Medtronic History

Today we are the world's largest medical technology company, but we come from humble beginnings.
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From a Repair Shop to a Global Medical Technology Leader

Medtronic was founded in 1949 as a medical equipment repair shop by Earl Bakken and his brother-in-law, Palmer Hermundslie.

Did these two men set out to change medical technology and the lives of millions of people? No. But they did have a deep moral purpose and an inner drive to use their scientific knowledge and entrepreneurial skills to help others.

That spirit — combined with our founders' personal integrity and passion — became our guiding philosophy and, ultimately, the Medtronic Mission.

Our first life-changing therapy — a wearable, battery-powered cardiac pacemaker — was the foundation for many more Medtronic therapies that use our electrical stimulation expertise to improve the lives of millions of people.

Over the years, we developed additional core technologies, including implantable mechanical devices, drug and biologic delivery devices, and powered and advanced energy surgical instruments. Today, our technologies are used to treat nearly 40 medical conditions.

A Tradition of Serving Patients

Read about our early years and much more in a brochure chronicling our rich legacy.

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One Company, One Mission

See how our Mission guides all that we do.

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Medtronic products and therapies improve the lives of two people every second.

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