Business, cardiology  

Medtronic to spin-off external defibrillation business

11 December 2006

Minneapolis, USA. Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE:MDT) has announced that will spin-off its Emergency Response Systems Business into a publicly traded, independent company, to operate under the name of Physio-Control, Inc.

Estimated annual sales for the new company are approximately $450 million (fiscal year 2007). Medtronic says that Physio-Control will be the world leader in the $1 billion market for external defibrillation products, including automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and manual defibrillators used by hospitals and emergency response personnel.

The new company will offer Medtronic's current portfolio of external defibrillation and emergency response systems, data management solutions and support services, including the popular LIFEPAK family of external defibrillators. The company will have approximately 1,200 employees and will operate in more than 100 countries around the world. The new company will continue to be headquartered in Redmond, Washington.

Art Collins, Chairman and CEO of Medtronic said: “Medtronic routinely reviews its product and business portfolios and makes adjustments to ensure we meet both our strategic focus and the high expectations we have set for long-term growth. The creation of this new company will enable Medtronic to more directly focus resources on high-growth therapies aimed at chronic disease management.

“This action also will provide Physio-Control access to a new level of operational, strategic and financial flexibility to invest in and grow its business. We are confident that Physio-Control will be successful as an independent company and that this transition will be seamless to customers and other business partners."

Brian D. Webster, president and general manager of Medtronic Emergency Response Systems, will become chief executive officer of the new company. Webster has more than 15 years experience with both Medtronic and the original Physio-Control company, which was acquired by Medtronic in 1998. Webster has served in a variety of senior management roles within the business, including senior leadership positions in sales, marketing and operations.

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