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Snapshot: Edwards Lifesciences

Edwards Lifesciences
Name: Michael A. Mussallem
Title: Chairman and CEO
Company: Edwards Lifesciences
Location: Irvine, CA
Edwards Lifesciences
Year Founded: 1961
Number of Employees: More than 2,500 employees in California and 8,000 globally
Description: Edwards Lifesciences is the global leader in the science of heart valves and hemodynamic monitoring. Driven by a passion to help patients, the company partners with clinicians to develop innovative technologies in the areas of structural heart disease and critical care monitoring that enable them to save and enhance lives. Edwards Lifesciences has more than 8,000 employees globally.

Why is being in California important to Edwards Lifesciences?

Edwards has strong roots in California – we were established in Orange County more than 50 years ago and, today, our corporate headquarters and much of our manufacturing remains here.

The state provides many positive benefits for Edwards – it is home to prestigious universities and important research and medical institutions, which allows us to benefit from access to key talent. Our local area of Southern California represents one of the largest medical device clusters in the world, which presents us with opportunities to collaborate with local suppliers and partners to develop life-saving innovations for patients.

What does California do well to support a skilled workforce?

California is fortunate to have top-ranked universities, medical centers, research institutions and global companies that provide opportunities for individuals interested in pursuing careers in the life science and medical technology industries.

Although the cost of doing business in California is higher than many other areas, the state also offers access to first-rate infrastructure, outstanding public schools and a positive quality of life. These factors provide great opportunities for a skilled workforce, whether they are looking to establish a new job in the industry or are building long-term careers.

Why is innovation important to the life science industry? To California?

One of the most important contributions of the life science industry is the ability and drive to innovate, in order to help patients live longer, healthier and more productive lives. Edwards is focused on developing life-saving technologies for which there are significant unmet patient needs, and we believe there are tremendous opportunities to improve healthcare around the world through innovative ideas and technology.

Countless ground-breaking innovations that have served clinicians and patients worldwide were born in California. Innovation has also helped drive California’s economy by creating jobs and helping to shape the state’s reputation in education, research, science and technology.

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