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February 2017

Viamet antifungal appears effective, safe

Research Triangle Park, NC-based Viamet Pharmaceuticals in January reported positive results from its Phase 2b randomized controlled trial of VT-1161 for onychomycosis of the large toenail. VT-1161 is a novel, once-weekly, oral antifungal drug. Continue reading

February 2017

McGirt joins Össur’s knee OA campaign

Foothill Ranch, CA-based Össur in February launched a public education campaign on knee osteoarthritis (OA) featuring professional golfer William McGirt. Continue reading

February 2017

Birkenstock brings vegan sandals to US

Novato, CA-based Birkenstock USA in January introduced vegan footwear, previously available only in Europe, to US markets. Continue reading

February 2017

Apligraf alters genomics of chronic wounds

Science Translational Medicine on January 4 epublished randomized clinical trial results showing Organogenesis’s bioengineered living-cell wound-healing therapy demonstrated a significant change in the genomic profile of treated nonhealing venous leg ulcers (VLUs) compared with standard care. Continue reading

February 2017

Hanger prosthetist teaches AFO design

A prosthetist from Austin, TX-based Hanger in January volunteered his knowledge to a Missouri middle school project that had students designing cardboard and foam ankle brace prototypes that could be used by patients with spastic hemiplegia. Continue reading

February 2017

ACFAS installs 2017 officers and board

The Chicago-based American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) in February installed its 2017-2018 officers and board of directors during the national surgical society’s 75th Annual Scientific Conference in Las Vegas. Continue reading

February 2017

GE Healthcare, NBA call for proposals

Chicago-based GE Healthcare and the National Basketball Association (NBA) in January announced four newly selected research initiatives and issued a call for a third round of research proposals focused on bone stress injuries for the organizations’ Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Collaboration. Continue reading

February 2017

OPAF announces 2017 board, sponsor

The Charlotte, NC-based Orthotic & Prosthetic Activities Foundation (OPAF) in January welcomed two new board members for fiscal year 2017. Continue reading

February 2017

NYSPMA draws 2K for podiatric event

Two members of the New York State Podiatric Medical Association (NYSPMA) Foundation were recognized in January for outstanding achievements at NY17, the group’s Podiatric Clinical Conference and Exhibition. Continue reading

February 2017

AOPA celebrates its 100th anniversary

The Washington, DC-based Amer­ican Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) in February unveiled a commemorative website, AOPA100.org, as part of the association’s yearlong celebration of its 100th anniversary. The website features AOPA’s history, an interactive timeline, photo gallery, personal stories from AOPA members, and AOPA’s plans for the future. Continue reading

February 2017

2020 global brace mkt estimated at $4.3B

The global orthopedic brace market is expected to reach $4.3 billion by 2020, at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 5% from 2015 to 2020, according to data published in January by Frampton, UK-based BioPortfolio Reports. Continue reading

February 2017

Avex raises $7.6M for Footbeat launch

Grand Junction, CO-based Avex announced in January that it has secured $7.6 million in Series A financing to fund its Q1 launch of Footbeat, an insole designed to increase circulation through cyclic pressure applied to the arch of the foot. Continue reading

February 2017

Bone Index device gets FDA clearance

Kupio, Finland-based Bone Index in January received 510(k) clearance from the US Food and Drug Administration for its second-generation point-of-care device for osteoporosis diagnosis. Continue reading

January 2017

AAOP names new executive director, invests in O&P research initiatives

The Washington DC-based American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists (AAOP) announced in December its appointment of Chellie Hollis Blondes as executive director. Blondes has more than 25 years of management experience in the nonprofit healthcare industry and has served as… Continue reading

January 2017

Data back AposTherapy device for hip OA

Israeli researchers reported in January that New York, NY-based AposTherapy’s biomechanical shoe-like device, which modulates center of pressure during walking, was associated with improved gait measures and quality of life (QOL) in a yearlong longitudinal study of patients with hip osteoarthritis. Continue reading

January 2017

AAOS to launch open access journal

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) reported in December that it is accepting submissions for its new online-only journal, JAAOS: Global Research & Reviews, which will serve as an open access companion title to the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (JAAOS). Continue reading

January 2017

Pedorthic org calls for scholarship bids

The Beaver Dam, WI-based Pedorthic Foundation in December announced that its scholarships for pedorthic education and training for students and continuing education for credentialed pedorthists and retail footwear professionals are open for application. Continue reading

January 2017

DJO Global appoints Shirley president, CEO

San Diego-based DJO Global in November appointed Brady Shirley president and CEO, succeeding Mike Mogul. Shirley most recently served as the president of DJO’s surgical business and was previously CEO and director of Innovative… Continue reading

January 2017

Cefalu to lead ADA science, medicine

The American Diabetes Association (ADA) in January appointed William T. Cefalu, MD, its chief scientific and medical officer (CSMO) and reported the renowned physician, educator, and researcher will begin serving in this role on February 20. He replaces Robert E. Ratner, MD, who retired on December 31 after serving as CSMO for nearly five years. Continue reading

January 2017

16th ISPO congress set for Cape Town

The International Society for Prosthetics and Orthotics (ISPO) reported in December that its 16th World Congress is slated for May 8-11 in Cape Town, South Africa. “Assistive technology for all” is the motto for the biennial event, which this year will… Continue reading

January 2017

Freedom’s Carkhuff joins COPA board

Irvine, CA-based Freedom Innovations in November announced that Maynard Carkhuff, its vice chair and chief innovation officer, was elected to the California Orthotic & Prosthetic Association’s (COPA’s) board of directors at that organization’s annual meeting in San Francisco. Continue reading

January 2017

BOC board announces 2017 officers

The Owings Mills, MD-based Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC) announced in January that it has elected its 2017 executive committee and made two additions to its board. Continue reading

January 2017

Wiley, ASBMR journal open for submissions

Hoboken, NJ-based John Wiley and Sons and The American Society for Bone and Mineral Research (ASBMR) in January opened submissions for its new open access peer-reviewed publication, JBMR Plus. Continue reading

January 2017

Algeos forecasts strong growth in 2017

Medical products specialist Algeos, headquartered in Liverpool, UK, reported on December 28 that the business had achieved a turnover of £11.2 million and profit before tax of £400,000 during the last 12 months and predicted turnover will grow to at least £11.8 million during 2017. Continue reading

January 2017

Dr. Comfort shoe improves foot pressure

Biomechanists from the UK reported in January that an off-the-shelf medical grade shoe made by Mequon, WI-based Dr. Comfort was associated with increased comfort and reduced forefoot pressure compared with participants’ preferred shoes. Continue reading