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Medtronic Surgical Technologies Opens New Customer Education and Training Center

Medtronic, Inc.

Jacksonville Facility Will Train Surgical Teams From Around the World

JACKSONVILLE, FL - December 2, 2013 - Medtronic Surgical Technologies, a division of Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE: MDT), the world's largest medical device company, will hold a ceremony to commemorate the opening of the Dr. Glen Nelson Surgeon Education and Training Center, located at the division's Jacksonville headquarters. The event will take place today at 4:30 p.m. at 6743 Southpoint Drive North.

The $14 million facility contains a 10,000 square foot auditorium, 4,000 square feet of product research and development space and a 3,000 square foot customer training lab. Surgeons and surgical teams from around the world will train here with the latest Medtronic integrated surgical solutions for cranial, spinal, and ENT procedures:    surgical navigation and imaging equipment, nerve integrity monitoring, CSF management and critical care solutions, and powered instruments. The learning environment replicates the modern operating room that they are used to working in.

"Today, we have doctors and healthcare professionals visiting our facility each week from the U.S. and Latin America to train on our products and consult with our product development teams," says Mark Fletcher, senior vice president, Medtronic and president of Medtronic Surgical Technologies. "Opening the Dr. Glen Nelson Surgeon Education and Training Center allows us to meet the growing need from our customers to train with our products and discover how our technologies can be applied to their patients' surgical needs."

Each year, as many 750 surgeons and other healthcare professionals from all over the globe are expected to train at the new center.

In addition to state-of-the-art equipment found in today's operating rooms, the lab contains the latest Medtronic technologies including:

  • The O-arm® Surgical Imaging System, a multi-dimensional surgical imaging platform for use in cranial, spine, and trauma-related surgeries. The system provides real-time, intra-operative imaging of a patient's anatomy with high quality images and a large field-of-view in both two and three dimensions.
  • The StealthStation® S7® and StealthStation® i7® surgical navigation systems with intraoperative imaging integration that interfaces with multiple imaging systems, including iMRI, iCT, C-arms, and the O-arm® System.
  • The Fusion(TM) ENT Navigation System for image-guided, endoscopic sinus surgery and skull base procedures that can help surgeons make informed decisions in the operating room by providing the maximum amount of information about each patient's unique anatomy.
  • The NIM-Response® and NIM-Eclipse Systems for intra-operative nerve monitoring. Intraoperative nerve monitoring enables surgeons to identify, confirm, and monitor motor nerve function to help reduce the risk of nerve damage during various neuro and ENT procedures. 
  • Powered ENT instruments for surgeons including the Straightshot® M4 Microdebrider for ENT surgery, for intraoperative functionality and precision when cutting or removing soft tissue, hard tissue, or bone.
  • The Midas Rex® line of high-speed surgical drills, modular attachments and tools used for a wide range of surgeries, including spine, cranial, and ENT procedures.
  • The Aquamantys® System and bipolar sealers, which use Transcollation® technology, a combination of radiofrequency (RF) energy and saline, to provide hemostatic sealing of soft tissue and bone during surgery.
  • The PEAK PlasmaBlade(TM), a soft tissue dissection instrument that offers the precision of a scalpel and the bleeding control of traditional electrosurgery without extensive thermal damage to surrounding tissues.

The facility is named for Glen Nelson, M.D., a practicing surgeon from 1969-1986. Dr. Nelson joined Medtronic as executive vice president in 1986 and was elected vice chairman in 1988, a position he held until his retirement in 2002.

About Medtronic Surgical Technologies
The Surgical Technologies business develops products and procedural solutions for surgical applications that include: ear, nose and throat; neurologic; spinal; orthopedic; and oncology-related plastic and reconstructive surgery.  We design, develop, manufacture and support healthcare providers with advanced surgical navigation and imaging solutions, powered surgical tools and systems, intraoperative nerve monitoring devices, energy-based devices for hemostatic sealing and tissue dissection, and implantable devices for management of hydrocephalus.

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.



Natalie St. Denis
Corporate Communications