/18/21 9:37 AM

Cheryl Blanchard, President and CEO of Anika Therapeutics, discusses the Company’s metamorphosis from a partnered, single product company into a customer-facing, global joint preservation market player, in an interview with SmartTRAK.

Cheryl Blanchard, PhD, discusses the Company’s remarkable achievements amid a global healthcare crisis and progress made as Anika continues to execute on its Transformational Growth Strategy and grand plan in an interview with SmartTRAK at the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgery (AAOS) 2021 in San Diego, California. To find out more, click on the following audio recording. A link to download the complete transcript of the interview is also provided below.

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The Debate Over HA Therapy: AAOS 2021

By Freddy Buntoum on 10/15/21 9:48 AM

This Year’s AAOS Annual Meeting was no different--scientific bodies are still divided on the efficacy of HA therapy and it remains a “bête noire” sitting outside of the gold standard for the treatment of patients affected by knee OA.

For some time now, hyaluronic acid (HA) viscosupplement injections (aka intra-articular (IA) HA injections) have become a standard and an integral part of the physician’s armamentarium in the treatment continuum for an ever-growing number of patients suffering from knee osteoarthritis (OA). With OA universally established as the most prevalent form of arthritis afflicting the US population, SmartTRAK estimates that approximately 2.3 million HA injection procedures will be performed for knee OA alone.  Yet, confusion and debates persist over the efficacy of HA therapy, product composition and source of the HA, volume and number of injections, treatment cost and, more recently, regulatory classification for HA products. SmartTRAK believes that the plethora of studies on the use of HA injection that show varied results is ...

To download and read the complete article by Freddy Buntoum, Sr. Analyst, Orthobiologics and Regenerative Medicine at SmartTRAK, please click the button below.

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Q221 Market Recap: US Surgical Matrices

By Doug Devens on 9/7/21 8:53 AM

Procedures using surgical matrices rebounded to normal levels again, with broad strength in both hernia and breast matrices.

Procedures using surgical matrices returned to approximately normal levels, though the Delta variant may make that recovery short-lived, as recently observed in Texas. The US Surgical Matrices market rebounded strongly in Q221 according to BioMedGPS’ SmartTRAK Financial Dashboard. AbbVie* continued to lead the US Surgical Matrices market, with Becton Dickinson* (BD) bouncing back nearly as strongly.

Among the many topics covered in detail in our comprehensive Q221 US Surgical Matrices Market Recap* are:

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Roaring Back: Q221 US Hemostats and Sealants Market Recap

By Doug Devens on 9/2/21 10:56 AM

The US market for Hemostats and Sealants came roaring back from its pandemic depths in Q221 as procedures returned to normal.  

As surgical procedures returned to approximately normal levels, the US Hemostats and Sealants market grew +51.1% YoY in Q221 according to SmartTRAK Financial Dashboard. Growth was strong across all segments and companies. However, the Delta variant may make that recovery short-lived, as recently observed in Texas.

Among the many topics covered in detail in our comprehensive Q221 US Hemostats and Sealants Market Recap* are:

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The Slingshot Effect: Q121 US Orthobio Market Recap

By Freddy Buntoum on 7/16/21 9:30 AM

In spite of various headwinds, a strong uptick in surgical procedures and business activities in March was the slingshot effect needed to propel the US Orthobio Market into double-digit percentage growth for Q121.

In spite of the headwinds from a resurgence of COVID-19 cases in Q420 that spilled over to the early part of Q121 and winter storms of historical proportions in February, a strong uptick in elective surgical procedures in March was the slingshot effect the US Orthobio Market needed to propel it.

Among the many topics covered in detail in our comprehensive Q121 US Orthobio Market Recap* are:

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A Smoother Road Ahead: Q121 US Joint Fluid Replacement Market Recap

By Freddy Buntoum on 7/14/21 9:30 AM

The first quarter of 2021 felt like riding a car with square wheels, but ahead, the road looks smoother.

Coming out of a rough Q420 that sent the US Joint Fluid Replacement market players spinning at dizzying speed around the roulette wheel, the first quarter of 2021 gave them a bumpy ride on the road to COVID-19 recovery. As if a resurgence of positive COVID cases in late Q420 spilling into Q121 was not enough of a headwind, in mid-February, winter storms Uri and Viola landed a one-two hit across North America. 

Among the many topics covered in detail in our comprehensive Q121 US Joint Fluid Replacement Market Recap* are:

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Sometimes You Win: Q420/FY20 US Joint Fluid Market Recap

By Freddy Buntoum on 5/5/21 10:23 AM

Like the ball whirling around a casino roulette wheel, COVID-19 sent the US Joint Fluid Market players bouncing and spinning off widely, with some landing the year as winners, and others not so much.

Once again COVID-19 sent players spinning at dizzying speed around the roulette wheel, all in hopes that Lady Luck would let them land unscathed for Q420. With the continued pressure from COVID impacting recovery of the healthcare system and business operations, including the US Joint Fluid Replacement, total revenue for Q420 finished lower vs Q419, according to  SmartTRAK Financial Dashboard. 


Among the many topics covered in the comprehensive Q420/FY20 US Joint Fluid Market Recap* are:

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Q420/FY20 US Orthobio Market Recap

By Freddy Buntoum on 4/26/21 9:44 AM

With jockeys and their racehorses out of the gates to make up for the losses during H120, a resurge of COVID cases muddied the track again, slowing the finish to the 2020 Derby.

If the US Orthobio Market was off racing again in Q320, the racetrack got a bit muddy with a resurgence of positive COVID-19 cases, which halted or placed restrictions on elective procedures in some US states. Spine procedure volumes were particularly affected by the renewed restrictions in Q420, which had a domino effect of negatively impacting the Bone Replacement segment for Q4 and FY20, respectively.

Among the many topics covered in the comprehensive Q420/FY20 US Orthobio Market Recap* are:

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R&D Focus on OrthoBio: Patents, Products & Predictions

By Thomas Wallick on 3/15/21 11:07 AM

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues its unprecedented impact on economies around the world, the MedTech industry presses on with product innovation and plans for the future. SmartTRAK reports daily on the challenges still ahead, covering all aspects of the OrthoBio market.

The following is just a small sampling of recent OrthoBio updates from around the world compiled, reviewed and posted in real time by our SmartTRAK analysts. We constantly monitor the worldwide MedTech industry, sifting through the noise to present to our subscribers the most relevant international news, patents, trends, new products, financial data and competitor developments in the global Life Sciences industry.

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