The medical devices industry continues to be a hotbed of patent innovation. Activity is driven by increased need for homecare, preventative treatments, early diagnosis, reducing patient recovery times and improving outcomes, and growing importance of technologies such as machine learning, augmented reality, 5G and digitalization. In the last three years alone, there have been over 710,000 patents filed and granted in the medical devices industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Innovation in medical: tissue repair implants. Buy the report here.

Smarter leaders trust GlobalData


Premium Insights Innovation in medical: tissue repair implants

Buy the Report

Premium Insights

The gold standard of business intelligence.

Find out more

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 stabilizing 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.

30+ 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 155,000 patents, there are 30+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Within the emerging innovation stage, ultrasonic nebulizers and intra-oral 3D imaging are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. Intraocular pressure monitoring, automated diabetes management, and tissue repair implants are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among maturing innovation areas is CPR assistance devices, which is now well established in the industry.

Innovation S-curve for the medical devices industry

Tissue repair implants is a key innovation area in medical devices

Tissue repair implants refer to implantable devices and materials that are designed to facilitate the healing of damaged or injured tissue, such as bone or cartilage. These implants aim to restore normal tissue structure and function, promoting a quicker and more effective healing process.

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 140+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established medical devices companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of tissue repair implants.

Key players in tissue repair implants – a disruptive innovation in the medical devices industry

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of applications identified for each patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.   

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of countries each patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.  

Patent volumes related to tissue repair implants

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Medtronic 195 Unlock Company Profile
Johnson & Johnson 186 Unlock Company Profile
Zimmer Biomet 116 Unlock Company Profile
Stryker 115 Unlock Company Profile
Geistlich Pharma 55 Unlock Company Profile
Baxter International 42 Unlock Company Profile
GreenBone Ortho 33 Unlock Company Profile
Albemarle 31 Unlock Company Profile
B. Braun Melsungen 26 Unlock Company Profile
EW Healthcare Partners 26 Unlock Company Profile
Dentsply Sirona 24 Unlock Company Profile
Waldemar Link 23 Unlock Company Profile
Straumann 23 Unlock Company Profile
curasan 22 Unlock Company Profile
Vivex Biomedical 19 Unlock Company Profile
Globus Medical 19 Unlock Company Profile
Orthofix Medical 19 Unlock Company Profile
Ceram 17 Unlock Company Profile
SINTX Technologies 17 Unlock Company Profile
Bio2 Technologies 16 Unlock Company Profile
Hoya 15 Unlock Company Profile
Heraeus 15 Unlock Company Profile
Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne 15 Unlock Company Profile
Surgalign 14 Unlock Company Profile
Cam Bioceramics 14 Unlock Company Profile
Orthorebirth 14 Unlock Company Profile
OrthoMedex 13 Unlock Company Profile
Etex 13 Unlock Company Profile
HD LifeSciences 12 Unlock Company Profile
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries 11 Unlock Company Profile
Promimic 10 Unlock Company Profile
Umtb Biomedical 10 Unlock Company Profile
Cgbio 10 Unlock Company Profile
Advanced Numed Technologies 10 Unlock Company Profile
NuVasive 10 Unlock Company Profile
Beijing Chunlizhengda Medical Instruments 9 Unlock Company Profile
Theradaptive 9 Unlock Company Profile
Collagen Matrix 8 Unlock Company Profile
Synergy Biomedical 8 Unlock Company Profile
AlloSource 8 Unlock Company Profile
Spinal Elements 8 Unlock Company Profile
Teleflex 8 Unlock Company Profile
GC 7 Unlock Company Profile
No Va Land Investment Group 7 Unlock Company Profile
Spiber Technologies 7 Unlock Company Profile
regenHU 7 Unlock Company Profile
Episurf Medical 7 Unlock Company Profile
Spiderwort 7 Unlock Company Profile
Osaka Yakin Kogyo 6 Unlock Company Profile
LifeNet Health 6 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Medtronic and Johnson & Johnson are two of the leading patent filers in tissue repair implants. Some other key patent filers in this field include Zimmer Biomet, Stryker, and Geistlich Pharma.

In terms of application diversity, regenHU leads the pack, while Zimmer Biomet and Orthorebirth stood in the second and third positions, respectively. By means of geographic reach, GreenBone Ortho held the top position, followed by Baxter International and Orthofix Medical.

With innovations in advanced biomaterials (such as biodegradable polymers, hydrogels, and nanomaterials), 3D printing, bioactive implants, stem cell therapy, and nanotechnology, the adoption of tissue repair implants is expected to increase in the coming years. These developments will significantly enhance tissue repair, offering the possibility of customized solutions, and biodegradability, which reduces the need for removal surgeries.

To further understand the key themes and technologies disrupting the medical devices industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Medical Devices.

Premium Insights


The gold standard of business intelligence.

Blending expert knowledge with cutting-edge technology, GlobalData’s unrivalled proprietary data will enable you to decode what’s happening in your market. You can make better informed decisions and gain a future-proof advantage over your competitors.


GlobalData, the leading provider of industry intelligence, provided the underlying data, research, and analysis used to produce this article.

GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.