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FDA Clears the Provant Therapy System for Use by Patients with Metallic Implants

January 6, 2014 2:09 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

Regenesis Biomedical, Inc., today announced that FDA has approved the removal of the contraindication for use of the Company's Provant Therapy System in patients with metallic implants in the area of treatment. The decision was made after...

Depuy Synthes Spine Launches New Tissue Implant for Spine Surgery

January 6, 2014 11:12 am | by Depuy Synthes Spine | News | Comments

DePuy Synthes Spine, in collaboration with DePuy Synthes Biomaterials, announced today the U.S. launch of CONFORM SHEET, a hydrated, pliable and totally demineralized cancellous bone matrix that fills voids during posterolateral spinal fusion...

New MRI Technique Illuminates the Wrist in Motion

January 3, 2014 10:19 am | by University of California - Davis Health System | News | Comments

If a picture is worth 1,000 words then a movie is worth far more, especially when it comes to diagnosing wrist problems. UC Davis radiologists, medical physicists and orthopaedic surgeons have found a way to create "movies" of the wrist in...

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Looking to Obtain Bone Substitute with Synthetic Materials

December 31, 2013 10:53 am | by Investigación y Desarrollo | News | Comments

When Lucia Téllez Jurado and her research team at the National Polytechnic Institute were working in the synthesis of diverse materials, they realized that the Hydroxylapatite, medullar component of the bone, when obtained synthetically and...

Solana Surgical lands FDA clearance for orthopedic implant

December 30, 2013 9:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Solana Surgical won 510(k) clearance from the FDA for its CrossCheck plating system, designed for use in ankle and foot procedures. The CrossCheck systems are manufactured with a Type II anodization to enhance the fatigue strength, improving...

Symmetry Medical Amends Credit Agreement and Eliminates Mezzanine Debt

December 27, 2013 4:45 pm | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

Symmetry Medical Inc., a leading global source of innovative medical device solutions, including surgical instruments, orthopedic implants, and sterilization cases and trays, announced today that it has amended its credit agreement, enabling...

TorkLaw Continuing to Accept DePuy ASR Hip Implant Cases

December 27, 2013 1:35 pm | by PR Newswire | News | Comments

In November 2013, Johnson & Johnson announced that it has agreed to pay at least $2.5 billion to settle nearly 8,000 DePuy Orthopaedics Hip Implant lawsuits which have been filed across the country.  It is estimated by some accounts...

Research to Revolutionize Indications for Knee Surgery

December 27, 2013 9:22 am | by University of Helsinki | News | Comments

The Finnish Degenerative Meniscal Lesion Study compared surgical treatment of degenerative meniscal tears to placebo surgery. A year after the procedure the study participants, both those in the group who underwent surgery and the ones in...

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Aurora Spine offers $5M

December 24, 2013 11:29 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Aurora Spine Corp. announced that it made a private stock offering worth a potential $5 million. The Carlsbad-Calif.-based medical device company priced shares within the context of the current market, planning to close the offering in... 

Study: Hip implant regulatory review 'entirely inadequate'

December 24, 2013 9:59 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

A group of U.K. researchers is calling for a major shift in regulation of orthopedic hip implants, warning that a significant number of the devices get on the market without providing much evidence of their safety or efficacy. University...

$25 Million Funding for Next Generation 3D Bio-Systems

December 23, 2013 9:27 am | by University of Wollongong | News | Comments

Important new functional 3D devices including soft robotic limbs and solar fuel devices will be developed in a new world center for 3D Electromaterials based at the University of Wollongong. The ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials...

$3.5M Awarded for Commercialization of Medical Devices for Children

December 23, 2013 9:09 am | by Georgia Tech | News | Comments

The Atlantic Pediatric Device Consortium (APDC) has been awarded $3.5 million over five years by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to assist scientists, clinicians and entrepreneurs in bringing medical devices for children to the market...

Researchers Make Powerful Microscale Torsional Muscle/Motor from Vanadium Dioxide

December 20, 2013 11:36 am | by Lynn Yarris, DOE/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

Vanadium dioxide is poised to join the pantheon of superstars in the materials world. Already prized for its extraordinary ability to change size, shape and physical identity, vanadium dioxide can now add muscle power to its attributes... 

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Implantables: Market Challenged by Safety Concerns and Restricted Innovation

December 19, 2013 4:28 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, MDT | Articles | Comments

Implantable medical devices (IMDs) make up one of the most competitive and challenging markets in the industry, with issues of security and biocompatibility challenging the marketability of emerging products. The most established area for...

Newly Insured Bring New Opportunities and Challenges

December 19, 2013 4:12 pm | by Michael Frank, Healthcare Industry Expert, PA Consulting Group | Blogs | Comments

The medical device sector has emerged from the winter of the great recession into a much more price sensitive market. Pressure is mounting to reduce cost of devices where there are cheaper alternatives. While the 2.3% medical device excise...

Polymer Coatings Based on Molecular Structures

December 18, 2013 4:05 pm | by Karlsruhe Institute of Technology | News | Comments

A novel method developed by researchers from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and Jacobs University Bremen enables manufacturing of polymer layers with tailor-made properties and multiple functions: A stable porous gel (SURGEL)...   

Optimized Coatings for Implants Reduce Risk of Infection

December 18, 2013 3:37 pm | by Aalto University | News | Comments

Implants are commonly made from metals such as titanium alloys. These materials are being made porous during processing used to prepare them for medical use. Whereas this is important to ensure good contact between the implant and the bone...

NuVasive(R) Announces the U.S. Launch of ALIF ACR(TM)

December 17, 2013 8:39 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NuVasive, Inc., a medical device company focused on developing minimally disruptive surgical products and procedures for the spine, is excited to announce the United States launch of ALIF ACR™ (Anterior Lumbar Interbody Fusion - Anterior...

Zyga Tech raises $10M for spinal fusion devices

December 16, 2013 1:01 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Minnesota-based Zyga Technologies closed a $10 million funding round with the help of 5 unnamed investors, according to regulatory filings. The spinal devices maker raised the money through sales of equity and Series C-2 preferred stock... 

Wright Medical OrthoRecon sale to close early next month

December 16, 2013 12:23 pm | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Tennessee orthopedics company Wright Medical is preparing to put a ribbon on the sale of its OrthoRecon business, a deal in the works wince June. China-based MicroPort Scientific, which stands to gain a significant global presence with the...

Engineers Make Strides Toward Artificial Cartilage

December 16, 2013 10:03 am | by Jeni Baker, Duke University | News | Comments

A Duke research team has developed a better recipe for synthetic replacement cartilage in joints. Combining two innovative technologies they each helped develop, lead authors Farshid Guilak, a professor of orthopedic surgery and biomedical...

Photos of the Day: Artificial Cartilage

December 16, 2013 10:03 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

A closer look at the scaffolding integrated with Xuanhe Zhao’s hydrogel. The composite material, formed through a process comparable to pouring concrete over a steel framework, may be a serviceable synthetic replacement for the load-bearing...

MAKO Surgical to Merge with Stryker Corporation

December 13, 2013 2:45 pm | by Globe Newswire | News | Comments

MAKO Surgical Corp. announced that MAKO stockholders voted at a special meeting of stockholders held today to approve the adoption of the Agreement and Plan of Merger providing for the merger of MAKO with and into a wholly owned subsidiary of...

Revolutionary Method for Gluing Gels and Biological Tissues

December 13, 2013 12:34 pm | by CNRS | News | Comments

Researchers have discovered an efficient and easy-to-use method for bonding together gels and biological tissues. A team headed by Ludwik Leibler, involving researchers from the Laboratoire Matière Molle et Chimie (CNRS/ESPCI ParisTech) and...

Scientists First to Track Joint Cartilage Development in Humans

December 13, 2013 11:16 am | by Shaun Mason, UCLA | News | Comments

Stem cell researchers from UCLA have published the first study to identify the origin cells and track the early development of human articular cartilage, providing what could be a new cell source and biological roadmap for therapies to repair...

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