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Medtronic Receives 2006 Humanitarian Award


American Academy of Otolaryngology awards Medtronic for its role in championing medical and surgical outreach to developing countries

MINNEAPOLIS – Sept. 18, 2006 – Medtronic (NYSE: MDT) announced today that the company received the 2006 Distinguished Corporate Award for Humanitarian Efforts from the American Academy of Otolaryngology (AAO). The award was presented today to the company at a special ceremony conducted during OTO Expo 2006 in Toronto. Medtronic received the award in recognition of its role in championing medical and surgical outreach of AAO members to developing countries.

“We are pleased to receive this prestigious award from the AAO,” said Mark Fletcher, president of Medtronic’s ENT business based in Jacksonville, Fla. “Medtronic is passionate about making a positive difference in people’s lives, whether they are our customers or members of our global community. The Humanitarian Award is a wonderful acknowledgement of our efforts, which support Medtronic’s mission to alleviate pain, restore health and extend the lives of people around the world.”

Medtronic assisted in a commitment to aid AAO humanitarian efforts throughout the world. In the process, Medtronic provided medical and surgical supplies on a significant scale to implement teaching and patient care. The company also provided medical and surgical loaner equipment and personnel support enabling AAO members to teach modern surgical techniques for the first FESS cadaver dissection in developing countries.

Medtronic offers aid to AAO members in their volunteer medical mission work in many countries, advancing their efforts to improve the health of patients and modernize the teaching of otolaryngology in countries with great needs.

About Medtronic’s ENT Business Unit
Located in Jacksonville, Fla., the ENT business at Medtronic ( is a leading developer and manufacturer of products to treat diseases of the ear, nose and throat (ENT).

About Medtronic
Medtronic, Inc. (, headquartered in Minneapolis, is the global leader in medical technology – alleviating pain, restoring health, and extending life for millions of people around the world.


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