Applied Medical News

2016

PRODUCT LAUNCH: 14cm Alexis Contained Extraction System, 3400mL Bag

September – Applied Medical is pleased to announce the release of the 14cm Alexis Contained Extraction System. The new Alexis CES features a smaller bag with a 3400mL volume and 14cm ring diameter. The 14cm Alexis CES joins the larger 17cm/6500mL bag to expand the Alexis CES product line. Over the past year, this innovation has enabled minimally invasive procedures worldwide by creating a contained environment for manual tissue extraction.


MEDIA FEATURE: Do You Need a College Degree? O.C. Workforce Ramps Up High-Tech Factory Job Skills

July - …Another problem is the failure of many manufacturers to invest in their own training, with many employers preferring to rely on government-funded programs such as those at community colleges. Applied Medical Resources, which offers a highly selective, four-year apprenticeship, is a stand-out exception.

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2015

EDUCATIONAL SYMPOSIUM: AAGL - Mastering Manual Morcellation

November - Over 150 gynecologic surgeons attended Applied Medical’s symposium, Mastering Manual Morcellation, at the 2015 AAGL Global Congress on Minimally Invasive Gynecology. A panel of experts presented on morcellation and supported attendees during an interactive workshop on techniques for contained extraction.


MEDIA FEATURE: Applied Medical Creates Custom Space for its Manufacturing

September – Applied Medical has moved its horizontal injection molding, as well as its mold and maintenance operations, to a fully remodeled state-of-the-art facility. “Nothing is standard in this facility,” Steve Davis, vice president of infrastructure operations, said during a plant tour in Lake Forest. “The whole thing is innovative.”

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PRODUCT ADVANCEMENT: Voyant Intelligent Energy System

March – Applied Medical proudly introduces the Voyant Intelligent Energy System, which utilizes breakthrough technology to precisely monitor tissue fusion and apply the optimal amount of energy. Unique to the Voyant System, the intelligence is embedded in each device, ensuring the latest technological advancement is available for every procedure. The Voyant Intelligent Energy System further strengthens Applied’s ability to make a significant and sustainable impact by enhancing clinical outcomes while satisfying healthcare’s pressing economic needs.


PRODUCT LAUNCH: Alexis Contained Extraction System

January – Meeting the needs expressed by gynecologic surgeons for a contained solution for tissue extraction, Applied Medical is pleased to introduce the Alexis Contained Extraction System. This new innovation enables minimally invasive procedures by creating a contained environment for manual morcellation. The system features a large specimen containment bag and a guard to protect the bag from sharp instrumentation. Applied’s unwavering commitment to providing innovative surgical solutions enabled the timely release of the Alexis Contained Extraction System.

2014

EDUCATIONAL DIDACTIC: AAGL Global Congress: What’s Next in Tissue Containment?

November – Applied Medical hosted What's Next in Tissue Containment, an interactive discussion on contained solutions for morcellation at the AAGL Global Congress for Minimally Invasive Gynecology. The program featured speakers who discussed procedural developments enabling minimally invasive techniques for specimen extraction, including a preview of the Alexis Contained Extraction System.


EDUCATIONAL SYMPOSIUM: APIC - Reducing SSI: Drive Change in Your Facility

June - Over 250 attended Applied Medical's Reducing SSI: Drive Change in Your Facility, the seventh of the Symposium Series. View the presentations on SSI epidemiology, payment changes, colon interventions and collaboration strategies!


EDUCATIONAL SYMPOSIUM: Tripartite - Reducing SSI: Is Your Way the Best?

June - Reducing SSI: Is Your Way the Best? The eighth of Applied Medical's Symposium Series focused on SSI prevention methods and change management. View the presentations seen by nearly 200 surgeons!


EDUCATIONAL SYMPOSIUM: Tripartite - Transanal TME: A New Era in Rectal Cancer Surgery

June - On June 30th, Applied Medical hosted the clinical symposium Transanal TME: A New Era in Rectal Cancer Surgery at the Tripartite Colorectal Meeting in Birmingham, UK. Over 300 colorectal surgeons attended this event to learn about transanal total mesorectal excision (taTME), an exciting new approach to rectal cancer surgery. A global panel of experts presented on the history of taTME, global results, technical tips for taTME, and standardization of rectal cancer care pathways. Click here to view the presentations from this symposium!


EDUCATIONAL SYMPOSIUM: SIS - Reducing SSI: Take Action with Evidence

May - Applied Medical hosted Reducing SSI: Take Action with Evidence, the sixth of the Symposium Series, with nearly 70 attending. Featured presentations on SSI bundle development and implementation are now available!


EDUCATIONAL SYMPOSIUM: SAGES - The Future of Transanal Surgery: TAMIS and Beyond

April - On April 3rd, Applied Medical hosted The Future of Transanal Surgery: TAMIS and Beyond, a clinical symposium and hands-on workshop, at the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) in Salt Lake City, UT. Nearly 100 surgeons attended this exciting discussion on recent breakthroughs in transanal minimally invasive surgery (TAMIS), led by a global panel of experts. Following the didactic session, attendees participated in a hands-on TAMIS workshop utilizing the GelPOINT path transanal access platform. Click here to view the presentations from this event!

2013

MEDIA FEATURE: GelPOINT Mini System

December - Applied Medical's GelPOINT Mini System was highlighted in a ABC WLOS News 13 Health Alert. The segment featured a single site hernia repair procedure, performed by Dr. Christopher Edwards at Mission Hospital, Asheville. News 13's Jay Siltzer explained some of the potential benefits of the single site approach in hernia repair, such as less post-operative pain, faster healing, and quicker recovery.


PRODUCT ADVANCEMENT: GelPOINT Path Transanal Access Platform

GelPOINT Path Transanal Access Platform

November - Applied Medical launches the latest GelPOINT Path Transanal Access Platform, which features a new access channel to accommodate a wider variety of patient anatomies. In addition, the GelSeal cap and introducer have been enhanced to increase versatility.

Learn more about TAMIS with the GelPOINT Path Transanal Access Platform.


EDUCATIONAL SYMPOSIUM: ESCP - The Future of Transanal Surgery: TAMIS and Beyond

September - On September 25th, Applied Medical hosted The Future of Transanal Surgery: TAMIS and Beyond, a clinical symposium and hands-on workshop, at the European Society of Coloproctology (ESCP) in Belgrade, Serbia. Nearly 250 colorectal surgeons attended to learn about evolving techniques in transanal surgery, including TAMIS and transanal total mesorectal excision (taTME). Following the didactic session, attendees participated in a hands-on TAMIS workshop utilizing the GelPOINT path transanal access platform. Click here to view the presentations from this event!


MEDIA FEATURE: O.C. Manufacturing Thrives On Innovation

July - On a factory floor in Rancho Santa Margarita, Todd Egan's machine cuts through steel with measurements as precise as one-fortieth the width of a human hair. "I'm proud of my job," says Egan, who makes molds for surgical devices at Applied Medical Resources, a fast-growing firm. "Our components save lives around the world."

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EDUCATIONAL SYMPOSIUM: APIC - Reducing SSI: Take Action with Evidence

June - Applied Medical hosted Reducing SSI: Take Action with Evidence, the fourth of the Symposium Series, with over 150 attending. A panel of healthcare professionals discussed how a successful infection prevention program involves a multidisciplinary, collaborative team committed to evidence-based interventions. Speakers presented a thorough review of SSI bundles and discussed the successes of bundle development and implementation at their facilities. Materials from this Symposium Series, including study summaries and presentations, are available at www.stopwoundinfection.com.


PRODUCT LAUNCH: GelPOINT Mini System

February - Applied Medical launches the GelPOINT Mini Advanced Access Platform, a line extension of the GelPOINT product family. The reduced platform design enables a wider spectrum of single site procedures, enhancing cosmetic results and potentially reducing post operative pain.


PRODUCT LAUNCH: Alexis Orthopaedic Protector

January - Applied Medical introduces the Alexis orthopaedic protector, which provides 360° of atraumatic retraction and soft tissue protection. The Alexis protector enables optimal exposure and access to the musculoskeletal system. Designed with a durable sheath, the Alexis protector protects skin, muscles and nerves against damage caused by contact with sharp instrumentation and bone debris. Simple, yet innovative, the Alexis protector offers ultimate versatility for a wide range of procedures.

2012

PRODUCT ADVANCEMENT: GelPOINT System

December - Applied Medical launches the latest GelPOINT system, which features a new 12mm port to accommodate a larger range of instrumentation. In addition, the Alexis wound protector/retractor in the GelPOINT System has been enhanced to facilitate insertion into smaller incision sizes.

Learn more about Applied's history of product innovation.


EDUCATIONAL SYMPOSIUM: ACS - Reducing SSI: What Can You Do Differently Tomorrow?

October - On October 1st, Applied hosted a symposium, "Reducing SSI: What Can You Do Differently Tomorrow?" Over 70 attendees gathered before the opening ceremony of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) Clinical Congress to learn more about evidence-based practices to reduce SSI, such as care bundles, teamwork and wound protection. This symposium has provided a great educational forum for ACS to bring to light the hot topic of SSI, and more importantly, effective implementations to protect their patients. Materials from this symposium, including study summaries and presentations, are available at www.stopwoundinfection.com, a comprehensive resource for healthcare professionals interested in learning more about the prevention of SSI.


CLINICAL STUDY HIGHLIGHT: Alexis Wound Protector/Retractor

July - Applied Medical's Alexis wound protector/retractor has been featured in four new clinical studies and one new poster session highlighting the benefits of the device, particularly in significantly reducing the incidence of surgical site infection in a variety of abdominal procedures.

Read these and other clinical studies on how the Alexis wound protector/retractor can contribute to enhancing patient outcomes.


EDUCATIONAL SYMPOSIUM: APIC - Reducing SSI: What Can You Do Differently Tomorrow?

June - On June 6th, nearly 300 infection preventionists attended the APIC (Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology) symposium "Reducing SSI: What Can You Do Differently Tomorrow?" sponsored by Applied Medical. A panel of leading surgeons and healthcare professionals discussed the scope of the surgical site infection issue, as well as clinically proven infection prevention methods such as bundles, wound protection, teamwork, mechanical bowel preparation and antibiotics. Materials from this symposium, including study summaries and presentations, are available at www.stopwoundinfection.com, a comprehensive resource for healthcare professionals interested in learning more about the prevention of SSI.


MEDIA FEATURE: Outpatient Magazine Highlights the Latest Advancements in Minimally Invasive Surgery

May - The Inzii universal retrieval system was featured in Outpatient Surgery Magazine as one of "The Latest Advancements in Minimally Invasive Surgery." Dr. Paul Curcillo highlights "Applied Medical's offering of a 10mm bag in a 5mm shaft, which minimizes the need to add larger ports just for specimen extraction and provides a nice transition for surgeons who want to start operating through smaller incisions."

Read the full article by Dr. Paul Curcillo, starting on page 52.


PRODUCT LAUNCH: Inzii 12/15mm Retrieval System

May - Applied Medical introduces the latest addition to the Inzii retrieval system product line. The Inzii 12/15mm retrieval system features a 1600ml bag designed for use through Kii 12mm or larger ports, providing utmost versatility and maximizing introduction port options. Similar to the other Inzii retrieval systems, this new addition also features the GuideBead to allow reopening and closure of the bag, facilitating multiple specimen retrieval.


MEDIA FEATURE: Pittsburgh Post Gazette Chronicles First Single Incision Kidney Removal in the Region

March - Applied Medical's GelPOINT System was featured in a Pittsburgh Post Gazette article documenting one patient's unique experience with single site kidney removal. According to the newspaper, the procedure was among the first of its kind in the Pittsburgh region. In the article, Benjamin Davies, MD, outlined some of the potential benefits of the novel single site technique, such as shorter recovery time and less pain.

Learn more about the GelPOINT System for single incision surgery.


MEDIA FEATURE: UC Davis Video Highlights Single Incision Surgery for Kidney Transplants

January - Applied Medical's GelPOINT System is shown in a UC Davis Health System video discussing the role of single incision surgery for kidney donor transplants. In the video, Dr. Cristoph Troppmann, Professor in Residence, General and Transplant Surgeon, at UC Davis, discusses his hopes that the potential benefits of single incision surgery compared to traditional surgical methods will encourage more people to consider kidney donation.

Learn more about the GelPOINT System for single incision surgery.


PROCEDURAL ADVANCEMENT: Total 5mm Solution

January - Applied Medical presents the Total 5mm Solution, the first complete 5mm approach to minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery using all 5mm trocars and instruments including the Inzii universal retrieval system, the Kii balloon blunt tip system, and the Epix universal clip applier. This comprehensive suite of enabling technologies allows surgeons to perform many laparoscopic surgeries through a 5mm approach.

2011

MEDIA FEATURE: Applied Medical Garners Spot in "Top O.C. Workplaces 2011"

December - Applied Medical has again been highlighted in the Orange County Register's list of Top O.C. Workplaces 2011. Applied was featured in the "Large" company category, which included businesses with more than 1000 employees. To determine the rankings, The Register partnered with the independent firm, Workplace Dynamics, to anonymously survey thousands of employees from 119 companies across Orange County about workplace experience and company leadership. This is the 2nd time Applied has made the list as part of the top 10 large companies in the county.

Learn more about joining the Applied team.


VIDEO FEATURE: Dr. Justin A. Maykel Performs Single Incision Colectomy at UMass Memorial Medical Center

November - Applied Medical's GelPOINT System was highlighted in a UMass Memorial Hospital video about single incision colon removal. In the video, Justin Maykel, MD, Chief of Colon and Rectal Surgery at UMass, explained a few of the potential advantages of single site colectomy: "Our goal is to basically minimize length of the incision and the number of the incisions. In doing so we hope that this actually translates into less pain for the patient, a faster recovery, [and] less wound related complications.."

Learn more about the GelPOINT System for single incision surgery.


PRODUCT LAUNCH: GelPOINT Path Transanal Access Platform

GelPOINT Path Transanal Access Platform

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA - October 20, 2011 - Applied Medical announced today the full market release of GelPOINT path transanal access platform. The GelPOINT path enables insufflated access through the anus and into the rectum and lower sigmoid colon for surgical procedures, such as Transanal Minimally Invasive Surgery (TAMIS), flap revision and fistula repair.

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PRODUCT LAUNCH: Alexis Laparoscopic System with Kii Fios First Entry

Alexis Laparoscopic System

September - Applied Medical introduces the Alexis laparoscopic system, which enables a laparoscopic approach before and after specimen retrieval. The Alexis laparoscopic system consists of the Alexis O wound protector/retractor, which provides 360° of circumferential protection and retraction, a laparoscopic cap which maintains pneumoperitoneum, and a 12x100mm Kii Fios first entry that can be used as the first stick to insufflate with only 3mm penetration into the peritoneum.


PRODUCT LAUNCH: Epix InLine Laparoscopic Instruments

Epix inline laparoscopic instruments

September - Applied Medical enables advanced techniques with the release of Epix inline laparoscopic instruments. Epix instruments integrate naturally with the surgeon's hand, offering unmatched comfort and tactile feel.

Learn more about Applied's history of product innovation.


MEDIA FEATURE: Applied Medical Expands Team, Leads List of Device Makers

Applied MedicalAugust- Applied Medical is featured as one of the largest medical device companies in Orange County, CA on the Orange County Business Journal's 2011 list of medical device makers. In the past year Applied increased its local team by 24% and added more than 350 team members worldwide. Applied continues to grow as it meets the healthcare community's increasing demand for innovation, value and choice in the marketplace.


CLINICAL STUDY HIGHLIGHT: Alexis Wound Protector/Retractor

August - Applied Medical's Alexis wound protector/retractor appears in a study in Liver Transplantation, which found that "[t]he use of a wound protector significantly reduced wound complications." In a multivariate analysis of potential risk factors for wound infections in living donor partial hepatectomy, "only the use of a wound protector was found to significantly reduce the risk of wound infections in an adjusted analysis."Ref


AWARD RECOGNITION: Applied Medical Granted Premier Pinnacle Award

July - Applied Medical has been honored with a Supplier Pinnacle Award at Premier Inc.'s 2011 Breakthroughs Conference and Exhibition. The Pinnacle Award recognizes suppliers who have demonstrated operational and quality excellence, as well as a commitment to meeting the clinical and economic needs of Premier's members. Applied was chosen from a select group of 39 top performing organizations to receive the award, out of a pool of over 800 contracted suppliers.

Learn more about Applied's dedication to meeting the clinical and economic needs of its customers


FACILITY EXPANSION: Applied Medical Adds Technology And Development Facility

July - Applied Medical announces the opening of a 52,000 square foot manufacturing and research facility. When fully operational, the multi-functional space will fulfill Applied's rapidly expanding research and operational requirements. This building brings the total square footage of Applied's Southern California headquarters to over 686,000 SF.

Applied's latest facility addition reflects the company's sustained growth as it continues to satisfy its customers' need for breakthrough technologies at a superior economic value. Since establishing its headquarters in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA in 2000, Applied has expanded its manufacturing space more than six-fold as it develops the next generation of medical devices for minimally invasive surgery.

Applied's significant investment in R&D and commitment to vertical integration has propelled Applied into one of the fastest growing laparoscopy companies in the country. Applied is now the second largest provider of trocars in the US, and holds market leadership in hand access laparoscopic procedures with approximately 85% market share (units).

Applied's rising presence in the marketplace has also led to significant team expansion. In 2010 alone, the company underwent a 14% team member increase. Applied has more than 2100 team members worldwide and over 1600 team members in Orange County. Applied is proud to be the largest employer in Rancho Santa Margarita and looks forward to being part of the community for years to come, as the company expands both locally and abroad.


MEDIA FEATURE: Single Incision Gastric Bypass

July - Applied Medical's GelPOINT System was featured in a WJXT Jacksonville newscast about single incision gastric bypass. Dr. Sunil K. Sharma, Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery at the University of Florida, performed this weight loss surgery through a single, small 3 cm incision in the patient's abdomen. This particular patient went home the day after surgery and returned to work the following week.

Learn more about the GelPOINT System for single incision surgery.


PRODUCT ADVANCEMENT: Next Generation GelPOINT System

January - Applied Medical launches the latest generation of the GelPOINT system. With the GelPOINT system, surgeons can perform a variety of single incision procedures, enhancing cosmetic results and potentially minimizing postoperative pain.

Learn more about Applied's history of product innovation

2010

CLINICAL STUDY HIGHLIGHT: GelPOINT System

December - Applied Medical's GelPOINT system helps surgeons overcome the challenges associated with single incision surgery. In a study assessing how surgeons adopting this new approach performed laparoscopic tasks with various single incision devices, "the GelPOINT system appears to be the easiest system for novices to use and performed very similar to conventional laparoscopy."Ref By potentially reducing the learning curve for single incision surgery, the GelPOINT system can expedite the implementation of this exciting new method, allowing more surgeons to offer enhanced cosmetic results and other potential benefits to their patients.

Read the study in Surgical Endoscopy


FACILITY EXPANSION: Applied Medical Adds Manufacturing and Laboratory Facilities

November - Applied Medical debuts its new 125,800-square-foot "R&D1" building for additional manufacturing and laboratory space. This state-of-the-art research and development facility brings the square footage of Applied's Orange County headquarters to over 665,000 SF.

Learn more about Applied's investment in R&D and its commitment to vertical integration.


MEDIA FEATURE: Applied Medical Growing Rapidly

October - Applied Medical is featured on the "2010 Fast-Growing Private Companies List," by the Orange County Business Journal. The article highlights Applied's remarkable 54.4% two-year revenue growth and its continued expansion. Over the past two years, Applied has increased the number of team members by approximately a third and remains the largest employer in Rancho Santa Margarita, CA.


CLINICAL STUDY HIGHLIGHT: Alexis Wound Protector/Retractor

October - Applied Medical's Alexis wound protector/retractor significantly decreases surgical site infection in open colorectal surgery, as shown in a study published in Diseases of the Colon & Rectum. Eighty-eight percent of surgeons who participated in the study adopted the Alexis wound protector/retractor as part of their "standard setup."Ref


CLINICAL ARTICLE HIGHLIGHT: Alexis Wound Protector/Retractor

October - Applied Medical's Alexis wound protector/retractor is featured in an article portraying how ".small wound retractors available today, such as the Alexis Wound Retractor [...] are helpful because they keep the wound clean in cases at risk for contamination" Ref

Read the article in Surgical Products


CLINICAL STUDY HIGHLIGHT: GelPOINT System

September - Applied Medical's GelPOINT system "decreases instrument clashing" while performing single incision surgery, as mentioned in The Journal of Urology.


MEDIA FEATURE: Applied Medical Adds Jobs

August - Applied Medical adds the most jobs among the top device makers in Orange County, according to the article "Device Makers Continue Hiring with a 3% Uptick in Workforce" in the Orange County Business Journal.

Learn more about the wide spectrum of career opportunities available within the Applied team.


CASE REPORT HIGHLIGHT: GelPOINT System

May - Applied Medical's GelPOINT system gives surgeons more options than other single incision devices on the market.

Read about the GelPOINT system's unique platform in Techniques on Coloproctology.


CLINICAL ARTICLE HIGHLIGHT: GelPOINT System

April - Applied Medical's GelPOINT system permits "much more freedom of movement"Ref with surgical instruments while performing single incision surgery, states a letter-reply to Surgical Endoscopy (Volume 24, Number 8).


PRODUCT LAUNCH: Kii Z-Thread Cannula

January - Applied Medical introduces the Kii Z-Thread cannula, its latest trocar innovation. The breakthrough design of the Kii Z-thread cannula combines the benefits of two kinds of cannulas into one device, facilitating laparoscopic procedures and allowing hospitals to consolidate inventory.

Learn more about Applied's history of product innovation

2009

CLINICAL STUDY HIGHLIGHT: Kii Advanced Fixation Access System

Winter - Applied Medical's Kii Advanced Fixation cannula is featured in The Reviews in Obstetrics & Gynecology as a "must have"Ref and is given an overall score of 5/5.

Read the full review by Dr. James A. Greenberg.


MEDIA FEATURE: Applied Medical is a "Top Workplace"

December - Applied Medical is recognized as one of the top workplaces in Orange County by the Orange County Register. Learn more about Applied's culture and its team members.

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FINANCIAL REPORT FEATURE: Applied Medical is City's Largest Employer

June – Applied Medical is named Rancho Santa Margarita’s largest employer in the city’s 2009 Comprehensive Financial Report.

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2008

TESTIMONY TO U.S. SENATE: Applied Medical Asks Lawmakers to Reform Laws to Benefit Patients and Healthcare

February – Said Hilal, CEO of Applied Medical, speaks at the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging to urge lawmakers to push forward with efforts to draft and enact legislation that permanently reforms unethical “quid pro quo” behavior and restores grants and research funds to their proper and constructive role in the process. Hilal notes that enacting legislation and enforcing existing laws will help benefit patients, hospitals and healthcare, and improve clinical outcomes, plus allow continued competitiveness of innovative U.S. manufacturers in world markets.

Click here to read the full transcript from the hearing.

2003

JOINT HEARINGS IN WASHINGTON: Applied Medical Speaks Out About the Medical Device Industry’s “Closed Market”

September – Said Hilal, CEO of Applied Medical, speaks at joint hearings with the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice Division on Health Care and Competition Law and Policy about bringing a free market to the medical device industry. Hilal discusses the need to break the “bundle” – a practice used by other medical device manufacturers to prohibit competitive products from entering the market. He notes the importance of manufacturers being able to provide high quality, value-priced, innovative products for better clinical and cost outcomes.

Click here to read the full transcript from the hearing.