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January/February 2012 Features:

Instrumental Abilities
A host of factors—from market forces to new cutting-edge development processes—are shaping the next generation of orthopedic instruments, cases and trays.
By Mark Crawford


A Fresh Look at Lean
As such initiatives become increasingly entrenched, it takes organizational commitment to keep a shine on.
By Jim Stommen


Border Breaches
Turning to emerging markets for long-term growth can be a savvy business strategy—as long as companies can overcome the challenges associated with setting up shop in these areas.
By Michael Barbella

Should Medical Device Companies Take Advantage of Prioritized Examination?
Some pros and cons of one of the USPTO’s latest programs.
By Chinh H. Pham and Fang Xie, Ph.D.



January/February 2012 Departments:

Editor's Letter
Borderless Business

News Front
Smith & Nephew Spins Off Biologics Unit

Financial News
Another Tepid Year for Medical Device M&A

Risk Management
Do Device Suppliers and Distributors Need Their Own Product Liability Insurance Coverage?

Outsourcing Efficiencies
A New, Prominent Role for Medical Device Contract Manufacturing in 2012

Design Viewpoint
Innovative Approaches to Medical Device Development, Part Two

New Technology Update
MedShape Initiates Full Release of ExoShape Soft-Tissue Fastener

Market Snapshot
A Wild Ride for Orthopedics in 2011

Industry News
FDA Approves New Spinal Implants from X-spine

People News
New Year, New Board Members for DJO Global