About Medtronic

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Citation
European Cardiovascular Disease 2006 - Issue 1;2006:2(1):1-1
DOI
http://dx.doi.org/10.15420/ecr.2006.1.1w

Medtronic is the global leader in medical technology - alleviating pain, restoring health, and extending life for millions of people worldwide. With deep roots in the treatment of heart disease, Medtronic now provides a wide range of products and therapies - every six seconds, somewhere in the world, a personÔÇÖs life is saved or improved by a Medtronic product or therapy.

Founded

Medtronic was founded on 29 April 1949 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, US, by Earl E Bakken and Palmer J Hermundslie.

Key Businesses
  • Medtronic Cardiac Rhythm Management (CRM) develops products that restore and regulate a patientÔÇÖs heart rhythm, as well as improve the heartÔÇÖs pumping function. The business markets implantable pacemakers, defibrillators, cardiac ablation catheters, monitoring and diagnostic devices and cardiac resynchronisation devices, including the first implantable device for the treatment of heart failure. In addition, the business markets automated external defibrillators (AEDs) - which are increasingly being placed in public places, such as businesses, airports, shopping centres and even homes - and the CareLink Patient Network, the industryÔÇÖs first Internet-based network to enable physicians to remotely monitor their patients who have cardiac devices.
  • Medtronic Cardiac Surgery develops products that are used in both arrested and beating heart bypass surgery. The business also markets the industryÔÇÖs broadest line of heart valve products for replacement and repair, plus autotransfusion equipment and disposable devices for handling and monitoring blood during major surgery, as well as cardiac ablation devices to treat a variety of heart conditions.
  • Medtronic Vascular offers products and therapies that treat a wide range of vascular diseases and conditions. These products include coronary, peripheral and neurovascular stents, stent graft systems for diseases and conditions throughout the aorta, and distal protection systems. The business is also moving forwards with the development of a drug-eluting stent (DES) to prevent restenosis. Medtronic Vascular also markets a full line of balloon angioplasty catheters, guide catheters, guidewires, diagnostic catheters and accessories.
  • Medtronic Neurological offers neurostimulation and drug pump and infusion therapies for chronic pain, ParkinsonÔÇÖs disease and other common movement disorders. It also offers diagnostics and therapeutics for gastrointestinal and urological conditions, including incontinence, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)/enlarged prostrate and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GERD).
  • Medtronic Diabetes products include internal and external glucose monitors and insulin pumps.
  • Medtronic Spinal and Navigation develops and manufactures products that treat a variety of disorders of the cranium and spine, including traumatically induced conditions, deformities and tumours. Through the Bone Graft and Minimal Access Spinal Technologies, the introduction of INFUSE business has distinguished itself as a global leader in less-invasive surgical techniques. It also develops a variety of image-guided surgical navigation systems.
Global Presence

Medtronic does business in more than 120 countries. Medtronic World Headquarters is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Regional Headquarters include Switzerland and Japan.

Workforce

Medtronic employs approximately 32,000 people worldwide. Ôûá