Medical Technology

Among larger metro areas, the Milwaukee area ranks as having among the highest employment specializations in two of four bioscience categories: medical devices & equipment, and chemicals & agricultural feedstock.

The Milwaukee Region is home to several internationally recognized medical technology and biotech firms. GE Healthcare Technologies, a global leader in medical imaging and information technologies, patient monitoring systems and healthcare services, is based in Waukesha and employs 6,000 people at multiple facilities in the region.

The worldwide headquarters of Abbott Laboratories is located just south of the region in northern Illinois, and is the largest employer of Kenosha County, Wisconsin residents.

Hospira is a leader in the development, manufacture and marketing of medication delivery systems, specialty injectable pharmaceuticals and critical care devices. Headquartered in northern Illinois, Hospira employs 14,000 people worldwide, including 500 at an office and warehouse facility in Kenosha County.

The Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee ranks as one of the top 100 academic research institutions in the United States with more than $158 million in research and development expenditures for FY 2015.

Technology Initiatives

The Milwaukee Region has developed an extensive support network to facilitate the growth of biotech firms. Several colleges have adopted their own technology transfer programs, including the Medical College of Wisconsin Office of Research. The Milwaukee County Research Park's Technology Innovation Center, one of the largest high-tech incubators in the country, is specifically designed to provide laboratory and office space, networking opportunities and other critical services for biotech and information technology start-ups. It currently serves more than 40 tenant companies with 230 employees.

Abbott Laboratories Human and veterinary pharmaceutical products, diagnostic assays and nutritional products 72,000 2,400
Cambridge Major Laboratories  Custom synthesis of API, specialty reagents and fine chemicals  160  140 
Criticare Systems Anesthesia monitors, vital sign monitors and pulse oximeters 90 90
Gauthier Biomedical Design and manufacture custom orthopedic and spinal surgical instruments 105 105
GE Healthcare Technologies  Medical imaging, information and diagnostic technologies 46,000 6,000
Hospira Medication delivery systems, specialty injectable pharmaceuticals and critical care devices 14,000 500
Mortara Instrument  ECG signal processing hardware/software 180  130 
MRPC  Medical device raw material and product development 150  150 
RF Technologies  Radio frequency identification for health care  55 55
Thermo Fisher Scientific Milwaukee  Synthesis, modification, labeling and detection of nucleic acids  30,000  45
Vesta Medical, aerospace and food components and devices 325 325
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