Growth of Ablation Technologies, Applications, Worldwide

The growth in sales of a medical technology is dictated by a unique combination of a specific technology in a specific clinical application in a specific geographic market.

In the Smithers Apex report, The Future of Tissue Ablation Products to 2020, the markets for the different ablation technology types were assessed per application in each of the major world geographies. See the groupings, below:

Ablation Types and Clinical Applications:

  • Electrosurgical/radiofrequency
    • Cardiac
    • Surgical
  • Microwave
    • Oncologic
    • Urologic
  • Laser
    • Aesthetic
    • Ophthalmic
    • Surgical
  • External Beam Radiation Therapy (EBRT)
    • LINAC Systems
    • Cobalt-60
  • Cryoablation
    • Cardiac & Vascular
    • Oncologic Surgery
    • GYN Surgery
    • Dermal/Cutaneous Surgical
  • Ultrasound
    • Ophthalmic (Cataract) Surgical
    • Multipurpose Surgical
    • Urologic Surgical
    • Multipurpose High Intensity Focused Ultrasound (HIFU)

Geographic Areas:

  • United States & Other Americas
  • Largest Western & European States
  • Major Asian States
  • Rest of World

The Smithers Apex report contains the detailed assessment of ablation technology sales in each combination of technology, geography and clinical application. Below is illustrated graphically, sorted by compound annual growth rate in sales, each of the combinations.

Growth of Ablation Technologies by Clinical Application and Geography, 2014-2020


Source: Smithers Apex


The Future of Coronary Heart Disease Medical Devices to 2021

The global interventional cardiology technologies market reached an estimated $12,179 million in 2014. By 2021 it is predicted that this market will have further increased in value to $22,472 million with a compounded annual growth rate of 9.1%. Despite the issues and challenges confronting healthcare providers and players globally, this market remains buoyant and continues to provide improved quality of life for patients suffering from coronary artery disease.

The Future of Coronary Heart Disease Medical Devices to 2021 examines the management of this disease and takes a close look at the technological developments that are driving this market, including detailed geographical analysis and key company profiles.


See details on this report from Smithers Apex at link.

Surgical Sealants, Glues, and Hemostats with Bioactive Agents

Excerpt from Report #S192, “Worldwide Surgical Sealants, Glues, and Wound Closure 2013-2018”.

Screen Shot 2015-03-30 at 10.14.59 AMBiologically active sealants typically contain various formulations of fibrin and/or thrombin, either of human or animal origin, which mimic or facilitate the final stages of the coagulation cascade. The most common consist of a liquid fibrin sealant product in which fibrinogen and thrombin are stored separately as a frozen liquid or lyophilized powder. Before use, both components need to be reconstituted or thawed and loaded into a two-compartment applicator device that allows mixing of the two components just prior to delivery to the wound. Because of the laborious preparation process, these products are not easy to use. However, manufacturers have been developing some new formulations designed to make the process more user friendly.

Selected Biologically Active Sealants, Glues, and Hemostats 

CompanyProduct NameDescription/
Asahi Kasei MedicalCryoSeal FS SystemFibrin sealant system comprising an automated device and sterile blood processing disposables that enable autologous fibrin sealant to be prepared from a patient's own blood plasma in about an hour.
BaxterArtissFibrin sealant spray
BaxterTisseelBiodegradable fibrin sealant made of human fibrinogen and human thrombin. For oozing and diffuse bleeding.
BaxterFloSealHemostatic bioresorbable sealant/glue containing human thrombin and bovine-derived, glutaraldehyde-crosslinked proprietary gelatin matrix. For moderate to severe bleeding.
BaxterGelFoam PlusHemostatic sponge comprising Pfizer's Gelfoam hemostatic sponge, made of porcine skin and gelatin, packaged with human plasma-derived thrombin powder.
Behring/NycomedTachoCombFleece-type collagen hemostat coated with fibrin glue components.
Bristol-Myers Squibb/ZymoGenetics (Sold by The Medicines Company in the US and Canada)RecothromFirst recombinant, plasma-free thrombin hemostat.
CSL BehringBeriplast P/Beriplast P Combi-SetFreeze dried fibrin sealant. Comprised of human fibrinogen-factor XIII and thrombin in aprotinin and calcium chloride solution.
CSL BehringHaemocomplettan P, RiaSTAPFreeze-dried human fibrinogen concentrate. Haemocomplettan (US) and RiaSTAP (Europe).
J&J/EthiconEvicelEvicel is a new formulation of the previously available fibrin sealant Quixil (EU)/Crosseal (US). Does not contain the antifibrinolytic agent tranexamic acid, which is potentially neurotoxic, nor does it contain synthetic or bovine aprotinin, which reduces potential for hypersensitivity reactions.
J&J/EthiconEvarrestAbsorbable fibrin sealant patch comprised of flexible matrix of oxidized, regenerated cellulose backing under a layer of polyglactin 910 non-woven fibers and coated on one side with human fibrinogen and thrombin.
J&J/EthiconBIOSEAL Fibrin SealantLow-cost porcine-derived surgical sealant manufactured in China by J&J company Bioseal Biotechnology and targeted to emerging markets.
J&J/EthiconEvithromHuman thrombin for topical use as hemostat. Made of pooled human blood.
Pfizer/King PharmaceuticalsThrombin JMIBovine-derived topical thrombin hemostat.
Stryker/OrthovitaVitagel SurgicalBovine collagen and thrombin hemostat.
Takeda/NycomedTachoSilAbsorbable surgical patch made of collagen sponge matrix combined with human fibrinogen and thrombin.
Teijin Pharma Ltd/Teijin Group (Tokyo, Japan)KTF-374Company is working with Chemo-Sero-Therapeutic Research Institute (KAKETSUKEN) to develop a sheet-type surgical fibrin sealant. Product combines KAKETSUKEN's recombinant thrombin and fibrinogen technology with Teijin's high-performance fiber technology to create the world's first recombinant fibrin sealant on a bioabsorbable, flexible, nonwoven electrospun fiber sheet.
The Medicines Company (TMC)Raplixa (formerly Fibrocaps)Sprayable dry-powder formulation of fibrinogen and thrombin to aid in hemostasis during surgery to control mild or moderate bleeding.
The Medicines Company (TMC)In development: Fibropad patchFDA accepted company's BLA application for Fibrocaps in April 2014 and set an action date (PDUFA) in 2015. In November 2013, the European Medicines Agency agreed to review the firm's EU marketing authorization application. Status update in report #S192.
Vascular SolutionsD-Stat FlowableThick, but flowable, thrombin-based mixture to prevent bleeding in the subcutaneous pectoral pockets created during pacemaker and ICD implantations.

Note: Status of products detailed in Report #S192.

Source: MedMarket Diligence, LLC

Medical Technologies at Startups, March 2015

Below is a list of the technologies under development at startups identified in March 2015 and included in the Medtech Startups Database.

  • Implanted neuromodulation device for the control of blood pressure.
  • Less invasive, catheter-based treatment of congestive heart failure caused by ischemic cardiomyopathy.
  • Electrophysiology recording systems for the treatment of atrial fibrillation.
  • Transcatheter mitral valve repair.
  • Orthopedic surgical instruments.
  • Smartphone-enabled stethoscope.
  • Bioresorbable device for the non-surgical treatment of aneurysms in patients with Kawasaki Disease.
  • Cold-based dilatation catheter system for the treatment of various peripheral lesion types.
  • Intraoperative surgical image guidance system.
  • Surgical device for bone alignment.
  • Bone-fixation for orthopedics and tissue allografts for post-surgery wound care.
  • Single-use surgical retractors for use during minimally invasive surgery.
  • Developing a cell therapy for Type 1 diabetes.
  • Optical targeting and visualization of trajectories in surgical procedures.
  • Contract medical technology development.
  • Device for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.

For a historical listing of technologies at medtech startups, see link.

Surgical Sealants: Advanced Technologies in Well Developed Markets

Advanced technologies are frequently developed in well developed economies, then migrate to other economies over time. Consequently, relatively new technologies tend to be more dominant in the well developed economies while relatively old technologies tend to be more dominant in the developing economies.

Case in point, surgical sealants for wound management versus surgical tapes, the former relatively new (and advanced) and the latter relatively old.

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Source: MedMarket Diligence, LLC; Report #S192

Tissue Engineering and Cell Therapy Market Segments, Growth Markets All

Tissue Engineering. Tissue engineering is a young, emerging, very promising area of medicine that combines engineering principles and processes to human tissues, resulting in the modification and ideally the regeneration of tissues which are able to fully function like the original tissues. The resulting engineered, living tissues may be delivered to the body at places of injury, trauma or disease, thus stimulating the body’s natural healing processes. It does this by activating the body’s innate ability to regrow and regenerate. At this time, scientists still have a great deal to learn about the body’s ability to regenerate tissues, but there are already innovative therapies that are intended to heal or reconstruct diseased tissues, and to support further regeneration and repair. Such therapies are helping to speed up healing and to help heal tissues that cannot heal on their own. Researchers feel that, in the future, tissue engineering will likely help to heal fractures, severe burns, chronic wounds, heart and nerve damage and likely many other diseases as well. While it is true that most of the industry and its benefits lie in the future, the promise of tissue engineering is materializing virtually on a daily basis.

Cell Therapy. Patient-specific cell therapies are either autologous or allogeneic. Off-the-shelf cell therapies involve donor cells which are expanded in tissue cultures, allowing the growth of large banks of cells. These cells, which originally came from a single individual, can then be frozen or otherwise preserved for use as treatments for potentially thousands of patients. By definition, off-the-shelf cell therapies are always allogeneic. Formally speaking, cell therapy covers a wide area, touching as it does on gene therapy, cancer vaccines, and even on delivery of drugs to tumour bodies. Cells might be delivered by injection directly to the site of disease, or by using a medical device. Some areas of cell therapy have shown distinct promise in early clinical trials, but only Phase 2 and 3 clinical trials will show whether the therapies will work in the clinic. Safety is of leading importance whenever cell therapies are involved. The areas of greatest interest for cell therapy at this time are cancer, cardiovascular and neurological, as well as for treatment of diabetes.

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Source: Smithers Apex

Tissue engineering and cell therapy markets are the subject of a pending global study by Smithers Apex.


Competitive Landscape in Wound Sealants and Closure

The global market for products used in wound closure encompasses sutures/staples, tapes, specialized vascular closure devices, hemostats, and surgical sealants. Some well known companies dominate some segments, but the market remains open to innovations by others. As a result, the balance of control of each segment has continued to shift. Below is illustrated the overall market shares of companies in this market.

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A: 3M
B: Abbott Vascular
C: Access Closure
D: B.Braun
E: Baxter
F: C.R. Bard
G: Covidien
H: CryoLife
I: CSL Behring
J: Equimedical BV
K: Ethicon/J&J
L: Pfizer
M: St. Jude Medical
N: Others

Source: MedMarket Diligence, LLC; Report #S192.


Medtech fundings in March 2015

Fundings for medical technologies in March 2015 totaled $542 million, led by the $57 million funding of EndoChoice, Inc.

Below are the top fundings for the month.

Company, fundingProduct/technology
EndoChoice, Inc., has raised $57 million in a round of funding, according to the companyEndoscopes and other instrumentation in gastroenterology
Apollo Endosurgery, Inc., has closed a $50 million secured term loan according to the companyMinimally invasive endoscopic surgical products for bariatric and gastrointestinal procedures
Semma Therapeutics has raised $44 million in a Series A round of funding according to the companyCell therapy for type I diabetes
Svelte Medical Systems, Inc., has raised $38.01 million of a planned $48.74 million round of funding according to a regulatory filingDrug eluting and other coronary stents
Auxogyn, Inc., has raised $34.32 million of a planned $40 million round of funding according to a regulatory filingDiagnostic and other technologies focused on women’s reproductive health
SteadyMed Therapeutics, Inc., has raised $39.95 million in its IPO according to press reportsPatch-pump drug delivery technology
Hansen Medical, Inc., has raised $35 million in a round of funding according to a regulatory filingIntravascular robotics

For the complete list of medtech fundings in March 2015, see link.

For a historical list of the individual fundings in medtech, by month, since 2009, see link.

Ablation technologies to reach $16.8 billion

In 2013, energy-based tissue ablation tools and techniques were used in hundreds of millions of procedures required, generating an estimated $12.4 billion in cumulative global sales. These total sales are projected to register a healthy growth over the forecast to the year 2020, reaching $16.8 billion by that time.

A new report published by Smithers Apex covers the global market for energy-based tissue ablation products. See link.

New medical technologies at startups, February 2015

Below is a select list of the medical technologies under development at startups recently identified and included in the MedMarket Diligence startups database:

  • Intra-thoracic surgical access technologies
  • Surgical drill guidance system
  • Heart valve replacement technology
  • Devices and biologics for use in foot and ankle fixation
  • Minimally invasive spine procedures and implantables

For a historical listing of technology under development at these starups, see link.