The medical devices industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity driven by increased need for homecare, preventative treatments, early diagnosis, reducing patient recovery times and improving outcomes, as well as a growing importance in technologies such as machine learning, augmented reality, 5G and digitalisation. In the last three years alone, there have been over 450,000 patents filed and granted in the medical devices industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Innovation in Medical Devices: Orthodontic imaging system. Buy the report here.
However, not all innovations are equal and nor do they follow a constant upward trend. Instead, their evolution takes the form of an S-shaped curve that reflects their typical lifecycle from early emergence to accelerating adoption, before finally stabilising and reaching maturity.
Identifying where a particular innovation is on this journey, especially those that are in the emerging and accelerating stages, is essential for understanding their current level of adoption and the likely future trajectory and impact they will have.
150+ innovations will shape the medical devices industry
According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which plots the S-curve for the medical devices industry using innovation intensity models built on over 550,000 patents, there are 150+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.
Within the emerging innovation stage, neurostimulation therapy, smart physiotherapy devices, and real-time IR thermographic imaging are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. Precision radiotherapy, electric atomisers, and bio-active prosthesis coating are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among maturing innovation areas are bioresorbable stent coating and cryogenic tissue treatment, which are now well established in the industry.
Innovation S-curve for the medical devices industry
Orthodontic imaging system is a key innovation area in the medical devices industry
Orthodontic imaging systems are important diagnostic tools that allow orthodontists to view internal tooth anatomy. Orthodontic records are an important part of orthodontic therapy as they are required not only for diagnosis and treatment planning, but also for case follow-ups, and assessing treatment outcomes.
GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, there are 10+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established medical devices companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of orthodontic imaging system.
Key players in orthodontic imaging system – a disruptive innovation in the medical devices industry
‘Application diversity’ measures the number of different applications identified for each relevant patent and broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.
‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of different countries each relevant patent is registered in and reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.
Patent volumes related to orthodontic imaging system
|Company||Total patents (2010 - 2022)||Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies|
|Align Technology||194||Unlock Company Profile|
|Dental Monitoring||102||Unlock Company Profile|
|Dentsply Sirona||46||Unlock Company Profile|
|Carestream Dental Technology Topco||38||Unlock Company Profile|
|SmileDirectClub||25||Unlock Company Profile|
|Oxilio||21||Unlock Company Profile|
|ULab Systems||15||Unlock Company Profile|
|Medit||13||Unlock Company Profile|
|3M||10||Unlock Company Profile|
|Osstem Implant||8||Unlock Company Profile|
|Ivoclar Vivadent||7||Unlock Company Profile|
|Onex||7||Unlock Company Profile|
|Koninklijke Philips||6||Unlock Company Profile|
|Wuxi EA Medical Instruments Technologies||6||Unlock Company Profile|
|Cvstom (Uniform Teeth)||5||Unlock Company Profile|
|Straumann Holding||5||Unlock Company Profile|
|Procter & Gamble||5||Unlock Company Profile|
|Danaher||5||Unlock Company Profile|
Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics
Orthodontic imaging system methods are quite beneficial in everyday orthodontic practice. These procedures improve treatment possibilities by allowing for more thorough diagnostic information on specific conditions. Overall, as 3D imaging techniques become more common, chair time for full orthodontic records, record loss, and storage issues will be decreased, and multidisciplinary communication will improve. While evidence-based standards for 3D imaging are still necessary to integrate it into the regular orthodontic record collection phase, the future of 3D imaging gives physicians dynamic 4D virtual patient models to evaluate functional recovery following treatment.
To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the medical devices industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Medical Devices.