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AAOS Preview: Technologies and Partners to Discover in 2014

Updated 2/19/2015: As you prepare for AAOS 2015, review the below list of 2014 new and notable companies to see who made strategic moves in the industry. Of the 23 companies profiled, 16 are returning in 2015, including Ceterix, Velocity Orthopedics, Ellipse Technologies, IlluminOss Medical and suppliers Intrepid Orthopedics and Triangle.

Access the 2015 article here to discover new technologies and potential partners you can expect to see next month (requires registration for non-Members).

 

At this year’s AAOS meeting we’ll see Biomet debut its Vanguard XP and Benvenue Medical exhibiting for the first time, now with FDA clearance for the Kiva VCF treatment device. Who else is new and cool on the floor?

Here are just a few of the companies from the 2014 AAOS hall: first-timers, yes, but also technologies to watch and partners to help manufacturers and hospitals advance through their day-to-day challenges. Exhibits 1 and 2 give an updated look at trends in exhibitor and attendee numbers. You’ll find us among them next month—please come see ORTHOWORLD in booth #5416.

EXHIBIT 1
AAOS EXHIBITOR STATS, 2009 TO 2014 TO DATE


*Figures to date. Please see AAOS.org for current exhibitor listings.


EXHIBIT 2
AAOS ATTENDEE STATS, 2009 TO 2014E


*2014 attendance is expected to be similar to 2013, per AAOS.

Arthroscopy/Soft Tissue

CETERIX ORTHOPAEDICS
Menlo Park, California USA
www.ceterix.com
Booth #7123 – First Time Exhibitor

• Focused on meniscus preservation, with the NovoStitch arthroscopic suture passer that allows physicians to pass a vertical stitch through the meniscus from the tibial to the femoral side, creating a circumferential compression stitch

KALLUS ORTHOPEDICS
Istanbul, Turkey
www.ligamendo.com
Booth #7129 – First Time Exhibitor

• Established 2004, markets CE-Marked Ligamendo Nitinol-based artificial ligament devices as an alternative to autograft, allograft and synthetic materials
• Designed to support reduced OR time, rehab, pain and morbidity

PARCUS MEDICAL
Sarasota, Florida, USA
www.parcusmedical.com
Booth #3430

• Distributes suture anchors, titanium and PEEK carbon fiber interference screws and ACL graft fixation accessories/instruments, etc., via low-cost manufacturing and direct-to-customer distribution
• Debuting the Draw Tight Deployable soft suture anchor

TENSOR SURGICAL
Chattanooga, Tennessee USA
www.tensorsurgical.com
Booth #7239 – First Time Exhibitor

• Develops value-based technologies for orthopedic sports medicine
• Products include Reusable Bone Tunneler, hybrid suture shuttles that allow surgeons to customize curvature of passer tips on the fly using needle graspers

VELOCITY ORTHOPEDICS
Rancho Cucamonga, California USA
www.velocityorthopedics.com
Booth #6922 – First Time Exhibitor

• Offering arthroscopic manual instruments and disposable arthroscopic blades/burs for use with Smith & Nephew Dyonics, CONMED Linvatec and Stryker shaver systems

Biologics and Other

ELEMENT ORTHOPEDICS
Eden Prairie, Minnesota USA
www.elementorthopedics.com
Booth #7022 – First Time Exhibitor 

• Development stage device company with technology to reinforce compromised bone
• Implantable, 1-piece configuration is inserted and deployed in bone, becomes a vessel for any type of bone graft material
• Plans to commercialize the implant in 4Q14

TISSUE REGENIX
San Antonio, Texas USA
www.tissueregenix.com
Booth #7013 – First Time Exhibitor

• Developer of proprietary dCELL platform: removes all cells from animal tissue, allowing it to be used to replace worn out or diseased body parts
• Process removes foreign cells/DNA and provides a matrix that repopulates with patient’s own cells
• Products don’t require special storage

VIVORTE
Louisville, Kentucky USA
www.vivorte.com
Booth #6821 – First Time Exhibitor

• Obtained first FDA 510(k) clearance in 2013: Bone Void Filler Lite, K131133, moldable, self-setting, resorbable, biocompatible calcium phosphate bone void filler
• Trabexus EB and Trabexus offer surgeons a bone void filler that is both strong and resorbable

Distraction Systems (application in Limb Lengthening, Scoliosis)

ELLIPSE TECHNOLOGIES
Irvine, California USA
www.ellipse-tech.com
Booth# 7222 – First Time Exhibitor

• Developer of non-invasive adjustable implants for orthopaedic and spinal procedures: remote-controlled magnet-based distraction systems may eliminate the need for additional surgeries for adjustments in limb lengthening (PRECICE) and spinal deformity (MAGEC, Magnetic Expansion Control)
• The U.K.’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence recently supported use of MAGEC to treat scoliosis in children aged 2 to 11 for whom conventional treatments have failed

Fracture Fixation

ILLUMINOSS MEDICAL
East Providence, Rhode Island USA
www.illuminoss.com
Booth #4232 – First Time Exhibitor

• Photodynamic Bone Stabilization technology combines medical polymers with a balloon catheter in customized, minimally invasive orthopaedic implants to treat fractures • Validated for >6 years and used in a variety of bones
• System received CE Mark approval in 2009 for use in low load-bearing bones
• Surgeons reportedly find use of IlluminOss System may be associated with early mobility, faster return to activity for patients

Instruments

MCGINLEY ORTHOPAEDIC INNOVATIONS
Casper, Wyoming USA
www.mcginleyorthopaedicinnovations.com
Booth #2463 – First Time Exhibitor

• Founder and colleagues hold patent on IntelliSense Drill technology, designed to drastically limit surgical complications during routine orthopaedic surgeries requiring placement of screws and pins
• Integrates bone drilling and depth measurement into one integrated process
• Internal sensing technology provides real time depth measurement, obviates need for a depth gauge
• May also be used in spinal fusion surgery to limit risk of complications involving damage to local anatomic structures

Joint Reconstruction

NEXTREMITY SOLUTIONS
Warsaw, Indiana USA
www.nextremitysolutions.com  
Booth #6921

• Recently obtained Google Glass, will evaluate its applications in surgeon training initiatives
• Results from use of the Nextra implant in hammertoe correction demonstrated control and flexibility in adapting to the patient's anatomy, support of an inter-digital surgical approach to conceal suture scars post-op

X.NOV
Hericourt, France
www.xnov.com
Booth #7120 – First Time Exhibitor

• Offering the Cineos Hip System, Kaps Uni Knee and T-Kaps Total Knee Spine

SOUTHERN SPINE
Macon, Georgia USA
www.southernspine.net
Booth #7018 – First Time Exhibitor

• Developer of StabiLink MIS spinal fixation system for lumbar fusion and the PG Precision Guided Inserter/Compressor, and all-in-one instrument for use with or without removal of the interspinous ligament
• Designed to “fill the void” between non-surgical spine treatments and more traditional, invasive spinal fusion

Wound Closure

ZIPLINE MEDICAL
Campbell, California USA
www.ziplinemedical.com
Booth #6813 – First Time Exhibitor

• Developing noninvasive surgical skin closure devices for suture-like outcomes with application in a variety of specialties, including orthopaedic/spinal procedures
• Easy to use device, decreases the risk of surgical site infection and needle stick injury
• Closed a Series C financing round of $4.3MM in 1/14

Suppliers, Service Providers, CROs, etc.

APTIV SOLUTIONS
Reston, Virginia USA
www.aptivsolutions.com
Booth #7019 – First Time Exhibitor

• Contract research organization offering design, simulation and execution of adaptive clinical trials and a novel statistical sampling approach to risk-based monitoring
• Website hosts blogs, white papers and on-demand webinars
• Locations throughout the U.S., Europe and Japan

INTRALIGN
Scottsdale, Arizona USA
www.intralign.com
Booth #4430 – First Time Exhibitor

• Provider of services to improve efficiencies in U.S. hospitals, focusing on ways to better manage the intra-operative space via specialized Surgical First Assists (SFAs) who are trained to:
  - deliver consistent, high-quality surgical assistance
  - sustain a newly-designed care process
  - monitor improvements in quality and cost
  - support increased surgical volume
• SFAs support the surgeon in utilization decisions, provide surgical service and increase throughput/improve the quality of surgical assistance without additional costs to the system
• Advanced Analytics monitor/collect data on key OR metrics such as implant utilization/cost, surgical/anesthesia time, complications, etc.

INTREPID ORTHOPEDICS
Broadview Heights, Ohio USA
www.intrepidorthopedics.com
Booth #6914 – First Time Exhibitor

• Outsourcing services from concept development through 510(k) clearance: product development, patenting, prototyping, operational support, quality and regulatory expertise for start-up and major companies as well as surgeons
• >20 years of orthopaedic experience

JOINED ORTHOPAEDIC INNOVATORS NETHERLANDS (JOINt)
Nijmegen, the Netherlands
www.jointortho.org
Booth #7021 – First Time Exhibitor

• Offering R&D, manufacturing, testing, clinical evaluation services to a range of innovators: start-ups/emerging firms, global orthopaedic device companies, tissue banks, etc.
• JOINt group partners are the Spierings Medische Techniek medical product development company, the Orthopaedic Research Lab and Department of Anatomy at Radboud University, Sint Maartenskliniek hospital, European Medical Contract Manufacturing (part of aap Implantate) and Bactimm, part of Sinensis Life Sciences’ laboratories

SANDANCE TECHNOLOGY/ORTHOSECURE
Princeton, New Jersey USA
www.orthosecure.com
Booth #7112 – First Time Exhibitor

• Web-based application designed to eliminate the occurrence of “never events” and result in up to 85% reduction in wastage due to incorrect orthopaedic implant selection; streamlines implant ordering, selection and reporting
• Software confirms compatibility of scanned parts, alerts OR staff if a part is expired or recalled
• Supports all major total knee and hip replacement systems

STAT DESIGN
Morris Plains, New Jersey USA
www.statdesignllc.com
Booth #7131 – First Time Exhibitor

• Orthopaedic device consulting services, addressing Product Development, Quality and Regulatory, Design Controls, Prototyping, Production Manufacturing, Intellectual Property, Sterilization Case/Tray Development, Mechanical Testing, RFID, Sterilization Validation

TRIANGLE
Upper Saddle River, New Jersey USA
www.trianglemfg.com
Booth #7128 – First Time Exhibitor

• Engineering and manufacturing partner, offering development, prototyping and pre-production to volume production
• Special expertise in powered instruments

TRUE TOOL INNOVATIONS
Croydon, New Hampshire USA
www.truetoolinnovations.com
Booth #7023 – First Time Exhibitor

• Offers high precision outsource grinding of tools and components: endmills, drills, routers, burs, shavers, implants, trocar, rasps, reamers, saw blades, spades, bone screw drivers, cranial blades, specials; ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 13485 certified


Sources: Company press releases, web sites, etc.