Pexco, a specialty plastics processor, acquired Spectrum Plastics, a precision injection molder of thermoplastics serving medical, surgical and other markets. (Spectrum Plastics Group, 9/4/13)
SIGNUS Medizintechnik terminated its distribution agreement with LifeHealthcare and launched SIGNUS Australia to support direct distribution of its spinal product range. (SIGNUS Medizintechnik, 9/4/13)
Spineart acquired the worldwide rights to Orthos' BetaGel® and BetaGran® osteoconductive scaffold technology. BetaGel features controlled interconnected porosity supporting vascularization and early cell attachment, while BetaGran is intended for use as a bone void filler in osseous defects. In spinal fusion, BetaGran can be combined with any autograft harvested during the surgical procedure. (Spineart, 9/3/13)
The private equity owners of Paragon Medical reportedly seek to sell their ownership interest in the company, which manufactures custom cases and trays, orthopaedic surgical instruments and implantable components such as screws, plates and anchors. (Dow Jones & Company, Inc., 8/14/13)
Precision Spine signed a long-term exclusive agreement in Japan with Mizuho Ikakogyo, a distributor of OR equipment, including devices for orthopaedic surgery. Precision Spine continues to seek representation partners in select major markets. (Precision Spine, Inc., 8/13/13)
Stryker Orthopaedics was awarded a 1-year maximum US $85.4MM contract from the U.S. Department of Defense for hip and knee procedural packages, comprising implants, instrumentation sets and auxiliary products, to serve the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps. (U.S. Department of Defense, 8/7/13)
Gizmo Medical, a manufacturer of orthopaedic surgical instrumentation, opened a new facility in Shandong, China. The company produces >3,500 unique surgical instruments annually. (Gizmo Medical, LLC, 7/30/13)
JRI Orthopaedics, in collaboration with Surgical Innovations, has been allocated ~£0.4MM (~ US$0.6MM) from the U.K. government to study minimally invasive arthroscopic treatment of early-stage hip osteoarthritis. (Insider Media, 7/31/13)
DiFusion Technologies entered into a strategic partnership whereby Emergent Technologies will assist in the launch of CleanFuze™ antimicrobial orthobiologic implants. CleanFuze implants feature a novel biofilm designed to resist infection and form a direct, lasting connection with bone. DiFusion seeks distribution partners to support launch of CleanFuze Xiphos™ spinal implant products in the EU in 2013. (DiFusion Technologies, Inc., 7/31/13)
RTI Biologics completed its acquisition of Pioneer Surgical. Effective immediately, the company is named RTI Surgical. The company’s worldwide headquarters will remain in Florida, and its stock will continue to trade on the NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol RTIX. (RTI Surgical, Inc., 7/16/13)
United Performance Metals acquired Vulcanium Metals, distributor and processor of titanium for medical instruments and other applications. Vulcanium's capabilities extend to leveling, shearing, machining, laser and water jet cutting, etc. (O'Neal Industries, 7/16/13)
Under terms of an exclusive agreement with SpineCraft, Zimmer Spine commenced distribution of the APEX pedicle screw fixation system in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the U.S. To date, the APEX system has been used in >3,500 clinical cases. (Zimmer Spine, Inc., 7/10/13)
Premier awarded new agreements for arthroscopy supplies to ConMed Linvatec, National Advanced Endoscopy Devices, Nexus Surgical, Smith & Nephew Endoscopy and Stryker Endoscopy. The agreements are available to Premier's acute care and continuum of care members. (Premier healthcare alliance, 7/9/13)
Smith & Nephew (SNN) agreed to acquire assets related to the distribution of its orthopaedic reconstruction, trauma and sports medicine products in Turkey, currently conducted through Plato Grup. The acquisition is expected to close in 2H13, and all Plato employees are expected to join SNN. (Smith & Nephew plc, 7/5/13)
Bioventus acquired exclusive, worldwide license to Pfizer’s bone morphogenetic protein (BMP) portfolio of development programs, including a next-generation BMP plus rights to rhBMP-2 in indications previously reserved to Pfizer. Bioventus also acquired an exclusive option for soft tissue indications. Pfizer received an upfront payment and is eligible to receive milestone payments and royalties. (Bioventus, LLC, 7/1/13)
aap Implantate entered into a joint venture whereby a private equity company will acquire 67% of the shares of aap Joints, a reconstructive implant subsidiary in Asia, for €3MM (~US $3.9MM) in cash. The subsidiary focuses on implants and related products for hip, knee and shoulder, including C-ment® bone cement. In 2012, aap Joints recorded sales of ~$2.8MM. Ex-Asia, aap Joints will continue to serve its existing customer base in Europe and the Middle East. (aap Implantate AG, 6/28/13)
MicroPort Medical will acquire Wright Medical's (WMGI) OrthoRecon business for US $290MM in cash. The transaction is expected to occur by early 4Q13. In 2012, the segment generated revenue of ~$269MM for WMGI. (Wright Medical Group, Inc., 6/19/13)
SonicSurg signed a Strategic Alliance Agreement with Hitachi Aloka Medical to supply ultrasound technology and education with SonicSurg's products that are used in orthopaedic upper extremity surgery. New product development efforts are slated to commence within 3 months. (SonicSurg Innovations, LLC, 6/18/13)
RTI Biologics announced its intent to acquire Pioneer Surgical Technology (PST) for US $130MM in cash. The transaction is expected to close in 3Q13, at which time the company will receive a new name and be headquartered in Florida. PST, manufacturer of metal and synthetic products for orthopaedic, biologic, spine and trauma applications, recorded 2012 revenue of $88MM with average annual revenue growth of 12% over the past 3 years. (RTI Biologics Inc. and The Gainesville Sun, 6/12/13)
RSB Spine signed an exclusive distribution and licensing agreement with JMF Group of Thailand. RSB Spine's products will be distributed by JMF in Asia and by Mahe Medical in Europe and South America. Sales in Asia will commence in 3Q13, and Mahe Medical will start the CE Mark approval process for RSB Spine's products in Europe. (RSB Spine, LLC, 6/6/13)
Zimmer acquired NORMED Medizin-Technik, manufacturer of plates, screws and instruments used in trauma, foot/ankle and hand/wrist reconstruction, including systems for bone reconstruction, fracture repair, fusion and external fixation. (Zimmer Holdings, Inc., 6/4/13)
TranS1 completed its acquisition of Baxano. The resulting combined entity, to be named Baxano Surgical, will market the iO-Flex® system for spinal decompression , AxiaLIF® products for lumbar fusion, the VEO™ lateral access and interbody fusion system, and will continue development of the iO-Tome™ facetectomy instrument system. The company's stock will trade under the symbol BAXS as of 6/3/13. (Baxano Surgical, Inc., 5/31/13)
Artimplant entered into an agreement granting Tiller International Capital exclusive marketing and distribution rights to all Artimplant products outside of Europe, and non-exclusive rights within Europe. Tiller works with groups such as Catholic Healthcare to coordinate facilities and treatments for patients. Catholic Healthcare treats >30MM patients in >600 hospitals annually. (Artimplant AB, 5/30/13)
Spinal Elements licensed a portfolio of patents related to lateral spinal access and implant placement. The company plans to employ the technology to develop access systems and implants for introduction later in 2013. (Spinal Elements, Inc., 5/29/13)
Stryker Orthopaedics and OrthoSensor extended a co-marketing agreement for use of VERASENSE™ intelligent instruments with the Triathlon® Knee. VERASENSE provides quantitative, intra-operative feedback to help optimize soft tissue balance during total knee arthroplasty. (OrthoSensor, Inc., 5/22/13)
Blue Belt Technologies entered an agreement to co-market DJO Surgical's EPIK® Unicompartmental Knee System with the NavioPFS™ surgical system to provide planning and robotic-controlled bone preparation tools in the OR. (Blue Belt Technologies, Inc., 5/17/13)
Japan Medical Dynamic Marketing entered into an agreement to sell ArthroCare's electrosurgery equipment for sports medicine applications in Japan. (Thomson Reuters, 5/17/13)
NuVasive acquired its Ohio-based spinal implant manufacturing partner, ANC, for ~US $4.5MM. The facility will be renamed NuVasive Manufacturing. (NuVasive, Inc., 5/6/13)
Zimmer acquired the business assets of Knee Creations, including the Subchondroplasty® joint-preserving percutaneous treatment for knee pain. To date, >1,500 Subchondroplasty procedures have been completed. (Zimmer Holdings, Inc., 5/2/13)
ETEX renewed and extended its agreement to supply Knee Creations with nanocrystalline calcium phosphate technology for use in that company's Subchondroplasty® procedure. (ETEX Corporation, 5/2/13)
Smith & Nephew entered into an agreement to acquire Adler Mediequip and the assets of Sushrut Surgicals, a provider of trauma products to India. Products include implants and instrumentation, as well as spine and limb salvage portfolios. (Smith & Nephew plc, 5/2/13)
Medstrat entered into an agreement to provide the "Joints" pre-operative templating and planning system and services to all of Zimmer's U.S. distributors. Medstrat has also signed distributors from other unnamed orthopaedic manufacturers. (Medstrat, 5/1/13)
ISTO Technologies and Zimmer (ZMH) terminated an agreement to co-develop DeNovo® ET Engineered Tissue used in the treatment of knee cartilage defects. ISTO has renamed the product as RevaFlex™ and will proceed independently through development of a Phase III clinical program. ISTO will transfer ownership of DeNovo NT particulated juvenile cartilage allograft to ZMH. (ISTO Technologies, Inc., 4/29/13)
Upex and Newclip Technics entered into a joint venture, Newclip Technics USA, to offer trauma products in the U.S. market via independent and direct sales efforts. The company anticipates FDA clearance of several new products in 2013, and is developing devices specifically designed to support cost-efficiency. (Newclip Technics USA, 4/23/13)
Austen BioInnovation (ABIA) and St. Vincent Charity Medical announced a Strategic Innovation Partnership, initially focusing on orthopaedics, to pair engineers with surgeons in support of product development to answer unmet clinical needs. Participation is open to industry, health and educational systems. Engineers will partner with surgeons in the OR to identify potential solutions, and ABIA will continue the process with market analysis, regulatory strategy, prototyping, testing, etc. (Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron, 4/16/13)
MAKO Surgical agreed to settle all patent infringement actions and acquire assets of Stanmore Implants related to its Sculptor Robotic Guidance Arm. MAKO will make a cash payment, withdraw legal actions and also receive Stanmore's agreement to withdraw from robotics. (MAKO Surgical Corp., 4/16/13)
Oxford Performance Materials (OPM) and Biomet Microfixation entered into an agreement under which Biomet will have exclusive global distribution rights to OPM’s OsteoFab™ Patient Specific Cranial Device and OsteoFab™ implants for craniomaxillofacial applications. OsteoFab™ technology combines OXPEKK®-IG PEKK polymer with an additive manufacturing process to 3D-print products created directly from a CT or MRI scan. (Oxford Performance Materials, 4/8/13)
Smith & Nephew entered into an agreement to acquire assets related to the distribution of its sports medicine, orthopaedic reconstruction and trauma products in Brazil, currently conducted through Pro Cirurgia Especializada. The transaction is expected to occur in 2H13. (Smith & Nephew plc, 4/2/13)
To support its focus on trauma and select biomaterials, aap Implantate signed an exclusive worldwide license agreement with BiosCompass for rights to aap's Adcon® Gel product, a resorbable anti-adhesion gel. aap will receive €1.7MM (~US $2.1MM). (aap Implantate AG, 3/21/13)
Biomet and OrthoSensor entered into a partnership to employ VERASENSE™ trial bearings in the Vanguard® Complete Knee. VERASENSE is embedded with sensors and microelectronics to offer real-time wireleses transfer of kinetic data to support adjustments to soft tissue balance and implant placement. (Biomet Inc., 3/18/13)
aap Implantate and eontec agreed to form a 50/50 joint venture to co-develop biodegradable magnesium alloy-based medical implants, initially focusing on trauma applications. (aap Implantate AG, 3/18/13)
VertiFlex sold certain assets of its non-core spinal implant technologies to Stryker Spine. Undisclosed terms include upfront cash and contingency payments, as well as a long-term licensing agreement. The transaction provides VertiFlex with funding to advance its platform for minimally invasive treatment of spinal stenosis. (VertiFlex® Inc., 3/13/13)
NLT SPINE opened a U.S. subsidiary to support the commercialization of its spinal implants and instruments, such as the PROW FUSION™ intervertebral body device and eSPIN™ discectomy tool. The company anticipates full launch of products during 2014. (NLT SPINE, 3/12/13)
Histogen established PUR Biologics, a joint venture focused on biologic treatments for musculoskeletal and other conditions. PUR acquired exclusive worldwide rights to Histogen’s human multipotent cell conditioned media and extracellular matrix materials for use in bone, cartilage, spinal disc and ligament regeneration, as well as device coatings. (Histogen Inc., 3/11/13)
TranS1 entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Baxano in a cash and shares transaction valued at ~US $23.6MM. Baxano, manufacturer of the iO-Flex® system for spinal decompression and developer of the iO-Tome™ facetectomy instrument, reported 2012 revenues of ~$9.4MM. The transaction is expected to close in early 2Q13. (TranS1 Inc., 3/4/13)
Stryker completed its acquisition of Trauson, a leading trauma manufacturer in China and major competitor in the spine segment. (See BARE BONES®, 2/13.) (Stryker Corporation, 3/1/13)
Wright Medical (WMGI) completed its acquisition of BioMimetic Therapeutics (BMTI). The transaction combines BMTI’s biologics platform with WMGI’s sales force and product portfolio to accelerate WMGI’s Extremities business. (See BARE BONES®, 12/12.) (Wright Medical Group, Inc., 3/1/13)
Breg announced a contract to provide cold therapy products to HealthTrust’s ~1,400 not-for-profit and for-profit acute care facilities and 10,600 ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices and alternate care sites. (Breg, 2/28/13)
Vexim acquired a system for mixing and injection of bone cement that complements the company's SpineJack implant for the treatment of vertebral compression fractures. Vexim plans a 2014 launch of the system in Europe. (Vexim, 2/28/13)
3D Systems completed its previously-announced acquisition of Geomagic for US $55MM in cash. (3D Systems Corporation, 2/27/13) (See BARE BONES®, 2/13.)
Symmetry Surgical entered into an agreement with Hospital Innovations to distribute its medical devices in the U.K., including the recently-acquired Codman surgical instrument portfolio. (Symmetry Medical, Inc., 2/27/13)
Through a strategic alliance agreement, Arcam and DiSanto Technology (DTI) will offer orthopaedic and spinal device companies comprehensive product application development and manufacturing of Electron Beam Melting-based implants and other components. Arcam has an option to acquire DTI any time during the 1st 2 years of the alliance. (Arcam AB, 2/22/13)
Biomedical Structures, developer of biomedical textiles, and Modified Polymer Components, specialist in design, rapid prototyping and manufacture of polymer components for medical device OEMs, announced their intent to merge. (Biomedical Structures and MPC, 2/5/13)
Kinamed agreed to non-exclusively license to Blue Belt Technologies its Patent No. 6,711,431, addressing an intra-operative method of verifying reliability of a computer-assisted surgical navigation procedure. Blue Belt's NavioPFS system incorporates technology to provide surgical precision via smart instrumentation with robotic control. (Kinamed Incorporated, 2/5/13)
BonAlive Biomaterials and Olympus Biotech signed a multi-year exclusive distribution agreement under which Olympus will sell BonAlive® granules in France, Germany and the U.K. BonAlive regenerative products are intended for use in orthopaedic and trauma surgeries. (BonAlive Biomaterials Ltd and Olympus Biotech International Ltd, 1/21/13)
ImplanTec has formed to exclusively and directly distribute the ANA.NOVA® hip implant and CCG® cerclage systems in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. (ImplanTec GmbH, 1/21/13)
Stryker will make a voluntary general offer to acquire all shares of Trauson for a total consideration of US $764MM in an all-cash transaction, representing an enterprise value of ~$685MM. Trauson, manufacturer of trauma and spine devices in China, reported 2011 sales of ~$60MM. The transaction is slated to close by end of 2Q13. (Stryker Corporation, 1/17/13)
DFINE entered into a 3-year exclusive agreement with Biomet for distribution of the StabiliT® Vertebral Augmentation System in Spain and Portugal. StabiliT uses RadioFrequency Targeted Vertebral Augmentation (RF-TVA™) to treat pain and repair vertebral compression fractures. (DFINE, Inc., 1/8/13)
ArthroCare entered into a Stock Purchase Agreement with Eleven Blade Solutions for US $7MM in cash. Closing of the transaction is contingent upon Eleven Blade obtaining FDA clearance for certain suture-based anchor products, etc. Eleven Blade's products include the Q-Fix implant and delivery system. (Austin Business Journal and Form 8-K for ArthroCare Corp., SEC.gov, 1/4/13)
3D Systems signed a definitive agreement to acquire Geomagic, a global provider of 3D design and scanning software tools to create 3D content and inspect products throughout the design and manufacturing process. The transaction is expected to close in 1Q13. (3D Systems; 1/3/13)
DJO Global acquired Exos, manufacturer of a thermoformable bracing system used in the treatment of fractures and other injuries requiring stabilization. (DJO Global, Inc., 12/31/12)
Acacia Research acquired rights to patents in the orthopaedic technology sector. Acacia subsidiaries partner with inventors and patent owners, license patents to corporate users and share the revenue. (Acacia Research Corp., 12/27/12)
Seikagaku and Kaken Pharmaceutical concluded an agreement regarding exclusive marketing rights in Japan for SI-6603, a condoliase injection indicated for the treatment of lumbar disc herniation. The agreement is based on an original agreement executed in 3Q12. Seikagaku intends to apply for marketing approval in Japan during its FY ending 3/31/14. (Seikagaku Corporation, 12/25/12)
Premier awarded new agreements for orthopaedic soft goods to Clear Advantage Collar, Coreflex, DeRoyal and DJO. The agreements are available to Premier's acute care and continuum of care members. (Premier healthcare alliance, 12/19/12)
Misonix terminated its non-exclusive U.S. agreement with Aesculap for private label distribution of the Misonix BoneScalpel™ Ultrasonic Bone Cutting System. Post-termination, Aesculap retains rights to sell BoneScalpel disposables to limited hospital accounts. Additionally, Misonix is required to purchase all hardware inventory in Aesculap's possession. (Misonix, Inc., 12/12/12)
Summit Medical entered into a distribution agreement with Mosaic International covering Summit's products, including the Hi-Vac-bone cement mixing system, CellTrans blood transfusion system and Orthomed soft tissue repair products, in Oman, Saudi Arabia. (Oman Daily Observer, 12/3/12)
Weigao Medical and Medtronic agreed to early termination of their joint distribution venture, Medtronic Weigao Orthopaedic, established in 2007. (Shandong Weigao Group, 12/2/12)
Precision Spine entered into an agreement to co-develop devices based on rare earth magnetic technology for applications such as spinous process implants to decompress spinal stenosis or painful facets. (Precision Spine, Inc., 11/28/12)
Wright Medical (WMGI) and BioMimetic Therapeutics (BMTI) entered into a definitive agreement to combine their businesses in a transaction valued at potentially ~US $380MM ($190MM cash and $190MM in contingency payments). The transaction, which is expected to close in 1Q13, will combine BMTI’s biologics platform and pipeline with WMGI’s sales force and Extremities portfolio. (Wright Medical Group, Inc. and BioMimetic Therapeutics, Inc., 11/19/12)
TiGenix and Genpharm signed an exclusive agreement for commercialization of ChondroCelect® cartilage repair product in the Middle East. Genpharm will facilitate regulatory clearances, training, product support, etc. (TiGenix NV, 11/13/12)
Corin is reportedly in advanced discussions with 2IL Orthopaedics that may lead to an offer for the entire issued share capital of Corin. 2IL is required to announce its intentions by 12/4/12. (Reuters, 11/6/12)
Medtronic completed its acquisition of China Kanghui. (Medtronic, Inc., 11/1/12)
AxioMed Spine and DSM revised and extended a licensing and supply agreement whereby DSM will supply CarboSil®Thermoplastic Silicone-Polycarbonate-urethane material for AxioMed’s Freedom® lumbar and cervical discs. (DSM and AxioMed Spine Corporation, 10/24/12)
Paradigm Spine entered into a multi-year supply chain services agreement with OM HealthCare Logistics for U.S. distribution of the coflex® device. (Paradigm Spine LLC, 10/24/12)
DiFusion and Evonik will co-develop CleanFUZE™, load-bearing medical polymer designed to prevent infection and promote bone/tissue integration. Evonik will supply VESTAKEEP® PEEK for use with DiFusion's silver zeolite-based technology to create the bioactive polymer. (DiFUSION Technologies, Inc. and Evonik, 10/23/12)
Alphatec Spine signed a supply agreement providing exclusive, worldwide rights to distribute an anchored, zero-profile anterior cervical interbody device. (Alphatec Holdings, Inc., 10/23/12)
Spinelab signed an agreement granting Biomet exclusive distribution rights to its Elaspine™ pedicle screw-based posterior elastic stabilization system in Spain and Portugal. (Spinelab Ltd., 10/17/12)
Premier awarded new agreements for bone, tissue and synthetic implantable products to Advanced Biologics, Aesculap, Bacterin, Baxter, curasan, Integra Orthobiologics, Lanx, LifeNet Health, Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation, NuBone, Stryker Spine, University of Miami Tissue Bank and Zimmer. The agreements are available to Premier's acute care and continuum of care members. (Premier healthcare alliance, 10/17/12)
TranS1 signed an agreement with Beijing Jiade Sunshine for distribution of AxiaLIF® products in China (except Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan). (TranS1 Inc., 10/10/12)
Bioventus entered into an agreement to distribute Esaote's portable MyLab® ultrasound systems and O-Scan MRI to U.S. orthopaedic clinics and practices. (Bioventus and Esaote North America Inc., 10/2/12)
Medtronic agreed to acquire China Kanghui, provider of trauma, spine and joint recon products, for ~US $816MM in cash. The total value, net of Kanghui’s cash, is expected to be ~$755MM. Kanghui reported 2011 sales of RMB 327MM (~$52MM). The transaction is expected to close in the next few months. (Medtronic, Inc., 9/27/12)
SpineSource and Creaspine agreed to extend through 3Q17 an exclusive agreement for U.S. distribution of Creaspine's SupStance® PEEK Optima® Vertebral Body Replacement. The device is indicated following full or partial corpectomy. (SpineSource, Inc., 9/26/12)
Alphatec Spine received board approval to acquire certain assets of Phygen, a spinal implant manufacturer, for ~US $15.2MM in stock and cash. Closing is subject to the approval of a majority of Phygen members, execution of the definitive documents, etc. (Alphatec Spine, Inc., 9/27/12)
Premier awarded a new agreement for spinal implants and related products to NuVasive, effective 7/1/12, for Premier's acute care and continuum of care members. (Premier healthcare alliance, 9/12/12)
BONESUPPORT signed a multi-year agreement with Biomet for exclusive U.S. and Canada distribution of CERAMENT™ bone void filler for orthopaedic, trauma and foot/ankle indications. To date, >4,000 patients have been treated with CERAMENT. (BONESUPPORT, 9/5/12)
Sectra and Zimmer (ZMH) signed a non-exclusive cooperation agreement allowing ZMH to provide European customers with Sectra Preop Online, 2D pre-operative planning for joint reconstruction and trauma surgery. (Sectra AB, 8/31/12)
Transgenomic entered into a definitive agreement to acquire global rights to Axial Biotech's ScoliScore™ Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis (AIS) Prognostic Test for US $4.4MM in cash. The saliva-based multi-gene test provides a highly accurate assessment of the likelihood of spinal curve progression for adolescents diagnosed with AIS. The transaction is expected to close by the end of 3Q12. (Transgenomic, Inc., 8/28/12)
Tornier (TRNX) signed a definitive agreement to acquire OrthoHelix Surgical Designs for US $135MM in cash and stock plus additional payments over 2 years, based on revenue growth milestones. For 2012, OrthoHelix projects sales of ~$29MM, +30% from 2011, with growth led by its MaxLock Extreme® small bone screw and plate system. The acquisition is expected to more than double TRNX's lower extremity revenue. (Tornier N.V., 8/24/12)
Tecomet completed its acquisition of the OEM Orthopedics business of Teleflex. Teleflex's Kenosha manufacturing plant, management team, workforce and ISO13485 certified Quality Management System will remain in Kenosha and will operate under the Tecomet trade name. (Tecomet, 8/17/12; Teleflex Incorporated, 8/16/12)
K2M entered into a partnership with Cadwell Laboratories to provide a neuromonitoring solution for K2M’s RAVINE® Lateral Access System. K2M’s dissectors are designed to be compatible with Cadwell technologies to facilitate a less disruptive muscle splitting transpsoas approach. The probe is fully integrated into RAVINE and may be used after retractor placement, fitting down the channels of the lateral blades for further monitoring. (K2M, Inc., 8/16/12)
SpineMark announced a new partnership with PhDx and Millennium Environmental to create standardized spine care protocol management that may be replicated globally. The entities will co-develop a system to implement a model for care that measures outcomes, quality, patient thru-put, cost of care, administration and operation to insure best care practices, efficacy and accountability. (American Pain Management, 8/15/12)
Novation launched a new Orthopedic Standardization Program covering contracts for arthroscopy accessories, bone cement, casting/splinting, cement accessories, cold therapy, orthopaedic power tool accessories, bracing/soft goods, post-op autotransfusion, etc. To fulfill the program, new agreements were awarded to Breg, BSN Medical, DeRoyal, DJO, Medline, Ossur, Stryker and Zimmer. Novation serves >65,000 members of VHA, UHC and Provista. (Novation, 8/7/12)
As of 8/1/12, Bledsoe Brace Systems is the exclusive distributor of products for Hope Orthopedic, a manufacturer of spine, cervical and hip braces. (Hope Orthopedic, 8/6/12)
Purac Biomaterials acquired FiberLive™, Vivoxid's composite technology comprising resorbable glass fibers and polymers. FiberLive boasts strength reportedly up to 6 times higher than cortical bone, and comparable to metal. (Purac, 8/3/12)
Nextremity Solutions entered into a multi-year product development and exclusive U.S. distribution agreement with Z-Medical, granting rights to all existing and future Z-Medical extremity products. First products will launch in 3Q12, with 4 additional releases to occur in 2013. (Nextremity Solutions, Inc., 7/24/12)
Exactech and CONMED will co-develop comprehensive surgeon education to address advancements in patient care for shoulder and knee repair, from early arthroscopic intervention to total joint replacement technologies and techniques. A quarterly program schedule is expected to launch in 2013. (CONMED Corporation, 7/20/12)
Teleflex entered into a definitive agreement to sell its OEM orthopaedics business to Tecomet for US $45.2MM in cash. Product lines to be divested include Beere Medical's custom surgical instruments and SMD micro-machined products (plates, screws, rods, etc.). The transaction is expected to close in 3Q12. In 2011, the OEM orthopaedic business generated revenue of ~$36MM. (Teleflex Incorporated, 7/18/12)
Premier awarded a 3-year agreement to Bacterin to supply its full biologic portfolio, including demineralized bone matrices and allografts, to Premier's >2,600 hospitals and >84,000 healthcare sites. (Bacterin International Holdings, Inc., 7/10/12)
Corin and LARS have extended through 2016 an agreement whereby Corin distributes LARS ligament products in Australia and the U.K. Corin also obtained exclusive rights to distribute LARS products in additional countries, including the U.S. (Corin Group PLC, 6/28/12)
Metrix Group entered into a global distribution agreement with Cingular Orthopaedics, manufacturer of single-use bits and pins such as the CingleBit and CinglePin. Single-use, sterile CingleBit is designed to provide enhanced drilling control and eliminate drill guide damage while minimizing overdrilling. (Metrix Group, 6/26/12)
Integra LifeSciences entered into a contract to distribute a private label version of the new Stainless Headed Compression Screw System, manufactured by aap Implantate. The system is intended to provide a complete solution for for arthrodesis and fracture management across disease states in the midfoot, ankle and hindfoot. (Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation, 6/21/12)
Precision Spine acquired Spinal USA and Precision Medical in a transaction valued at ~US $72MM. The company will build upon 2011 releases of the Vault™ Stand Alone ALIF and S-LOK™ PC Posterior Cervical systems, and intends to offer several new products in 2H12. (Precision Spine, Inc., 6/19/12)
SpineSource agreed to terminate its exclusive U.S. distribution agreement with Advanced Medical Technologies (AMT), clearing the way for Medtronic to acquire AMT. AMT products formerly distributed by SpineSource include the WAVE® PEEK expandable lumbar interbody fusion cage and LOOP® steerable TLIF Cage. (SpineSource, 6/14/12)
Biomet announced initial closing of its acquisition of DePuy Trauma’s operations in the U.S., U.K., Australia, New Zealand and Japan, plus manufacturing operations in Switzerland. Closings for remaining countries will occur within the next 6 months. (Biomet, Inc., 6/15/12)
Johnson & Johnson completed its acquisition of Synthes for US $19.7BB in cash and stock. The integrated entities will establish the DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson. (Johnson & Johnson, 6/14/12)
Johnson & Johnson received U.S. regulatory clearance for its proposed acquisition of Synthes, and expects to close the transaction on 6/14/12 for a total purchase price of ~US $19.7BB in cash and stock. (Johnson & Johnson, 6/12/12)
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission will require Johnson & Johnson (JNJ) to sell its distal volar radial or DVR system for the treatment of wrist fractures to resolve charges that JNJ's acquisition of Synthes would illegally reduce competition for these systems. In 2010, the DVR system accounted for 29% of all system sales. JNJ intends to sell the DVR and its entire trauma line to Biomet. (Federal Trade Commission, 6/11/12)
Crocker Spinal Technologies is developing a biomedical artificial disc technology, conceived by engineers at Brigham Young University, that comprises a compliant mechanism designed to facilitate natural spinal motion. Ex-U.S. sales could commence in 2013. (Brigham Young University, 6/12/12)
Premier awarded new agreements for vertebral compression fracture repair products to DFINE and Stryker Instruments, effective 7/1/12 for Premier’s acute care and continuum of care members. (Source: Premier healthcare alliance, 6/11/12)
Premier awarded new agreements for spinal implants and related products to Aesculap Implant Systems, Lanx, Stryker Spine, US Arthroplasty and Zimmer, effective 7/1/12 for acute care and continuum of care members of Premier. (Premier healthcare alliance, 6/8/12)
Mindray Medical entered into a definitive agreement to acquire a controlling stake in Dragonbio Surgical Implant for US $35.5MM in cash. Dragonbio, provider of joint replacement, trauma and spine products in China, posted 2011 revenue of ~US $7.7MM. The transaction is expected to close in early 3Q12. (Mindray Medical International Limited, 6/6/12)
Symmetry Surgical completed an agreement with Japan Surgical Specialty for distribution of its direct surgical product portfolio, including Codman Surgical and SSi instruments. (Symmetry Medical, Inc., 6/6/12)
Completion of the merger of Synthes with Johnson & Johnson could occur as early as 6/14/12, subject to Federal Trade Commission merger clearance and expiration of the Hart-Scott-Rodino antitrust waiting period. (Synthes, Inc., 6/6/12)
Rochling Engineering Plastics acquired Advent Tool & Mold, a manufacturing specialist of precision injection molded plastics for the medical and other industries. Advent is ISO 13485-certified and offers the competitive advantage of its own tool-making capacity, which allows for unconventional product solutions. (Rochling, 6/1/12)
Orthofix and Brainlab entered into an agreement to co-market the Phoenix™ MIS and Firebird™ pedicle screw systems featuring integrated spinal image-guided surgical navigation. (Orthofix International N.V., 5/30/12)
Symmetry Surgical completed an agreement in Australia and New Zealand with Device Technologies Australia for distribution of its direct surgical product portfolio, including Codman Surgical and SSi instruments. (Symmetry Medical, Inc., 5/30/12)
Expanding Orthopedics entered into an exclusive agreement with Advanced Medical Systems to distribute the XPED Expanding Pedicle Screw™ in Italy. (Expanding Orthopedics Inc., 5/29/12)
DePuy Orthopaedics accepted Biomet’s binding offer to acquire DePuy’s worldwide trauma business following completion of DePuy’s consultation obligations with various European works councils. (Form 8-K for Biomet, Inc., SEC.gov and Mass Device, 5/25/12)
Orthofix completed the divestiture of its Breg Sports Medicine business unit for a purchase price of US $157.5MM (less normal, customary working capital adjustments and indebtedness). (Orthofix International N.V., 5/24/12)
Through a strategic distribution agreement, OrthoView's orthopaedic digital planning solutions will be available to integrate with Novarad's NovaOrtho web-based viewer and information system. OrthoView's digital template library includes >140,000 prosthesis images from >50 orthopaedic implant manufacturers. (Novarad and OrthoView, 5/21/12)
SurgiTech and Amendia entered into a license agreement for the SurgiFile® Spinal Decompression System. SurgiFile may be used in open or MIS procedures to selectively cut bone while preserving healthy tissue. SurgiTech seeks to pursue other applications for the technology, such as joint reconstruction, trauma and sports medicine. (SurgiTech, LLC, 5/18/12)
SurgLine signed a 3-year agreement to supply surgical implants to Castlegate, a provider of product, product financing and AR management to rural hospitals, ASCs and orthopaedic groups. Castlegate forecasts use of SurgLine products in ~20 spine cases/month. (SurgLine International, Inc., 5/16/12)
SurgLine signed a 3-year agreement with MedNPV, a management company and surgical group operator, to supply low-cost implants for spinal surgeries. MedNPV forecasts that it will perform up to 40 surgeries per month. (SurgLine, Inc., 5/14/12)
Internal Fixation Systems entered into an agreement for U.S. distribution of Intelligent Orthopaedics' STORM (Staffordshire Orthopaedic Reduction Machine) device for the reduction of tibial fractures. STORM will be priced at reportedly ~40-50% below competitor's devices. (Internal Fixation Systems, Inc., 5/10/12)
Seikagaku entered into an exclusive agreement with Kaken Pharmaceutical for marketing rights in Japan for SI-6603, a condoliase enzyme injection indicated for treatment of lumbar disc herniation. (Seikagaku Corporation, 5/10/12)
Bacterin (BONE) entered into its 3rd U.S. GPO contract, a 3-year agreement to provide its full biologic portfolio to Novation's network of hospitals and medical practices. BONE's line includes OsteoSponge®, OsteoSelect® DBM Putty, OsteoLock®, Sports Medicine Allografts, etc. Novation serves the >65,000 members of VHA, UHC and Provista. (Bacterin International Holdings, Inc., 5/8/12)
Bioventus, a spin-out of Smith & Nephew’s Biologics and Clinical Therapies division, has officially launched. Products include the EXOGEN® Ultrasound Bone Healing System, SUPARTZ® hyaluronic acid therapy for knee osteoarthritis and DUROLANE® single-injection joint-fluid treatment. (See BARE BONES®, 2/12.) (Bioventus, LLC, 5/7/12)
Royal DSM entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Kensey Nash (KNSY) for US $360MM ($38.50/share) in cash. The tender offer is expected to be complete by the end of 6/12. KNSY provides resorbable biomaterials with application in orthopaedic, sports medicine, spine, trauma, craniomaxillofacial and general surgery. (Kensey Nash Corporation; Reuters, 5/3/12)
SpineNet entered into an agreement with Solco Biomedical for exclusive U.S. distribution of the Apollon MIS Lumbar System. SpineNet also holds rights for U.S. distribution of the Vane Pedicle Screw. (SpineNet LLC, 4/30/12)
Premier awarded a 3-year GPO contract to DFINE to provide negotiated pricing and terms for the StabilitT® Vertebral Augmentation System to Premier's >2,600 U.S. hospitals and >81,000 other healthcare sites. (DFINE, Inc., 4/26/12)
Orthofix (OFIX) entered into a definitive agreement to divest its Breg sports medicine business to Water Street, a private equity firm, for US $157.5MM in cash. The transaction is expected to close in 2Q12 and yield net proceeds to OFIX of ~$140MM. Breg markets bracing and cold therapy products. (Orthofix International N.V., 4/24/12)
SurgLine MDC has formed to pursue opportunities with U.S. spine and orthopaedic surgeons on cost containment of implants for hospitals and acute surgery centers. SMDC and surgeons will divide operating entity ownership, with SMDC owning a minimum of 60%. The joint structure has been designed to comply with regulatory issues including Federal anti-kickback legislation and state laws. (SurgLine International, Inc., 4/23/12)
Riemser Arzneimittel is acquiring 49% of the shares of anwerina, developer of drugs and devices that support cartilage replacement and the minimally invasive treatment of vertebral compression fractures. Riemser is focused upon pharmaceuticals in selected therapeutic niches. (RIEMSER Arzneimittel AG, 4/23/12)
Johnson & Johnson won European Union approval for its US $21.3BB acquisition of Synthes after agreeing to sell its European trauma business to allay antitrust concerns. U.S. regulators have not yet approved the Synthes acquisition. (Bloomberg, 4/19/12)
Premier awarded a new agreement to Zimmer to supply orthopaedic bone cement, accessories and pulse lavage products to Premier's acute care and continuum of care members, effective 4/1/12. (Premier, 4/18/12)
NeuroLogica and Stryker Navigation will develop an integrated surgical navigation unit for NeuroLogica’s portable BodyTom™ 32-slice CT scanners. The companies' platforms are used in a variety of procedures, including spine, trauma, neurosurgery, etc. The compatibility of both technologies will offer surgeons better orientation in the OR and enable minimally invasive surgeries with higher accuracy. (NeuroLogica Corporation, 4/12/12)
BioRestorative Therapies closed on its previously-announced agreement with Regenerative Sciences to license techniques to treat bulging and herniated discs via cell culturing and use of a patient's own stem cells. (See BARE BONES®, 2/12.) (BioRestorative Therapies, Inc., 4/11/12)
Premier awarded a contract to Advanced Biologics to supply OsteoAMP® allogeneic growth factor to Premier's 2,500+ U.S. hospital members, effective 7/1/12. OsteoAMP is offered as a lower-cost alternative to recombinant growth factors, such as rhBMP-2. (Advanced Biologics, Inc., 4/10/12)
MRPC, a manufacturer of medical device components and assemblies, acquired ETI, a provider of custom silicone injection molding for medical and other markets. (MRPC, 4/2/12)
Amedica commenced distribution of Dynamic Surgical's Dynamic Bone™ expandable allograft and BioDfence™ DryFlex flexible amniotic membrane manufactured by BioDlogics. The strength and flexibility of DryFlex will offer support in minimally invasive procedures, while Dynamic Bone's expansion properties may improve overall spinal fusion rates. (Amedica Corporation, 4/5/12)
Smith & Nephew (SNN) acquired LifeModeler (LMI), a provider of biomechanical human body simulation tools and services. The companies have worked together for >10 years, and SNN has used LMI’s LifeMOD human simulation tool in developing several key products. (Smith & Nephew PLC, 4/2/12; The Orange County Register, 4/4/12)
Biomet made a binding offer to acquire DePuy Orthopaedics' worldwide trauma business for ~US $280MM in cash. The offer expires 6/1/12. (Biomet, Inc., 4/3/12)
Ascendx Spine entered into an agreement with anwerina to distribute Ascendx Spine products in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Ascendx manufactures orthopaedic devices for the spine and trauma markets. (Ascendx Spine, 3/28/12)
aap Biomaterials signed an agreement with an undisclosed company, granting exclusive ex-U.S. license to a proprietary injectable bone matrix product for orthopaedic and spinal applications. aap will receive a one-time license fee of ~€2.1MM (~US $2.7MM) in exchange for ex-U.S. license to sell the product. aap retains the U.S. marketing rights and will be the sole manufacturer of the product. Revenue from this agreement will support worldwide marketing of aap's LOQTEQ® product line. (aap Implantate AG, 3/28/12)
US Medical Innovations (USMI) entered into agreements with WEM Equipamentos to develop, distribute and manufacture electrosurgical plasma generators, coagulators, accessories and related products for use in surgery and endoscopy. USMI's Canady Vieira Hybrid Plasma Scalpel™ has application in procedures including hip and knee arthroplasty. (US Medical Innovations, LLC, 3/22/12)
Premier awarded an agreement to Emerge Medical to supply low-cost orthopaedic devices to Premier's 2,500 U.S. hospital members. Emerge, which is currently focused on products serving the orthopaedic trauma market, manufactures devices exclusively in the U.S. and provides them for costs reportedly 40% to 50% lower than competitors. (Emerge Medical, Inc., 3/21/12)
Artimplant entered into an agreement with licensee Biomet Sports Medicine to assume total responsibility for sales of Artelon® Tissue Reinforcement products. The decision to terminate the agreement is part of Artimplant's strategy to focus exclusively on its own organization and own sales. (Artimplant AB, 3/20/12)
Kuros Biosurgery signed a license and development agreement with Synthes to commercialize Kuros' synthetic matrix technology in certain unspecified fields. The platform includes synthetic matrices alone and in combination with bioactive molecules. Kuros' two biomaterial technology platforms are based on fibrin sealants and on proprietary synthetic technology that can mimic fibrin in many of its attributes. (Synthes, Inc., 3/20/12)
European Union approval of Johnson & Johnson's planned US $21.3BB acquisition of Synthes could occur well ahead of the 4/26/12 deadline. (Reuters, 3/16/12)
Mazor Robotics signed a distribution agreement with Cicel Science & Technology regarding the Renaissance™ spinal surgery guidance system in China. As part of the agreement, Cicel is committed to purchasing 3 Renaissance systems. (Mazor Robotics Ltd, 3/12/12)
Abbott will collaborate with Genetics Laboratory to develop and commercialize a molecular diagnostic test for use on the PLEX-ID™ automated microbial identification system to rapidly detect microorganisms that cause orthopaedic infections. (Abbott, 3/5/12)
Osseon Therapeutics entered into an agreement with Aesculap for distribution of Osseon's vertebral compression fracture treatment devices, including the Osseoflex® SB (steerable balloon) and other Osseoplasty® devices, in select regions of Europe and Asia. (Osseon Therapeutics, Inc., 2/27/12)
Sandvik reached an agreement with Orchid Orthopedic Solutions to divest Sandvik Medical, a contract manufacturer of orthopaedic and dental implants and instruments. In 2011, Sandvik Medical posted sales of ~SEK 600MM (~US $90MM). The transaction is expected to conclude in 3/12. (Sandvik AB and Orchid Orthopedic Solutions, 2/24/12)
Ascendx Spine has secured distribution partners to market its Ascendx VCF Repair and Ascendx Acu-Cut VCF Augmentation systems in France, Italy, Portugal and Spain. (Ascendx Spine, 2/23/12)
Greatbatch Medical entered into a strategic alliance and exclusive sales distribution agreement with ECA Medical Instruments for its Single Procedure and Single Use Orthopaedic Surgical Instrumentation in the U.S., Canada and Europe. (Greatbatch Medical, 2/8/12)
Arthrex and Graftys signed an agreement to collaborate on marketing and development of calcium phosphate bone void fillers for the U.S. and additional countries. (Graftys SA, 2/2/12)
BioRestorative Therapies entered into an agreement to obtain exclusive license to use or sublicense certain stem cell related-technology and clinical treatment procedures developed by Regenerative Sciences for use in the treatment of degenerative disc disease. The license grant is expected to close in 3/12. (BioRestorative Therapies, Inc., 1/31/12)
Zimmer acquired Synvasive Technology, manufacturer of STABLECUT® surgical saw blades and the eLIBRA® Dynamic Knee Balancing System™ for soft tissue balancing. (Zimmer Holdings, Inc., 1/12/12)
Austen BioInnovation Institute has formed APTO Orthopaedics, a medical device company. APTO's 1st device will address the treatment of pediatric spinal deformities by eliminating the need for repetitive invasive surgeries. The technology would allow spinal implants to be lengthened in an incision-less manner to enable reductions in expense, trauma and risk. (Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron, 1/12/12)
RTI International Metals, a global supplier of titanium mill products and fabricated components, entered into an agreement to acquire Remmele Engineering in a transaction valued at US $182.5MM. Remmele provides precision machining, engineering and other technologies and services to the medical device sector. The transaction is expected to close in 1Q12. (RTI International Metals, Inc., 1/10/12)
ThermoGenesis entered into a 5-year collaboration through which Arthrex will market Res-Q® 60 System technology for use in the preparation of autologous Platelet Rich Plasma and Bone Marrow Concentrate. The Res-Q technology is a point-of-care platform designed for the preparation of cell concentrates. (ThermoGenesis Corp., 1/10/12)
Cambridge Polymer Group and Massachusetts General Hospital have co-developed novel, highly crosslinked ultra high molecular weight polyethylenes that incorporate vitamin E and are suitable for hip, knee, shoulder and spine arthroplasty applications. The technologies are available for license. (Cambridge Polymer Group, Inc., 1/9/12)
Seikagaku entered into an exclusive agreement with Smith & Nephew's newly-formed entity, Bioventus, for U.S. distribution of SUPARTZ® injectable treatment for knee osteoarthritis pain. (Seikagaku Corporation, 1/5/12)
Smith & Nephew (SNN) will divest its biologics business into Bioventus, a new U.S.-based joint venture that will be majority-owned by Essex Woodlands. In exchange, SNN will receive US $98MM in cash and a $160MM 5-year note. SNN's Biologics and Clinical Therapies Division, which markets the EXOGEN Ultrasound Bone Healing System and SUPARTZ® and DUROLANE® hyaluronic acid joint fluid therapy products, posted 2010 sales of $223MM. (Reuters and Essex Woodlands, 1/4/12)
CONMED Linvatec will serve as the exclusive worldwide marketing partner for Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation's (MTF) sports medicine allograft tissues. CONMED Linvatec will also assume responsibility for global distribution of MTF's Cascade Platelet-Rich Plasma. (CONMED Corporation, 1/3/11)
Symmetry Medical closed its acquisition of the surgical instruments business of Codman & Shurtleff. (Codman & Shurtleff, Inc., 12/29/11)
CollPlant entered into a 3-year agreement with Pfizer to codevelop a fracture repair product based on proteins + rhCollagen human recombinant collagen. Pfizer will pay CollPlant US $1.9MM for its share of the agreement, and both companies will own the final product. (CollPlant Holdings Ltd., 12/25/11)
Anika Therapeutics signed a U.S. license and supply agreement with DePuy Mitek relative to MONOVISC® hyaluronic acid for treating knee osteoarthritis pain. Anika will receive an initial payment of US$2.5MM and additional payments from DePuy Mitek relative to future regulatory, clinical and sales milestones. (Anika Therapeutics, Inc., 12/21/11)
Spine Wave entered into an agreement under which MB Innovations (MBI) will invest in and develop products for Spine Wave. MBI was recently formed to provide research, design and development services to established firms on a fee-for-service basis. (Spine Wave, Inc., 12/20/11)
Baxter signed a definitive agreement to acquire Synovis for US $325MM in cash for shares. Synovis' portfolio includes orthopaedic and wound management products used in reconstructive, orthopaedic and sports medicine applications. The transaction is expected to close in 1Q12. (Baxter International Inc., 12/13/11)
Symmetry Medical entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the surgical instruments business of Codman & Shurtleff for US $165MM in cash. The transaction is expected to close by the end of 2011. Codman will be integrated with Specialty Surgical Instrumentation and renamed Symmetry Surgical. Codman's instruments are used in the specialties of spine, orthopaedics, micro/neurosurgery, etc. (Symmetry Medical Inc., 12/12/11)
Ascendx Spine signed a distribution agreement with Spinaxis addressing the Ascendx VCF Repair System and Acu-Cut Vertebral Augmentation System in France. (Ascendx Spine, 12/7/11)
HealthpointCapital acquired Blue Belt Technologies, developer of "smart" surgical instruments that have application in orthopaedic procedures, such as the Navio PFS system, an intelligent handheld computer-assisted bone cutting tool. (HealthpointCapital, LLC, 12/7/11)
Marle International, a contract manufacturer of orthopaedic implants, acquired ATS-Sferic, a group of companies specializing in casting and machining of knee and shoulder implants. Marle now offers orthopaedic implant manufacturing services across all major joints (hips, knees, shoulders) for smaller and larger OEMs. (The Carlyle Group, 12/1/11)
Bacterin signed an exclusive agreement with Jeil Medical for distribution of Jeil’s LeForte implants for craniomaxillofacial procedures (e.g. trauma, reconstruction) in the U.S. and Canada. Beta launch is planned for 12/11, followed by full release during 2Q12.
(Bacterin International Holdings, Inc., 11/28/11)
The Neurosurgery Research and Education Foundation and the Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation will jointly establish the Collaborative Spine Research Foundation (CSRF), a collaborative grant program to cultivate multidisciplinary clinical spine research.
CSRF will oversee establishment of grant and award criteria, establishment and enforcement of conflict-of-interest standards, recruitment of independent peer-review teams and development of strategies to secure financial support from spine care stakeholders.
(Orthopaedic Research and Education Foundation, 11/17/11)
Zimmer Spine entered into a multi-year exclusive agreement to distribute Benvenue Medical’s Kiva® system for the treatment of vertebral compression fractures, initially in Germany and Italy.
(Zimmer Spine and Benvenue Medical, Inc., 10/20/11)
TIGENIX signed an exclusive agreement with the Finnish Red Cross Blood Service for distribution of ChondroCelect® in Finland.
(TiGenix NV, 10/3/11)
RANIER TECHNOLOGY entered into an exclusive partnership with MOELLER MEDICAL for distribution of the Cadisc™-L lumbar spinal disc in Germany and Switzerland.
(Ranier Technology Limited, 10/5/11)
PREMIER awarded new agreements to AMENDIA and ZIMMER SPINE to supply spinal implants and related products to Premier’s acute care and continuum of care members. Premier serves >2,500 hospitals and >77,000 other healthcare sites in the U.S.
(Premier Healthcare Alliance, 10/10/11)
PRECISION ENGINEERED PRODUCTS acquired BOSTON ENDO-SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIES, a manufacturer of spinal and orthopaedic surgical instruments.
(Precision Engineered Products, 10/4/11)
OSTEOGENEX spun off OSSIFI to license bone repair devices and other technology. The new entity is financed with a recent investment totalling US $1.8MM.
(Kansas City Business Journal, 10/4/11)
NUVASIVE (NUVA) completed its previously-announced acquisition of IMPULSE MONITORING.
(NuVasive, Inc., 10/7/11)
BIOLOGIC THERAPIES formed as a joint venture between SCORPION MEDICAL and MONET MEDICAL. The company’s 1st product, a device for harvesting a patient’s own stem cells via bone marrow, is slated for 1Q12 launch.
(Biologic Therapies, Inc., 10/20/11)
BACTERIN was awarded approved vendor status by AMERICAN MEDICAL CONCEPTS, an orthopaedic, spine and neuro product distribution company that serves hospitals and freestanding surgery centers in the northwestern U.S.
(Bacterin International Holdings, Inc., 10/24/11)
Resorbable Orthopedic Products (ROP) entered into an agreement with BioStructures to develop products for bone remodeling based on an ROP patent. BioStructures paid an initial US $0.1MM licensing fee and will pay additional license fees and royalties on sales throughout the life of the patent.
(Wound Management Technologies, Inc., 11/11/11)
Zimmer acquired ExtraOrtho, including its XtraFix® External Fixation System for unilateral and multilateral fixation of long bone, ankle, wrist and pelvic fractures.
(Zimmer Holdings, Inc., 11/10/11)
Ethicon Endo-Surgery closed its previously-announced acquisition of SterilMed, a reprocessor/remanufacturer of single-use medical devices. (See BARE BONES, 10/11.)
(Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc., 11/4/11)
DFine was awarded a 5-year supply contract with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, covering DFine’s StabiliT radiofrequency targeted vertebral augmentation system used in the treatment of vertebral compression fractures.
(Mass Device, 11/4/11)
Spineology entered into an agreement with BioDlogics to distribute its line of allograft tissue forms.
(Spineology Inc., 11/1/11)
Spine Wave entered into a private label and distribution agreement to sell an anterior cervical plate and a PEEK cervical interbody spacer. Limited launch of the cervical product family will commence in 1/12, with full launch to follow during 2Q12.
(Spine Wave, Inc., 11/1/11)
K2M acquired worldwide exclusive rights to the BLUE RIDGE™ Hybrid Cervical Plate System from Amendia.
(K2M, Inc., 11/1/11)
VALTRONIC acquired GEISERT SQUARE, a provider of engineering and strategic consulting services to orthopaedic device companies. Valtronic provides engineering, design, development and manufacturing services to medical device companies.
NUVASIVE (NUVA) executed a definitive agreement to acquire IMPULSE MONITORING, a provider of Intra-Operative Monitoring in the U.S., for US $80MM in cash and stock. The transaction, which complements NUVA’s NeuroVision™ nerve monitoring system, is expected to close in 10/11.
(NuVasive, Inc., 9/28/11)
INTEGRA LIFESCIENCES (IART) entered into an agreement to acquire ASCENSION ORTHOPEDICS for ~US $65MM in cash. The transaction’s close was subsequently announced on 9/26/11.
(Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation, 9/12/11 and 9/26/11)
MICROPORT ORTHOPEDICS agreed to acquire SUZHOU BEST, a manufacturer of orthopaedic implants and instruments for trauma and spinal applications, for RMB 110MM (~US $17MM) in cash.
(MicroPort Scientific Corporation, 9/9/11)
Commercial rights to Hyalgan® viscosupplementation product have transitioned back to FIDIA from SANOFI. FIDIA PHARMA USA and INTERPACE BIOPHARMA will co-distribute the product in the U.S.
(Fidia Farmaceutici S.p.A., 9/26/11)
ETHICON ENDO-SURGERY entered into a definitive agreement to acquire STERILMED, a reprocessor/remanufacturer of medical devices (including orthopaedic surgical instruments).
(Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.; SterilMed web site, 9/28/11)
DJO GLOBAL signed an exclusive distribution agreement to sell EXOS’ range of upper extremity bracing products with thermoformable polymer technology in North and South America.
(DJO Global, Inc., 9/28/11)
ATON US acquired ORTHOSCAN, a provider of Mini C-Arm products used in orthopaedic extremity imaging.
(ATON GmbH, 9/27/11)
CORIN renewed its agreement to distribute the LARS ligament augmentation system for a further 2 years.
Corin has exclusive rights to distribute LARS ligaments in countries including the U.K. and Australia, as well as non-exclusive rights in other regions.
(Corin Group PLC, 8/9/11)
STRYKER ORTHOPAEDICS and ORTHOSENSOR entered into an agreement to provide the Ortho-Sensor™ Knee Trial for use with SYK’s Triathlon Knee. OrthoSensor provides quantitative, intra-op-erative feedback to help surgeons optimize joint balance during total knee arthroplasty. (Stryker Orthopaedics, 8/17/11)
Reports alleged that SMITH & NEPHEW was the subject of possible takeover bids from BIOMET and STRYKER (SYK). (Businessweek, 8/31/11)
ORTHOCON signed an exclusive worldwide license agreement to develop and commercialize
BEZWADA BIOMEDICAL’s biodegradable polymer technology for bone applications, including fixation.
(ORTHOCON Inc., 8/31/11)
Misonix also entered into a new 3-year exclusive distribution agreement with MD SOLUTIONS for the BoneScalpel™ Ultrasonic Bone Cutter throughout Australia and New Zealand.
(Misonix, Inc., 8/12/11)
MISONIX entered into a 3-year exclusive agreement with OSTEOTRAUMA for distribution of the SonaStar® Ultrasonic Surgical Aspirator and the BoneScalpel™ Ultrasonic Bone Cutter throughout Chile.
(Misonix, Inc., 8/1/11)
MEDTRONIC (MDT) completed its acquisitions of PEAK SURGICAL and SALIENT SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIES. (See BARE BONES, 8/11.)
(Medtronic, Inc., 8/31/11)
HATCH MEDICAL entered an agreement with INNOVATIVE ORTHOPAEDIC DEVICES to broker the sale of its Leban-Gordon™ self-powered portable surgery driver and the ExFix™ infinitely adjustable external fixator.
(Hatch Medical, L.L.C., 8/11/11)
CANNUFLOW and SYMMETRY MEDICAL have terminated their U.S. distribution agreement. Cannuflow products are available directly from Cannuflow and through authorized sales reps.
(Cannuflow Inc., 8/19/11)
CEREMED entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Ostene® bone hemostasis line to BAXTER.
(Ceremed, Inc., 8/23/11)
TECOMET acquired KEMAC TECHNOLOGY, a provider of services such as Nitinol etching, Nitinol shape-setting and stainless steel etching.
STRYKER JOINT PRESERVATION entered into an exclusive collaboration with REGENLAB to distribute Stryker's RegenKit®-THT, a 1-step system designed for safe and rapid preparation of autologous platelet-rich plasma from a small sample of blood at point of care.
(Stryker Orthopaedics, 7/8/11)
CORIN renewed its agreement to distribute the LARS ligament aug- mentation system for a further 2 years. Corin has exclusive rights to distribute LARS ligaments in countries including the U.K. and Australia, as well as non-exclusive rights in other regions.(Corin Group PLC, 8/9/11)
STRYKER INTERVENTIONAL SPINE expanded its contract with NOVATION, adding the iVAS inflatable vertebral augmentation system product line to its U.S. agreement. Novation provides savings to >30,000 members and affiliates of VHA, UHC and PROVISTA.
(Stryker Corporation, 7/7/11)
STRYKER closed its previously announced acquisition of MEMOMETAL TECHNOLOGIES. (See BARE BONES, 7/11.)
(Stryker Corporation, 7/6/11)
NEUROTHERM acquired ARTC’s Parallax and Contour products used in interventional spine procedures, such as vertebroplasty and cavity creation.
(NeuroTherm, Inc., 7/1/11)
MDT entered into a definitive agreement to acquire PEAK SURGICAL in a transaction valued at US $120MM. PEAK Surgical’s PlasmaBlade® disposable cutting devices have application in orthopaedic and general surgical applications, and the company posts annual revenue of ~$20MM.
(Medtronic, Inc., 7/7/11)
MEDTRONIC (MDT) entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SALIENT SURGICAL TECHNOLOGIES in a transaction valued at US $525MM. Salient provides products for the haemostatic sealing of soft tissue and bone in a variety orthopaedic and spine procedures, and posts annual revenue of ~$100MM.
(Medtronic, Inc., 7/7/11)
IMPERIAL INNOVATIONS made a £4MM (~US $6.4MM) investment in STANMORE IMPLANTS. Proceeds will support U.S. and U.K. sales expansion for products including the Juvenile Tumour System, as well as new technology development. Following the investment, Innovations holds a substantial stake in Stanmore Implants.
(Imperial Innovations, 7/20/11)
BACTERIN (BONE) completed its acquisition of ROBINSON MEDSURG (RMS). BONE is now pursuing FDA clearance to add its anti-microbial coatings to RMS’ line of implantable medical devices for maxillofacial, craniofacial and orthopaedic applications. (See BARE BONES, 4/11.)
(Bacterin International Holdings, Inc., 7/18/11)
Under terms of a new supply and distribution agreement, ARTHROCARE (ARTC) will supply WRIGHT MEDICAL worldwide with products for soft tissue fixation of the foot and ankle based on Opus® knotless suture technology.
(Wright Medical Group, Inc., 7/13/11)
APAX FRANCE acquired AMPLITUDE in a transaction that values the company at €100MM-125MM (~US $143MM-179MM). Amplitude designs, develops and markets hip and knee implants and posts annual revenue of €46MM (~$65MM).
SYNTHES and LILLY entered into an agreement to co-develop site-specific osteoinductive products for use in Orthopaedic trauma, spine, craniomaxillofacial and reconstructive applications.
(Synthes, Inc., 6/9/11)
SYK completed its previously announced acquisition of ORTHOVITA.
(Stryker Corporation, 6/28/11)
STRYKER (SYK) entered into a definitive agreement to acquire MEMOMETAL TECHNOLOGIES in an all-cash transaction for US $150MM with up to $12MM in milestone payments. Memometal manufactures shape memory metal alloy-based products for extremity indications, and posted 2010 sales of ~$30MM. The transaction is expected to close in 3Q11.
(Stryker Corporation, 6/6/11)
SMITH & NEPHEW (SNN) acquired TENET MEDICAL ENGINEERING, a manufacturer of patient positioning equipment used during arthroscopic surgical procedures.
(Smith & Nephew, 6/23/11)
SHOULDER OPTIONS and KAPSTONE MEDICAL entered into an exclusive partnership to develop and commercialize novel technologies to treat shoulder conditions.
(Kapstone Medical, LLC, 6/9/11)
PREMIER awarded a new agreement for bone growth stimulators to DJO. Premier is a performance improvement alliance comprising >2,500 hospitals and 75,000+ other healthcare sites in the U.S.
(Premier Healthcare Alliance, 6/16/11)
HEALTHTRUST PURCHASING awarded an agreement to PIONEER SURGICAL TECHNOLOGY (PST) for the supply of spinal fusion devices to its ~1,400 not-for-profit and for-profit acute care facilities and 10,600 ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices and alternate care sites.
(Pioneer Surgical Technology, Inc., 6/3/11)
CAYENNE MEDICAL entered into a co-marketing partnership with PARAMETRICS MEDICAL to supply allograft options that compliment Cayenne’s solutions for knee ligament reconstruction and meniscal repair.
(Cayenne Medical, Inc. 6/15/11)
BRAINLAB entered into a definitive agreement to acquire VOYANT HEALTH. The companies will integrate Voyant’s TraumaCad® surgical planning solution and OrthoWeb™ secure web based surgical spec sharing system with BrainLAB’s orthopaedic surgical navigation technology.
ARTERIOCYTE entered into a 3-year agreement with the U.S. Army for collaborative investigation of stem cell-based therapies for orthopaedic trauma and related battlefield injuries.
ALTOR signed an agreement to acquire ORCHID ORTHOPEDIC SOLUTIONS. Orchid supplies design and manufacturing services of implants and instruments for the orthopaedic and dental markets.
(Orchid Orthopedic Solutions, 6/15/11)
SMITH & NEPHEW ORTHOPAEDICS signed an agreement with GRAFTYS for distribution of a macroporous calcium phosphate bone void filler in the U.S. and potentially additional countries.
(Smith & Nephew, 5/24/11)
PREMIA SPINE acquired the assets of IMPLIANT, and will launch the TOPS™ and Versalink™ Fixation systems in 3Q11. Premia is actively seeking distributors throughout the world.
(Premia Spine Ltd., 5/19/11)
KENSEY NASH (KNSY) acquired SYNTHES’ (SYST) NORIAN assets for US $22MM in cash. KNSY will manufacture Norian’s orthobiosurgery products for continued exclusive global distribution by SYST (e.g. chronOS Preforms and Strip, SynPOR Porous Polyethylene Implants, calcium phosphate bone cements, etc.). Further, the companies entered into an R&D agreement for future products.
(Kensey Nash Corporation, 5/24/11)
INTEGRA LIFESCIENCES acquired SEASPINE for US $89MM in cash. SeaSpine, which carries a full range of spinal fixation products, posted 2010 revenue of ~$50MM.
(Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation, 5/24/11)
HISTOGENICS acquired PROCHON BIOTECH in a stock for stock exchange. The companies focus upon regenerative medicine for orthopaedic and sports medicine applications.
(Histogenics Corporation, 5/16/11)
DEPUY SPINE entered into a limited-time program to offer rebates to members of Novation, VHA, University HealthSystem Consortium and Provista that increase their use of DePuy implant products. DePuy will offer up to 10% of the groups’ incremental purchases in the form of a credit memo.
DePuy also dispensed with its contractual 4% line item price increase for the groups’ members, which number >30,500.
DR7 INNOVATIONS will partner with BIOMET (BMET) to develop novel sutures for rotator cuff repair.
(dr7 Innovations, LLC, 5/18/11)
RTI BIOLOGICS entered into a 3-year agreement to provide spinal allograft implants constructed from assembled cortical allograft to ALPHATEC SPINE (ATEC).
(RTI Biologics Inc., 4/18/11)
MISONIX announced a 3-year, exclusive agreement with INSTRUMENTACION for distribution of the SonaStar Ultrasonic Surgical Aspirator and the BoneScalpel Ultrasonic Bone Cutter throughout Colombia.
(Misonix, Inc., 4/21/11)
MATERIALISE acquired MARCAM ENGINEERING, a German developer of software for use in metal additive manufacturing.
(Materialise NV, 4/21/11)
JOHNSON & JOHNSON entered into a definitive agreement to acquire SYNTHES (SYST) in a stock for cash + stock exchange valued at US $21.3BB.
For 2010, SYST reported consolidated sales of $3,687.0MM. The transaction is expected to close during 1H12.
(Synthes, Inc., 4/27/11)
IART partnered with INSTRUMEDICS to manage the service and repair of customers’ instruments, rigid and flexible endoscopes and powered surgical equipment.
(Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation, 4/14/11)
INTEGRA LIFESCIENCES (IART) signed a 3-year contract with NOVATION to provide Jarit® sterilization containers to the >30,500 members of VHA, University HealthSystem Consortium and Provista.
(Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation, 4/4/11)
AFCELL MEDICAL and the MUSCULO-SKELETAL TRANSPLANT FOUNDATION formed an alliance to expand the use of amniotic tissue transplants in hospitals.
(AFCell Medical, 4/26/11)
YISSUM and HADASIT MEDICAL licensed regenerative membrane implant technology to REGENECURE, which will develop the technology for tissue engineering in trauma, spinal and reconstructive craniomaxillofacial applications. Preclinical animal studies are expected to begin in 5/11.
(Yissum Ltd and Hadasit Medical Research Services & Development Ltd, 3/7/11)
SYNTHES entered into an exclusive partnership to develop and distribute MATERIALISE’s pre-op planning and intra-op guides and models for craniomaxillofacial surgery.
(Synthes, Inc., 3/28/11)
SHUKLA MEDICAL entered into a licensing agreement with KYTOGENICS for exclusive rights to a chitosan-derived biopolymer technology for use in cartilage repair.
(Shukla Medical Inc., 3/15/11)
Certain of NEUE MAGNETODYN’s intellectual property was placed for auction in 3/11, including the Electro-Nail Implant System for Bone Stimulation in Trauma and the Hip Cap Resurfacing System with Integral Electromagnetic Bone Stimulation.
(ICAP Ocean Tomo, 3/15/11)
MISONIX announced a definitive agreement with AESCULAP for non-exclusive distribution (barring select accounts) of the BoneScalpel Ultrasonic Bone Cutting System in the U.S. This replaces a prior exclusive agreement between the companies and is limited to cranial and spinal applications.
(Misonix, Inc., 3/16/11)
MEDTRONIC (MDT) cancelled a U.S. spinal products contract with the Premier group purchasing organization.
(Dow Jones Newswires, 3/1/11)
GLOBAL BIOTECH acquired a minority stake in BONEGRAFIX via an equity investment. Proceeds will support commercialization of BoneGrafix’s line of synthetic regenerative bone products.
GENOSTEO and SPINESMITH entered into an agreement to commercialize a synthetic scaffold for use with adult stem cells to produce bone graft material for use in spinal fusion, general orthopaedic applications, etc.
(University of Texas at San Antonio, 3/4/11)
FLEXFIX acquired certain intellectual property assets from NOVALIGN ORTHOPAEDIC. FlexFix is commercializing implantable “flexible to rigid” technologies for orthopaedic and spinal fracture applications.
(FlexFix, LLC, 3/22/11)
CORIN entered into a 5-year global distribution agreement with MAKO SURGICAL to supply a hip implant for use with the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System. U.S. release of the system is planned for 2H11. The agreement allows for potential future integration of other Corin implants.
(Corin Group plc, 3/22/11)
CHINA KANGHUI (KH) acquired a majority stake in BEIJING WEI RUI LI MEDICAL DEVICE, a manufacturer of hip and knee systems. KH expects to launch its 1st joint replacement into the Chinese market by early 2012.
(China Kanghui Holdings, 3/23/11)
BIOMEDICAL STRUCTURES acquired CONCORDIA MEDICAL, a textile manufacturer that provides biomaterials for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine in orthopaedic and other applications.
(Biomedical Structures LLC, 3/15/11)
BACTERIN agreed to acquire ROBINSON MEDSURG, a distributor focused primarily on maxillofacial and craniofacial surgical devices, in a stock for assets exchange valued at US $1MM.
(Bacterin International, Inc., 3/18/11)
APPLIED SPINE TECHNOLOGIES (AST) was acquired by RACHIOTEK, which will focus on completion of U.S. clinical trials for the Stabilimax Dynamic Spine Stabilization System. To date, >100 patients have been enrolled.
(Rachiotek LLC, 3/22/11)
WRIGHT MEDICAL (WMGI) expanded its agreement with LIFECELL for the supply of GraftJacket Regenerative Tissue Matrix for orthopaedic applications through 4Q18.
(Form 8-K for Wright Medical Group, Inc.,SEC.gov, 2/3/11)
SYK closed its sale to OLYMPUS of the OP-1 product family for use in orthopaedic bone applications. (See BARE BONES, 1/11.)
(Stryker Corporation, 2/1/11)
SONOMA ORTHOPEDIC PRODUCTS entered into a licensing and distribution agreement with AI-MEDIC, covering the Japanese market.
Sonoma Orthopedic completed an acquisition of certain assets of NOVALIGN ORTHOPAEDICS, specifically for novel intramedullary designs for least invasive fracture fixation. Sonoma expects to roll out initial TaperBody™ products in 2Q11.
(Sonoma Orthopedic Products, Inc., 2/2/11 and 2/11/11)
SANOFI-AVENTIS and GENZYME (GENZ) entered into a definitive agreement under which sanofi will acquire GENZ for US $74/share in cash, or ~$20.1BB. GENZ shareholders will also receive one Contingent Value Right for each share they own. The transaction is expected to close in 2Q11.
(Sanofi-aventis and Genzyme Corporation, 2/16/11)
MEDTRONIC (MDT) cancelled 5 contracts with NOVATION that cover cardiovascular and orthopaedic products due to a stated preference by MDT to manage business relationships with hospitals locally rather than via U.S. group purchasing contracts.
INTEGRA LIFESCIENCES (IART) and STOUT MEDICAL entered into an exclusive world-wide license and development agreement for an expandable interbody device.
(Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corp., 2/17/11)
CURASAN signed an agreement with STRYKER (SYK) to market bone replacement and regeneration materials. SYK will commence initial launch of products in select European markets within 2011.
(curasan AG, 2/9/11)
ALLOSOURCE licensed from NUVASIVE certain intellectual property for bone growth products containing endogenous mesenchymal stem cells. The agreement allows AlloSource to distribute AlloStem® allograft cellular product.
(NuVasive, Inc., 2/10/11)
DJO and LIMA expanded the range of products that the companies co-market in the U.S., and established DJO LIMA ORTHOPEDICS to support the distribution.
(DJO Global, Inc., 2/15/11)
WRIGHT MEDICAL (WMGI) entered into a supply and distribution agreement with ALLOSOURCE for FUSIONFLEX™ Bone Matrix for use in primary foot and ankle fusion, as well as other orthopaedic bone grafting applications. Full commercial launch of the product is planned for 1H11.
(Wright Medical Group, Inc., 1/10/11)
TRIMED reached an agreement to license its pin plate device to STRYKER. The agreement covers U.S. Patent No. 5,931,839 and ends a 4-year patent infringement suit between the companies. (See BARE BONES, 4/08 and 7/10.)
(TriMed, Inc., 1/11/11)
THUASNE NORTH AMERICA acquired TOWNSEND DESIGN, a manufacturer of orthopaedic bracing products.
(The Bakersfield Californian, 1/17/11)
SNN clarified that it is not engaged in discussions which could lead to a company merger or takeover.
ORLIMAN, a manufacturer of orthopaedic braces and supports in Spain, was purchased by a private equity firm. The company posted 2010 sales of ~€14MM (~US $19.2MM).
(Dow Jones Newswires, 1/26/11)
MIMEDX completed its acquisition of SURGICAL BIOLOGICS, a developer of Purion® tissue processing technology for use in a range of soft tissue repair applications.
(MiMedx Group, Inc., 1/5/11)
KENSEY NASH (KNSY) acquired NERITES for US $20MM in cash. Nerites’ adhesive-based biomaterials and anti-fouling technologies, with application in sealants, coatings, etc., will allow KNSY to further penetrate markets for soft tissue repair, orthopaedics, sports medicine, spine and neurosurgery.
KNSY entered into a manufacturing agreement and made a minority investment in ORTEQ SPORTS MEDICINE. Orteq’s Actifit® synthetic meniscal scaffold offers an arthroscopic option to treat partial meniscal tears. Orteq expects to receive FDA clearance for a U.S. clinical trial of Actifit in 2011.
(Kensey Nash Corporation, 1/3/11 and 1/31/11)
JOHNSON & JOHNSON allegedly made a bid of £7BB (~ US $10.9BB) to acquire SMITH & NEPHEW (SNN) before the close of 2010, which SNN is reported to have turned down.
GLOBUS MEDICAL acquired FACET SOLUTIONS, developer of the ACADIA™ unconstrained pedicle screw-based total facet replacement system. ACADIA is in limited release in the EU and is undergoing a U.S. Phase III Investigational Device Exemption study for spinal stenosis vs. posterior spinal fusion control.
(Globus Medical, Inc., 1/12/11)
DJO acquired ELASTIC THERAPY (ETI), a manufacturer of private label medical compression therapy products. ETI posted 2010 preliminary unaudited sales of ~US $26MM.
(DJO Incorporated, 1/5/11)
CURASAN signed an exclusive supply agreement with TRANSCORP SPINE for Cerasorb® Ortho block forms used to repair vertebral bone channels created during surgery to compress neural tissue in the spine. TransCorp plans to commercialize the system in 2011.
(curasan Inc., 1/11/11)
CHINA KANGHUI and CONSENSUS ORTHOPEDICS entered into an exclusive partnership to manufacture and market joint implant products in China and select ex-U.S. markets.
(China Kanghui Holdings and Consensus Orthopedics, 1/6/11)
BREG entered into an agreement to be the exclusive manufacturer of cold therapy products for NOVATION’s NOVAPLUS® private label. Novation’s supply contracting services cover >25,000 members of VHA and the University of HealthSystem Consortium and 5,500 members of Provista.
(Orthofix International N.V., 1/3/11)
ARTHREX acquired CARDO MEDICAL’s joint arthroplasty division via an asset purchase agreement. Cardo is continuing to explore strategic alternatives for its spine division. (See BARE BONES, 11/10.)
(Cardo Medical, Inc., 1/25/11)
AORTECH entered into a non-exclusive licensing agreement with a global orthopaedic firm for the 1st use of Elast-Eon polymer materials in a next-generation orthopaedic implant. The device uses AorTech’s reaction injection molding technology, and clinical trials are expected to commence in 3Q11.
(International Business Times, 1/17/11)
SYK entered into a definitive agreement with OLYMPUS for sale of its OP-1 products for orthopaedic bone applications (e.g. OP-1 Implant, OP-1 Putty, Opgenra and Osigraft) for US $60MM. SYK will continue clinical efforts supporting BMP-7 for the treatment of osteoarthritis and other non-orthopaedic applications. Commercialization of BMP-7 is not expected for at least 5 years.
(Stryker Corporation, 12/6/10)
NEOSTEM entered into an agreement with SHIJIAZHUANG THIRD HOSPITAL in the People’s Republic of China to offer NeoStem’s licensed adult stem cell treatments for arthritis and orthopaedic applications. Of the hospital’s 800 beds, 350 are dedicated to orthopaedics.
(NeoStem, Inc., 12/9/10)
MEDICAL COMPRESSION SYSTEMS entered into an agreement to provide HOSPITAL FOR SPECIAL SURGERY (HSS) with the ActiveCare+SFT non-pharmaceutical, mechanical treatment for deep vein thrombosis. HSS performs 5,000 procedures per year for which MCS’s product is applicable.
HEALTHTRUST awarded a multi-year purchasing agreement to CONMED LINVATEC for endoscopic imaging products. HealthTrust supports ~1,400 acute care facilities and 10,600 ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices and alternate care sites.
(CONMED Corporation, 12/7/10)
AUDAX MEDICAL entered into a comprehensive license agreement with BROWN UNIVERSITY to acquire exclusive rights to Arxis™, an osteobiologic nanotechnology under development for multiple clinical applications in the regeneration of bone, cartilage and other soft tissues.
Arxis comprises nanomolecules that can incorporate varying growth agents, thus allowing its end-characteristics to be customized for an array of musculoskeletal indications. An additional research agreement between the entities will support further clinical product development.
(Audax Medical, Inc., 12/7/10)
ZMH acquired SODEM DIFFUSION, manufacturer of SoPlus Orthopaedic Surgical Power Tools for large and small bones. The company will be renamed ZIMMER SURGICAL.
(Zimmer Holdings, Inc., 12/22/10)
SMALL BONE INNOVATIONS (SBi) sold its shoulder-related assets to FX SOLUTIONS.
(Small Bone Innovations, Inc., 12/7/10)
PREMIER PURCHASING awarded agreements to STRYKER (SYK) and ZIMMER (ZMH) to supply orthopaedic autotransfusion products to Premier’s acute care and continuum of care members. Premier serves 2,400 hospitals and 70,000 other healthcare sites in the U.S.
(Premier Purchasing Partners, L.P., 12/2/10)
ZMH completed its acquisition of BEIJING MONTAGNE MEDICAL DEVICE. (See BARE BONES, 8/10.)
(Zimmer Holdings, Inc., 12/21/10)