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Company Description Stryker is a global medical device manufacturing company. The Instruments Division is located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. It was established by Dr. Homer Stryker, an orthopedic surgeon. Dr. Stryker found that certain medical devices were not meeting his patient's needs. As a result of this, Dr. Stryker chose to invent new ones. The devices he invented were successful, and also the interest in Dr. Stryker's goods started to grow. As a result, in 1941 he made a decision to start a company to produce them. Now, Stryker is one the world's foremost medical device technology manufacturers. It is a company dedicated to producing advanced items such as surgical exercises, cutting tools, bone saws, gurneys, analytical equipment, and bio fluid disposal components. These products assist medical care professionals perform their tasks more efficiently and improve patient care. In fact, Stryker's mission statement declares, "We make a difference by caring for the health professionals, helping them maintain order in their own associations and restore health to their patients." The vision of bringing innovation to healthcare began with Dr. Stryker in 1935 when he began tinkering in his workshop with medical devices. He developed rubber heels for walking casts, and an innovative hospital bed that rotated to reduce the occurrence of bedsores in bed ridden patients. In 1943 Dr. Stryker invented his most important invention: an oscillating electric saw that was created to remove casts from patients without cutting their skin. In addition, he designed a saw that would cut bone but not soft tissue. By 1959, Dr. Stryker's vision had led to 12 patents on medical devices. His vision continues today. Stryker continually improves its systems to develop, produce, and.