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Implants conference adds innovation award.

Orthopedic implant manufacturers have witnessed some dramatic changes fin the industry (and world) since French marketing and consulting firm Avicenne Development held its first international conference seven years ago. Procedure volume and reimbursement rates are down, prices are up, outsourcing has grown exponentially and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration--at least from a manufacturing perspective--has become more of a hinderance than a help in getting products to market.

Such issues changes will be explored in depth next month at Avicenne's 8th International Outsourcing & Solutions for Orthopaedic Implants and Biomaterials Conference & Exhibition. Held May 31 and June I at the Cite/Centre de Congres in Lyon, France, the event will feature exhibitions from 70 companies and plenary sessions led by speakers from such major orthopedic and biomaterial firms as Aesculap Inc., Orthofix Italy, Zimmer Holdings Inc., DePuy Orthopaedics Inc., Millstone Medical Outsourcing and Mathys AG.

The conference will begin with roundtable discussions on the orthopedic market by implant type and new international development opportunities. Other sessions will cover material innovations and biocompatibility, regulatory compliance and risks/opportunities for future implants. A new addition to the agenda this year is the Innovation Award, which will held on the first day of the event: The award, according to organizers, will be given to the "most innovative European orthopaedic outsourcing providers"; the event is designed to enable visitors to discover the latest products and services on the orthopedic outsourcing market.

For more information about the conference or to register for the event, call +33 (0)1 40 70 16 50 or visit
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Publication:Orthopedic Design & Technology
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Date:Mar 1, 2012
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