DTW Podcast: Zimmer Biomet slims, Corza Medical grows in pursuit of grabbing market share

In this week’s DeviceTalks Weekly Podcast, Rich Newitter, managing director at SVB Leerink, says Zimmer Biomet’s decision to spin out its spinal and dental business will accelerate its already impressive market share grab in its core orthopedics industry.

Dewitter says CEO Bryan Hanson brings a tried-and-true diversification model used by companies like his former employer, Covidien. The spinout of the spinal and dental businesses into a NewCo will allows the company to focus more resources on selling knee and hip implants as well as building out an impressive robotics franchise and a potentially sector-leading line of digital tools and sensors.

“Zimmer has effectively gone from a share loser for almost a decade leading up to when Bryan Hanson took over to a share-taking position,” he said in an interview with Chris Newmarker, executive editor of life sciences. “This most recent quarter, their share gains have widened quite dramatically.”

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Corza Medical set to take on “almost monopolistic” surgical giants

Corza Medical, a new venture backed by the financial firepower of private equity giant GTCR, is looking to build a surgical tool supplier that its executive chairman Greg Lucier says can compete with “almost monopolistic” leaders in the space.

To mount the challenge, Corza acquired Surgical Specialties Corp., a supplier of surgical sutures and ophthalmic knives. Corza will use this beachhead in Westwood, Mass., to build a pipeline of acquired assets including TachoSil, a surgical patch product line Corza acquired from Takeda Pharmaceuticals last year.

In an interview with the DeviceTalks Weekly podcast, Lucier, the former CEO of spinal company NuVasive (NSDQ:NUVA) and diagnostic company Life Technologies, said management believes “there is an opening for a pretty good-sized surgical tools and technologies company to compete against the Ethicons and the Medtronics of the world.”

Lucier said the two Goliaths have reached a size that makes them “almost mono…

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