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Little Girl’s “Magic Arms” Exoskeleton Design – Created by Stratasys 3D Printer Customer – is up for Designs of the Year Award

January 25, 2013 2:28 pm | by Stratasys | Stratasys Inc. | News | Comments

Stratasys Ltd. (NASDAQ: SSYS) a leading manufacturer of 3D printers and production systems for prototyping and manufacturing, says that the “magic arms” WREX exoskeleton, designed by Nemours/Alfred l. duPont Hospital for Children, has been nominated for the Designs of the Year 2013 awards by London’s Design Museum.

ARGO Medical Technologies Unveils Advancement of its Exoskeleton Technology with Launch of ReWalk Rehabilitation 2.0

January 22, 2013 2:53 pm | by ARGO Medical Technologies | News | Comments

ARGO Medical Technologies has unveiled the newest generation of its ReWalk Rehabilitation exoskeleton that enables individuals with spinal cord injuries the ability to walk again. The 2.0 system is designed to make it easier to treat multiple individuals each day, it also has new software features that support beginner users and new sizing that allows each system to fit a broader range of patients.

Parker Names New Exoskeleton Device Indego

January 21, 2013 9:44 am | by PRNewswire | Parker Hannifin Corp. | News | Comments

Parker Hannifin Corporation, the global leader in motion and control technologies, today announced that it will market its new exoskeleton device under the name Indego™. Parker recently announced an exclusive licensing agreement with Vanderbilt University for its exoskeleton technology, which allows individuals with severe spinal cord injury to walk and enhances rehabilitation for people who have suffered a stroke.

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Emerging Biologics: Breaking Down Barriers with Device Companies and the FDA

January 3, 2013 3:29 pm | by Christopher Velis | Articles | Comments

Medical devices and man-made materials have achieved major advances over recent decades. However, a new drumbeat is sounding in healthcare, as the steady growth in the use of biologics in medical procedures is gaining traction. Man-made materials will always have a place in the case of acute trauma, but biologics have the potential to take over as the most effective solution for degenerative conditions.

Flexing fingers for micro-robotics: Berkeley Lab scientists create a powerful, microscale actuator

December 18, 2012 5:01 pm | by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory | News | Comments

Researchers with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California, Berkeley, have developed an elegant and powerful new microscale actuator that can flex like a tiny beckoning finger. Based on an oxide material that expands and contracts dramatically in response to a small temperature variation

New Biomaterial gets “Sticky” with Stem Cells

December 12, 2012 4:25 pm | by UC San Diego | News | Comments

Just like the bones that hold up your body, your cells have their own scaffolding that holds them up. This scaffolding, known as the extracellular matrix, or ECM, not only props up cells but also provides attachment sites, or “sticky spots,” to which cells can bind, just as bones hold muscles in place.

aap Implantate AG Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for LOQTEQ Trauma Plating System

December 10, 2012 3:36 pm | News | Comments

aap Implantate AG, a global medical device company focused on innovative trauma products and biomaterials for the orthopaedic market, announced that the first six systems of the LOQTEQ® Trauma Plating family of products has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), following clearance of the first LOQTEQ® product in August 2012.

OMTEC 2013

November 29, 2012 12:03 pm | Events

The Orthopaedic Manufacturing & Technology Exposition and Conference (OMTEC), was the first event of its kind and remains the predominant choice in the education of orthopaedic device company professionals. Now in its 9th year, the mission of OMTEC remains the same...

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Medica and Compamed 2012 Reflect Status of Medical Market

November 27, 2012 9:50 am | News | Comments

The recent staging of MEDICA 2012, International Trade Fair with Congress – World Forum for Medicine, and the concurrently held COMPAMED 2012, International Trade Fair – High tech solutions for medical technology, in Düsseldorf, Germany reflected the demand for medical technology and products with stable attendance figures: 130,600 visitors from 120 countries...

Parker Signs Licensing Agreement with Vanderbilt for Exoskeleton Technology and Targets Commercial Launch in 2014

November 5, 2012 12:37 pm | by PRNewswire | News | Comments

Parker Hannifin Corporation (NYSE: PH), the global leader in motion and control technologies, today announced that it has signed an exclusive licensing agreement with Vanderbilt University for its exoskeleton technology, which allows individuals with severe spinal cord injury to walk and enhances rehabilitation for people who have suffered a stroke.

Depuy Synthes Spine Launches New Image Guided Instrumentation for Viper® 2 and Expedium® Spine Systems at NASS

October 26, 2012 9:40 am | News | Comments

DePuy Synthes Spine announced new image guided instrumentation for two of its leading spine systems and has entered into a new partnership agreement with Brainlab, enabling both companies to offer integrated surgical navigation and imaging solutions.

Depuy Synthes Spine Launches First Access System for Minimally Invasive Posterior-Lateral Fusion

October 24, 2012 11:27 am | by DePuy Synthes Spine | News | Comments

DePuy Synthes Spine announced the launch of the SPOTLIGHT® PL Access System, the first access system designed specifically for minimally invasive posterior-lateral fusion. The announcement was made here at the North American Spine Society (NASS) 27th annual meeting, where the company is featuring its broad portfolio of minimally invasive and traditional spinal surgery solutions.

Depuy Synthes Spine Launches New Anterior Cervical Interbody Fusion System

October 24, 2012 11:21 am | by DePuy Synthes Spine | News | Comments

DePuy Synthes Spine today announced the launch of the ACIS™ Anterior Cervical Interbody Spacer System (ACIS System), a comprehensive set of spacers and instrumentation for anterior cervical discectomy and fusion (ACDF). The announcement was made here at the North American Spine Society (NASS) 27th annual meeting, where the company is featuring the ACIS System alongside the ZERO-P® VA...

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The Role of Coatings in Orthopedic Instrumentation

October 17, 2012 4:07 pm | by Don Garcia | Boyd Coatings Research, Inc. | Articles | Comments

High-performance coatings are being used across just about every device sector and on a variety of devices. Coatings can make components and the devices themselves stronger, safer, and more cost effective. This article looks at PVDF coatings and the array of benefits they offer when used on orthopedic tools.

ConforMIS Launches Next Generation of Only Patient-Specific Total Knee Replacement Implant System Available on Market

October 3, 2012 11:33 am | News | Comments

ConforMIS, Inc. today announced the commercial availability of its iTotal® G2 Knee Replacement System, the only patient-specific total knee replacement (TKR) available on the market today. The iTotal G2 is the next generation version of the iTotal which was FDA cleared in January 2011 and launched into limited surgeon release in May 2011.

Depuy Mitek Launches Next Generation Rotator Cuff Anchor

October 2, 2012 11:07 am | News | Comments

DePuy Mitek, Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of orthopaedic sports medicine products and soft tissue repair devices, announced the launch of the HEALIX ADVANCE™ Family of Suture Anchors, a comprehensive new system of rotator cuff anchor and instrumentation solutions.

Depuy Mitek Launches Endurance Hip Solutions

September 27, 2012 3:14 pm | by DePuy Mitek | News | Comments

DePuy Mitek, Inc., a leading developer and manufacturer of orthopaedic sports medicine products and soft tissue repair devices, announced the launch of ENDURANCE Hip Solutions, a new system of instruments and devices that marks the company’s entry into the rapidly growing field of hip arthroscopy.

IlluminOss Medical Secures $28 Million Series C Financing for Minimally Invasive Bone Fracture Repair

September 27, 2012 9:59 am | by IlluminOss Medical Inc. | News | Comments

IlluminOss Medical, Inc., the company pioneering photodynamic orthopedic implants, announced today that it has secured a $28 million Series C round of venture capital financing. Tekla Capital Management, the registered investment advisor to H&Q Life Sciences Investors and H&Q Healthcare Investors (together, the “H&Q Funds”), based in Boston, MA, and Life Sciences Partners...

Back pain solution to be revealed at Pharmacy Show

September 27, 2012 9:44 am | by Rophi Cushions | News | Comments

An innovative back pain relief device which could dramatically reduce one of the UK’s most common medical complaints will be showcased at the Pharmacy Show 2012. Rophi Cushions Ltd will be exhibiting the Rophi Cushion – a posture improving, pain relieving cushion which alleviates spinal stenosis by aligning the spine and pelvis whilst the user is asleep.

Amedica Receives FDA 510(K) Clearance for a Second Generation Interbody Fusion Device System

September 27, 2012 9:38 am | by Amedica Corporation | News | Comments

Amedica Corporation, a spinal and reconstructive medical device manufacturer, announced today it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to legally market a second generation family of cervical and lumbar interbody fusion devices (IBF) manufactured with the company's proprietary Silicon Nitride biomaterial.

Building a bionic ankle with iWalk and Cogmedix | Disruptors

September 24, 2012 8:20 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

In this episode of Disruptors, we talk to Tim McCarthy, CEO of iWalk and Matt Giza, Vice President of Cogmedix about building iWalk's revolutionary bionic prosthetic system for the ankle and lower foot, the BiOM.

Nexxt Spine is Granted FDA Clearance for New Spinal Implants Made of Solvay’s Zeniva PEEK

September 19, 2012 10:54 am | by Solvay Specialty Polymers | News | Comments

Nexxt Spine LLC, a Fishers, Ind.-based manufacturer of spinal implants and instrumentation, has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) for its new Honour™ cervical spacer and lumbar spacer implants made of Zeniva® polyetheretherketone (PEEK) rods from Solvay Specialty Polymers USA, LLC. Zeniva® PEEK – part of Solvay’s line of Solviva® Biomaterials...

Alphatec Spine Releases Alphatec NEXoss Nanostructure Bio-Active Matrix and Announces the First Patient Implant

September 18, 2012 10:43 am | by GLOBE NEWSWIRE | News | Comments

Alphatec Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Alphatec Spine, Inc., a medical device company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets products for the surgical treatment of spine disorders, with a focus on treating conditions related to the aging spine, announced today the first clinical use of Alphatec NEXoss, a next generation synthetic bone graft indicated for use in posterolateral spine fusions...

K2M Receives Pediatric Clearance for MESA & Rail 4D Spinal Systems

September 18, 2012 9:33 am | by K2M | News | Comments

K2M, Inc., the largest privately held spinal device company in the world focused on developing innovative solutions for the treatment of complex spinal pathologies and minimally invasive procedures, today announced that it has received an additional clearance to treat adolescent idiopathic scoliosis. The pediatric clearance applies to the company’s MESA® Deformity (ø5.5 mm)...

Corentec America Launches New Lospa Knee System

September 14, 2012 3:42 pm | by Corentec America | News | Comments

Corentec America, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Seoul-based Corentec Co., Ltd., has announced that the Company has received FDA clearance to market the its novel Lospa Knee System® in the United States. The innovative Knee Joint Replacement System is available now, along with the currently available Total Hip Replacement System, and a Pedicle Screw System for spine.

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