The award honors White’s work on the “AdvaMed Code Logo” program, which allows medical technology companies to self-certify that they adhere to the highest ethical standards and have strong compliance mechanisms in place. AdvaMed member companies produce medical devices, diagnostic products and health information systems, and range from some of the largest to some of the smallest medical technology innovators and companies.

AAOS Now

Published 5/1/2007

Industry News

AdvaMed’s Chris White wins Leadership Award
AdvaMed’s General Counsel, Executive Vice President and Secretary Christopher L. White, Esq., was the first recipient of the PricewaterhouseCoopers Award for Leadership in the Advancement of Ethics in the Medical Device Industry at the Second Annual Medical Device Regulatory, Reimbursement and Compliance Congress held in March.

White’s achievements include spearheading efforts to educate device companies’ corporate counsel and compliance officers, physicians and other customer groups about the Code of Ethics program. Companies that participate in the logo program must certify they meet the eight items outlined in a “Conditions of Use” agreement. The eight elements of the agreement align with the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the Inspector General Compliance Program Effectiveness Standards and outline specific programs and processes firms must maintain to ensure effective compliance. Complete information on AdvaMed’s Code of Ethics can be accessed at http://www.advamed.org

New Product Release: CalcLock™ Calcaneal Trauma System
OrthoHelix™ Surgical Designs, Inc. introduces the CalcLock™ Calcaneal Trauma System, a set of implantable, bone fixation plates and screws. The unique contoured plate design allows for an anatomical fit to the calcaneaus. The plate includes two locking screw options positioned to address the most unstable part of the calcaneal fracture as well as a 4.0 mm partially threaded screw to increase compression towards the sustentaculum tali. Both 3.5 mm and 4.0 mm screws are available and include blunt tips to reduce tendon and soft tissue irritation.

According to OrthoHelix, in the most critical areas of the plate, finite element analysis testing results show that the CalcLock Plate produces four times less stress than the market leader, reducing the chance of implant failure, and nine times less displacement, offering a more stable construct.

OrthoHelix (www.orthohelix.com) is a medical device company developing a comprehensive set of instruments and implants for use in foot/ankle and hand/wrist reconstruction surgery.


Soplus introduces new orthopaedic power tool system

Swiss-based specialist manufacturer Soplus has launched its innovative power tool system for large bone, reconstructive, trauma and sports surgery, the SO+ Universal, in the United States.

The system consists of a single, ergonomically-designed handpiece (available in battery, AC adapter and pneumatically-powered versions) and an extensive range of interchangeable attachments for procedures such as drilling, sawing, and reaming. The required attachment fits on the handpiece, resulting in an easy-to-use, compact, lightweight precision tool that delivers both flexibility and power. The system can be used for all types of procedure, especially minimally invasive surgery and hip resurfacing.

The SO+ Universal line features brushless, sensorless, electronically-controlled 250-watt motors and lithium-ion battery technology. SO+ Universal handpieces run on 18-volt, high-capacity, autoclavable or drop-in batteries that stay charged for twice as long as old-style batteries, and last up to four times as long.

The award honors White’s work on the “AdvaMed Code Logo” program, which allows medical technology companies to self-certify that they adhere to the highest ethical standards and have strong compliance mechanisms in place. AdvaMed member companies produce medical devices, diagnostic products and health information systems, and range from some of the largest to some of the smallest medical technology innovators and companies.

The pneumatic version of the SO+ Universal features a powerful, silent, low-maintenance, ceramic motor mounted immediately behind the chuck, in the upper part of the handpiece. All SO+ instruments are maintenance-free and designed around sub-modules that can easily be changed. In the unlikely event of a breakdown, they are easy to repair without advanced knowledge or equipment.


Product Innovation of the Year: Tornier ankle implant

The Salto Talaris Anatomical Ankle Implant by Tornier Inc. received the 2007 Frost & Sullivan U.S. Medical Devices Product Innovation of the Year Award in the Orthothopedics Market.

The device was modeled and designed to mimic the functionality of a natural ankle joint, allowing it to both alleviate pain and restore enhanced mobility. Its proprietary Precision Instrumentation allows for a simplified and reliable implant fixation.

Due to the amount of stress and work the ankle bears in normal day-to-day movement, advanced arthritis in those bones can be devastating to patients. The Salto Talaris Anatomical Ankle implant provides patients and surgeons with the latest innovations in advanced orthopedic design.


Dane Technologies acquires Levo Ag

Dane Technologies Inc., of Brooklyn Park, Minn., has acquired LEVO AG, of Wohlen, Switzerland, the leading manufacturer and inventor of stand-up wheelchairs for individuals unable to stand on their own. The purchase price of the acquisition was not disclosed.

LEVO AG (www.levo.ch) is a privately-owned Swiss company that develops, produces and distributes stand-up wheelchairs throughout the world. Dane Technologies (www.danetechnologies.com) is a leader in the design, development and manufacturing of innovative power assist solutions used in healthcare, industrial and retail markets throughout the world.


New Product Release: MaxTorque™ Cannulated Screw System

The MaxTorque™ Cannulated Screw System from OrthoHelix™ Surgical Designs, Inc. is a series of implantable bone fixation screws to stabilize and aid in the fixation of fractures, fusions and osteotomies involving long and small bones. This self-tapping screw has been specifically designed to maximize the thread depth to improve overall compression and pull out strength.

The system includes 4.0 mm, 5.5 mm, and 7.0 mm color coded titanium alloy screws in various lengths with corresponding flat and contoured washers. OrthoHelix reports that recent testing showed that the MaxTorque 7.0 mm screw averaged considerably more pull-out strength than two well-known market-leading cannulated screws.

OrthoHelix (www.orthohelix.com) is a medical device company developing a comprehensive set of instruments and implants for use in foot/ankle and hand/wrist reconstruction surgery.