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Articles written by Heather Tunstall

Pixee Medical Miniaturizes AR Navigation for Joint Replacement

by Heather Tunstall | Apr 2021

The technology involves QR code type markers being positioned on surgical instruments so the smart glasses can film them and analyze each image to recognize and calculate their precise 3D positioning.    ... Read more »

ACL Advancements Build on Body’s Biology

by Heather Tunstall | Mar 2021

Sports medicine companies focus new ACL repair techniques on native tissue and biomimetic solutions.    ... Read more »

Miach Orthopaedics Reimagines ACL Repair with BEAR Implant

by Heather Tunstall | Feb 2021

The BEAR Implant is the first medical technology to clinically demonstrate that it can restore the native ACL without having to replace or reconstruct it.    ... Read more »

Clinical Trials Shift to Hybrid Approaches in the Age of COVID-19 and Beyond

by Heather Tunstall | Nov 2020

Conducting successful clinical trials will require orthopedic companies to demonstrate flexibility and adaptability in the future. ... Read more »

Innovative Technologies Shake Up the Orthopedic Space

by Heather Tunstall | Sep 2020

Dozens of startups are poised to shake up the orthopedic space in the near-term and beyond. We start by examining five companies from different segments of orthopedics that recently reached the market or plan to by 2022. ... Read more »

The Future of Instruments is Disposable, Durable and Smarter

by Heather Tunstall | Sep 2020

We spoke with instrument suppliers Intech, MedTorque, N2 Biomedical and Pacific Instruments to find out what is top of mind for their customers and learn how they’re helping orthopedic companies develop innovative solutions for better patient outcomes. Robotics, outpatient procedures and single-us ... Read more »

OEMs Look to Suppliers for Vendor Managed Inventory Help

by Heather Tunstall | Aug 2020

Orthopedic suppliers have bolstered their vendor managed inventory services, providing OEMs product flexibility and transparency. We asked contract manufacturers and service providers about the trends their seeing today and what they expect in the next five years. ... Read more »

New 3D-Printed Liquid Crystal Elastomer Developed for Spine

by Heather Tunstall | Jul 2020

A new material could prove to be an improvement on current treatment techniques for spinal fusion and potential disc replacement. The research team created a 3D-printed semi-crystalline liquid crystal elastomer spinal fusion cage that more closely mimics the properties of biological tissue.  ... Read more »

Successful Design and Development Requires Early Collaboration

by Heather Tunstall | Jun 2020

In this competitive environment where speed to market is vital, the design and prototyping phase of any orthopedic project carries more importance than ever before. Companies that can collaboratively work with suppliers from the onset and communicate throughout the project will have a better chance ... Read more »

What Should an Industry 4.0 Workforce Look Like in Orthopedics?

by Heather Tunstall | May 2020

The advancement of automation on the manufacturing floor requires orthopedic companies to face a shift in talent acquisition and expectations, including a higher level of technical acumen needed to compete successfully in this space. ... Read more »

OEMs and Suppliers Share Best Practices in Collaborative Forecasting

by Heather Tunstall | May 2020

Supply chain priorities of shorter lead times, higher on-time delivery and greater flexibility are a minefield of obstacles for OEMs and suppliers. We convened a conversation between the two groups to discuss how companies utilize forecasts and ways to gain greater accuracy. ... Read more »

COVID-19 Amplifies Forecasting Challenges for OEMs and Suppliers

by Heather Tunstall | May 2020

Management from Zimmer Biomet, Wright Medical, Autocam Medical, NN Life Sciences and SITES Medical share how they're responding to supply chain dynamics. ... Read more »

Integrated Endoscopy Solves Arthroscope Design Challenges with NUVIS

by Heather Tunstall | Apr 2020

The NUVIS system reduces wires and equipment with a single-use, HD arthroscope. ... Read more »

6 Best Practices for Successful Product Commercialization

by Heather Tunstall | Apr 2020

You've settled on a concept for your next orthopedic device. Great! These critical steps will assist you through your feasibility, development and commercialization actions.  ... Read more »

Mathys CEO Shares His Vision for Joint Replacement Technology

by Heather Tunstall | Mar 2020

Augmented reality, virtual reality, services and the smart use of big data will have a huge impact on the joint replacement market, says Mathys CEO Benjamin Reinmann, M.D. ... Read more »

What Will Industry 4.0 Require of Supply Chain Leaders?

by Heather Tunstall | Mar 2020

Companies are prioritizing Industry 4.0 and its automated and data exchange manufacturing processes. This shift will require professionals to employ deep work and social and emotional learning.    ... Read more »

3D-Painted Hyperelastic Bone Brings New Material to Orthopedics

by Heather Tunstall | Mar 2020

Dimension Inx is bringing 3D-painted orthopedic devices to market to aid tissue repair and bone regeneration. The materials offer alternatives to titanium and polymers. ... Read more »

The Sterilization Saga: EtO and the Push for New Technology

by Heather Tunstall | Feb 2020

While the debate about EtO's environmental impact continues, industry and regulators are looking to standardize and increase capacity for lesser-used sterilization technologies.  ... Read more »

This is What it Takes to be Competitive in Today's Medical Device Market

by Heather Tunstall | Feb 2020

Findings from a new survey of 524 medical device professionals can help you benchmark yourself against best-in-class companies in the areas of product and quality management. ... Read more »

ASTM, America Makes Prioritize Additive Manufacturing Data Management

by Heather Tunstall | Feb 2020

 ASTM and America Makes are among additive manufacturing organizations creating a data collection and utilization roadmap to bolster the additive process. ... Read more »

Muvr Labs Brings Wearable Technology to Joint Replacement Recovery

by Heather Tunstall | Jan 2020

Startup Muvr Labs seeks to deliver a recovery solution that includes wearable devices, measuring and monitoring tools and greater interaction among the surgeon, physical therapist and patient. ... Read more »

ISO 14971 Update Recognized by FDA, Aligned with EU MDR on Risk Management

by Heather Tunstall | Jan 2020

The medical device risk management standard was updated to better align with changes in medical device regulations around the world. The standard emphasizes postmarket surveillance, is recognized by FDA and aligns with EU MDR requirements.  ... Read more »

5 Questions on Engineering, Extremities and Experience with Paragon 28's CTO

by Heather Tunstall | Jan 2020

Not everyone can credit a decades-long career to their dog. But Frank Bono, CTO and CO-Founder of Paragon 28, Inc. does exactly that. He shares what he learned at startups, offers advice for the next generation of engineer hires and shares his thoughts on extremities reconstruction, the last orthope ... Read more »

Executive Interview: Carmell Therapeutics on its Controlled Degradable Biologic

by Heather Tunstall | Dec 2019

Carmell Therapeutics' proprietary process binds and cross-links regenerative factors in lyophilized platelet-enriched plasma into solid and semi-solid plasma-based materials to accelerate healing in bone, tendon and wound care. The company is waiting on IND clearance before starting its pivotal tria ... Read more »

3 FDA Actions to Reduce Ethylene Oxide Sterilization

by Heather Tunstall | Dec 2019

FDA has prioritized the reduction of ethylene oxide to sterilize medical devices. Recent announcements from the agency provide orthopedic manufacturers insight into how and why they should consider adopting new sterilization processes. ... Read more »

Knee and Spine Osteoarthritis Ripe Areas for New Orthobiologic Products

by Heather Tunstall | Dec 2019

Dr. Steven Sampson, Founder of the well-known TOBI Symposium, shares his take on the state of regenerative medicine and the important areas of focus in the coming years. ... Read more »

Orthopedic OEMs Seek to Outsource More Design Work

by Heather Tunstall | Dec 2019

Suppliers and design firms are expanding their capabilities in anticipation of orthopedic device manufacturers outsourcing more product development work. We spoke with four companies about what type of product development work they're increasingly being asked to do and why they think outsourcing of ... Read more »

Orthopedic Industry Investors Talk Funding Trends

by Heather Tunstall | Nov 2019

Smart tools and technologies that increase supply chain or operating room efficiencies are on investors’ shortlists for deploying capital in the musculoskeletal space. ... Read more »

Design for Manufacturing: An Engineer’s Guide to Machine Tools

by Heather Tunstall | Nov 2019

This guide provides basic knowledge of how the drill press, mill, lathe, EDM and cutting tools operate, as well as strengths and limitations of each technology to help improve engineers’ designs. ... Read more »

Pristine Surgical Enters Sports Med Market with Single-Use Surgical Imaging System

by Heather Tunstall | Nov 2019

Pristine Surgical is expected to launch to market an arthroscope that includes a single-use digital imaging platform in the first half of 2020. The company's technology includes inventory management capabilities, patient engagement tools, pre- and post-op communications and training compon ... Read more »

FDA 510(k) Success Dependent upon Pre-submission Planning

by Heather Tunstall | Nov 2019

How should you prepare for FDA 510(k) submissions in 2020? Start with a thorough understanding of the testing and verification and validation work you need to complete prior to submission. ... Read more »

4 Key Elements of Design Controls

by Heather Tunstall | Nov 2019

Design controls require an integrated and complex process that includes inputs and outputs, reviews, verification and validation, as well as design transfer. We provide a primer on four important elements during design development. ... Read more »

FDA Announces Advisory Panel, Releases Report on Metal Implants

by Heather Tunstall | Oct 2019

FDA says gaps exist in both knowledge and the available tools that are necessary to understand and assess biological responses to metal implants in clinical and regulatory contexts. In acknowledging these challenges, FDA scheduled an Immunology Devices Panel Advisory Committee meeting and published ... Read more »

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 »