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Smith & Nephew co-sponsors annual M2D2 competition for entrepreneurial medical device companies
Date:1/14/2014

shorten overall procedure time, provide surgeons with greater confidence, and/or ensure consistency from procedure to procedure.
  • Tissue sparing procedures: Solutions would shorten recovery time, decrease the incision/number of portals, and/or reduce bone removal/soft tissue damage, and/or minimize potential for human error.
  • Stabilization of and integration/fixation to bone: Solutions would provide high fixation strength both immediately and long-term, and work regardless of bone density.
  • Novel soft tissue repair: Solutions would provide or restore the alignment and functionality of the target tissue immediately and long term, and be minimally invasive.
  • Joint preservation solutions: Solutions would provide effective protection of joints, and be minimally invasive. Solution can be either short-term or long-term/permanent. Early intervention solutions preferred.
  • All applicants must submit an initial application which will be reviewed by M2D2. Fifteen finalists will then be invited to present their concepts in-person at a public event at M2D2's offices on March 26, 2014.

    For more information on the competition and how to apply, companies should visit www.uml.edu/M2D2.

    Editor's notes:
    Smith & Nephew is known for its innovative products.  These include the TRIGEN™ SURESHOT™ Nail System for fracture repair; the FAST-FIX 360 for meniscal repairs; and VERILAST™ Technology, Smith & Nephew's proprietary OXINIUM™ alloy combining Oxidized Zirconium (a metal alloy) along with a highly crossed link plastic liner for knee and hip replacement products. New products in 2013 included the JOURNEY™ II BCS knee implant incorporating the VERILAST Technology and the HEALICOIL™ REGENESORB Suture Anchor, the first device using Smith & Nephew's proprietary advanced biocomposite material.

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