Medtronic (MDT)

Medtronic Bakken Research Center B.V. (MDT) Medtronic founded the Bakken Research Center (BRC) in Maastricht in 1987, starting with 45 employees, as a research facility. Especially clinical study activities have grown substantially, now ranging from small exploratory studies with one physician-investigator and just a few patients to multinational, randomized trials intended to demonstrate superior clinical and economical outcomes with new device therapies in hundreds, sometimes thousands of patients. The BRC nowadays also hosts the Benelux Therapy & Procedure Training Center, where advanced simulator training is offered to physicians, nurses and technicians. Most of BRC’s 220 employees are designing and managing clinical studies, generating data for regulatory and reimbursement dossiers in Europe, Japan and the USA as well as generating scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals.

The BRC is dedicated to excellence in clinical research and innovation. On the last part about 30 scientists, engineers and technicians are working closely with medical innovators in mainly European hospitals and universities to develop, build and study new devices or methods to "alleviate pain, restore health, and extend life". In addition, the CRDM Research & Technology department designs and builds custom-made devices for CRDM as well for the Neuro and Diabetes Divisions, addressing the needs of individual patients according the specifications provided by a physician.


Center for Cardiological Innovation