10 most popular device and implant stories of 2016

Written by Jessica Kim Cohen | December 30, 2016 | Print  |

Acquisitions, distributorships and major recalls captured the attention of Becker's Spine Review readers in 2016.

The following are among the most popular spine and orthopedic device and implant stories this year:

 

1. Has Xenco Medical ushered in the future of spine surgery?

 

When UCSF released its finding that Xenco Medical’s disposable, plastic surgical instrument outperformed a metal counterpart in a comparative strength study last October, the news spread quickly in the spinal device industry.

 

2. Medtronic, Stryker, Zimmer Biomet, DePuy Synthes, Smith & Nephew: Who had the best 2015? 32 things to know

 

Healthcare themes in 2015 included consolidation, continuum of care integration and diversification; the year was no different for orthopedic device companies.

 

3. Are Stryker's hip implants about to be recalled?

 

After the Australian government issued a warning about Stryker's LFIT Anatomic CoCr V40 femoral heads, physician/lawyer Shezad Malik believes a recall could be "imminent."

 

4. PODs under attack again — 5 key notes from the Senate Finance Committee's report

 

The Senate Finance Committee released a new report on physician-owned distributorships, focusing on spine surgeons.

 

5. Is the Johnson & Johnson job cut an ominous sign for the medical device industry? 5 key thoughts

 

Johnson & Johnson plans to cut around 3,000 jobs over the next two years as the company restructures its medical device business. Does this hint at disaster for the industry?

 

6. Smith & Nephew acquires Blue Belt Technologies — Will Stryker make its move soon? 5 key notes

 

Smith & Nephew has completed the acquisition of Blue Belt Holdings, also known as Blue Belt Technologies.

 

7. Zimmer Biomet to acquire LDR in $1B transaction — 9 things to know

 

Warsaw, Ind.-based Zimmer Biomet will acquire Austin, Texas-based LDR Holding for $1 billion.

 

8. Beyond the implant — DePuy Synthes pushes innovation inside & out of the OR

 

DePuy Synthes, part of Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices companies, continues to push the boundaries of business with innovation that goes beyond device development.

 

9. Where global spine market leaders are headed: 7 key notes on Medtronic, DePuy Synthes, Stryker & more

 

Here are key notes on some of the leading companies in the spine device market space — where they are today and where they're headed.

 

10. Zimmer Biomet, Stryker, J&J & more: 26 key notes — AAOS edition

 

Twenty-six key notes on orthopedic and spine device companies from early March 2016.

 

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FDA issues new cybersecurity rules for medical devices: 4 key takeaways
5 reasons why Medtronic is poised for growth in the next 5 years, despite a disappointing Q2
How 8 large orthopedic, spine device companies are doing financially

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