Medtronic Named 2017 Foreign Company of the Year
From left: Minister Kristian Jensen, Mette-Marie Harild (Medtronic), Chargés d'Affaires Laura Lochman, AmCham Chair Angela Naef (DuPont) and Stephen Brugger (AmCham Denmark)
Regional Vice President Mette-Marie Harild accepts the award on behalf of Medtronic

Medtronic is recognized for their engagement in the Danish healthcare sector and their dedication to strategic partnerships with Danish hospitals.

An independent jury consisting of Jørgen Bardenfleth (Arkitema, Lyngsoe Systems, etc.), Karsten Dybvad (DI) and Sanna Suvanto-Harsaae (BoConcept, TCM, etc.) has selected Medtronic as the recipient of AmCham's 2017 Foreign Company of the Year.

In naming Medtronic as the Foreign Company of the Year, the jury has placed particular emphasis on the company’s investment in the Danish healthcare industry and their commitment to drive their agenda from Denmark by investing significantly in research partnerships with Danish hospitals.

Spokesman for the jury, Jørgen Bardenfleth, says: “Medtronic has strengthened their position and engagement in Denmark in the past couple of years.  The company has entered into a range of strategic partnerships with Danish hospitals in its pursuit to reinforce the public-private partnerships of the Danish healthcare industry. By placing its regional headquarter in Copenhagen and by generating a significant growth of 50% in number of employees, Medtronic has also proven itself to be a valuable asset for the Danish economy by showing faith and commitment to Denmark as an investment location.”

Medtronic’s Regional Vice President Mette-Marie Harild says: “We are very proud to be selected as AmCham’s 'Foreign Company of the Year'. Medtronic is the world's largest medical technology company, and Denmark is an important market for us. We have chosen to invest in employees, clinical studies and further education of doctors in Denmark, because the Danish healthcare system is among the best in the world.

We have designated Danish university hospitals as so-called 'Centers of Research and Innovation' because Danish physicians are world-class when it comes to training of international colleagues in innovative medical technology products, which are often introduced first in Denmark.”

She continues: “But we are not only introducing and delivering innovative devices. In 2017, we took a big strategic step in Denmark by signing a cooperation agreement with Rigshospitalet’s Heart Center. With this agreement, Medtronic and Rigshospitalet have created a situation where employees from Medtronic take on several administrative tasks for the Heart Center, while doctors and nurses concentrate on the treatment of patients.

Basically, it is about giving the hospital the freedom to solve the core task, which is to help patients and people who need it. We hope that Medtronic will sign more of these agreements in Denmark, since It is a business model that benefits both the patients and the healthcare system - and simply provides more health for the money.”

Watch AmCham's Video Interview with Medtronic's Regional VP Mette-Marie Harild


AmCham Denmark is proud to recognize Medtronic as the 2017 Foreign Company of the Year. "This prestigious award recognizes the importance and positive impact made by foreign companies investing in Denmark - which comprise only 1.2% of private sector companies, but create more than 20% of the private sector jobs," says Stephen Brugger, AmCham Executive Director.

"Foreign companies hold the key to future growth in the economy, and when they choose to invest in Denmark, it creates jobs, growth and innovation. Therefore, it is a privilege for AmCham to help foreign companies tell their success stories," adds Brugger.

AmCham would like to congratulate this year's other finalists: Bristol-Myers Squibb and Phillip Morris International - who were both very qualified and made the jury's decision extremely difficult. Read about the finalists here Read about the finalists here.

Medtronic joins a prestigious list of previous award winners including: DuPont (2016), Bayer (2015), Roche (2014), Biogen Idec (2013), McDonald’s (2012), Siemens (2011), Crowne Plaza Copenhagen Towers (2010), Iron Mountain (2009) and GlaxoSmithKline (2008).

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