Mentor (company)

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Mentor Worldwide LLC
Type Subsidiary
Industry Medical equipment
Founded Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA (1969)
Headquarters Santa Barbara, California, USA
Key people David J. Wilson, CEO[1]
Products ContourProfile Gel breast implants
MemoryGel breast implants
NIA 24 skincare
See complete products listing.
Revenue Increase$302 million USD (2007)
Net income Increase$57.6 million USD (2007)[2]
Employees 2,000 (2007)
Parent Ethicon
Website www.mentorwwllc.com

Mentor Worldwide LLC is an American company that supplies surgical aesthetics products to plastic surgeons. The company is based in Santa Barbara, California. It produces one of two silicone gel breast implants. Titled MemoryGel, the product was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on November 17, 2006. The other FDA-approved products are developed by competitors Allergan and Sientra. Mentor also produces a range of lipoplasty equipment for liposuction procedures as well as a Niacin based skincare product line called NIA 24.

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Mentor Corporation was founded in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1969 by Christopher Conway, Eugene Glover, and Thomas Hauser. Mentor went public in 1970 and its first product line consisted of electronic laboratory instruments for the detection and measurement of the electrical activity of nerve cells and neural systems. Special urethral catheters for the treatment of urinary retention were introduced in 1975.

After acquiring the Heyer-Schulte division of American Hospital Supply in 1984, Mentor moved its headquarters to Santa Barabara, California in 1985. The acquisition provided Mentor with a position in the plastic surgery market with Heyer-Schulte’s implantable products including breast implants.[3]

On Jan 23, 2009, Mentor was acquired by Johnson & Johnson and is a stand-alone business unit reporting through Ethicon, Inc. a Johnson & Johnson company and provider of suture, mesh, hemostats and other products for surgical procedures. Johnson & Johnson company markets its breast implant products in India with the name MentorConfidence.

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