Press Release

Medtronic CATALYST™ Mobile Educational Centers Take Spinal Training to Surgeons

MEMPHIS, TENN. - Oct. 22, 2012– Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT), the world leader in spinal technology, unveiled the CATALYST™ Mobile Educational Centers, a fleet of new, high-tech vehicles that are fully equipped with cutting edge procedural/anatomical labs and conference areas that will bring training and education programs to surgeons and other health care professionals across the United States. The announcement was made during the 27th Annual Meeting of the North American Spine Society (NASS) in Dallas.

The trucks also come equipped with access to every Medtronic Spinal technology including implants, instrumentation such as the Medtronic POWEREASE™ powered surgical instruments, fluoroscopes, and surgical imaging and navigation systems such as the Medtronic StealthStation® and O-ARM® Systems. In addition, the trucks have a state-of-the-art audio-visual system that enables demonstrations taking place in the laboratory to be viewed in the conference areas.

“Health care professionals appreciate the convenience and cost-efficiency of not having to travel long distances for education about Medtronic equipment, instruments, implants and procedural solutions in spine surgery,” says Doug King, Medtronic senior vice president and president of Medtronic’s Spinal business.

“We are building a new mobile education experience that will not only elevate our educational offering but take education programs directly to our customers,” says Training and Education Senior Manager Grady Davis. “In addition to the larger, main lab trailer and conference trailer, we are also building two smaller satellite trailers that are designed to function as on-demand, quick turn-around labs that can be dispatched at any time.”

The CATALYST™ program provides surgeons, hospital staff and allied healthcare professionals with an innovative suite of training and educational resources.

About the Spinal Business at Medtronic
The Spinal business, based in Memphis, Tenn., is the global leader in today’s spine market and is committed to advancing the treatment of spinal conditions. The Spinal business collaborates with world-renowned surgeons, researchers and innovative partners to offer state-of-the-art products and technologies for neurological, orthopaedic and spinal conditions. Medtronic is committed to developing affordable, minimally invasive procedures that provide lifestyle friendly surgical therapies.

About Medtronic
Medtronic, Inc. (, headquartered in Minneapolis, is the global leader in medical technology – alleviating pain, restoring health, and extending life for millions of people around the world.

Any forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties such as those described in Medtronic’s periodic reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results may differ materially from anticipated results.


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