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Articles in category: Voice of Industry

Yes, Your Work Influences Implant Purchasing

by Carolyn LaWell | Jun 2017

No matter your position within your company, it’s imperative that you consider how your work impacts the value created by your product. Committees have formed at hospitals and surgery centers across the U.S. with the mission to determine whether your product creates clinical and economic value for their systems....

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3D Scan of Bones Shows Joint Evolution

by BONEZONE | May 2017

Patient after patient presenting with similar musculoskeletal disorders—shoulder impingement, hip arthritis, knee dislocation—led orthopaedic surgeon Paul Monk, M.D., to ask himself a series of questions: Why are these happening? Are these conditions getting worse? Are our bodies fit for their p... Read more »

Elos Medtech’s Advantage Lies in Nimble Approach to Serve Orthopaedic Customers

by BONEZONE | May 2017

As part of its strategy to become a global solutions provider to the medical device industry, Elos Medtech acquired U.S. based Onyx Medical in 2015, effectively establishing a presence in the largest orthopaedic market.... Read more »

Value Analysis Committees, EU’s MDR Highlighted in OMTEC Surgeon Keynote

by BONEZONE | Apr 2017

Increased regulatory scrutiny and payor power continue to affect healthcare globally, leading companies to create cross-department teams and seek collaboration amongst customers within the supply chain in order to remain innovative and competitive.... Read more »

AAOS President Offers 5-Year Outlook on Device Advancements

by BONEZONE | Feb 2017

As industry and surgeons prepare to descend on San Diego for the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons’ Annual Meeting, we asked AAOS President Gerald R. Williams Jr., M.D., to offer perspective on the prominent areas for technology advancements in the coming years.... Read more »

Additive Manufacturing Experts Talk Quality

by BONEZONE | Dec 2016

Talk of the promise of additive manufacturing and 3D printing often centers on aspects of cost, speed, advanced designs, clinical outcomes. With any technology used in our highly-regulated, patient-facing industry, quality—of the process, of the machine, of the finished product, of the knowledge o... Read more »

Revisiting Predictions: Orthobiologics, Payors and ASCs

by BONEZONE | Dec 2016

Robert S. Bray, Jr., M.D., revisits predictions from his OMTEC 2014 keynote—talking sustainable medicine, orthobiologics, care delivery and what can be gained from a relationship between OEMs and insurers.... Read more »

NASS Recap 2016

by BONEZONE | Nov 2016

In 2015, it was interbody cages, sacroiliac joints, artificial discs and robotics. This year, enabling technologies of all kinds generated the most pre- and post-event buzz. Implants made with 3D printing technologies were highlighted, too, as were companies’ responses to changes in healthcare del... Read more »

Five Questions with Dr. Christopher Bono, NASS President

by BONEZONE | Oct 2016

In preparation for NASS, we spoke with Executive Director and CEO Eric Muehlbauer and Christopher M. Bono, M.D., President of NASS. Both discussed reimbursement matters—a concern for surgeons and device manufacturers alike. What else was on the President’s mind?... Read more »

NASS Preview: Growing Spine - International Markets, MIS and Product Portfolios

by BONEZONE | Sep 2016

In speaking with Eric Muehlbauer, Executive Director and CEO of NASS about the Society's priorities, as well as where the greatest opportunities lie for surgeons and device companies, three topics arose.... Read more »

Focus: The Need for Innovation in Orthopaedics is Real

by Hannah Corcoran | Sep 2016

Challenges in orthopaedics have created new opportunities to innovate. Here, we look at two: delivery of care and manufacturing techniques.... Read more »

5 Questions on the Adoption of Additive Manufacturing

by BONEZONE | Aug 2016

The orthopaedic industry has become more invested in additive manufacturing, as demonstrated by product launches, partnerships and FDA’s recent guidance document on the technology. But, what do surgeons think about it?... Read more »

Problem-Solving Lessons from HSS Chief of Knee

by Carolyn LaWell | Jul 2016

Orthopaedic professionals in every division of every company are being asked to do more with less. During his OMTEC 2016 Keynote, Steven Haas, M.D., offered lessons in how to work through any challenge. ... Read more »

Building Evidence for Additive Manufacturing: What Questions Remain?

by Carolyn LaWell | Jun 2016

In order for additive manufacturing to move from tinkering technology to widely-used process, it’s imperative to prove its long-term benefits. In May, researchers, surgeons, device companies and additive manufacturing suppliers gathered to develop guidelines to build data and support reimbursement... Read more »

Trauma Surgeon Develops Fixation Platform, Looks to Future Innovations

by BONEZONE | May 2016

Thomas “Toney” Russell, M.D., an orthopaedic trauma surgeon and President and CEO of Innovision, developed the N-force fixation platform to meet his own clinical needs in optimal fixation of fractures in the extremities and pelvis. The N-force system was a massive regulatory endeavor for a surge... Read more »

Surgeons Seek Muscle-Sparing Techniques in Arthroscopy/Soft Tissue Repair Market

by Hannah Corcoran | Apr 2016

Growth in the arthroscopy and soft tissue repair market is propelled by surgeon requests for devices that employ muscle- and tissue-sparing techniques to return patients to activity faster and with less pain. This is largely being driven by patients in this segment, particularly athletes and “week... Read more »

March’s Most Read Articles

by BONEZONE | Apr 2016

What were the most read articles for the month? Read on to catch up on the product launches and clearances at AAOS 2016, get the lowdown on prototyping demands and learn more about the Promimic/Danco Anodizing strategic partnership. Then read on with recommended reading.... Read more »

Sports Medicine Surgeon Embraces Push for Value in Industry

by Hannah Corcoran | Mar 2016

Brett Sanders, M.D., created Tensor Surgical in 2012, a value-based sports medicine company. The focus of the company is to stay lean and increase revenue, while continuing to work on tunnel-specific devices for arthroscopic shoulder repair.... Read more »

The Top Industry News from 2015

by BONEZONE | Jan 2016

Need a refresher on compliance initiatives and industry-shaping events? We’ve recapped the six most-read articles of 2015.... Read more »

Zoning In with Orthopaedic Surgeon Entrepreneurs

by BONEZONE | Dec 2015

BONEZONE looked back on some of the orthopaedic surgeon interviews conducted throughout the year to see what they had to say about the direction of the industry. Here, we recap four of those insights.... Read more »

Zoning In With LDR’s Christophe Lavigne

by BONEZONE | Sep 2015

Christophe Lavigne, CEO and President of LDR, spoke to BONEZONE on the direction of his company, highlighting strategies for growth.... Read more »

Zoning In with Doug Kohrs

by BONEZONE | Jul 2015

Doug Kohrs wants to be a catalyst for change in the orthopaedic industry as Managing Director of Responsive Orthopedics, a new company that recently received its first 510(k) for a total knee system and is focused on value-based healthcare solutions.... Read more »

OEM Executives Offer Perspective on Robotics, Orthobiologics and Hospital Changes

by Carolyn LaWell | Jun 2015

In anticipation of OMTEC, we highlight discussion between the keynote speakers on the latest technologies and market players. After presenting at the ORTHOWORLD Symposium in June, the three will reconvene to provide OMTEC’s Wednesday keynote.... Read more »

Zoning In With Richard Randall

by BONEZONE | May 2015

Richard Randall, recently appointed CEO of OMNI, plans to drive growth by expanding the company’s robotics portfolio and targeting new partners to implement robotic devices for joint surgeries.... Read more »

Zoning In with Rod Mayer

by BONEZONE | Mar 2015

How can small companies thrive in the orthopaedic industry? Rod Mayer, President of Nextremity Solutions, shares solutions for success.... Read more »

Materials a Major Driver in Implant Innovation

by Carolyn LaWell | Feb 2015

CEOs predict device innovation will come in the form of new materials. This recap of the panel discussion at The State and Future of the Orthopaedic Industry™ sympoisum offers detailed insight.... Read more »

Tecomet CEO Expects Supplier M&A to Continue

by Carolyn LaWell | Jan 2015

Consolidation has picked up at the supplier level as manufacturers seek to meet the needs of OEM customers that are also expanding through consolidation.... Read more »

Zoning In with Mark Augusti

by BONEZONE | Dec 2014

Mark Augusti of Integra LifeSciences discusses the company’s recent developments, including the creation of an independent spine company, SeaSpine.... Read more »

Surgeons and CEOs to Deliver Industry Forecasts at ORTHOWORLD Symposium

by BONEZONE | Dec 2014

What does the future hold for the orthopaedic industry? The State and Future of the Orthopaedic Industry™ Symposium, held January 20 in Nashville, will provide perspective on critical dynamics shaping the industry.... Read more »

Surgeons Share Spine Device Trends and Challenges

by Hannah Corcoran | Oct 2014

Spine surgeons discuss trends that excite them, their biggest challenges when using devices and what they want you to know when working with them to collectively improve spinal care.... Read more »

Zoning In with Dr. Vijay Goel

by BONEZONE | Oct 2014

Dr. Vijay Goel, Co-Director of the Center for Disruptive Musculoskeletal Innovation (CDMI) shares the Center’s mission and initiatives to strengthen patient outcomes through academic resources supporting research.... Read more »

Zoning In with Trent Northcutt

by BONEZONE | Aug 2014

Since its founding in February 2012, Aurora Spine has launched more than a dozen products and became a public company traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange. CEO Trent Northcutt discusses the keys to growth management.... Read more »

Greater Memphis Medical Device Council Forms to Support Industry Health

by BONEZONE | Jul 2014

Seventeen medical device manufacturers have formed the GMMDC to address issues critical to the local medical device industry. GMMDC will seek to assist in matters of workforce training and education on available career paths to ensure a robust pool of talent for local manufacturers.... Read more »

Zoning In with Robert Weigle

by BONEZONE | May 2014

Robert Weigle, CEO of Benvenue Medical, discusses the importance of embracing clinical data in bringing the Kiva Vertebral Compression Fracture Treatment System to market.... Read more »

Medical Education: A Look at the Future from a Device Perspective

by Stefan Pickartz | Apr 2014

The lack of continuing medical education standards across Europe bears to change in an outcomes-based healthcare system. Could the orthopaedic industry be far from manufacturers requiring surgeons to pass training before implanting their products?... Read more »

Metal Craft Enters New Growth Phase

by BONEZONE | Mar 2014

With the second generation of leadership at the helm, Metal Craft is striving to maintain the family business values it was founded upon while growing to the next level of service that its customers demand.... Read more »

Zoning In with Robert Johnson

by BONEZONE | Mar 2014

Acumed appointed Robert Johnson as president in 2013. Here, he shares how he drives continual improvement.... Read more »

High-Demand Education Featured at OMTEC 2014

by BONEZONE | Feb 2014

A number of the most-read BONEZONE articles from 2013 will be covered in greater depth as educational sessions at OMTEC 2014. Continue reading to learn how to enhance your expertise now and in June.... Read more »

Looking Ahead to 2014

by BONEZONE | Dec 2013

What should orthopaedic device manufacturers consider when doing business in 2014? BONEZONE asked regional experts to provide advice specific to multiple geographies.... Read more »

Zoning In with Todd Andres

by BONEZONE | Dec 2013

Todd Andres combined his background in materials and medical devices to co-found Spinal Elements in 2003. Since then, he has led the California-based company as its CEO. Here, he shares how to find opportunities and the challenges of building a company.... Read more »

Device Company Questions Answered

by Robert Packard | Dec 2013

Here are a few regulatory and supplier questions that Rob Packard fielded at OMTEC 2013 from people just like you. He’s coming back in 2014. Get your questions ready.... Read more »

Japan: Entering an Established Market

by BONEZONE | Nov 2013

While much emphasis has been placed on the double-digit growth in emerging markets, there are advantages to expanding business in established markets. This month, BONEZONE speaks to NuVasive about the orthopaedic industry in Japan.... Read more »

Zoning In with Howard Levy

by BONEZONE | Oct 2013

Howard Levy joined Biomet and the orthopaedic device industry in 2007, after serving in global strategic sourcing leadership positions that spanned diverse industries. Here he shares supply chain trends and the best professional advice he’s received.... Read more »

A Supplier’s View on the Indian Market

by BONEZONE | Sep 2013

One supplier discusses the opportunities and challenges it has experienced working in India’s growing orthopaedic device market.... Read more »

Zoning In with Tom Till

by BONEZONE | Aug 2013

After 25 years with DePuy Synthes, Tom Till left the device manufacturing world to educate the next generation of engineers, machinists and technicians. He shared lessons learned throughout his career.... Read more »

Voices from OMTEC 2013

by BONEZONE | Aug 2013

Orthopaedic device manufacturers, suppliers and industry experts met at OMTEC to discuss how to mitigate regulatory, manufacturing and supply chain challenges. Here are a few of the important conversations you may have missed.... Read more »

The Basics: A Look at the French Medical Device Market

by BONEZONE | May 2013

France’s medical device industry faces a high level of competition. Biomatlante shares its experience operating in its home country.... Read more »

Spotlight on Argentina

by BONEZONE | Feb 2013

Argentina’s orthopaedic device market faces the same challenges as those experienced around the world: pricing pressure and increasing productivity while reducing costs. However, it’s a young market ripe for growth.... Read more »

Spotlight on Brazil

by BONEZONE | Jan 2013

The World Bank ranks Brazil as the sixth largest country in the world in terms of gross domestic product at $2.47 trillion in 2011 GDP, and expects the country to continue to climb the list. Brazil’s increasing growth suggests that it is an attractive gateway to doing business in South America.... Read more »

OEM/Supplier Issues Roundtable, Part II: Orthopaedic Industry Leaders Weigh in on Commercialization Challenges

by BONEZONE | Jan 2013

As the New Year begins, it’s important that OEM and supplier relationships start off on the right footing. Price increases and heightened regulatory scrutiny mean that clear communication will be needed on both ends for successful commercialization. We asked OEMs to respond to one question regardi... Read more »

OEM/Supplier Issues Roundtable: Orthopaedic Industry Leaders Weigh in on Commercialization Challenges

by BONEZONE | Dec 2012

Solid communication between OEMs and suppliers keeps both sides proactively engaged in product commercialization and smooths the working relationship. As industry looks ahead to the coming year, we sought the OEM response to a single question: As you consider the year ahead, what action(s) can ... Read more »

Supply Chain Development in Orthopaedics

by BONEZONE | Oct 2012

The following is a transcript from the OMTEC 2012 Opening Panel Discussion, Supply Chain Development in Orthopaedics. Video available online.  Moderator, David Floyd: Challenges for OEMs mean challenges for the suppliers. The tightening of regulatory scrutiny, more overseas manufacturing ... Read more »

The State of American Medicine - Orthopaedics and the Vampire Economy

by BONEZONE | Aug 2012

Individuals and private corporations, not the government, make the world better. Dr. Lee Hieb has studied economics and history, and has thoughts to share on how an ever-growing bureaucracy may affect orthopaedics.... Read more »

Market Growth Rates in Orthopaedics - OMTEC 2012 Opening Panel Discussion

by BONEZONE | Aug 2012

Where do you see the orthopaedic market going from here? Is orthopaedics still a growth story? Is the early intervention space an expanding market?... Read more »

Big Government's Argument for Government-run Medicine - Orthopaedics and the Vampire Economy

by BONEZONE | Jul 2012

Big government seeks to increase access to healthcare, increase quality and decrease costs. How does the government do the opposite of this in every sense? ... Read more »

An Environment of Oppresive Taxation and Overregulation - Orthopaedics and the Vampire Economy

by BONEZONE | Jul 2012

Taxation and overregulation are sucking the blood out of the American economy - and out of us. ... Read more »

What are the Symptoms of America's Disease of Decline? - Orthopaedics and the Vampire Economy

by BONEZONE | Jul 2012

General symptoms include under- and unemployment, escalating prices, diminishing middle class.... Read more »

What are the Economic Signs of America's Disease of Decline? - Orthopaedics and the Vampire Economy

by BONEZONE | Jul 2012

Economic signs: Criminalization of violators; spending and borrowing; syndicalism; autarky...... Read more »

What is the Diagnosis? How do we Survive? - Orthopaedics and the Vampire Economy

by BONEZONE | Jul 2012

Filtering these signs and symptoms through experts, F.A. Hayek, William Welk and Thomas DiLorenzo, Ph.D. ... Read more »

What is the Outcome? - Orthopaedics and the Vampire Economy

by BONEZONE | Jul 2012

What was the outcome of these economic realities?... Read more »

Conclusions: The Tipping Point - Orthopaedics and the Vampire Economy

by BONEZONE | Jul 2012

Stay lean, mean and be able to turn on a dime. Consider the solution of the 3 Cs: Cash, catastrophic insurance and local charity ... Read more »

Medical Device Excise Tax - OMTEC 2012 Opening Panel Discussion

by BONEZONE | Jul 2012

Why is the Medical Device Excise Tax bad for the orthopaedic industry? Are the orthopaedic device companies overreacting to the Excise Tax? How will the Medical Device Excise Tax affect smaller companies?... Read more »

Trends in Innovation and R&D Investment - OMTEC 2012 Opening Panel Discussion

by BONEZONE | Jul 2012

What are the trends in R&D investment with orthopaedic companies? Are today's hip and knee replacements good enough?... Read more »

Supply Chain Development in Orthopaedics - OMTEC 2012 Opening Panel Discussion

by BONEZONE | Jul 2012

What are the key overall trends for orthopaedic suppliers? Does the volume of inventory that OEMs keep onhand have a direct impact on the supply base? Do offshore manufacturing facilities affect OEM make vs. buy decisions? Does the investment community pay attention to the supply segm... Read more »

FDA - The Fly in the Ointment - OMTEC 2012 Opening Panel Discussion

by BONEZONE | Jul 2012

Is the FDA in the "denial" business? Is the FDA just in an "anti-industry" phase, or will this trend become the new status quo? What is the impact of regulatory compliance policy on the supply chain?... Read more »

The Orthopaedic Industry in Five Years - OMTEC 2012 Opening Panel Discussion

by BONEZONE | Jul 2012

Imagine we are attending OMTEC 2017 - what one thing in the orthopaedic industry will be most fundamentally changed? ... Read more »

Executive Interview: Michael E. Miller, Chief Executive Officer, Orchid Orthopedic Solutions

by Michael E. Miller | Mar 2012

In 1990, Mike Miller combined his experience in exotic alloy manufacturing with his love for automobile racing and formed Stealth Technologies. With just five employees, Miller quickly established Stealth as a key supplier of high-performance auto parts to some of the top racing teams and engine par... Read more »

A Surgeon's Thoughts on Moving Forward

by BONEZONE | Dec 2011

We recently queried our Orthopaedic Surgeon Editorial Board to learn their personal views on industry challenges. The first response came from Charles R. Gordon, M.D.   Charles Gordon, M.D. is a clinician, scientist and entrepreneur. His experiences as a neurosurgeon and in the care of patien... Read more »

Challenges in the Supply Chain

by BONEZONE | Dec 2011

As stated by the Supply Chain Council, current economic pressures have had at least one positive effect: companies have taken an intense look at their supply chains, questioning all assumptions and endeavoring to root out inefficiencies. Roundtable discussions allow OEMs and suppliers to learn from... Read more »

Thoughts on Low-Cost Orthopaedic Device Companies

by BONEZONE | Oct 2011

In July, The Wall Street Journal published an article titled “Low-Cost Orthopedic Device Firms Aim To Shake-Up Market.” The following thread arises from an ORTHOWORLD Linkedin group discussion in which the question was posed, What are the group's thoughts/opinions on small firms offering discou... Read more »

Mauricio Arellano, President, Greatbatch Medical

by Mauricio Arellano | Jun 2011

As the leader of Greatbatch Medical, Mauricio Arellano is responsible for driving the design and manufacture of critical technologies for the orthopaedic, cardiac rhythm management, neuromodulation and vascular access markets. Prior to joining Greatbatch, he held various management positions at Tyco... Read more »

Forrest R. Whittaker, Chief Executive Officer, Avalign Technologies, Inc.

by BONEZONE | Jun 2010

Mr. Whittaker was named Chief Executive Officer of Avalign Technologies, Inc., in January 2007. His company-wide responsibility covers the four operating divisions of Avalign: Advantis Medical, Instrumed International, Nemcomed and NGInstruments. Mr. Whittaker has over 30 years of experience in the... Read more »