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Cook MediCal: A LeAder in QuALity MedicAL devices
BArry thoMAs of cook MedicAL expLAins how the coMpAny’s cuLture of deveLopMent And integrity creAtes innovAtive reseArch And MedicAL devices

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Cook Medical, Asia Pacific

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ince its inception in 1963, Cook Medical has built its business on the philosophy of making the right decision based on the patient rather than on financial concerns. Bill Cook started the company by building relationships with physicians and developing their ideas into medical devices that have provided good patient outcomes over many years. Over 49 years later, the company has grown from building devices out of a two bedroom unit in Bloomington, Indiana to a glo¬bal leader in the medical research and manufacture of medical devices and supplies. This growth is due to Cook Medical’s focus on creating the highest quality products for patients and physicians. Today, Cook Medical’s devices are manufactured and distributed to over 130 countries worldwide. These products apply to patient needs in endovascular therapy, critical care medicine, general surgery, diagnostic and interventional
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procedures, bioengineered tissue replacement and regeneration, gastroenterology and endoscopy procedures, urology, and obstetrics and gynecology. Barry Thomas, Vice President and Director of Cook Medical, Asia Pacific, a manufacturing and distributing subsidiary of Cook Medical explains that it is the company’s versatility, entrepreneurial spirit, and patient-centred focus that makes it exceptional. Cook Medical has a culture of ingenuity that constantly looks for ways to take ideas to commercialisation as well as develop
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A VersAtile Business

As a privately-owned and f and agility to forge its own patients as well as the heal working on the research an Solutions, another facet of

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a Pacific subsidiary has a facility in Brisbane that focuses ts as well as manufacturing and distributing existing Cook nnovation by the facility has been the development of an chnology to treat aortic aneurysm disease.

family-operated company, Cook Medical has the freedom n path to create products for the health of individual lth of the medical industry as a whole. In addition to nd development of medical products, the Health Business the Cook Medical company, develops ways of delivering
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healthcare more efficiently. The Health Business Solutions team recently helped to implement electronic data interface technology to several private and public sector hospitals, a tool that greatly improves their efficiency, accuracy, and cost-savings. Cook Medical is able to adapt to change very quickly due to its private ownership and flat management structure. This private ownership also affords the company the freedom to make unusual business decisions not hampered by shareholder opinion, like its decision to continue to focus its APAC resources and money in Australia on research and development. “We see ourselves as being the early innovators and adopters who take an idea and develop it to commercial application,” explains Thomas. Cook Medical’s Australia facility is also unique in that it is able to custom-make products based on the requisitions of physicians. Cook’s engineering and design team is able to customise products to fit the particular anatomy of a patient.
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medical and mining. Contact us to find out how our experience in industrial design, hardware and software engineering, certified quality assurance and in-house manufacturing can help you solve your next design challenge.

Quality control is a comple like Cook Medical because no fail-safe way to predict Cook Medical looks at th to the output of the final p constantly look at new ma are up to date. There is als products. Finally, the comp if procedures need to be up

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ex and multifaceted issue for a medical device company e of the inexplicable nature of the human body, there is how a human body might respond to an implant. he larger picture of quality from the input of materials product implanted in a human body. Employees aterials and research to gauge if current procedures so a rigorous testing and validating process for new pany also utilises their research and development to see pdated or completely changed.
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The work culture at Cook Medical is described by Thomas as being family-oriented, collaborative, and transparent. A significant number of employees stay with the company until retirement due to the positive work culture and competitive benefits as well as the personal satisfaction they feel from being part of an organization that is focused on the personal rather than the financial. The company talks freely with employees about the present state and future plans of the company so as to enable honest conversations and confidence between leaders and employees. Cook Medical also provides
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a great deal of training and development opportunities for employees. “We focus on seeing the potential of what people can become and produce through training and development. This training and development varies from a PhD to a certificate in workplace health and safety because it’s all about improving our people and helping them grow,” explains Thomas. This development also means that Cook is able to promote from within as about 80 per cent of positions are filled internally according to Thomas. Cook Medical’s reputation and working relationships with universities enable it to find qualified employees for the other 20 per cent.
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expAnDinG into AsiA

Cook Medical Asia Pacific plans on continuing to manufa Cook products while also developing products from idea The company also plans on expanding its products and s needs of the Asian market. With its proximity to the Asia Australia facility is uniquely positioned to evaluate and d for the requirements of the Asian population. As Cook M reach of its products and services, its foundation of innov customer-focus ensures that it will continue to provide th constantly changing medical market.
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Name: cook Medical Est: 1963 Employees: Aus: 438 (as at Dec 2011) ApAc: 891 (as at Dec 2011) Vice President and Director of Cook Medical, Asia Pacific: Barry thomas Director of Finance, Cook Medical, Asia Pacific: Mark Muller Medical Director, Cook Medical, Asia Pacific: Dr. Anthony Wilkinson Director of Logistics, Cook Medical, Asia Pacific: ross Harvey Director of Healthcare Business Solutions, Cook Medical, Asia Pacific: robert Webb Website: www.cookmedical.com
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acture and distribute to commercialisation. services to fit the an Pacific Rim, the develop products Medical expands the vation, flexibility, and he best products for a