Minneapolis-based Medtronic was founded in 1949 as a medical equipment repair shop by Earl Bakken and his brother-in-law, Palmer Hermundslie. The company has roughly 40,000 employees. 

The company reported worldwide revenue of $3.961 billion during Q3 2011 versus $3.851 billion during the same period of 2010.

Thus far in 2011, Medtronic has seen the FDA reject Amplify, a spine device that was linked to higher cancer malignancy than alternative procedures for degenerative disc disease patients. But it has also seen expansion in Asia with its opening facilities in Shanghai and Singapore.

At the end of 2010, Chairman and CEO William Hawkins announced his retirement as of April 29.

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UPDATED: Medtronic discloses new corporate structure upon Covidien deal close

Covidien will be managed as a fourth group within Medtronic's corporate structure. The acquired company will remain intact, with the exception of its peripheral and neurovascular businesses. Covidien's peripheral business will join Medtronic's aortic and peripheral unit within Medtronic's cardiac and vascular group while the neurovascular business will become part of the restorative therapies group.

Rating agencies likely to cut Medtronic's credit rating due to looming merger with Covidien

Moody's Investors Service and Standard & Poor's Ratings Services are expected to downgrade Medtronic's debt due to the company's impending merger with Covidien. Under the new rules imposed by the Treasury Department, Medtronic will have to borrow $16.3 billion to fund the $43 billion transaction, as opposed to the initially planned $2.8 billion.

Medtronic announces first U.S. implant of investigational aortic heart valve

Medtronic announced that its investigational aortic heart valve made using cow heart tissue has been implanted in its first U.S. patient, as the global, five-year Perigon trial of 650 patients gathers steam. It will be conducted at 40 sites in Europe, the U.S. and Canada.

Covidien says it's likely to divest some vascular assets due to Medtronic merger

Covidien conceded in an Oct. 24 filing with the federal Securities and Exchange Commission that it will likely divest some vascular assets so that the looming $43 billion mega merger with Medtronic can commence under antitrust law.

Department of Homeland Security to weigh in on device cybersecurity

Amid growing industry concern over the cybersecurity of medical devices, the U.S. government is weighing in on the issue and investigating two dozen cases of suspected cybersecurity flaws in devices and hospital equipment.

Medtronic scores victory in ongoing patent war with Mirowski

Medtronic scored a victory in its ongoing patent war with Mirowski Family Ventures, as the U.S. Supreme Court passed on hearing an appeal from Mirowski over patents for implantable defibrillator devices.

Medtronic starts next-gen insulin pump trial, a step toward artificial pancreas

Medtronic announced that the first patients have enrolled in the pivotal trial of its its next-generation integrated insulin pump and continuous glucose monitoring system and the Predictive Low Glucose Management algorithm. Up to 84 patients will enroll in the trial at 8 centers across the U.S.

Drug delivery: Fertile ground for pharma-device company partnerships?

BOSTON-- Whether through collaboration with academia or buyouts of smaller players, panelists at the Partnership Opportunities in Drug Delivery conference concurred that Big Pharma is increasingly looking externally for innovation and using its size and financial to power candidates through clinicial and onto the market.

Medtronic reveals corporate shakeup pending close of Covidien deal

Days after Medtronic revealed plans to refinance its $42.9 billion acquisition of Covidien due to new tax rules cracking down on inversions, the company announced a corporate shakeup pending the deal's close.

Med tech deal value up 363% in first half, with megadeals still pending

A recent report by Evaluate MedTech released at the annual AdvaMed med tech conference in Chicago found that M&A deal value in the med tech sector grew by 363% year over year in the first half of 2014 to $30 billion.