1. J&J, Medtronic, St. Jude Medical & more: 17 key notes

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Friday, 21 October 2016 00:00
Here are 17 key notes on orthopedic and spine device companies over the past week.
Earlier this week, Pfizer said it will sell a biosimilar version of Johnson & Johnson's Remicade, a rheumatoid arthritis treatment, causing investors to worry about the competition's impact on Johnson & Johnson's sales, according to STAT.
Thomas B. Scully, MD, of Northwest NeuroSpecialists in Tucson, Ariz., became the first surgeon to implant Life Spine's PRO-LINK Ti Stand-Alone Cervical Spacer System.
Brad Prybis, MD, of Carrollton (Ga.) Orthopaedic Clinic, performed the first anterior cervical fusion using Meditech's CURE Anterior Cervical Plate.
The FDA cleared Lyon, France-based Medicrea's PASS XS posterior fixation and LigaPASS XS band connector components.
About a decade ago, a novel technology called the Neuro-Spinal Scaffold for patients with spinal cord injury came to fruition. Today, Cambridge, Mass.-based InVivo Therapeutics' INSPIRE study is underway to prove the technology's efficacy.
NuVasive held a Spine Summit on Oct. 13 and 14 in California focused on topics that impact spine surgeon leaders as well as hospital and healthcare executives.
OrthoCarolina, a practice with more than 30 locations throughout the region, has completed its 100th surgical case using the Mazor Robotics Renaissance Guidance System.
Following news about Abbot Laboratories' plans to acquire St. Jude Medical, the companies will sell $1.12 billion in products to Japan-based Terumo, according to Chicago Tribune.
Mequon, Wis.-based Titan Spine strengthened its sales management team to meet demand for its Endoskeleton line of titanium interbody fusion devices.
Boston-based Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center joined InVivo Therapeutics' INSPIRE study.
Stryker's spine division will showcase its 3D-printed Tritanium Posterior Lumbar Cage at the North American Spine Society annual meeting from Oct. 26 to Oct. 29 in Boston.
Precision Spine will unveil its MD-Vue Lateral Access System at the North American Spine Society annual meeting from Oct. 26 to Oct. 29 in Boston.
Dallas-based CTL Medical achieved ISO 13485 and CE mark certifications.
Cambridge, Mass.-based InVivo Therapeutics added the Foothills Medical Centre in Calgary, Alberta, as a Canadian INSPIRE study clinical site.
Amendia is teaming up with Global Spine Outreach, a charity establishing scoliosis treatment centers around the globe.
Carlsbad, Calif.-based Alphatec Spine will unveil several new products at the North American Spine Society annual meeting in Boston.

18. Hensler Surgical launches patented bone collector: 4 takeaways

Written by Eric Oliver | Wednesday, 19 October 2016 00:00
Hensler Surgical Products will launch its Hensler Bone Collector at the North American Spine Society annual meeting.
Johnson & Johnson Innovation and Houston-based Texas Medical Center have partnered to create innovative medical devices, the Houston Chronicle reports.
SpineGuard plans to launch the next-generation PediGuard "Threaded" device next week.
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