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Vertelink Corp.

Division of Medtronic PLC

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Business & Technology Briefs (01/2007)

A short summary of recent market and product developments in Interventional Cardiology, Spine Surgery, and Aesthetics, including: DES Safety Panel Weighs the Evidence; Percutaneous Lubar Fusion, and New Dermal Fillers.

Medical Device Platform Technologies

Medtronic Sofamor Danek: The Trials of the Front Runner

Few companies have dominated a clinical space for as long and as thoroughly as Medtronic in spine surgery. Once a kind of clinical backwater of orthopedics, spine has become one of the fast-growing of all medical technology sectors, and MSD has played a leadership role-not just in developing new technology, but, perhaps even more importantly, in helping to establish spine surgery as a major therapeutic area and commercial market. As spine, and MSD along with it, has exploded, the company risks becoming a victim of its own success. With clinical philosophies and approaches shifting, technology advancing rapidly, and a host of competitors large and small all clamoring for piece of the pie, the challenge for MSD becomes clear: how to maintain its leadership in a market whose success it did so much to foster.

Medical Device Leadership

In 2003, a strong rebound in medical device M&A

After dropping markedly for two consecutive years, both the number of acquisitions in medical devices and the total dollar volume of those deals jumped significantly in 2003, according to information from Windhover Information's Strategic Transactions Database of industry transactions.

Medical Device Business Strategies

Endius: Waiting for the Revolution in Spine

Though tiny in a field dominated by huge companies, Endius believes it can hold sway in the niche of minimally invasive spine surgery, where it claims two key advantages: a single platform that enables spine surgeons to do 80% of the things they already do without changing open surgical techniques, and clinical advantages over open. Now Endius needs partnerships to gain complementary products for its access systems as well as relationships with surgeons. These allliances may not necessarily follow the traditional model of allying with a giant company for its distribution muscle. Endius might rather forge alliances with other small companies.

Medical Device Platform Technologies
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Company Information

  • Industry
  • Medical Devices
    • Implantable Devices
    • Surgical Equipment & Devices
      • Minimally or Less Invasive
  • Therapeutic Areas
  • Musculoskeletal & Connective Tissue Disorders
  • Alias(es)
  • Ownership
  • Private
  • Headquarters
  • Worldwide
    • North America
      • USA
  • Parent & Subsidiaries
  • Medtronic PLC
  • Senior Management
  • Samuel M Shaolian, Pres., CEO & VP, R&D
    Marvin Cooper, CFO
  • Contact Info
  • Vertelink Corp.
    Phone: (949) 455-1128
    30 Hughes
    Ste. 206
    Irvine, CA 92618