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March 2014

Tamarack owner-founder Carlson ends
 run as CEO, succeeded by Hofmeister

Joe Hofmeister took on a new role February 17 as CEO of Tamarack Habilitation Technologies, replacing company owner and founder J. Martin “Marty” Carlson, MS, CPO, FAAOP, who will maintain an active role at the Blaine, MN-based company as chief engineer.

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March 2014

Educational videos detail Heelift boots

Evanston, IL-based DM Systems launched a series of educational videos in February featuring its offloading boots for prevention or treatment of heel pressure ulcers.

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March 2014

Integra wedges debut at ACFAS event

Plainsboro, NJ-based Integra LifeSciences Holdings Corporation introduced its Titanium Bone Wedges for internal fixation of bone fractures or osteotomies in the foot and ankle at the American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons (ACFAS) 72nd Annual Scientific Conference, held February 27-March 2 in Orlando, FL.

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March 2014

BOC wins Stevie for high-tech service

The Owings Mills, MD-based Board of Certification/Accreditation (BOC) won for Best Use of Technology in Customer Service at the 2014 Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service banquet held February 21 in Las Vegas.

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March 2014

OrthoCarolina partners in sports facility

Franklin, TN-based D1 Sports Holdings announced in February a partnership with OrthoCarolina, an orthopedic care provider with multiple locations in North Carolina and South Carolina, Carolina Panthers wide receiver Steve Smith, and two other National Football League athletes to open a D1 Sports Training facility in Matthews, a suburb of Charlotte, NC.

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March 2014

Early results support cell therapy for OA

Researchers from the Cellular Biomedicine Group presented data on February 18 at the Stem Cell Summit in New York City supporting safety and efficacy of the company’s cell-based therapy for patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA).

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March 2014

Ellipse updates limb-lengthening system

The US Food and Drug Administration gave Irvine, CA-based Ellipse Technologies clearance in February to market the latest generation of its adjustable intramedullary nail system for limb lengthening of the femur or tibia.

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March 2014

Chiefs’ head AT elected PFATS president

Members of the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society (PFATS) on February 19 elected  Kansas City Chiefs head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder, ATC, president of the professional organization, which represents National Football League (NFL) trainers.

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February 2014

High error rates compel PDAC contractor to continue widespread claims review

Based on the high error rates found in its most recent quarterly review, Noridian Healthcare Solutions, Medicare’s durable medical equipment pricing, data analysis, and coding (PDAC) contractor, announced in January that it will continue its prepayment widespread review of claims for therapeutic…

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February 2014

FDA approves US trial of Celution System

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted San Diego-based Cytori Therapeutics an IDE (investigational device exemption) in January, allowing the company to begin a prospective safety and feasibility trial of its system for bedside extraction, processing, and reinfusion of autologous adipose-derived…

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February 2014

Liventa, Cryoport ally for direct delivery

Philadelphia-based Liventa Bioscience and Cryoport, based in Lake Forest, CA, partnered in February to deliver Liventa’s cell-based biologics tissue forms directly to orthopedic care providers using Cryoport’s purpose-built cold chain logistics solutions, which extend the shelf life of live tissue cells.

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February 2014

PT group raises $3M for research center

The Foundation for Physical Therapy announced January 24 that it has reached its goal of raising $3 million to fund a Center of Excellence for training physical therapists in health services research. The mission of the Center of Excellence for Health Services/Health Policy…

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February 2014

AMA names Wrobel to work group

The American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) announced in January that the American Medical Association (AMA) has selected APMA nominee James Wrobel, DPM, to serve on the AMA’s Endocrine Clinical Work Group, part of its Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement (AMA–PCPI).

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February 2014

Orpyx wearable sensor enters US market

Orpyx Medical Technologies, a supplier of wearable sensor-based technologies headquartered in Calgary, Canada, in January launched its flagship product, the SurroSense Rx System, into the US market. The system, which collects plantar pressure data through…

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February 2014

Study of cell therapy for muscle injury meets primary safety, efficacy endpoints

Pluristem Therapeutics, a developer of placenta-based cell therapies based in Haifa, Israel, released on January 21 positive results from its phase I/II safety and efficacy trial of its PLX-PAD (placental expanded) cells for treatment of muscle injury. PLX-PAD cells, which release therapeutic proteins…

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February 2014

Bulls’ Tedeschi is NBATA Trainer of the Year

The National Basketball Athletic Trainers Association (NBATA) awarded Chicago Bulls Head Athletic Trainer Fred Tedeschi, ATC, with its 2012-2013 Joe O’Toole Athletic Trainer of the Year honor at the January 27 faceoff between the Bulls and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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February 2014

ACSM taps new editor for flagship journal

L. Bruce Gladden, PhD, FACSM, began his tenure on January 1 as editor-in-chief of Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, the flagship journal of the American College of Sports Medicine. Gladden is professor in the School of Kinesiology and Humana-Germany-Sherman Distinguished Professor in Education at Auburn University in Alabama.

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February 2014

Orthofeet partners with diabetes educators

Northvale, NJ-based Orthofeet joined with the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE) in January to begin a grassroots effort to bring foot health education to patients with diabetes in key US markets. The Orthofeet team will partner with the AADE network…

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February 2014

Apis plans Hands-on-Foot seminar

Therapeutic footwear supplier Apis, based in South El Monte, CA, is sponsoring a “Hands-on-Foot Seminar” in Columbus, OH, on March 24. Rich Rusche, CO, CPed, will lead the seminar, which will focus on management of the neuropathic limb and offer 9.75 CEUs (continuing education units).

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February 2014

Lamey Wellehan celebrates centennial

Auburn, ME-based shoe seller Lamey Wellehan, which has six retail locations in the state, will mark the 100th anniversary of the opening of its first store on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, in Lewiston. The company will celebrate its centennial with a yearlong schedule of events, including door prizes, vendor days, and sales.

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February 2014

2014 Paralympian is Ottobock ambassador

Ottobock in February named international snowboarding cham­pi­on Keith Gabel of Ogden, UT, its newest Ottobock Ambassador. In this role, Ogden, a below knee amputee, will serve as role model for individuals with disabilities and showcase the technology he uses in daily life and in competition.

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February 2014

Congress adds $10M for O&P research

The American Orthotic & Prosthetic Association (AOPA) lobbied successfully to secure funds for O&P outcomes research as part of the 2014 congressional appropriations package, the organization announced in January. Congress accepted a proposal by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL)…

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January 2014

OHI expands position in DME solutions with December acquisition of SafeStep

Ronkonkoma, NY-based Orthotic Holdings Inc. (OHI), a global supplier of lower extremity orthotic devices and durable medical equipment (DME), announced in December the addition of Milford, CT-based SafeStep to its collection of brands, which also includes Langer Biomechanics, Arizona AFO, and The Orthotic Group.

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January 2014

Barbara Campbell, DPM, takes on role of medical director for ComfortFit Labs

Roselle, NJ-based ComfortFit Orthotic Labs announced January 1 that Barbara Campbell, DPM, is the company’s new medical director. Her role includes assistance with product development and education.

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January 2014

Dr. Cool funds physical therapy research

Portsmouth, NH-based Coolcore and its Dr. Cool’s Recovery-on-the-Go wraps, launched in November on drcoolrecovery.com and scheduled for broader distribution this spring, recently joined the Foundation for Physical Therapy’s Partners in the Research Program at the Silver Level, a $5000 annual contribution.

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