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Earnings Winners and Losers: JNJ, MMSI, ABT, ZBH, SNN, EW, Plus Round-Up

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Among the medtech companies who have released their first-quarter 2017 sales and earnings, Johnson & Johnson and Merit Medical Systems reported progress in their long-term plans to reshape their medical device businesses, while Abbott and Zimmer Biomet received some bad news in the quarter. Smith & Nephew shows signs of a turnaround, and perennial "winner" Edwards Lifesciences provided updates on some important developments in their flagship transcatheter valve business.

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Starts & Stops: 2017 Finishes With Progress For Edwards, Stalled Trials For Boston Scientific

Starts & Stops is a regular feature highlighting Medtech Insight's monthly picks of noteworthy clinical trial announcements, initiations, completions, and suspensions. The list for December is headlined by announcements on Edwards' transcatheter valve technologies. Meanwhile, MValve, a company Boston Scientific has invested in, is not going forward with a planned trial of its MValve dock device with Boston Scientific's Lotus valve, which is currently off the market.

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