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Medical Devices

For more than 100 years, we’ve focused on advancing technologies, products and services to enhance patient care and bring greater precision to every aspect of surgery. Through the training, research and innovative products we provide, we are working to enable better outcomes in bariatric, thoracic, colorectal and general surgeries.

  • General Surgery

    In hospitals around the world, surgeons operate with confidence using trusted surgical systems and instruments designed to provide the safest and most effective treatment for a range of medical conditions.

    From creating the first sutures, to revolutionizing surgery with minimally invasive procedures, Ethicon* has made significant contributions to surgery for more than 60 years. Our continuing dedication to Shape the Future of Surgery is built on our commitment to help address the world’s most pressing healthcare issues, and improve and save more lives.

    *Ethicon represents the products and services of Ethicon, Inc., Ethicon Endo-Surgery, LLC and certain of their affiliates.

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    For more than 25 years, we’ve collaborated with Johnson & Johnson to change the lives of hundreds of thousands of children and their families.
    — Dr. Bill Magee, Co-Founder and CEO of Operation Smile
    Energy

    Ethicon offers the most complete advanced energy portfolio for open and laparoscopic procedures. Our focus is to solve unmet surgical needs through our in-depth knowledge of tissue and energy sciences to help improve patient outcomes.

    Endocutters

    Our Ethicon business remains a worldwide leader in the development of advanced tissue management including surgical stapling and endocutter technologies.

    Offering endocutters along with a full range of surgical stapling options, Ethicon provides surgeons with advanced instrumentation across the spectrum of surgical methods – all designed to support optimal patient outcomes. The wide range of options ensures the right solutions for the right procedures.

    Through continuous innovation, strategic partnerships, new business models, and value-based solutions, we can deliver on our purpose to reach more patients and restore more lives.
    — Gary Pruden, Executive Vice President, Worldwide Chairman, Medical Devices
    Biosurgery

    Our Ethicon Biosurgery business is dedicated to aiding surgery by focusing on an array of technologies to minimize intra- and post-operative complications. Solutions comprise innovative, biologically based products for surgical conditions that are often difficult or expensive to manage – such as problematic bleeding.

    Wound Closure

    Every type of tissue, whether skin, fascia or organ has its own specialized function and needs. Ethicon is leading advancements in wound closure that are transforming surgery. Our comprehensive wound closure portfolio lets surgeons match the specific wound healing needs of each tissue type to the appropriate closure device.

The Global Orthopaedics business of DePuy Synthes is comprised of Joint Reconstruction, Trauma, Spine, Sports Medicine, Neuro and Power Tools. Collectively, these businesses are focused on helping patients along the care continuum — from early intervention to surgical replacement, with the goal of helping people return to living active and fulfilling lives.

Our Cardiovascular Disease and Specialty platform encompasses a range of innovative business segments that support professionals with tools to manage cardiovascular disease and prevent infection, as well as consumers, with products to manage diabetes and improve vision.

  • Infection Prevention

    We play a trusted role in the operating room and other clinical settings marketing a full-range of innovative sterilization, disinfection and hand hygiene products.

    Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP) has been a leader in infection prevention - helping facilities prevent healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) and in creating the safest possible environments for patients and their families, healthcare workers, providers and communities.

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    A smaller company may only have a limited number of offerings. With the platforms offered by the Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies, typically we can find a solution there to help with our challenge or issue.
    — Chris Mangin, Corporate Director of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation/Orthopedic Service Line, Willis-Knighton Health System
  • Ear Nose & Throat

    Our Acclarent business is dedicated to developing innovative devices to meet the needs of patients suffering from ear, nose and throat conditions, such as chronic sinusitis.

    Acclarent, Inc., is located in Irvine, CA. Its singular focus is to free patients to live better lives by designing, developing and commercializing medical devices that address conditions affecting the ear, nose and throat. For more than a decade, Acclarent has led the field in delivering innovative technologies to ENT surgeons.

  • Arrhythmias

    To treat patients with irregular heartbeats, hospitals and teaching institutions rely on advanced diagnostic, therapeutic and mapping tools from Biosense Webster.

    Biosense Webster, Inc. is the global leader in the science of diagnosing and treating heart rhythm disorders. The company partners with clinicians to develop innovative technologies that improve the quality of care for arrhythmia patients worldwide. Biosense Webster, Inc. is part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies.

  • Orthopaedics

    DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson provide one of the most comprehensive portfolios of orthopaedic solutions in the world. DePuy Synthes Companies solutions, in specialties including joint reconstruction, trauma, craniomaxillofacial, spinal surgery and sports medicine, are designed to advance patient care while delivering clinical and economic value to health care systems worldwide.

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    Codman Neuro

    A global neurosurgery and neurovascular company that offers a broad portfolio of devices for hydrocephalus management, neuro intensive care and cranial surgery, as well as aneurysm coils, vascular reconstruction devices and other technologies used in the endovascular treatment of cerebral aneurysms and stroke. Codman Neuro is part of the Johnson & Johnson Family of Companies.

    DePuy Synthes Joint Reconstruction

    A global leader in joint replacement with a comprehensive portfolio of hip, knee and shoulder replacements, operating room products and bone cement and accessories.

    DePuy Synthes Trauma

    The global leader in medical devices used to treat orthopaedic trauma. The company's fixation products, including screws, plates, nails and other implants, are used to treat fractures and deformities related to the extremities and pelvis.

    DePuy Synthes Spine

    Offering one of the most comprehensive portfolios of spinal care solutions in the world, treatment options are available in key areas including thoracolumbar, cervical, aging spine, interbody fusion and arthroplasty.

    DePuy Synthes Mitek Sports Medicine

    A global leader in orthopaedic sports medicine devices and products used in the treatment of traumatic and degenerative soft tissue pathologies and joint injuries related to sports and physical activity.

    DePuy Synthes Power Tools

    Offers a comprehensive range of air, electric and battery-driven systems and associated dissections tools. Synthes offers products in three main areas: Large Bone, Small Bone and High Speed.

    DePuy Synthes CMF

    A global leader in cranio-maxillofacial devices, offering a comprehensive portfolio of products for surgeons to treat patients who have sustained conditions affecting their face, head, neck and thorax.

    DePuy Synthes Biomaterials

    Provides a wide range of innovative products that complement the use of traditional metal implants in trauma, spine and cranio-maxillofacial surgical procedures. Our biomaterials assist orthopaedic surgeons around the world with their mission to repair, protect and strengthen the structural core of the human body.

  • Breast Aesthetics

    We develop, manufacture, and market innovative, science-based products for surgical and non-surgical medical procedures that allow patients to improve their quality of life.

    Mentor Worldwide LLC is a leading supplier of medical products for the global aesthetic market. The company is focused on two strategic areas: breast and body aesthetics and is the only manufacturer whose breast implants are made in the U.S.A.

  • Diabetes Care

    Managing your diabetes effectively means a healthier, happier life. And the flexibility to enjoy your favorite activities and spend more time with your loved ones. Designed with ongoing input from patients like you, products from LifeScan and Animus Corporation can put you on the track to effective diabetes management.

    Animas Corporation is dedicated to making diabetes management easier through product innovation, exceptional customer support and customized education programs. Our mission is to improve the lifestyle of our patients, reduce the long-term morbidity of the disease and lower healthcare costs.

    LifeScan, Inc. is a leading maker of blood glucose monitoring systems for home and hospital use. The company is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with diabetes through its OneTouch® Products.

  • Vision Care

    Your eyes are precious. Contact lenses from VISTAKON’s ACUVUE treat them that way.

    Johnson & Johnson Vision Care, Inc. is committed to creating life-long solutions to vision care needs. Since the ACUVUE® Brand made its debut in 1987 as the world’s first disposable soft contact lens, the company has repeatedly brought innovative, quality, and scientific advancements to the industry. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida, the company has some 3,000 employees worldwide.

  • Where Surgeons Go to Learn

    How do we help surgeons learn innovative surgical techniques? Through our DePuy Synthes Institute surgeons can take part in best-in-class professional education and training programs.
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  • Powering Smiles, One Child at a Time

    As a longtime sponsor and the exclusive provider of every suture used in Operation Smile missions, we help bring smiles to children around the world who suffer from cleft lip, palate or other facial deformities.
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Medical Devices: 130 Years of Innovation

Johnson & Johnson Founded

Three brothers, Robert Wood Johnson, James Wood Johnson and Edward Mead Johnson, founded Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S.

First Mass Production of Sterile Sutures

Johnson & Johnson’s mass production of sterile sutures – along with sterile surgical dressings, cotton and gauze – ushers in the widespread practice of modern antiseptic surgery, dramatically raising survival rates.

Ortho Research Laboratories, Inc. Established

The Company expands to Argentina and Brazil. Ortho Research Laboratories, Inc. is established in Linden, New Jersey to make women’s health products.

Ethicon, Inc. Is formed

Ethicon Suture Laboratories, formed in 1949 from the company’s heritage suture business, formed and became Ethicon, Inc.

Minimizing Blood Loss During Surgery

SURGICEL® Absorbable Hemostat sets a new standard for managing surgical bleeding – by helping to minimize blood loss.

Partnering to Improve Patient Outcomes

The DePuy Synthes Companies of Johnson & Johnson begin their partnership with the AO Foundation to deliver world-class professional education and develop new innovations that improve patient outcomes and increase efficiency of care.

Ethicon’s First Synthetic Suture

Ethicon introduces its first synthetic sterile suture, PROLENE® Polypropylene Suture, which remains the industry standard for cardiac bypass surgery for its strength, secure knotting and biocompatibility.

First Disposable Skin Stapler Introduced

Ethicon’s game-changing skin stapler introduces disposable instruments to the operating room. Smaller and lighter than reusables, the PROXIMATE® disposable skin stapler offers improved visibility and easier use.

New Coated Sutures Become Industry Standard

Adding a coating to the absorbable, polymer-based VICRYL® (polyglactin 910) Suture introduced in 1974, Ethicon shifted the global suture market. Innovations like VICRYL® Suture have helped cement Ethicon’s position as the worldwide leader in sutures.

First Mobile Bearing Knee System Introduced in the U.S.

DePuy introduces the LCS® Mobile Bearing Knee System. At the time, it is the only mobile bearing knee system approved for use in the United States.

ASP Is Founded

Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP) is founded to develop and commercialize low-temperature gas plasma sterilizers.

First Minimally Invasive Gall Bladder Removal

With the first minimally invasive gall bladder removal, Ethicon maximized the potential of laparoscopic procedures. The company quickly began working with leading surgeons to identify minimally invasive surgical solutions.

Giving Surgeons Confidence to Conduct Minimally Invasive Surgeries

The LIGACLIP® ERCA fully automatic clip appliers feature groundbreaking holding power, giving surgeons the confidence to adopt minimally invasive approaches.

Training the Next Generation of Surgeons

Ethicon opens its first Endo-Surgery Institute in Cincinnati, Ohio, to help surgeons master minimally invasive surgery techniques.

Introducing the First Low-Temperature Gas Plasma Sterilization System

ASP introduces the first STERRAD® 100 Sterilization System, the first low-temperature gas plasma sterilization system.

Driving the Use of Telesurgery

Ethicon hosts the first live telesurgery at the American College of Surgeons’ annual meeting, introducing clinicians to the possibilities of distance learning. Doctors witnessed the real-time broadcast from an off-site operating room.

Advancing Cutting & Coagulating

Ethicon introduces the first 5mm HARMONIC® shears, enabling, for the first time, surgeons to dissect, cut and coagulate with one ultrasonic energy device, while also reducing thermal damage and preserving tissue function.

The World’s First Topical Skin Adhesive Introduced

DERMABOND® Topical Skin Adhesive is introduced in the U.S., paving the way for replacing sutures with a new generation of skin closure solutions.

Fighting Obesity

Entering the new millennium, Ethicon committed to entering a multi-front assault against obesity. Our investment has created groundbreaking research in metabolic science, advanced bariatric training and standards.

Replacing Natural Hip Sockets

The PINNACLE® Acetabular Cup System replaces the natural hip socket (acetabulum) and has since been provided for more than two million patients.

The First Coated Antibacterial Suture Introduced

The first commercially available antibacterial suture, Coated VICRYL® Plus Antibacterial (polyglactin 910) Suture broke new ground in reducing surgical-site infections by preventing bacterial colonization of the suture.

DePuy Introduces Injection Treatment for Osteoarthritic Pain

DePuy begins selling ORTHOVISC© High Molecular Weight Hyaluronan, a multi-injection hyaluronan treatment used to treat knee pain due to osteoarthritis. ORTHOVISC© is a registered trademark of and manufactured by Anika Therapeutics.

FDA Approves First-Ever Silicone Gel Implants

FDA approves Mentor’s MemoryGel™ Breast Implants in the U.S., representing the first approval of silicone gel implants by the FDA.

ASP Addressing the Needs of Hospitals

ASP launches STERRAD® 100NX, designed to accommodate the growing instrument processing needs of hospitals worldwide.

Mentor Provides Advances in Breast Tissue

Mentor launches the CONTOUR PROFILE® Tissue Expander with suturing tabs (CPX3), the first of its kind.

Biosense Webster Introduces Most Advanced Mapping System

Biosense Webster introduces CARTO® 3, the most advanced and most used 3D Cardiac Electro-anatomical Mapping System.

Biosense Webster Provides Significant Advancements for the Clinical Community

Biosense Webster launches THERMOCOOL SMARTTOUCH® SF Catheter.

Acclarent Launches Single-Handed Balloon Sinuplasty Device

Acclarent launches RELIEVA®Spin, a single-handed Balloon Sinuplasty device for in-office and operating room sinus surgery.

Johnson & Johnson Acquires Synthes, Inc.

In a $21.3 billion transaction, the subsequent integration of the Synthes and DePuy businesses creates the world’s most comprehensive orthopedic and neurological company.

Knees to Get Patients Back to Enjoying Life

DePuy Synthes Companies launches the ATTUNE® Knee System, designed to help patients get back to what they enjoy sooner by optimizing how a patient’s knee replacement feels and moves.

Harmonic ACE+7 Shears With Advanced Hemostasis

The first purely ultrasonic device with a 7mm sealing indication, the breakthrough device combined precision and reliable sealing for large vessels. This dual-duty device allows surgeons to remain focused on the procedure.

Ten Years of Clinical Data Leads to Extended Gel Breast Portfolio

Mentor’s extended gel breast portfolio with U.S. launch of shaped implants in U.S. supported by 10 years of clinical data.

Helping Surgeons Stop Problematic Bleeding

EVARREST® Fibrin Sealant Patch is engineered to rapidly and reliably help surgeons stop bleeding in problematic situations when conventional methods are ineffective.
Important Safety Information

DePuy Synthes Companies Receive 60 Worldwide Regulatory Clearances

DePuy Synthes Companies receive a total of 60 regulatory clearances and approvals in geographies around the world.

Providing New Options for Physicians

The MENTOR® ARTOURA™ Breast Tissue Expander is introduced and is the first expander with dynamic control technology for predictable expansion.

Johnson & Johnson/Ethicon Definitive Agreement With Google to Advance Surgical Robotics

Strategic collaboration designed to develop new robotic technologies that offer surgeons and health care systems greater accuracy, cost efficiency and better outcomes for patients.

Ethicon acquires NeuWave Medical, Inc.

Ethicon acquired NeuWave Medical, Inc., a company that manufactures and markets soft tissue microwave ablation systems. This gave Ethicon a strong, minimally invasive entry into ablating soft tissue lesions.

Formation of Verb Surgical in Collaboration with Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences)

The new company was formed by the strategic collaboration between Ethicon and Verily. In partnership with surgeons around the world, Verb Surgical aims to develop the next evolution in robotic surgery.

ASP Maximizes Efficiencies for Hospitals

ASP launches STERRAD® Systems with ALLClear Technology, the next generation of STERRAD® Sterilizers engineered to improve reliability and usability for hospital central sterile processing.

Acclarent Safely and Effectively Treating ETD

ACCLARENT AERA™ Eustachian Tube Balloon Dilation System is introduced. It’s the first FDA-approved device to safely and effectively treat Eustachian Tube Dysfunction (ETD) vs. medical management.

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