Firms in the medical device and equipment subsector produce a variety of biomedical instruments and other health care products and supplies for diagnostics, surgery, patient care, and laboratories. The subsector is continually advancing the application of electronics and information technologies to improve and automate testing and patient care capabilities.
Examples of products include:
Surgical supplies and instruments
Orthopedic/prosthetic implants and devices
Laser eye surgery instruments
Automated external defibrillators (AEDs)
Vascular stents and other implantable devices
Dental instruments and orthodontics
Michigan's medical device sector is now recognized as being in the top ten nationally - see the infographic. Our device and equipment manufacturing history is a long and rich one. The Orthopedic Frame Company, precursor of Stryker Corporation, was formed in 1941 by Dr. Homer Stryker, a Kalamazoo, Michigan based orthopedist. Stryker developed the Turning Frame—a mobile hospital bed that allowed
for repositioning of injured patients while providing necessary body
immobility, the cast cutter—a cast cutting apparatus that removed cast
material without damaging underlying tissues, and the walking heel,
among others. In 2013, Stryker had sales of almost $9 billion.
Another patriarch of the medical devices industry is Dick Sarns who founded Sarns Inc. in 1960
to make the heart-lung machine used in cardiac bypass surgery. Sarns grew the company, sold it to 3M Co. in 1981 that then sold the business to what is now Terumo Cardiovascular with operations and almost 900 employees and operations in the Ann Arbor, Michigan area.
Michigan's medical device sector includes, but is not limited to the following companies:
Michigan's medical devices sector has grown over 8% in recent years despite employment declines at the national level according the Battelle/BIO State Bioscience Industry Development 2012 report1. the sector employees approximately 10,400 with a total employment impact of a little over 29,000. With a substantial focus in orthopedics, cardiovascular, and general medical equipment and instruments,along with a strong base of device manufacturing suppliers (courtesy of the state's vast automotive and advanced manufacturing, industry, Michigan's device sector is robust.