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Conmed Focus and History

Founded in 1970, as Consolidated Medical Equipment, Inc. Consolidated’s first offer was disposable ECG monitoring electrodes. 

Later renamed CONMED Corporation, the business expanded into the electrosurgery market with a line of disposable grounding pads and pencils. 


  • In 1987, the company went public and acquired Aspen Labs from Bristol Myers Squibb to compete in the electrosurgery market. In the 1990's, 
  • In 1997 CONMED acquired Lenvatec, a worldwide producer of arthroscopy products and orthopaedic powered surgical instruments. 
  • In 2004, CONMED acquired the majority of the Gastroenterology and Pulmonology business from C.R. Bard accelerating its penetration into those markets. 

In 2014  CONMED had multiple manufacturing and design facilities, over 3,500 employees, and worldwide distribution.  It manufacturers and markets thousands of products related to Advanced Energy, Advanced Visualization, Arthroscopy, Gastroenterology, Laparoscopy, Powered Surgical Instruments, Pulmonary and Cardiology / Critical Care. 

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