How we innovate

Backed by an annual research and development investment of €1.3 billion and more than 22,000 technical intellectual property rights, including 14.000 granted patents, we constantly bring groundbreaking innovations to market – for the benefit of patients, medical professionals, and society. Here's how we do that.


Peter Schardt

Shaping the digital transformation of healthcare

Digital technologies will play an increasingly important role in addressing three of the great challenges in healthcare: improving access and quality of care while minimizing costs. 

A physician looking at patient data

Advances in smart devices and software solutions will transform future medicine and healthcare systems by connecting elements that are separate today.

As a leading global medical technology company, we are shaping the digital transformation of healthcare.

We’re researching and developing its core technologies:
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Automation and robotics
  • Sensing

Innovating for impact

Innovation only acquires value and significance when it’s made useful for people. More than 70 percent of clinical decisions worldwide are made with our technology1. Our company has the framework to create a product from an invention that can then be mass-produced and eventually be made available to help people around the world.


Peter Schardt

CTO Peter Schardt on Connected Intelligence

People are key

We focus on precision medicine, and the key to our innovations is our people. Without passion, the best ideas won’t fly. Innovation needs bright minds who are willing to put all their creativity and courage into their projects.
Our global research and development operations employ 9,000 engineers, physicians, medical IT specialists, medical technicians, physicists, programmers, and software developers. Their inspiration and teamwork are crucial for the future of healthcare.

Want to innovate with us?

Then join our team! In our job portal you can find all our current job openings.

Collaboration is key

Our R&D wouldn’t be possible without our partners and approximately 4,400 clinical collaborations worldwide. We all share one belief: We’re driving innovations that help people live healthier and longer.


Peter Schardt