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Articles written by Heather Tunstall

Solid Inventory Management Requires New Tracking Technology and Old-Fashioned Communication

by Heather Tunstall | Oct 2019

 Arthrex and Ortho Development share how their people and technology have evolved to meet inventory management demands. ... Read more »

X-BOLT Introduces New Hip Fracture Concept

by Heather Tunstall | Sep 2019

X-BOLT Orthopaedics addresses the issue of screw cutout in hip fracture repair with technology that replaces the lag screw for femoral head fixation. Studies indicate that the system significantly reduces the reoperation rate.   ... Read more »

Vallum’s Nanotechnology Addresses PEEK’s Hydrophobic and Bioinert Shortcomings

by Heather Tunstall | Sep 2019

Numerous spine companies manipulate PEEK to promote osseointegration with interbody devices, but Vallum believes they are the only one addressing the hydrophobic and bioinert drawbacks of the polymer material.    ... Read more »

Logistics Software: Tools to Track Your Orthopedic Devices and Instruments

by Heather Tunstall | Sep 2019

Keeping track of orthopedic devices and instruments throughout the supply chain is a challenge, as manufacturers strive to reduce sedentary inventory and improve transparency across all communications and touch-points.     ... Read more »

Orthopedic Taskforce Collaborates on Welding Specification

by Heather Tunstall | Sep 2019

A taskforce comprised of orthopedic competitors and partners is working to create a welding engineering specification, focusing on instruments and an educational component.  ... Read more »

CoorsTek Acquisition Positions UnitedCoatings as a Top Supplier

by Heather Tunstall | Aug 2019

The purchase of CoorsTek Medical allowed UnitedCoatings Group to expand design and supply chain services and traditional manufacturing capabilities, establishing the company as a fully-integrated contract manufacturer. ... Read more »

HAPPE Spine to Develop Strong, Porous, Bioactive Spinal Fusion Implants

by Heather Tunstall | Aug 2019

Startup HAPPE Spine is rethinking the way that PEEK and hydroxyapatite are manufactured together to make an interbody that maintains load-bearing strength and facilitates osteointegration and radiolucency.  ... Read more »

Xenco Medical Takes a Single-Use, Pre-Loaded Approach to Spinal Implants

by Heather Tunstall | Aug 2019

In an effort to curb infections and sterile processing inefficiencies, Xeno Medical has developed a new material and rethought manufacturing and packaging for its spinal implants. ... Read more »

David Hovda on Innovation, Startups and Artificial Disc Replacement

by Heather Tunstall | Jun 2019

The CEO of Simplify Medical, David Hovda, shares how he got from the U.S. Navy to orthopedics, lessons he learned along the way and his vision for cervical disc replacement. ... Read more »

Onkos Surgical’s Personalized Approach to Treating Musculoskeletal Cancers

by Heather Tunstall | Jun 2019

Onkos Surgical targets underserved oncology surgical market with an expanding portfolio of implants and technology. ... Read more »

Embody Develops Biointegrative Collagen-based Implant for Soft Tissue Injuries

by Heather Tunstall | Jun 2019

Embody utilizes a novel additive manufacturing process to develop its Tapestry biomaterial. The company anticipates commercial launch in 2020 for its Achilles and rotator cuff scaffolds and a 2022 timeline for ACL repair. ... Read more »

How to Boost Employee Engagement

by Heather Tunstall | Apr 2019

David Jensen, CEO of Strategic Business Systems and seasoned orthopedic executive, believes that a positive culture and employee engagement go hand-in-hand. One doesn’t necessarily lead to the other, but they are mutually dependent on one another. But, how do you get there?    ... Read more »

Zimmer Biomet Details the Ways They Manage Supplier Risk

by Heather Tunstall | Apr 2019

Zimmer Biomet’s supplier risk management program bolsters resiliency throughout their supply chain. More than two years into the initiative, Zimmer Biomet and their supplier, Precision Edge, share insight into how the program works and the lessons they’ve learned.    ... Read more »