The MedTech Connect Plan was motivated by the need to develop a conceptual framework that inventories and supports medical manufacturing activities in South Central Minnesota, as either formal or informal components of larger supply chains. It examines how and how well manufacturing and related industries leverage their geographic proximity to the medical manufacturing hub in the Twin Cities and innovations at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, both within approximately a 90- minute drive from Mankato, Minnesota.

The research for this project was conducted through both qualitative and quantitative methods as methods of optimizing integration and output for regional enterprises are complex. Qualitative methods revolved around one-on-one interviews with industry professionals who have different interests and perspectives across the medical device supply chain. Interviewees were asked about challenges and barriers associated with accessing and integrating into the overall supply chain, in addition to the primary benefits of conducting business in this region.

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