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1. Medtronic Wins Approval For Cervical Disc Product -

Medtronic, Inc. has received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to market the Prestige LP Cervical Disc System for the treatment of single-level cervical disc disease (radiculopathy and/or myelopathy).

2. AbbVie, Shire Agree on $55 Billion Combination -

The drugmaker AbbVie has reached a deal worth roughly $55 billion to combine with British counterpart Shire and become the latest U.S. company to seek an overseas haven from tax rates back home.

The companies said Friday they will create a new company that is incorporated on the British island of Jersey, where Shire currently is incorporated. But the new company will be controlled by shareholders of North Chicago, Illinois-based AbbVie, who will own about 75 percent of the new company's stock.

3. Against the Tide -

Medtronic’s Prestige Cervical Disc system has helped thousands of people, but none of them are quite like 56-year-old Doug McConnell.

In 2009, McConnell, who is from Barrington, Ill., learned he had a severely herniated disc between two cervical vertebrae. He had the surgery to get the Prestige Cervical Disc on Feb. 1, 2010, in Chicago.

4. Medtronic to Buy Irish Medical-Device Maker -

U.S. medical device manufacturer Medtronic has agreed to buy Ireland-based competitor Covidien for $42.9 billion in cash and stock.

The combined company would have its executive offices in Dublin, where it could benefit from Ireland’s lower corporate tax rates. But the merged company would continue to operate in Minneapolis, where Medtronic employs more than 8,000, the companies said late Sunday in a statement.

5. Medtronic to Buy Irish Medical-Device Maker -

U.S. medical device manufacturer Medtronic has agreed to buy Ireland-based competitor Covidien for $42.9 billion in cash and stock.

The combined company would have its executive offices in Dublin, where it could benefit from Ireland's lower corporate tax rates. But the merged company would continue to operate in Minneapolis, where Medtronic employs more than 8,000, the companies said late Sunday in a statement.

6. Training Ground -

You can’t perfectly simulate a real-life disaster. Dr. Joe Holley knows this better than most.

7. Eye Care Deserts -

By the time students are on board SAVE’s mobile vision unit the secret is out.

They’ve failed a school eye screening and parents and teachers are catching on that they may be having trouble reading notes on the board, pages in a book, and grasping all that they should in class.

8. Medtronic Settles Whistleblower Lawsuit -

Medical device maker Medtronic Inc. will pay the U.S. Department of Justice $9.9 million to settle a lawsuit that accused the company of giving doctors gifts in return for using its defibrillators and pacemakers.

9. Medtronic Settles Whistleblower Lawsuit -

Medical device maker Medtronic Inc. will pay the U.S. Department of Justice $9.9 million to settle a lawsuit that accused the company of giving doctors gifts in return for using its defibrillators and pacemakers.

10. Medtronic Spine Revenue Drops -

Medtronic Spine’s total revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2014 was $786 million, down 2 percent from the same period a year ago on a constant currency basis, which excludes the impact of exchange rate fluctuations.

11. Appeals Court Judge Faces Ethics Questions -

WASHINGTON (AP) – The chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit announced Friday that he's stepping down from his post, a day after reports that he sent a complimentary email to an attorney who had argued cases before him.

12. Alexander Addresses Device Tax Frustrations -

When U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander came to Bartlett in March to talk with leaders of several local biotech companies, he had a specific issue in mind – the medical device tax that is part of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

13. Medtronic Spine Revenue Drops -

Medtronic Spine’s total revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2014 was $786 million, down 2 percent from the same period a year ago on a constant currency basis, which excludes the impact of exchange rate fluctuations.

14. Culture of Health -

Twenty-five years ago, Carol Harshman was an aerobics instructor working for a Springfield, Mo., health club.

As someone with a job that allowed her to live out a lifestyle of health and wellness at work, she was in the minority.

15. Medtronic Lending Helping Hand -

As part of National Volunteer Week, Medtronic volunteers are heading back out into the community to lend a hand at area nonprofits.

Among the highlights: On Tuesday, April 8, they will be at the Mid-South Food Bank from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., cleaning and stocking shelves, as well as helping to organize the “store” where local service agencies come to shop for fresh produce, frozen and refrigerated food and other items. And on Wednesday, April 9, they will volunteer at the Memphis Oral School for the Deaf from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

16. Medtronic Heroes Team Seeking Runners -

The 2014 Medtronic Global Heroes team is now accepting applications from runners worldwide that have benefited from medical technology.

Up to 25 runners will be selected to represent their countries and receive a paid entry and travel package for themselves and a guest to the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon or the Medtronic TC 10 Mile, to be held Oct. 3-5.

17. Medtronic Global Heroes Team Seeking Runners -

The 2014 Medtronic Global Heroes team is now accepting applications from runners worldwide that have benefited from medical technology.

Up to 25 runners will be selected to represent their countries and receive a paid entry and travel package for themselves and a guest to the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon or the Medtronic TC 10 Mile, to be held Oct. 3-5.

18. Wells Joins Evans Petree as Associate -

Julie Wells has joined Evans Petree PC as an associate in the East Memphis office, focusing her practice in health care law and general business matters. She previously worked at Baptist Medical Group, where she played an integral role in physician practice acquisitions and contractual-related matters.

19. EPA Recognizes Medtronic for Green Power Use -

The Medtronic Spine/Pyramid Campus appears at No. 52 on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Fortune 500 list of the largest green power users.

Medtronic Spine/Pyramid Campus is using 8 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 49 percent of the organization’s electricity use.

20. Medtronic Spine’s Q3 Revenue Flat -

Quarterly revenue for Memphis-based Medtronic Spine was $744 million, down about 1 percent from a year ago. Core Spine revenue of $631 million, also was off about 1 percent.

“Stability in our business continued, as worldwide Spine revenue grew slightly in the third quarter on constant currency basis,” Doug King, Medtronic president, said in a statement. “Customers continue to respond favorably to our new technologies and procedural innovations, and enabling technologies like imaging, navigation and powered surgical instruments are a growing competitive differentiator.”

21. Breaking Through -

If it was just an abstraction or a mere theory, it wouldn’t have a definition in the dictionary or a website. It would simply be another urban myth.

But with a few keystrokes you can go right to www.glassceiling.com. And the dictionary definition of “glass ceiling” is tangible – “an unfair system or set of attitudes that prevents some people (such as women or people of a certain race) from getting the most powerful jobs.” In fact, you can almost see a woman stuck in middle management, briefcase in hand, staring up at that glass ceiling and wondering: Where do I find the ladder that gets me from here to there?

22. Medtronic Spine’s Q3 Revenue Flat -

Quarterly revenue for Memphis-based Medtronic Spine was $744 million, down about 1 percent from a year ago. Core Spine revenue of $631 million, also was off about 1 percent.

“Stability in our business continued, as worldwide Spine revenue grew slightly in the third quarter on constant currency basis,” Doug King, Medtronic president, said in a statement. “Customers continue to respond favorably to our new technologies and procedural innovations, and enabling technologies like imaging, navigation and powered surgical instruments are a growing competitive differentiator.”

23. EPA Recognizes Medtronic For Green Power Use -

The Medtronic Spine/Pyramid Campus appears at No. 52 on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Fortune 500 list of the largest green power users.

Medtronic Spine/Pyramid Campus is using 8 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually, which is enough green power to meet 49 percent of the organization’s electricity use.

24. Harris Brings Motivation to Medtronic Employees -

It makes perfect sense for a guest speaker at Medtronic Inc. to deliver a motivational speech titled “Adopting a Global Mindset.”

25. Medtronic Volunteer Hours Grow in 2013 -

Medtronic Spinal had 1,294 volunteers donate 4,222 hours to Mid-South nonprofit organizations in 2013 – a 51 percent increase from 859 volunteers donating 2,907 hours in 2012.

Last December, Medtronic Philanthropy announced two three-year Health Access Grants totaling $500,000 to be awarded to the Church Health Center, Christ Community Health Services and Healthy Shelby. Medtronic Philanthropy also matches all employee charitable contributions up to $50,000 to qualified organizations.

26. Jury Says Medtronic Owes Edwards About $390 Million -

NEW YORK (AP) – A federal jury ruled Wednesday that medical device maker Medtronic infringed on a patent held by Edwards Lifesciences and ordered Medtronic to pay its competitor about $390 million in damages.

27. Medtronic Buys Tyrx Inc. for $160 Million -

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Medtronic said Monday that it bought Tyrx Inc., which makes devices that are used to treat infections associated with surgeries and implanted medical devices like pacemakers.

28. RedRover Adds Trio of Employees -

RedRover Sales & Marketing has added three new employees to the roster.

They are creative director Carl Cottam, corporate trainer Lori Guy and marketing account executive Jennifer Seidman.

29. RedRover Adds Trio of Employees -

RedRover Sales & Marketing has added three new employees to the roster.

They are creative director Carl Cottam, corporate trainer Lori Guy and marketing account executive Jennifer Seidman.

30. Medtronic Awards Trio Of Memphis Grants -

Medtronic Inc. is awarding three Health Access Grants totaling half a million dollars to a trio of Memphis-area groups.

31. Medtronic Awards Trio of Memphis Grants -

Medtronic Inc. is awarding three Health Access Grants totaling half a million dollars to a trio of Memphis-area groups.

32. Gift of Happiness -

Rebecca Gamble came to become a client of SRVS when she was just 9 years old. Gamble was born with a developmental disability and her parents could no longer care for her so they turned to SRVS, which has housed and nurtured Gamble since 1997.

33. Medtronic Revenue Rises; Spine Business Sags -

Medtronic Inc. on Tuesday announced increased net income company-wide, while business at its Memphis-based spine division sagged.

34. Medtronic Revenue Rises; Spine Business Sags -

Medtronic Inc. on Tuesday announced increased net income company-wide, while business at its Memphis-based spine division sagged.

35. Medtronic Revenue Rises; Spine Business Sags -

Medtronic Inc. on Tuesday announced increased net income company-wide, while business at its Memphis-based spine division sagged.

36. Medtronic Unveils Heart Valve Study Results -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Medtronic Inc. said Tuesday its CoreValve artificial heart valve achieved its goal of helping more patients survive at least one year after implantation compared with the standard treatment.

37. Industry Spotlight -

An audience of a few hundred people, including investors, entrepreneurs, researchers, clinicians and musculoskeletal industry leaders, is gathering in Memphis this week to network, learn about new business opportunities and hear about companies like Restore Medical Solutions, a Memphis-based medical device startup.

38. Supreme Court Won't Hear Medtronic Appeal -

FRIDLEY, Minn. (AP) – The U.S. Supreme Court won't hear Medtronic's appeal of a patent infringement lawsuit.

Minnesota Public Radio News says the high court's decision could cost the Fridley-based company $250 million in damages.

39. Logistics Limelight -

World-renowned as a logistics and distribution hub, Memphis will further raise its profile this month with events that showcase the city’s transportation assets and standing in the global economy.

40. FDA Requires Tracking Codes on Medical Implants -

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal health regulators will begin tracking millions of medical devices, from pacemakers to hip replacements, using a new electronic system designed to protect patients by catching problematic implants earlier.

41. Medtronic Spine Revenue Declines 2.7 Percent -

Medtronic Inc. said its profit gained in the fiscal first quarter, buoyed by strong international growth and geographic expansion as well as robust demand for cardiac and vascular devices.

42. Medtronic Completes $200 Million Deal for Cardiocom -

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Medtronic Inc. said Monday that it closed its $200 million acquisition of Cardiocom, which develops and provides services that help manage chronic diseases.

43. Culture of Health -

Local businesses are encouraging employees to get up, get out and get moving by offering wellness programs and financial incentives.

Companies including Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell and Berkowitz PC and the YMCA of Memphis & the Mid-South have signed on for new initiatives like the Memphis Business Group on Health’s (MBGH) CEO Culture of Health program and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Healthy Worksite Program, with an end goal of helping employees become more active and ultimately lowering health insurance costs.

44. Medtronic Raises Dividend 2 Cents to 28 Cents -

Minneapolis-based Medtronic Inc. whose Spinal Business is in Memphis is increasing its quarterly dividend by 2 cents to 28 cents and may buy back up to 80 million of its shares as part of its effort to return 50 percent of its free cash flow to shareholders.

45. Maintaining Citizenship -

For the fifth straight year, Memphis-based Medtronic Spine employees are spending the month of June volunteering at more than a dozen locations in the area.

The effort, dubbed Project Six, helps kick off Medtronic Spine’s volunteer efforts throughout the year and also practices the sixth tenet of the company’s mission to maintain good corporate citizenship, said Victor Rocha, a spokesman for the company. The company-wide, global project helps unite Medtronic employees through volunteerism.

46. Eureka Encourages Girls to Explore STEM Fields -

A small group of girls huddled around a car-like robot with long sensors as they worked on making sure the car will be able to complete a programmed route at an exhibition next week.

“Try this in front Dennisha,” said Ashley Jones, as she handed Dennisha Williams a small gray wheel.

47. Medtronic Slips After Infuse Reviews Detailed -

Shares of Medtronic Inc. slipped Tuesday, a day after the medical device maker announced findings from independent reviews of studies of its Infuse bone graft

48. Strategic Science -

On a recent Wednesday afternoon, Memphis high school students guided Frisbee-flinging robots around a large room at Medtronic Spine’s headquarters. The robots were built to compete in FIRST Robotics – For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology – an international high school robotics competition designed to inspire and expose young people to careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

49. Red Carpet Tour Courts Site Selectors -

Site selection experts from six nationally known firms got a “red carpet tour” from the Greater Memphis Chamber Wednesday, June 5, in a recruitment effort that included a look at the industrial infrastructure of the Memphis area.

50. Strategic Science -

On a recent Wednesday afternoon, Memphis high school students guided Frisbee-flinging robots around a large room at Medtronic Spine’s headquarters.

The robots were built to compete in FIRST Robotics – For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology – an international high school robotics competition designed to inspire and expose young people to careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

51. Medtronic Sees Revenue Rise; Spine Sales Falter -

Medtronic Inc. said Tuesday, May 21, its fourth-quarter revenue rose, aided by increasing sales of pacemakers and defibrillators. The figure beat expectations from analysts, who had expected demand to wave.

52. Medtronic Launches Two Implanted Heart Devices -

Medtronic has put two new implantable heart devices on the market after receiving approval from federal regulators.

The Food and Drug Administration approved the sale of the Viva heart resynchronization devices and Evera implantable cardioverter defibrillators. Cardiac resynchronization therapy devices are used to treat heart failure and implantable defibrillators are used to treat rapid heartbeats.

53. Medtronic Launches Two New Implanted Heart Devices -

Medtronic has put two new implantable heart devices on the market after receiving approval from federal regulators.

The Food and Drug Administration approved the sale of the Viva heart resynchronization devices and Evera implantable cardioverter defibrillators. Cardiac resynchronization therapy devices are used to treat heart failure and implantable defibrillators are used to treat rapid heartbeats.

54. Medtronic to Cut 60 Memphis Jobs -

Medtronic Spine, the Memphis-based division of Medtronic Inc., will cut about 60 local jobs as part of a strategy to reduce overall costs by 5 percent, a company spokesman confirmed.

55. Alexander Denounces Device Tax -

U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., said he’d push to repeal a tax that levies an extra 2.3 percent on the sales of medical devices, saying the tax makes it harder for medical device makers to hire new employees.

56. Medtronic to Cut 60 Memphis Jobs -

Medtronic Spine, the Memphis-based division of Medtronic Inc., will cut about 60 local jobs as part of a strategy to reduce overall costs by 5 percent, a company spokesman confirmed.

57. Smith & Nephew Profit Falls 10 Percent -

Smith & Nephew PLC said it will start a $300 million share buyback program and buy an Indian orthopedic trauma company, after a first-quarter slump in profit.

The London-based global medical technology business said it will acquire Adler Mediequip Private Ltd., and the brands and assets of Sushrut Surgicals Private Ltd. 

58. Growth Overseas Signals Device Maker Cuts -

U.S. markets, including Memphis, may lose employees as global medical device makers look to faster-growing markets, such as India and China, for growth.

Global medical device makers, including those with a large presence in Memphis like Minneapolis-based Medtronic Inc. and London-based Smith & Nephew PLC, face challenges as U.S. hospitals push for lower prices and European austerity plans cut procedures and profits. A new 2.3 percent U.S. medical device tax to help finance the health law also adds to manufacturers’ costs.

59. Wright Joins Magna Bank as Senior Vice President -

Andy Wright has joined Memphis-based Magna Bank as senior vice president and manager of commercial banking. Wright, who previously held senior vice president positions at Iberiabank and First Tennessee Bank, has experience working with a variety of industries, with in-depth expertise in the transportation and logistics industries.

60. Corporate Contribution -

On a beautiful spring morning last week more than 100 local FedEx employees came together along the banks of the Wolf River to do a beautiful thing.

It was the 40th anniversary of FedEx, whose employees volunteered with the Wolf River Conservancy to pull up invasive privet, plant wildflowers and trees, paint sewer vents and build nesting boxes for indigenous birds.

61. Medtronic Gets US Clearance for Breathing System -

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Medical device maker Medtronic Inc. said Tuesday it received U.S. clearance for a new artificial lung system that breathes for patients who are undergoing open heart surgery.

62. Taxing Decision -

Local medical device manufacturers like Smith & Nephew, Medtronic Inc. and Wright Medical Group Inc. are crossing their fingers that Congress will follow through on a repeal of the 2.3 percent medical device excise tax enacted in January.

63. Lofton Appointed as Wharton's Information Officer -

Dewanna Lofton has accepted Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s appointment to public information officer for the city of Memphis. Lofton’s resignation of her position as director of communications and alumni engagement at Leadership Memphis is effective March 15. She started with the nonprofit in September.

64. Patterson Warehouses Adds Space -

Patterson Warehouses Inc. is boosting its longtime local presence with a new lease in DeSoto County.

The renowned player in Memphis’ third-party logistics industry is leasing 237,952 square feet of Class A space in Marathon Distribution Center, 295 Marathon Way in Southaven.

65. Lofton Appointed as Wharton's Information Officer -

Dewanna Lofton has accepted Memphis Mayor A C Wharton Jr.’s appointment to public information officer for the city of Memphis.

Lofton’s resignation of her position as director of communications and alumni engagement at Leadership Memphis is effective March 15. She started with the nonprofit in September.

66. Medtronic Debuts Next-Gen Pacemaker System -

Medtronic Inc. is moving forward with the U.S. launch of its next-generation Advisa DR MRI SureScan pacemaker system, following recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval.

67. Medtronic Sees Revenues Increase -

Medtronic Inc. announced on Tuesday, Feb. 19, higher than anticipated revenues of more than $4 billion for its fiscal third quarter ended Jan. 25, marking an increase of 3 percent as reported compared to the same period last year.

68. Archer-Malmo Grows Again With Lease Expansion -

Archer-malmo has inked an additional 3,000 square feet in the Cotton Exchange Building, bringing its total footprint in the historic 12-story Downtown tower to 41,277 square feet across six floors.

69. Smith & Nephew Reduces Workforce -

Smith & Nephew eliminated nearly 100 jobs in Memphis and Andover, Mass., on Thursday, Jan. 31, as the medical device company cuts expenses in an effort to offset tax hikes included in the Affordable Care Act.

70. Medtronic Buys Stake in Chinese Medical Technology Company -

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Medtronic Inc. has acquired a stake in a Chinese maker of surgical instruments for $46.5 million, the latest bid by the world's largest medical device maker to expand in a fast-growing market.

71. ‘Memphis Enthusiast’ Ham Honored by Advertising Federation -

Phrases used to describe Cynthia Ham at the Thursday, Jan. 24, American Advertising Federation Memphis meeting included “the Memphis enthusiast,” “the art-aholic,” “the hostess/entertainer,” “a local celebrity” and even “a pushy broad.”

72. Medtronic Foundation Gives Grants to 11 Nonprofits -

The Medtronic Foundation has awarded $260,000 in grants to 11 nonprofit groups serving people in Memphis and the Mid-South.

A group of Memphis Medtronic Spinal employees review and award the funds. The 11 recipients are Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association, Emergency Services Program; Memphis Food Bank, Hunger’s Hope Food Distribution; The Pink Palace Museum; Memphis Oral School for the Deaf, Sound Beginnings Family Training Program; Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, Summer Camp Program; Junior Achievement of Memphis & the Mid-South, BizTown; Porter-Leath Children’s Center, Pre-School/Headstart Program; Craigmont High School, FIRST! Robotics High School Team; Hamilton High School, FIRST! Robotics High School Team; St. Mary’s Episcopal School, FIRST! Robotics High School Team; and Horn Lake High School, FIRST! Robotics High School Team.

73. ‘Memphis Enthusiast’ Ham Honored by Advertising Federation -

Phrases used to describe Cynthia Ham at the Thursday, Jan. 24, American Advertising Federation Memphis meeting included “the Memphis enthusiast,” “the art-aholic,” “the hostess/entertainer,” “a local celebrity” and even “a pushy broad.”

74. Medtronic Foundation Awards Grants to 11 Nonprofits -

The Medtronic Foundation has awarded $260,000 in grants to 11 nonprofit groups serving people in Memphis and the Mid-South.

A group of Memphis Medtronic Spinal employees review and award the funds. The 11 recipients are Metropolitan Inter-Faith Association, Emergency Services Program; Memphis Food Bank, Hunger’s Hope Food Distribution; The Pink Palace Museum; Memphis Oral School for the Deaf, Sound Beginnings Family Training Program; Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, Summer Camp Program; Junior Achievement of Memphis & the Mid-South, BizTown; Porter-Leath Children’s Center, Pre-School/Headstart Program; Craigmont High School, FIRST! Robotics High School Team; Hamilton High School, FIRST! Robotics High School Team; St. Mary’s Episcopal School, FIRST! Robotics High School Team; and Horn Lake High School, FIRST! Robotics High School Team.

75. Medtronic Narrows Guidance on Tax Credit -

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Medtronic Inc. narrowed its earnings guidance for its 2013 fiscal year Monday following the renewal of a key tax credit.

76. Gupta Trades Life of Science for Career as Patent Attorney -

With a Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and a new job in the Hematology-Oncology Department at the jewel of medical institutions, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Hemant Gupta’s life appeared to set with a promising career in medical research.

77. Cutting-Edge Road Show -

Medtronic Inc. recently unveiled its new Catalyst mobile educational center, part of a small fleet of high-tech vehicles that the company uses to take hands-on training and education directly to spinal surgeons and other health care professionals across the country.

78. Medtronic Quarterly Earnings Remain Flat -

Medtronic Inc., the world’s largest medical device maker, on Tuesday, Nov. 20, announced overall net income of $902 million, or $0.88 per share, for its second quarter of fiscal year 2013, which ended Oct. 26.

79. Medtronic Quarterly Earnings Remain Flat -

Medtronic Inc., the world’s largest medical device maker, on Tuesday, Nov. 20, announced overall net income of $902 million, or $0.88 per share, for its second quarter of fiscal year 2013, which ended Oct. 26.

80. Medtronic Shaped Articles Promoting InFuse, Senate Says -

Medical device maker Medtronic Inc. helped write and edit medical journal articles attributed to outside physicians, which downplayed the risks of the company’s best-selling bone graft, according to a report by Senate investigators.

81. Excise Tax Looms for Local Device Companies -

A new excise tax will be levied on medical devices beginning Jan. 1, and the impact will be significant for medical device companies with a Memphis presence.

Large players like Wright Medical Technology Inc. and fledgling outfits like Arrowhead Medical Device Technologies Inc. are preparing for the 2.3 percent pinch on each device sold in the U.S., including pacemakers and stents, defibrillators, artificial joints, chemotherapy delivery systems, surgical tools and X-ray machines.

82. Medtronic Unveils New Cervical Disc Tools -

Medtronic Inc. has announced the launch of the commercial introduction of a new set of surgical instruments used for the treatment of single-level cervical disc disease, one of the most common diagnoses for chronic neck and arm pain.

83. Medtronic to Buy Chinese Company for $816 Million -

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – Medtronic Inc. will buy China Kanghui Holdings for $816 million, helping it expand in one of the world’s fastest growing medical device markets.

84. Ambassador Stresses Singapore’s Trade Importance -

When David Adelman, the U.S. ambassador to Singapore came to Memphis this month, there was more than a little interest from FedEx Corp. in his visit.

85. Medtronic Q1 Earnings Rise 5 Pct. -

Medtronic Inc., the world’s largest medical device maker, Tuesday, Aug. 21, reported its net income rose 5 percent in the fiscal first quarter of 2013, driven by improved sales of products such as drug-coated stents and heart valves.

86. Workforce Preparation -

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam has been hearing the same thing as he travels across the state holding forums on higher education.

Tennessee’s technology centers don’t have the equipment that employers want to see their workers trained on before they hire them.

87. Orgel Talks ‘Glass Ceilings,’ School Buildings -

Countywide school board chairman Billy Orgel says there is a “glass ceiling” sometimes when it comes to considering local educators for the leadership of what will be a merged public school system in one more school year.

88. Medtronic Says it Won Stent Patent Lawsuit -

NEW YORK (AP) – Medical device maker Medtronic Inc. said Wednesday it won a lawsuit over a patent on stent grafts that are used to treat aneurysms in the aorta, the largest artery in the body.

89. Schools Work To Grow Pool Of Engineers -

Last year President Barack Obama announced an “all-hands-on-deck strategy” to train 10,000 new American engineers every year.

Local schools like the Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering, Christian Brothers University and University of Memphis continue striving to attract new students to their engineering programs to train the next generation of engineers.

90. Company Working to Tackle Dermatological Problems -

In 2010, Dr. Lee Roberts and his son Josh Roberts co-founded Memphaceuticals LLC, a small, virtual company committed to rapidly moving to market therapeutic candidates for dermatological problems.

91. Minn. Democrats in Bind Over Medical Device Tax -

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Democrats in Minnesota's congressional delegation are in a bind over a bill by Republican U.S. Rep. Erik Paulsen to eliminate a tax on medical devices like those made by Medtronic and other Minnesota companies.

92. Medtronic Earnings Up But Spinal Biz Drops -

Medtronic Inc. ended its 2012 fiscal year with a strong fourth quarter, driven by continued emerging market growth and strong U.S. sales of the company’s Resolute Integrity drug-eluting stent and RestoreSensor spinal cord stimulator.

93. Medtronic Earnings Up But Spinal Biz Drops -

Medtronic Inc. ended its 2012 fiscal year with a strong fourth quarter, driven by continued emerging market growth and strong U.S. sales of the company’s Resolute Integrity drug-eluting stent and RestoreSensor spinal cord stimulator.

94. Medtronic Bone Graft Investigation Closed -

The Associated Press reported that Medtronic Inc. Wednesday, May 16, said federal prosecutors have closed their investigation of the company’s InFuse bone graft.

95. Matters of the Heart -

To reflect its comprehensive line of services, the former Cardiac Care Center at Saint Francis Hospital-Memphis has been renamed The Heart & Vascular Center.

“We changed the name to encompass the full range of cardiac and vascular care that’s available here at Saint Francis,” said Michelle Britton, director of the Heart & Vascular Center. “We really wanted the name to fully reflect what we can offer here at Saint Francis for our patients.”

96. Medtronic Laying Off 220 Minn. Workers -

FRIDLEY, Minn. (AP) – Medtronic Inc. is restructuring its cardiac rhythm disease management division and is laying off about 220 workers.

97. Childs-Potter’s Venture Aims to Connect People -

In a world where technological advancement means people find themselves increasingly connected to each other and to information in a rowdy immersion of content and community, let us pause to consider the hyphen.

98. Workforce Development Topic of Bioworks Event -

Memphis Bioworks Business Association will host “Building the Talent Base for Bioscience: Workforce Development Initiatives in the Mid-South,” Thursday, March 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at The University Club, 1346 Central Ave.

99. Medtronic Fdtn. Awards $260K to Local Nonprofits -

The Medtronic Foundation has awarded $260,000 in grants to more than a dozen nonprofit organizations. The awards are a portion of the company’s nearly $1 million in philanthropic and volunteer efforts in the Memphis region focused on health, education and community.

100. Rumors Target Medtronic Spine Biz -

Medtronic Inc.’s weak third quarter Spinal sales reported last week reignited speculation that the global medical device giant could eventually sell its Memphis-based Spinal & Biologics Business.