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Matthew T. Hummel, MD, of Edgewood, Ky.-based Commonwealth Orthopaedic Centers performed a total knee replacement surgery with Kalamazoo, Mich.-based Stryker's Mako robotic-arm system, according to North Kentucky Tribune.
Here are 10 key notes on orthopedic and spine device companies from the past week.
Malden, Mass.-based AxioMed released a video highlighting its Freedom Disc's viscoelastic properties.
Carlsbad, Calif.-based Alphatec appointed two new executives to its senior leadership team.
Hancock, Mich.-based UP Health System-Portage embarked on a journey to streamline orthopedic implants to make their department more efficient and cost-effective: standardizing implants, according to a report from The Mining Gazette.
Here are five recently launched or released devices.

7. Alphatec announces $18.9M private placement — 5 notes

Written by Adam Schrag | Thursday, 23 March 2017 19:30
Carlsbad, Calif.-based Alphatec Holdings entered into a definitive securities purchase agreement to raise around $18.9 million in private placement of common stock, Series A Convertible Preferred Stock and warrants exercisable for common stock.
Washington, D.C.-based Association of Medical Device Reprocessors has filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in support of Charleston, W.Va.-based Impression Products.
Dublin, Ireland-based Mainstay Medical reported its full-year 2016 results.
St. Louis-based Barnes-Jewish Hospital's Washington University Pain Center is offering spinal cord stimulation to treat back pain, sans opioids, according to Medical Xpress.
The North American bone grafts and substitutes market is set to reach $2.1 billion by 2023, according to a GlobalData report.
Dublin, Ireland-based Medtronic announced the pricing of $2 billion-worth of senior notes.
The market for reprocessed medical devices is expected to exceed $5 billion by 2023.

14. AdvaMed names new board chairman — 4 notes

Written by Adam Schrag | Wednesday, 22 March 2017 16:24
Maple Grove, Minn.-based CVRx President and CEO Namid Yared was named chairman of Washington, D.C.-based AdvaMed's board of directors.
Invibio launched PEEK-OPTIMA™ in 1999 as the world's first implantable PEEK polymer. The implant material is ideal for spinal surgery because PEEK is radiolucent and has a modulus of elasticity close to bone, reducing stress shielding.

16. Asterias' AST-OPC1 helping paralyzed patients — 4 notes

Written by Adam Schrag | Tuesday, 21 March 2017 19:36
Menlo Park, Calif.-based Asterias Biotherapeutics announced the sixth and final patient who was administered AST-OPC1 after complete paralysis has exhibited positive signs following the six month study.
Fibrosis, the creation of dense scar tissue, often occurs around implanted medical devices, which inhibits the devices from performing their intended duties.
Richard H. Bundschu, MD, of Bradenton, Fla.-based Coastal Orthopedics Sports Medicine & Pain Management, is a principal investigator for a spinal cord stimulator study.
Hartford (Conn.) HealthCare is the first healthcare system in Connecticut to utilize Caesarea, Israel-based Mazor Robotics' Mazor X for spine surgeries.
The global robotics market will likely reach $13 billion by 2023, based on a Research Nester report, according to I-Connect007.
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