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Division of Royal Philips NV

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MAKO Surgical: Navigating Robotics in Orthopedics

All but dead a half a dozen years ago, MAKO Surgical is alive and well with an innovative technology platform that both embraces robotics and looks past it. Key to MAKO's strategy: a focus on unicompartmental knee procedures that are extremely difficult to do manually but, company officials hope, are significantly enabled by its robotic arm platform. If company officials are right, MAKO's robotics system could help explode the unicompartmental segment of the knee market without cannibalizing the total knee replacement segment. This year's AAOS meeting was a kind of coming out party for MAKO, whose major challenge now is convincing surgeons that robotics is more than just an intriguing gadget-it's a critical part of the surgical armamentarium
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In Diagnostic Supply, A Powerhouse is Launched

The merger of two leading diagnostic suppliers has created a national presence in the troubled diagnostic imaging distribution segment. Platinium Equities paid $250 million to buy the dx imaging distribution businesses of Philips Medical and PSS, but even at that cheap price, the road to success is fraught with obstacles. Notably, the imaging film segment is under considerable competitive pressure from the increasing popularity of PACS.
Medical Device Business Strategies

Preparing Molecular Imaging's Future

Diagnostic imaging systems such as CT/PET and MR/PET, which bring together in vivo anatomical and functional information in the same device or at the same workstation, offer a real opportunity for expanding the clinical utility of molecular imaging. But to drive adoption of these new combination systems will require data showing that their use changes therapeutic decision-making. For the most part, these data are at least several years away, with most of the work today in cancer, where in vivo imaging has been shown to better evaluate tumor type, guide radiation therapy, and change chemotherapy management. In the meantime, suppliers of imaging equipment to hospitals and research institutions are collaborating with academics and companies that are developing new radiotracers and other molecular probes. Such moves are not typical for these organizations, which, like IVD companies, traditionally have placed their bets on selling products into mature markets, rather than innovative R&D-oriented projects.
Medical Device Business Strategies

BrainLAB: Image-Guided Surgery's Whiz Kids

The success of BrainLAB, a leader in radiotherapy and image-guided surgery, has been built on two strengths: technological innovation, particularly in software designed specifically for medical applications, and a series of alliances with large device partners that gave it the clout to get its products to market. Though BrainLAB is, on some level, a capital equipment company, it remains, culturally, a software provider, with the aggressive, innovative, entrepreneurial spirit associated with software companies. The company's next major challenge: getting off to a quick start in orthopedics, which could be image-guided surgery's biggest market to date.
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Company Information

  • Industry
  • Medical Devices
    • Diagnostic Imaging Equipment & Supplies
      • MRI, NMR
      • Pacs (Picture Archive & Communications Systems)
  • Therapeutic Areas
  • Non-Specific
  • Alias(es)
  • Picker International Inc.
  • Ownership
  • Private
  • Headquarters
  • Worldwide
    • North America
      • USA
  • Parent & Subsidiaries
  • Royal Philips NV
  • Senior Management
  • Fred B Parks, Pres. & CEO
    Ralph Balestriere, SVP, CFO
    Jerry C Cirino, EVP, Global Sales
  • Contact Info
  • Marconi Medical Systems Inc.
    Phone: (440) 483-2522
    595 Miner Rd.
    Cleveland, OH 44143