K2M, Medtronic, Zimmer Biomet & more — 20 key notes

Spinal Tech

Here are 20 key notes on orthopedic and spine device companies over the past week.

Aesculap launched a new patient education website.

Bone Therapeutics completed a trial of the first minimally invasive revision spinal surgery using its bone cell therapy product.


Ellipse Technologies' MAGnetic Expansion Control spinal bracing and distraction system has treated more than 2,000 patients.


EOS imaging acquired the rights to a worldwide license for a technology dedicated to the prognosis of adolescent scoliosis.

Bernard Stulberg, MD, and Geoffrey Westrich, MD, performed the first surgeries using Exactech's new revision knee system.

Heraeus Medical and BioTime's subsidiary OrthoCyte have entered into exclusive development and worldwide licensing agreements.


K2M launched the EVEREST Deformity Spinal System in the United States.

Lima acquired Zimmer Biomet knee and elbow technology rights for the Japanese market.

Materialise expanded its partnership with Lima to use the Knee Guide System for the full knee replacement.

Medacta opened its 200th learning center.

MedTorque released a new line of TRI-GEAR silicone handle ratcheting for orthopedic and spine surgeries.


Medtronic will pay $500 million in a one-time U.S. tax charge after acquiring Covidien and moving headquarters to Ireland in a tax inversion strategy earlier this year.

NovaBone received a notice of allowance for a second collagen-related patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Novadaq Technologies entered into a co-marketing agreement with Arthrex.


NuVasive Spine Foundation received $18.4 million in contributions since its start in 2009.

Tibor Racz, MD, of Pinnacle Pain Medicine, was the first surgeon in Dallas to implant the Senza spinal cord stimulator.


SpineGuard received the CE mark for the DSG Threaded drill.

Stryker Navigation designed the SpineMask Tracker, the first non-invasive patient tracker that doesn't require another incision for tracking during minimally invasive spine surgery.

Wright Medical Group and Tornier must sell Tornier's rights and assets to the total ankle replacements and total silastic toe joint replacements in the United States before finalizing their merger.


In a comparative strength study, The University of California San Francisco found a plastic lumbar instrument made by Xenco Medical substantially outperformed aluminum metal in structural integrity.


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