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The Greater Minneapolis-Saint Paul (MSP) region is home to some of the most innovative, respected, and renowned healthcare, research, and medical engineering organizations on the planet. We call this global epicenter of health innovation and care Medical Alley. From medical device giants to health insurance leaders and the highest ranking health system in the world, Medical Alley employers are powering the future of healthcare. Here, this industry alone employs more than 500,000 professionals from 1,000+ companies. The #1 health technology innovation cluster, the #1 hospital in the world, and the world’s Destination Medical Center are all fueled by the transformative work of the MSP region.
Headquartered in Minneapolis, Medtronic is the largest medical device manufacturer in the world. Since Medtronic’s humble beginnings in 1949, the company has become the world’s single largest medical device company and has developed core technologies including implantable mechanical devices, drug and biologic delivery devices, and powered and advanced energy surgical instruments that are used to treat nearly 40 medical conditions.
As a leading global provider of medical devices and technologies, Smiths Medical provides solutions for the hospital, emergency, home, and specialist environments. Headquartered in Minneapolis, the company’s extensive range of products are carefully crafted to improve and save the lives of patients throughout the world in critical and intensive care, surgery, post-operative care, and home infusion therapies.
UnitedHealth Group is a distinctively diversified health and well-being company headquartered in Minneapolis. UnitedHealth Group’s core capabilities are in clinical expertise, advanced technology, and data and health information that enable the company to meet the evolving needs of a changing health care environment.
Headquartered in Saint Paul, Ecolab is the global leader in water, hygiene, and energy technologies and services. Businesses around the world in foodservice, food processing, hospitality, healthcare, industrial, and oil and gas markets choose Ecolab products and services to keep their environment clean and safe, operate efficiently, and achieve sustainability goals. Over its history, Ecolab has received thousands of patents to protect its innovations.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MN
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MN is an organization with a mission to inspire change, transform care, and improve health. Chartered in 1933 as Minnesota’s first health plan, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MN has promoted wider, economical, and timely availability of health services for the people of Minnesota for more than 85 years. Roughly one in three Minnesotans has a health plan with the organization, and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MN has received numerous awards recognizing the organization as a top employer and best place to work.
Mayo Clinic is consistently the No.1 ranked care system in the world. Headquartered in Rochester, MN, Mayo has clinics throughout MN, WI, and IA, in addition to major campuses in AZ and FL. It also operates one of the top 10 medical schools and has a robust, world-leading research program. Serving more than one million people from around the world each year, Mayo Clinic is the center of Destination Medical Center, a public-private funded economic initiative to make the region the premiere world destination for care.
Medica, one of MSP’s largest health insurer giants, represents a group of companies held by a nonprofit, tax exempt holding company called Medica Holding Company. Its family of businesses has received the highest accreditation status, Excellent, from the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA®) for its Minnesota Medicaid HMO plans and commercial health plans in Minnesota and North Dakota. Medica also achieved Quality Plus Distinction for Physician and Hospital Quality from the NCQA. The organization employs around 1,200 people and is headquartered from its Minnetonka offices.
Be The Match
Headquartered in Minneapolis, Be The Match connects patients with their donor match for a life-saving marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant. Over the past 30 years Be The Match®, operated by the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP), has managed the largest and most diverse marrow registry in the world. To date, Be The Match® has facilitated more than 92,000 blood stem cell transplants, and nearly 6,200 transplants a year to give patients hope for a future. As the recognized leader in unrelated marrow transplantation, Be The Match® continues to develop services and interactive technologies used by transplant experts around the world to reach more patients, also leading in developing new cellular therapies.
Founded in 1888, Abbott Laboratories has grown into one of the largest medical device companies in the world, specializing in diabetes care, cardiovascular health, and neuromodulation. The company’s life-changing technologies also include businesses and products in diagnostics, nutritionals, and branded generic medicines. Abbott is consistently ranked as a top place to work and as an outstanding corporate citizen by national and international publications alike.
As a leading provider of infection prevention products and services in the healthcare market, Cantel is dedicated to delivering high-quality, innovative solutions that improve outcomes and help save lives. Specializing in endoscopy, water filtration dental and healthcare disposables, more than 3,000 global employees work to help improve the lives of patients, caregivers and healthcare providers. The Twin Cities is home to its Medical and Life Sciences Divisions, with offices in Plymouth, MN.
Starkey Hearing Technologies
Starkey is one of the largest hearing aid companies in the world and consistently leads the field in advanced hearing solutions. Headquartered in Eden Prairie, Starkey serves more than 100 markets globally while also helping numerous other areas through the Starkey Hearing Foundation. Its Livio AI hearing aid was named a 2019 Best Invention by Time Magazine.
More than 30 million patients each year are treated with Boston Scientific products, with cardiovascular, spinal cord, and remote patient monitoring devices being a particular focus for the company right now. Boston Scientific has consistently received awards and recognition for its innovations that impact patients’ lives, company performance, workplace culture, and contributions to communities around the world.
Kindeva Drug Delivery
One of the newest leaders in Medical Alley, Kindeva Drug Delivery is already being recognized for its excellence and innovation in drug delivery. Kindeva is a contract development manufacturing organization (CDMO), specializing in complex drug and combination products. Kindeva’s global headquarters is located in Maplewood. It also has a state-of-the-art research and development facility and cGMP manufacturing plant in the metro, giving the company easy access to whatever knowledge it needs. This makes Kindeva an excellent place to work for a wide variety of talented individuals.
Headquartered in Roseville, Rebiotix Inc., a Ferring Company, is a late-stage clinical microbiome company focused on harnessing the power of the human microbiome to revolutionize the treatment of challenging diseases. Rebiotix has a diverse pipeline of investigational drug products built on its pioneering microbiota-based MRT™ drug platform. The platform consists of investigational drug technologies designed to potentially rehabilitate the human microbiome by delivering a broad consortium of live microbes into a patient’s intestinal tract.
With a US headquarters in Minneapolis, Coloplast develops products and services to make life easier for people with deeply personal and private medical conditions, with a particular focus on chronic care, interventional urology, and wound and skin care. Coloplast was recently named a best place to work in in Minnesota by the Star Tribune.
Upsher-Smith Laboratories, LLC
Founded in Minneapolis in 1919, Upsher-Smith’s diverse array of generic and branded pharmaceuticals help people manage a wide range of conditions, from high blood pressure and high cholesterol, to seizure disorders and migraine headaches. Now part of the Sawai Pharmaceutical Company LTD., Upsher-Smith maintains its track record as one of most respected pharmaceutical manufacturers in the world, as well as having access to the resources of a global corporation.
One of the world’s oldest drug companies, Takeda Pharmaceuticals is a patient-focused, values-based, R&D-driven global biopharmaceutical company committed to bringing better health and a brighter future to people worldwide. Its facility in Brooklyn Park serves as a biologic center of excellence for the company, as well as producing Entyvio, which treats moderate to severe ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease.
Fairview Health Services
Fairview Health Services is an award-winning, nonprofit, integrated health system providing exceptional health care across the full spectrum of health care services, driven to heal, discover and educate for longer, healthier lives. The company has a network of more than 5,000 providers who embrace innovation and new thinking to drive a healthier future through healing, discovery and education.
More than a century ago, 3M started as a small-scale mining venture in Northern Minnesota, then named Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company. Now a global powerhouse with a headquarters in Maplewood, MN, its products help improve the daily lives of people around the world. 3M’s Health Care Business Group develops reliable, quality products and solutions for the global health care industry, connecting people, insights, science and technology to make better health possible.
Headquartered in Minneapolis, Bind Benefits has redesigned health insurance to give employers the opportunity to offer a sustainable, attractive health benefit — without compromising coverage or quality. Members can see treatment options and compare prices before making a decision. The Bind personalized health plan delivers the freedom to choose — and the information to choose wisely.
Headquartered in Minneapolis and one of the most highly-regarded startups in the nation, Bright Health is a consumer-focused health insurance and technology company. Backed by powerhouse VC firms like NEA, Bessemer Partners, and Greenspring Associates, Bright works closely with a network of doctors, clinics, and hospitals to ensure its customers are getting the highest quality care at the best possible price.
ReSound is part of the GN Group, the global leader in intelligent audio solutions based in Denmark. ReSound hearing aids set worldwide standards for quality and intuitive technology, helping people Hear More, Do More, Be More. ReSound was the first to offer hearing aids Made for iPhone and allowing direct streaming to Android devices using Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). It also pioneered the development of the usage 2.4 GHz wireless communication within hearing aids. Bloomington is home to the North American headquarters of GN Hearing and ReSound, employing approximately 650 people in the Twin Cities, more than half in manufacturing.
With a global headquarters in Northeast Minneapolis, Bio-Techne is a leader in Greater MSP’s fast-growing biotechnology sector, producing integral components of scientific investigations into biological processes and molecular diagnostics, revealing the nature, diagnosis, etiology and progression of specific diseases. It is committed to meeting the expanding needs of scientific discovery by combining disciplines and expertise to offer a full portfolio of solutions.
Allina Health | Aetna
Allina Health | Aetna proves that when health plans and health care providers work together, better health and wellness is the result. Their unique partnership, experienced leadership and shared resources allow the organization to provide a total and connected approach to coverage and care — making it more eﬀective and more aﬀordable.
With a global headquarters in Richfield, MN, Best Buy is the largest multinational consumer electronic retailer in the United States. The company’s health solutions use tech-enabled human interactions to transform the home into a site of care. Powered by their unmatched technology expertise and people-driven service capabilities, Best Buy helps people live their best lives through human care and connection.
Philips is a leading health technology company focused on improving people’s health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment, and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. The company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care.
University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world. The University of Minnesota treats patients, educates the next generation of care providers, and makes discoveries that improve health care in Minnesota and around the world.