At a Glance Medtronic is the global leader in medical technology- alleviating pain, restoring health, and extending life for millions of people around the world. Medtronic develops and manufactures a wide range of products and therapies with emphasis on providing a complete continuum of care to diagnose, prevent and monitor chronic conditions. Every five seconds, somewhere in the world, a person’s life is saved or improved by a Medtronic product or therapy. Medtronic was founded in 1949 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, by Earl E. Bakken and Palmer J. Hermundslie. Today Medtronic does business in more than 120 countries and employs 38,000 worldwide. The World Headquarters is in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Regional Headquarters include Switzerland and Japan. “The Medtronic organisation in Galway has gone from strength to strength. Today, the site is one of the leading Global Manufacturing and Technology Development Centres within the corporation. Our success to-date is down to the core competencies and capabilities of our people and our relentless drive for excellence in everything we do. The core of the Medtronic Mission is to apply biomedical engineering to alleviate pain, restore health and extend life for millions of people each year, through our products and therapies. At the Medtronic Galway Site, all our employees are deeply committed to the Medtronic Mission and we take great pride in knowing that our contributions have such a positive effect on the lives of patients all over the world." Gerard P. Kilcommins, Vice-President of Global Vascular Operations & General Manager, Galway Site. Why Ireland for Medtronic Medtronic in Ireland Medtronic has been present in Ireland since 1999, having acquired a cardiovascular business established in Galway in 1982. Medtronic’s Galway site is a centre of excellence for the development and manufacturing of a number of the company’s key medical technologies for the treatment and management of cardiovascular and cardiac rhythm diseases. Today, over 2000 people are employed in Ireland with most of the company’s employees working at the state-of-the-art facility in Galway, including over 100 dedicated to research and development. The company has R&D links with third-level institutions throughout Ireland. Medtronic also has a sales and support office in Dublin which opened in 2002 and represents key businesses within Ireland. The Medtronic operation in Galway has gone from strength to strength since they established a presence there in 1999. Today, the site is one of the leading Global Manufacturing and Technology Development Centres within the organisation.