Medtronic Celebrates 75 Years of Life Saving Innovations

Over 75 years, Medtronic has reinvented what’s possible for the world. The Medtronic Mission has fueled each step to alleviate pain, restore health, and extend life. 

Medtronic co-founder Earl Bakken receives a Life Time Achievement award from AdvaMed in 2014

Medtronic co-founder Earl Bakken receives a Life Time Achievement award from AdvaMed in 2014 (Photo credit: AZBio) Click the image to learn more about this visionary leader.

For over 75 years, Medtronic has pushed the boundaries of medical technology through various innovations.

The Medtronic mission — to alleviate pain, restore health, and extend life —  unites a global team of 95,000+ passionate people across 150 countries. Medtronic delivers innovative technologies that transform the lives of two people every second, every hour, every day. 

Medtronic technologies and therapies treat 70 health conditions and include cardiac devices, surgical robotics, insulin pumps, surgical tools, patient monitoring systems.

  • Cardiac and Vascular Devices including pacemakers, defibrillators, stents, heart valves, and ablation catheters used to treat heart rhythm problems, coronary artery disease, and other heart conditions. 
  • Neuromodulation Therapies including deep brain stimulation devices, spinal cord stimulation devices are used to treat chronic pain, Parkinson’s disease, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders.
  • Medical Surgical Tools including surgical staplers, electrosurgical instruments, and navigation systems used in minimally invasive surgeries, robotic-assisted surgeries, and general surgical procedures.
  • Diabetes Management Products including insulin pumps, continuous glucose monitoring systems, and sensors that help people with diabetes manage their blood sugar levels.
  • Patient Monitoring and Respiratory Products including ventilators, infusion pumps, and patient monitoring systems used in critical care settings and home healthcare.
  • And more.

Today, the company is at the forefront of developing new technologies to improve healthcare with a focus on personalization, precision, and efficiency in medical treatments.

  • AI and Data-Driven Healthcare: Medtronic is leveraging artificial intelligence and data analytics to personalize treatment plans and improve treatment outcomes  They use machine learning to gain new insights from patient data, allowing for more effective therapies.
  • Robotic-Assisted Surgery: Medtronic is integrating robotics with surgical procedures. This allows for greater precision, potentially leading to better patient outcomes and faster recovery times
  • 3D Printing: Medtronic utilizes 3D printing for rapid prototyping of medical devices and creation of anatomical models. This speeds up research and development and allows for improved training simulations for surgeons 
  • Patient-Centered Design: Medtronic’s Innovation Lab works to develop new solutions by combining human-centered design with cutting-edge technology. This ensures their innovations address real patient needs and improve their quality of life .

Medtronic in Arizona

Beginning in 1973 as Medtronic Micro-Rel, the Medtronic Tempe campus began as a single manufacturing facility that had previously been owned by Motorola.  The campus was expanded five times helping it to reach the level of scale and sophistication that it is at today.

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Medtronic Tempe is a vertically integrated manufacturing site and technology center for the world’s leading medical technology company and focuses on analog and mixed signal integrated circuit design and fabrication with a focus on ultra-low power and power management devices to support Medtronic’s global life science portfolio.

In Arizona, over 1,000 Medtronic employees  design, develop, manufacture and test microelectronics solutions used in Medtronic implantable devices, such as cardiac pacemakers and defibrillators, devices that help patients with diabetes manage their insulin levels safely and effectively, spinal cord stimulators for pain management and deep brain stimulators that address movement disorders.   The world’s smallest pacemaker, the Micra™ Transcatheter Pacing system, and other products leveraging Medtronic’s expertise in miniaturization are also manufactured at the site.  


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