Did You Know? Medtech in Puerto Rico


Four top facts you may have missed about Puerto Rico’s medical device manufacturing industry.


Fact 1: Medical device manufacturing in Puerto Rico started with Baxter in the 1950s 

Baxter arrived in 1958 under the name of Travenol and opened its first plant in Carolina, making it the first life science company to establish a manufacturing presence in Puerto Rico.

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Fact 2: Today, 30 world-leading medical device companies are manufacturing in Puerto Rico

These 30 companies generate 20,000 direct jobs across 70 manufacturing plants producing more than 2,500 different types of devices, from simple but essential products like surgical instruments and dental products to complex life-sustaining products such as cardiac pacemakers and insulin pumps. 

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Fact 3: 15 of the top 20 manufacturers of class 3 medical devices manufacture in Puerto Rico and 90% of all pacemakers in the world are manufactured in Puerto Rico by companies like St. Jude and Medtronic

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Fact 4: Medtronic is Puerto Rico’s second-largest private employer after Walmart

With a presence in Puerto Rico since 1974, Medtronic has 5,000 employees in five locations in Ponce, Villalba, Catano, Juncos, and Humacao. 

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