Patient-Inspired Innovation Meaningful Innovation

Revolutionizing healthcare for the sake of patients — always

At Medtronic, research and development is not about innovation for innovation's sake but about enhancing the quality of life around the world. Patient needs are always at the center of our work. Here's proof. 


World’s Smallest Pacemaker Allows Minimally Invasive Approach

World’s Smallest Pacemaker

Why were our engineers thrilled to develop the world's smallest pacemaker? Because the pacemaker's size allows it to be placed into the heart using a minimally invasive approach, without wires running from the chest to the heart required by other pacemakers.


Better Management of Diabetes

Better Management of Diabetes

Medtronic scientists toiled for years, laser focused on a diabetic patient's need to monitor blood sugar. Their focus, tenacity, and math skills paid off when they developed a sophisticated algorithm to control the flow of insulin.   


Replacing Aortic Heart Valves — Without Surgery

Replacing Aortic Heart Valves — Without Surgery

Many patients are not good candidates for open-heart surgery. Like Ron. Ron's cardiothoracic surgeon replaced Ron's heart valve using a minimally invasive approach developed by Medtronic. Yet another example of how Medtronic tenacity and resourcefulness saves lives.


Being Heard Makes All the Difference

Being Heard Makes All the Difference

The Medtronic Applied Innovation Lab brings together patients, clinicians, and IT professionals. “If you can bring people into a place with the right technologies and the right team they start thinking differently,” says Mike Hedges, Medtronic’s chief information officer. “That’s what we need to do to start transforming healthcare.” Discover how this unique partnership sparks ideas to improve healthcare.