plc (NYSE: COV) today officially opened its Covidien Center of
Innovation Brazil (CCI Brazil), further expanding its educational and
research capabilities in a key emerging market. The CCI will help
educate clinicians in Brazil and the surrounding region on the latest
medical technology, enabling them to more safely and efficiently perform
a variety of procedures that can save and improve patients' lives.
The Covidien Center of Innovation Brazil in São Paulo features a surgical lab fully equipped for minimally invasive surgeries using electronic and computer simulators as well as silicone models. (Photo: Business Wire)
"At Covidien we're always seeking to help advance physician capabilities
and increase access to patient care," said Robert J. White, president,
Emerging Markets, Covidien. "Brazil is an important market for our
global strategy, and this investment reflects our commitment to
partnering with Brazilian health care professionals."
Located in São Paulo, near the Ponte Estaiada, the CCI is the first of
its kind in Latin America. The facility offers courses that include
mechanical ventilation, monitoring of vital signs, surgical procedures
and minimally invasive surgeries.
"By creating the CCI, Covidien is helping fill the gap that currently
exists in the education of health care professionals in new and less
invasive surgical techniques in Brazil, which can help patients and the
region by speeding recovery times and reducing health care costs," said
Ermano Moraes, vice pesident and general manager, Brazil, Covidien. "In
addition to education, our R&D engineers will observe, listen and work
closely with health care professionals to uncover opportunities for
locally tailored solutions that address unmet needs in Brazil and Latin
The CCI in São Paulo is approximately 3,000 square meters and has the
capacity to offer 120 courses and educate 2,000 professionals per year.
"The educational opportunities offered at the CCI will benefit patients
in a number of ways, including smaller incisions, faster recovery and
quicker return to activities of daily living," said Dr. Michael Tarnoff,
global chief medical officer, Covidien. "Increasing the number of
clinicians capable of performing minimally invasive techniques will
enable better care and better outcomes for patients."
CCI Brazil will serve as a hub for training health care professionals
from throughout Latin America. Worldwide, Covidien has CCIs in Shanghai
(China), Seoul (South Korea), Mumbai (India) and Istanbul (Turkey).
To receive information health care institutions should contact Covidien
in Brazil (via website www.covidien.com.br),
which organizes the educational programs according to the needs of the
health care professionals and the institution involved.
Covidien is a global health care leader that understands the challenges
faced by providers and their patients and works to address them with
innovative medical technology solutions and patient care products.
Inspired by patients and caregivers, Covidien's team of dedicated
professionals is privileged to help save and improve lives around the
world. With more than 38,000 employees, Covidien operates in 150-plus
countries and had 2013 revenue of $10.2 billion. To learn more about our
business visit www.covidien.com
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