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3M Corporation

3M Center, 275-5W-05, 55144 Saint Paul, MN

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MEDICA 2021 hall map (Hall 12): stand D35

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MEDICA 2021 fairground map: Hall 12

Our range of products

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  • 06  IT systems and IT solutions
  • 06.03  Wearable technologies, smart textiles

Our products

Product category: Wearable technologies, smart textiles

Wearable Medical Devices

Is adhesive innovation a key to unlocking future wearable medical device innovation?
Rapid growth of wearable technology is enabling us to track specific nuances of our lives, like steps and sleep, which can help guide our overall health.

Looking  to the future, the wearable medical device market will further evolve as patients and consumers continue to “hack their health.”  Researchers are trying to find ways to enhance non-pharmaceutical therapies, digital monitoring and wearable devices to, for example, help the aging population live at home longer and improve virtual care. An industry goal is to offer increasingly effective, personalized monitoring of health and care delivery, so we can be more cognizant of what causes certain reactions and improve quality of care.

To address this growing need, device manufacturers are working to innovate how we’re able to monitor, such as making devices smaller, lighter and less invasive. To  achieve some of these advancements, one solution they turn to is adhesives. Adhesives can play a critical role in a wearable device’s overall success, whether it’s adhering device components together or sticking devices to skin.

With such a crucial role in device functionality, it’s paramount that adhesives evolve along with wearable medical devices to foster continued innovation.

How can adhesives help save the day? They provide solutions to pesky design challenges, symbiotically interact with other device components and help protect the end user from harm.

Visit an expert to learn more.

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Product category: Wearable technologies, smart textiles

Find My Adhesive is an online resource that uses a series of project-specific questions to identify a list of the most appropriate medical adhesive suggestions. Each question is centered on an important consideration, such as the adhesive’s purpose (stick-to-skin, hold device components together or overlay / cover my device) and needs, such as wear time, the material you need to stick to and intended user, which works to narrow down the adhesives recommended for use.

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Product category: Wearable technologies, smart textiles

Microfluidic Solutions

When it comes to microfluidics—3M gets it. We are your trusted source for advanced materials and technologies used in the design and manufacture of microfluidic devices. Today microfluidics technology is used in the construction of blood glucose strips, lab-on-a-disc / lab-on-a-chip applications and other diagnostic consumables and devices. The applications for devices using microfluidics are varied with examples such as pathogen detection, chronic disease monitoring, cancer screening, genetic biomarker detection, food and environmental monitoring.

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About us

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More than a century ago, 3M started as a small-scale mining venture in Northern Minnesota, then named Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Company. Now a global powerhouse, our products improve the daily lives of people around the world. 

But our success and longevity were not apparent from the start. We tried. We failed. We tried something new. Repeat cycle. Innovation and perseverance drove our founders, and it continues to drive 3Mers today. 
From Humble Beginnings to Fortune 500
When 3M began in 1902, our five founders had a simple goal: to mine for corundum, a mineral ideal for making sandpaper and grinding wheels. Turns out, what they thought was corundum was really another low-grade mineral called anorthosite.

Discovering the poor-quality mineral could have caused an early end to our fledgling company, but our founders persisted. Why? Because something more important was born that first year: the spirit of innovation and collaboration that forms the foundation of 3M today. So instead of calling it quits, we turned to different materials, applied them to other products, gained the trust of important investors and built up sales little by little.

Scientific, technical and marketing innovations produced success upon success over the years, eventually making 3M a constant name on the Fortune 500 list. Today, more than 60,000 3M products are used in homes, businesses, schools, hospitals and other industries. One third of our sales come from products invented within the past five years, thanks to innovations from the thousands of researchers and scientists we employ around the world.

With corporate operations in 70 countries and sales in 200, we are committed to creating the technology and products that advance every company, enhance every home and improve every life.