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000 Ways We Improve Health [Bio Science Image]

Minnesota is one of the top states when it comes to health. The first open-heart operation was performed here and the first portable, battery-powered pacemaker invented in the state. The state tops medical device patents per capita and is home to the world-renowned Mayo Clinic. See why Minnesota is the destination for health:

  • The state tops all U.S. states in medical device patents per 1 million people (U.S. Patents and Trademark Office, 2018).

  • There’s an international appetite for medical products made in Minnesota. Optics/medical goods – including medical devices – were the state’s top export in 2018. Sales in this category were $4.5 billion, up 19% from the previous year.

  • Minnesota ranks first in medical device patents per capita (U.S. Patents and Trademark Office, 2018).

  • Abbott Laboratories, Boston Scientific, Medtronic and other large medical device companies have major operations in the state (ReferenceUSA).

  • Medical device manufacturing employs nearly 30,500 workers in Minnesota, ranking second nationwide (Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2018).

  • The Mayo Clinic in Rochester has ranked as the No. 1 hospital in the country for three consecutive years (2017, 2018, 2019) (U.S. News and World Report, 2019).

  • With more than 43,000 employees, the Mayo Clinic is the largest employer in the state (Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal, 2019).

  • Health care and social assistance employ nearly 495,000 people, making it the largest sector in Minnesota (EMSI, 2018).

  • Minnesota is second among all states for nurses (WalletHub, 2019).

  • Minnesota is home to Medical Alley, the world's #1 health technology innovation cluster. Members of Medical Alley include more than 1,000 health care companies, employing more than 500,000 Minnesotans and millions worldwide.

  • We’re boldly pursuing new avenues of medical technology and treatments in areas that include personalized medicine, microbiome, regenerative medicine, pharmacogenomics, digital health, stem cell research, bioinformatics, telemedicine, proteomics, 3-D printed devices.
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