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

Spinal Tech

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

Here are five key notes:


1. Blue Belt will add to Smith & Nephew's partial knee implant portfolio with its Navio surgical system.


2. The Navio system currently provides robotics-assistance in unicondylar or partial knee replacement surgery through CT-free navigation software. It is a hand-held device.


3. Smith & Nephew intends to expand the Navio platform into total knee, bi-cruciate retaining knee and revision knee implants.


4. The news of the acquisition comes on the heels of rumors that Stryker is planning to make another bid for Smith & Nephew, which is based in the United Kingdom.


5. A Stryker-Smith & Nephew merger would be a significant move toward further consolidation of the orthopedic medical device industry. The industry has seen a number of major mergers in recent years, including last year's Zimmer-Biomet merger.


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