The FDA granted Medtronic approval for the Prestige LP Cervical Disc System to treat single-level cervical disc disease.

2. Smith & Nephew CEO: mega-merger unlikely

Written by Laura Dyrda | Tuesday, 29 July 2014 09:03
Smith & Nephew CEO Olivier Bohuon is now publicly allaying rumors the company may consider a merger or sale to another medtech giant in the near future, according to a report from The Telegraph.
Robert Masson, MD, a spine surgeon and founder of NeuroSpine Institute of Orlando performed the first cervical spine surgery in the world using the Mitaka USA Kestrel View.
RTI Surgical reported $66 million revenue for the second quarter of 2014, an increase over the same period last year when revenue reached $42.3 million.
Mainstay Medical has received authorization from the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency and the Central Ethics Committee to expand the clinical trial of ReActiv8 to include clinical trial sites in the United Kingdom.
Mesoblast, a company focused on regenerative medicine, plans to launch its first stem cell therapy product in Japan next year and then the United States in 2016, according to a report from The Australian.
The Food and Drug Administration cleared 35 orthopedic and spine devices in June.

8. DJO Global net sales up 6.5% in 2Q

Written by Laura Dyrda | Friday, 25 July 2014 13:35
  DJO Global reported second quarter net sales were up 6.5 percent over the same period last year.
  Aurora Spine announced that the first surgery in the United States using the ZIP Graft pre-packaged sterile bone dowel was performed at Madison County Hospital in London, Ohio.
  Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., joined OrthoWorx University | Industry Advisory Board, according to a Stacey Page Online report.
  Here are 12 new medical devices for spine and orthopedic procedures.
  Intuitive Surgical announced the launch of the first annual Intuitive Surgical Robotics Fellowship Course through the American Association for Thoracic Surgery's Graham Foundation.

13. 7 recent study findings on spine, orthopedic devices

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Thursday, 24 July 2014 15:54
  Here are findings from seven studies focused on spine or orthopedic medical devices.

14. Bacterin, Medtronic, Stryker & more — 14 key notes

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Thursday, 24 July 2014 13:38
  Here are 14 key notes on major spine and orthopedic device companies.

15. Misonix launches BoneScalpel iPad app

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Thursday, 24 July 2014 13:36
  Misonix launched its BoneScalpel app for iPad mobile devices.

16. IMPLANET board of directors nominates Paula Speers advisor

Written by Anuja Vaidya | Wednesday, 23 July 2014 12:02
  IMPLANET announced its board of directors nominated Paula Ness Speers as a new independent advisor.
  Medtronic shareholders filed a lawsuit in early July at the Hennepin County District Court in opposition to the company's $42.9 billion acquisition of Covidien, according to an SC Times report.

18. Stryker CEO Kevin Lobo becomes board chairman

Written by Laura Dyrda | Wednesday, 23 July 2014 11:11
  Stryker appointed President and CEO Kevin A Lobo to Chairman of the Board.
  The Journal of Managed Care Medicine recently accepted an economic analysis of minimally invasive spinal fusion using Baxano Surgical's AxiaLIF procedure for publication.

20. K2M IMAST workshops draw 300+ participants

Written by Laura Dyrda | Tuesday, 22 July 2014 17:05
  K2M held four educational workshops during the 21st International Meeting on Advanced Spine Techniques in Valencia, Spain.
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