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Burl Gilyard

Medtronic/medtech reporter | Medtech
Phone: 612-673-4756

Burl Gilyard is the Star Tribune's medtech reporter.

Recent content from Burl Gilyard
Stratasys' 3D printing facility pictured in 2021. The company is moving to Minnetonka. It will lease space from UnitedHealth Group.

Stratasys moving HQ to Minnetonka, leasing space from UnitedHealth

The 3D printer manufacturer will take up vacant space at 5995 Opus Parkway, close to the Interstate 169 and Highway 62 interchange
Lifecore Biomedical has laid off 46 employees under its new CEO, Paul Josephs.

Layoffs latest financial setback for new Minnesota public company Lifecore Biomedical

The Chaska-based company, which named Paul Josephs as CEO in May, cut 46 jobs and is also grappling with net losses and delays in SEC filings.
Tierra Encantada, a Spanish immersion daycare and preschool is helping about 55 kids in kindergarten and first grades with their distance learning fro

As families seek more child care options, Tierra Encantada eyes growth with $38M investment

Spanish immersion child care company will be in five states by end of year.
After 10 years of planning, downsizing and finally a takeover by the city -- which served as its developer -- the Penfield, a building of market-rate

Downtown St. Paul Lunds & Byerlys reducing hours, products because of low sales

The grocer was open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., but the new hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The changes will be in effect Monday.
Steven Koester is the chief semiconductor officer at the University of Minnesota thanks to his extensive research on semiconductors.

University of Minnesota's first semiconductor officer: "We can grow as a semiconductor hub"

The U is taking action to help Minnesota companies and public agencies compete for funding from the CHIPS and Science Act by naming Steven Koester its chief semiconductor officer.
The production facility at Minnetronix in St. Paul on Wednesday, August 5, 2015. ] LEILA NAVIDI / BACKGROUND INFORMATION:

Feds decline Minnesota's proposal for funding a med-tech hub, at least for now

Future government funding remains possible, but group moving forward with private funding.
Michael Gorman shows how his new reading technology  works from a laptop in Minneapolis on June 19. Michael Gorman and Mark Lacek, who are both Cascad

Twin Cities startup Cascade Reading thinks its tech can improve literacy

The Twin Cities-based company's product breaks blocks of uploaded text into cascading lines reminiscent of poetry.
FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2004, file photo, several Aleve tablets appear in front of bottles of the pain reliever, in Boston. Federal health ex

ANI Pharmaceuticals secures FDA approval, launches delayed-release naproxen

The firm, based in Baudette, said the generic drug can treat pain, inflammation and arthritis.
Jonathan Weinhagen, new president of the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce, said he is thinking about getting the next generation involved.

In sudden switch, Minneapolis Regional Chamber names interim CEO

Jonathan Weinhagen had led the group since 2016 but resigned Thursday morning. John Stanoch is now in charge while the chamber searches for a permanent replacement.
Medtronic CFO Karen Parkhill is resigning. She will take the same job at HP.

Medtronic CFO resigns amid financial challenges, takes new job at HP

Karen Parkhill joined the med-tech company as executive vice president and chief financial officer in June 2016.
Stethoscope and syringe in an exam room at the Brooklyn Center Health Resource Center.

ANI Pharmaceuticals bolsters rare disease business with $381M acquisition

Alimera Sciences makes two eye drugs, Iluvien and Yutiq, that ANI CEO Nikhil Lalwani said would add $105 million of projected revenue this year.

Culture, values help drive employee retention

Culture values employee retention Top Workplaces Minneapolis
GF (formerly Uponor) has at times offered incentives such as gas cards to get job applicants to show up for interviews.

Recruiting the best candidates in competitive hiring market no easy feat

Companies using a variety of strategies beyond the simple job posting to attract top talent.
If you're ready for a new career path, there are steps you can take.

Looking for a second career? 'Take it a step at a time.'

Networking is job No. 1 for those changing their professional trajectory.
This is an example of the type of immersive exhibits planned for Royalston Square, a new events center planned for the North Loop.

Can Royalston Square bring a touch of Vegas to the North Loop?

Entourage plans to remake vacant building into an events center, complete with immersive exhibits.
Medtronic's operational headquarters are in Fridley.

Medtronic layoffs continue as it realigns workforce to 'strategic priorities'

The medical device company run from Fridley confirmed cuts but offered few specifics.
Capella Tower is seen Tuesday in Minneapolis. Lender Metlife is taking back the reins of Capella Tower after it failed to find a buyer.

Lender retakes control of Capella Tower in downtown Minneapolis

Shorenstein Properties had attempted to sell the office building but failed to find a buyer willing to pay the desired price.
Optum's headquarters in Eden Prairie.

Optum joins FDA, manufacturer in recalling infusion pumps that killed one patient

The devices, which Massachusetts-based InfuTronix makes, deliver medications and fluids to patients via IV or injection.
Surmodics CEO Gary Maharaj said he is confident his company's sale to private equity firm GTCR "will position the company to continue to deliver compe

Eden Prairie-based med-tech company Surmodics going private in $627M deal

Private equity firm GTCR, based in Chicago, will pay $43 per share when the transaction closes in the second half of the year, pending shareholder and regulatory approval.
The medical device company’s PulseSelect technology for atrial fibrillation treatment could bump Medtronic out of its relatively flat sales from thi

Medtronic's pipeline of products could reverse sales plateau

The medical device company's PulseSelect technology for atrial fibrillation treatment could bump Medtronic out of its relatively flat sales from this fiscal year.
Alicia Doty, right, has been a peer mentor to Kristin Nottingham in her recovery by helping her navigate some of the logistics in her sober life based

'Peer specialists' emerge to support patients amid constrained mental health care access

Peer specialists provide support based on personal experience with addiction, mental health or other emotional and social challenges.
Maple Grove-based Nortech Systems does complex engineering and manufacturing of electromedical and electromechanical parts for clients in the medical,

Nortech Systems closing Blue Earth facility prompting 74 layoffs

Electronics manufacturer Nortech Systems closing Blue Earth Minnesota facility 74 layoffs
President and COO of Polar Semiconductor Surya Iyer, right, was introduced by Bloomington Mayor Tim Busse during a news conference at Polar Semiconduc

Bloomington manufacturer to receive up to $120M in federal funds to upgrade, create jobs

Polar Semiconductor is planning an expansion and upgrade to its facility that will create more than 160 jobs.
Bryan Hanson, CEO of Solventum. The 3M health care spinoff reported its first financial results as an independent company.

3M health care spinoff Solventum prioritizing paying down $8.3B long-term debt

In its first financial earnings report, the new Fortune 500-level company predicted a stagnant sales forecast for its first year in business.
An excavator begins the demolition work of the former O'Reilly Auto Parts store on Lake Street, which was destroyed in the riots following George Floy

Where Lake Street rebuilding projects stand four years after the riots

The progress is uneven, with the Coliseum Building nearly open and a PPL affordable housing project waiting for a groundbreaking date.
Graduation season is a time of celebrating accomplishments and extending best wishes for life’s next chapter, but it can also be a time of stress wh

How to survive graduation season: What you need to know about parties, gifts and planning

Managing graduation parties, events and gifts Minneapolis
Copeland Cold Chain makes grocery refrigeration similar to this and is laying off 91 workers at its Eden Prairie facility.

Eden Prairie refrigeration facility laying off 91 workers

St. Louis-based Copeland Cold Chain is moving manufacturing and distribution operations to other North American locations.
Publishers Clearing House "Prize Patrol"

St. Cloud warehouse lays off hundreds of workers as Publishers Clearing House downsizes

Fulfillment Distribution Center will cut 350 employees and close up operations when its only customer discontinues its commercial business.
This photo was taken from at least six feet away.

Icehouse on Eat Street in Mpls. facing eviction for unpaid rent

Chicago-based Northpond Partners is suing for more than $85,000 in unpaid rent.
Capella Tower at 225 South Sixth St. Tuesday September 6, 2011. ] GLEN STUBBE * Minneapolis skyline from the 51st floor of IDS

Two major downtown Minneapolis towers face change as hybrid shuffle continues

Wells Fargo Center is now on the market, and Capella University cuts its space by more than half in the tower that bears its name.
Empire Foods takes over former Walmart in Brooklyn Center

Empire Foods takes over former Walmart in Brooklyn Center

Empire Foods Walmart Asian grocery Brooklyn Center
Minnesota's Largest Candy Store is a huge attraction that features thousand of different candy items.

Minnesota's Largest Candy Store to relocate and expand

A project on Hwy. 169 is prompting the move to nearby Jordan, Minn.
The Charlemagne Institute's John Elliott once sent an email with the subject line, "Take a shower, Jew Boy."

Bloomington-based IT company ConvergeOne files for bankruptcy with $1.8 billion in debt

The plans, filed in Texas, will also transfer control of the company to senior lenders.
Medtronic's Evolut TAVR heart valve could be an optimal treatment for women with aortic stenosis.

Medtronic study puts spotlight on how one of its heart devices can help women

Study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, shows how the Evolut TAVR can help treat women with aortic stenosis.
SkyWater Technology is still pursuing CHIPS money for expansion at its Bloomington, Minn., facility.

SkyWater Technology cancels option on land for $1.8B Indiana chip plant

Minnesota company continues to pursue federal CHIPS funding for its Bloomington facility.
The Normandale Lake Office Park in Bloomington.

Wings Financial foreclosing on portion of Normandale Lakes Office Park

New York-based owner Opal Holdings owes $40.3 million in unpaid mortgage to the credit union for the 8200 Tower of the largest office park in the Twin Cities metro.
Solventum originates from two words: "solving" and "momentum."

After 3M split, Minnesota has a new public company in Solventum

The health care business has been two years in the making and will operate out of 3M's Maplewood headquarters for the first year, at least.
At one point, Curtis Carlson Nelson, right, appeared destined to run his family's business empire — founded by his grandfather Curt Carlson, left, a

Another vestige of Carlson travel empire sold, this one to Amex spinoff for $570M

American Express Global Business Travel was a rival of what was formerly known as Carlson Wagonlit Travel in the corporate travel industry.
Researchers work in a clean room at the Boston Scientific Cardiovascular research and development center in Maple Grove, Minn.

Minnesota med-tech hub backers pressing on, with or without federal money

Greater MSP, the group behind the collaborative effort, applied to land $60 million in federal funding.
Arise Community Credit Union CEO Dan Johnson (back row, third from left) is pictured alongside board members and Minnesota Department of Commerce staf

The first Black-led credit union in Minnesota secures first state charter in 23 years

Arise Community Credit Union is based in north Minneapolis but still working out details for a branch location.
Mechanic Jesus Montes jokes with a driver while replacing the battery on his fleet vehicle Wednesday at Blue & White Cab in St. Louis Park.

Finding a ride after May 1 will take patience if Uber and Lyft pull out of Minneapolis

Taxi cab firms might hire some drivers, but it will take a while to build back an industry that has pivoted to medical and student contracts since the mega rideshare companies entered the Twin Cities market.
Canadian company LaunchPad Golf is opening next to Mystic Lake casino.

Topgolf competitor LaunchPad Golf coming next to Mystic Lake casino in 2025

The driving range-like entertainment venue will complement the 18-hole course already on the casino property.
An illustration of question mark cutouts overlaying FAFSA forms.

With the Better FAFSA still in limbo, here's what to do as college decisions loom

Delays and glitches with the simplified Free Application for Federal Student Aid has addled many students and their families.
Five Watt Coffee at Keg and Case Market in St. Paul

Five Watt Coffee, Sencha Tea Bar merge to create joint Twin Cities beverage brand

The two are planning a third brand focusing on bubble tea that could launch this year.
A 2014 photo of JonnyPops co-founders Erik Brust and Connor Wray hangs in the lobby of their new Elk River facility on Feb. 7, 2022.

JonnyPops faces lawsuit alleging misleading labels

The Minnesota frozen-pop maker advertises simple, real and fresh ingredients, which a California lawsuit claims obscures the added cane sugar content.
Step One Foods founder Dr. Elizabeth Klodas, left, stands with Max Lipset, director of Step One partner Health Quotient, on Tuesday.

Minnesota cardiologist's snack company joins White House health campaign

Eden Prairie-based Step One Foods is part of a Biden administration program to end hunger and build healthy communities, starting with first responders.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a Class I recall, the agency’s most serious, for Medtronic's Duet device, used to temporarily drain spi

Medtronic faces FDA Class I recall for post-op drainage device

The Duet product helps drain cerebral spinal fluid from patients after surgery on thoracic aortic aneurysms.
Peter Diessner became the third-generation of family leadership at construction and development firm Kraus-Anderson when he took the helm as CEO on Th

Kraus-Anderson names first new CEO since 1997 but keeps it in the family

Bruce Engelsma is stepping down to make way for Peter Diessner, his nephew, as leader of the Minneapolis construction and development company.
Customers worked out at the Anytime Fitness in the Sibley Plaza in St. Paul.

Minnesota-based Anytime Fitness owner merging with Orangetheory in global gym deal

Self Esteem Brands, headquartered in Woodbury, already has more than 5,000 locations worldwide.
Once shredded, this scrap metal was destined for a foundry.

Northern Foundry closing Hibbing facility and laying off 91, partly blaming Minnesota Power utility rates

Closure by Indiana-based parent company MTI ends half a century of operations on the Iron Range.
Medtronic has been in a patent dispute with Axonics Inc. for more than four years about its InterStim device, an implanted neurostuimulator used to tr

Medtronic ratchets up patent spat for device that aids in bladder, bowel control

The legal dispute with Axonics about the InterStim product started more than four years ago.
A man uses a cell phone in New Orleans on Aug. 11, 2019. A number of Americans on Thursday dealt with cellular outages on AT&T and its discount carrie

AT&T, other cariers lose mobile phone service

The disruptions happened from early Thursday morning until midday.
The Medtronic Inc. headquarters building stands in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S., on Monday, June 16, 2014. Medtronic Inc., the second-largest maker of

Medtronic reneges on spinoffs, decides to retain all but ventilator business

The company will keep most of its patient monitoring and respiratory interventions businesses it initially announced it was offloading in October 2022.
Tom Holloran, photographed for St. Thomas Lawyer magazine at his home in Minneapolis in 2010.

Early Medtronic executive and prolific Twin Cities businessman Thomas Holloran dies at 94

The former CEO and chairman of various companies and organizations also helped start the law school at the University of St. Thomas.
Smiths Medical, Oakdale, MN ] GLEN STUBBE * Monday September 21, 2015 Smiths Medical, Oakdale, MN

Yet another FDA Class 1 recall for Minnesota-made infusion syringe pumps

Software issues have plagued the devices, which Smiths Medical makes in Oakdale.
Graves 601 Hotel, a luxury hotel in downtown Minneapolis, was sold to Loews Hotel and Resorts, the companies announced Thursday.

Hempel buying another well-known downtown Minneapolis building

The Eden Prairie-based firm purchased the Loews Minneapolis Hotel with two other investors, Milwaukee-based Marcus Hotels & Resorts and Oklahoma City-based Robinson Park Investments.
Fair State Brewing Cooperative. ] (SPECIAL TO THE STAR TRIBUNE/BRE McGEE) **Fair State Brewing Cooperative

Minneapolis-based Fair State Brewing files for bankruptcy protection, will remain open

The Twin Cities brewing cooperative is looking for a way through high levels of debt.
Elon Musk, billionaire and chief executive officer of Tesla, at the Viva Tech fair in Paris, France, on Friday, June 16, 2023. Musk predicted his Neur

Minnesota companies have stopped posting, spending on X as platform loses trust

The exact reasons for the exodus after Elon Musk's takeover vary, though the large companies have been hesitant to share their thinking.
Coffee beans from around the world being roasted at the Caribou roastery in Brooklyn Center.

Caribou Coffee hands over roasting operations in $260M deal, focuses on coffeehouses

The company said the Brooklyn Center roastery will still roast all of its coffee.
Upsher-Smith of Maple Grove sold its generic pharmaceuticals business in 2017 for about $1 billion to a Japanese company.

Drugmaker Upsher-Smith, source of Minnesota billionaire family's squabble, sold again

The price new owner Bora Pharmaceutical paid is a fraction of the initial sale total of $1.05 billion from 2017.
A judge ruled patent infringement claims against Medtronic were not valid.

Medtronic wins key decision in catheter technology patent battle

The original case with Pennsylvania-based Teleflex dates back to 2019.

Delta Air Lines' profit more than doubled over the holiday period

The Atlanta carrier is the first major U.S. airline to report its end-of-year results.
Construction has stalled on the West Hotel project on N. 1st Street in Minneapolis.

Construction to resume this spring on partly finished North Loop hotel

The West Hotel is projected to open in 2025.

Minnesota companies capitalize on America's sleep problems

Companies from Inspire and Sleep Number to Gem Health and Cryosa are addressing sleep conditions through technology.
Medtronic operational headquarters in Fridley.

Medtronic to close five plants, six distribution centers as it tries to raise profits

Company declines comment on number of jobs affected or where the facilities are located.
A Delta commercial airliner landed in front of the Minneapolis skyline at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in 2021.

MSP is No. 1 among global airports for timely flights, Delta's on-time record best in North America

Minnesota air travelers may not realize it, but they reap the benefit of punctuality, according to a new 2023 report.

Muddy Paws Cheesecake takes $40,000 order, advice from reality TV's Marcus Lemonis

The Camping World CEO and former CNBC host took an interest in the St. Louis Park businesses' closure under almost $500,000 of debt.
Kelly Doran and his son Evan Doran of Doran Properties Group in 2021.

Kelly Doran, real estate developer behind thousands of Twin Cities apartments, dies at 66

Doran was influential in a boom of student housing around the University of Minnesota before his battle with cancer.
Leah Rodriguez removed gluten-free marble chocolate cheesecakes from pans to package them for pick-up Dec. 26 at Muddy Paws Cheesecake in St. Louis Pa

St. Louis Park's Muddy Paws Cheesecake closes, hopes donations can help pay debt

Owner Tami Cabrera hopes to raise $240,000 toward restaurant's $480,000 debt.
Medtronic’s operational headquarters is in Fridley.

FDA issues Class I recall for software glitch in Medtronic's surgery StealthStation

Anomaly uncovered in system used to assist surgeons during cranial and ENT surgeries.
Bright Health Group’s deal to sell its California Medicare Advantage plans has changed.

Bright Health's California Medicare business devalued by $100M ahead of sale

The deal with Molina Healthcare is set to close in about two weeks.
Medtronic, with its operational headquarters in Fridley, has received FDA approval for a new treatment of irregular heartbeats.

Medtronic becomes first company to win FDA approval for new treatment of irregular heartbeats

Atrial fibrilation is a leading cause of strokes.

From Owatonna to Red Wing, Minnesota's small downtowns see resurgence

Small wins can turn a Main Street around, experts say.

While other businesses exit, U.S. Bank and Wells Fargo invest in north Minneapolis

Other retailers have departed, but the two banks have made investments in the neighborhoods.
A conference will look at whether scenes like this, all too familiar last winter, will make a return.

Winterization wonderland: Preparing your home and car for the season

Breaking down the basics to keep warm and safe for many winters to come.