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October 2016

Ossur acquires Medi Prosthetics, awards second #MyWinningMoment prize

Reykjavik, Iceland-based Össur announced that, effective September 1, it has acquired Medi Prosthetics, a global provider of mechanical lower limb prosthetic components located in Bayreuth, Germany, with total sales in 2015 of $17 million. Össur expects full integration of the business by 2017. Continue reading

October 2016

SmartCEO recognizes BOC head Zacharias

SmartCEO in September named Owings Mills, MD-based Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC) President and CEO Claudia Zach­arias, MBA, CAE, a 2016 Circle of Excellence Award finalist. Continue reading

October 2016

Medi USA invests in Topical Gear wearables

Whitsett, NC-based medi USA announced in September that the compression therapy, orthopedics, spinal bracing, prosthetics, and foot care business has made a strategic investment in a sports medicine company, Topical Gear, headquartered in Lakeway, TX. Continue reading

October 2016

AAOS announces CEO retirement, guidance for infection control and fragility fractures

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) in October announced that its CEO, Karen Hackett, will retire in April 2017. During her 14-year tenure as CEO, Hackett has overseen a staff of 250 employees, an annual budget of $60 million, and the opening of… Continue reading

October 2016

Pedorthist Alpert joins Foot Solutions

Atlanta-based Foot Solutions in September announced that Teresa Alpert, CO, CPed, has joined its Aurora, CO, location as director of education for pedorthics. In this role, Alpert works directly with healthcare professionals and their staffs. Before moving to Colorado she was in… Continue reading

October 2016

Ipsen reports extended Dysport-for-CP data

The principal investigator (PI) for a randomized controlled trial of Basking Ridge, NJ-based Ipsen Biopharmaceutical’s Dysport on September 22 reported extension study data on the botulinum toxin type A (ABO) for pediatric patients with cerebral palsy (CP) at the American Academy of… Continue reading

October 2016

AAOP reports rising numbers for O&P jobs

Data from the Washington, DC-based American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP)  in September indicate a number of health trends are continuing to increase demand for O&P practitioners and that robust employment opportunities continue in this sector, despite an overall… Continue reading

October 2016

Data support Smith & Nephew system

London, UK-based Smith & Nephew’s single-use negative pressure wound therapy system can significantly improve outcome predictions and reduce complications after orthopedic surgery using Pico, according to randomized control trial data presented in September at the European Bone and Joint Infection conference in Oxford. Continue reading

October 2016

Muller is CSU Dominguez Hills O&P chair

Gary Sayed, PhD, dean of the College of Health, Human Services, and Nursing at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) in October named Mark Muller, CPO, FAAOP, MS, the new chair of the university’s Department of Orthotics and Prosthetics. Continue reading

October 2016

Curbell backs OPAF First Swim and Dance

Orchard Park, NY-based Curbell Plastics reported in September that it helped sponsor the Orthotics and Prosthetics Activities Foundation’s (OPAF) First Swim and First Dance events held in Dallas. Continue reading

October 2016

Oxford University Press to publish PTJ

The Alexandria, VA-based American Physical Therapy Association’s (APTA) scientific journal, Physical Therapy (PTJ) is moving to “the next level” with its partnership with Oxford University Press (OUP), according to PTJ’s Editor-in-Chief, Alan Jette, PT, PhD, who published an editorial in the October issue describing the partnership. Continue reading

September 2016

Implant sales rise in developing markets

While the hip and knee reconstruction market struggles to generate significant growth in Europe and the US, the implants are increasingly being commoditized in countries with developing economies such as Brazil, India, and China, and driving their respective markets at a rapid pace… Continue reading

September 2016

Exhibit examines arts-prostheses link

A major exhibit at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, UK, explores the relationship between visual arts and prostheses. “The Body Extended: Sculpture and Prosthetics” traces how artists have addressed radical changes to the human body. Continue reading

September 2016

Mueller outfits top UK soccer team

Prairie du Sac, WI-based Mueller Sports Medicine announced in August that it is now an official team supplier of the UK’s Leicester City Football Club, defending Premier League champions. Continue reading

September 2016

Swiss Sigvaris Group acquires BiaCare

Winterthur, Switzerland-based Sigvaris Group announced in late August that the graduated compression company has completed its acquisition of BiaCare, headquartered in Holland, MI. Continue reading

September 2016

Rishwain named Vionic global business head

San Rafael, CA-based Vionic on August 15 reported that Connie X. Rishwain, former president of Goleta, CA-based Ugg, has joined Vionic as president of its global business. Continue reading

September 2016

AOPA honors Watson for O&P lifework

The Washington, DC-based American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) honored Thomas Watson, CP, with its Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2016 AOPA National Assembly, held September 8-11 in Boston, MA. Continue reading

September 2016

ASB schedules 2017 biomechanics event

The American Society of Biomechanics has begun plans for National Biomechanics Day (NBD) 2017, scheduled for April 6. Continue reading

September 2016

Footwear thesis wins brevity-based award

The University of South Australia in Adelaide announced in August that PhD candidate Joel Fuller won its 3MT (Three Minute Thesis) competition for his work exploring the link between trendy minimalist athletic shoes and injury. Continue reading

September 2016

Data detail ConforMis implant benefits

Results from two clinical studies presented at the International Congress for Joint Reconstruction Pan Pacific Orthopaedic Congress, held August 10-13 in Gainesville, FL, show the iTotal CR customized knee replacement made by Bedford, MA-based ConforMis provides superior patient… Continue reading

September 2016

Coral scores 100% in surprise FDA audit

Mineral supplement seller Coral reported in August that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) gave the company a perfect score in a surprise audit. Continue reading

September 2016

OPAF hosts First Swing at NAGA event

The Charlotte, NC-based Orthotics & Prosthetics Activities Foundation (OPAF) on August 15 hosted a full-day First Swing Learn to Golf Training and Clinic as the kickoff event of the National Amputee Golf Association (NAGA) Championships at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, OR. Continue reading

September 2016

Cascade Dafo offers virtual decoration

Cascade DAFO reported in August that its DAFO Creation Station, an online interactive tool for choosing colors and patterns for the Ferndale, WA-based company’s custom DAFOs (dynamic ankle foot orthoses) is available at cascadedafo.com. Continue reading

September 2016

Athletes undergo Quest biomarker tests

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg reported in August that it plans to use Madison, NJ-based Quest Diagnostics’ blood testing service to look for associations between biomarkers and biomechanics, training, recovery, and other variables relevant to sports injury risk in some of its athletes. Continue reading

September 2016

Ability P&O, Freedom Innovations join on study

Exton, PA-based Ability Prosthetics and Orthotics and Freedom Innovations, headquartered in Irvine, CA, in September reported they are collaborating on a study comparing Freedom’s new Kinnex Microprocessor Ankle with a typical carbon fiber prosthetic ankle. Continue reading