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Medtronic, Inc. based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S., is a leading maker of biomedical devices that get implanted into the human body. According to Hoovers, "the company makes defibrillators and pacemakers that help the heart beat normally. Subsidiary Medtronic Sofamor Danek makes spinal implant devices, and its neurological division makes neurostimulation devices and products that treat urinary incontinence." [1]

In 2007, sales were US$12.3 billion with profits of US$2.8 billion. Top competitors are Boston Scientific, Johnson & Johnson, and St. Jude Medical. [1]

Public relations

Medtronic has used the services of the online advocacy and public relations company Grassroots Enterprise [1], which boasts former Clinton White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry and Randy Tate, of the Christian Coalition, as board members (according to Grassroot Enterprise's web site).

Medtronic has also worked with PR firm Ketchum. [2]

Political contributions

Medtronic gave $339,558 to federal candidates in the 2006 election through its political action committee - 41% to Democrats, 57% to Republicans, and 2% to independent Joseph Lieberman (I-CT). [2]


The company spent $1,360,000 for lobbying in 2006. $513,000 went to four lobbying firms including Dutko Worldwide and Ernst & Young. [3]


Key executives and 2007 pay: [4]

Selected members of the Board of Directors: [9]



Contact details

710 Medtronic Parkway
Minneapolis, MN 55432
Phone: 763-514-4000
Fax: 763-514-4879


  1. 1.0 1.1 Medtronic Profile, Hoovers, accessed December 2007.
  2. 2006 PAC Summary Data, Open Secrets, accessed December 2007.
  3. Medtronic lobbying expenses, Open Secrets, accessed December 2007.
  4. Executive Management Team, Medtronic, accessed December 2007.
  5. William A Hawkins III, Forbes, accessed December 2007.
  6. Michael F Demane, Forbes, accessed December 2007.
  7. Stephen H Mahle, Forbes, accessed December 2007.
  8. Gary Ellis, Forbes, accessed December 2007.
  9. Board of Directors, Medtronic, accessed December 2007.
  10. Arthur D Collins Jr, Forbes, accessed December 2007.

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