The Other Midwest Hubs

Chris Newmarker

Minneaoplis–St. Paul is by far the greatest medtech hub in the United States’ Midwest. But there are some important also-rans:

  • Chicago
    Chicago is one of the biggest medical device hubs in the Midwest. Image from Wikipedia.
    Two major companies in the medical device industry, Abbott Laboratories and Baxter International, are based in Chicago’s northern suburbs, and the Windy City numerically has a strong contingent of medical device employees. There is also a high concentration of academic institutions, including the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Loyola University and the University of Illinois at Chicago.
  • Warsaw, IN, is the “orthopedic capital of the world,” with the headquarters of soon-to-be merged Zimmer and Biomet. Johnson & Johnson’s Depuy Synthes subsidiary has its joint reconstruction business in Warsaw.
  • Cleveland is known to be active in the implantables space.
  • West Michigan boasts a quickly growing medical device hub. More than $2 billion is invested annually in the life science R&D. The fourth largest medtech cluster in the Midwest, Western Michigan has a highly qualified workforce.