It’s that time again—from the current catalysts behind the hand and wrist market to material innovation in orthopedic implants, here’s what you missed in the Medical Device Industry during the month of February:

The Present State and Future Implications of Patient Specific Anatomy Models with 3D Printing

Advances in 3D printing technology and software are leading the way for better clinical and economical results through the use of patient-specific, pre-operative models. Individually-tailored implants and instruments are the next step to better outcomes.

CAPA+2, UDI: What to Expect from the FDA in 2015

Key focus areas were announced by the FDA for 2015, including CAPA+2 (Corrective and Preventative Actions), Unique Device Identification (UDI) implementation and pre-market/post-market controls enforcement.

Simple Systems and Minimally Invasive Techniques Drive the Hand and Wrist Market

In response to surgeons’ requests to advance patient outcomes through tissue sparing approaches, minimally invasive techniques are becoming increasingly popular in the hand and wrist market.

Materials a Major Driver in Implant Innovation

According to this “Voice of Industry” article, the future of orthopedic innovation belongs to materials. The way materials are manufactured, coated, treated, and how they enhance patient care will all be a major part of innovation outcomes.

Survey Finds Most Medical Device Companies Have Positive Outlook for 2015; Same Challenges Remain

More than 5,400 medical device professionals around the world were surveyed to gauge industry climate in 2015. A mostly positive outlook is reported, especially among US companies. Challenges still remain in areas of pricing, regulatory, and reimbursement.

Need more catching up? Read our January “What You Missed Last Month” post and stay tuned for next month’s edition.

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