Reporter | Medical technology

Joe Carlson writes about medical technology in Minnesota for the Star Tribune.

Carlson has covered health care beats full time since 2008, including medical technology, not-for-profit providers and health care legal affairs. His stories tend to blend health care business affairs and patient-focused information.


St. Paul firm developing hypertension therapy raises $31 million

Aria has developed a treatment for a deadly form of high blood pressure that often affects middle-aged women.


Medtronic tops profit estimates despite sluggish sales growth

But sluggish sales of popular devices, coronavirus effect could create headwinds.


5 years later, suit challenging a $49.9B Medtronic acquisition churns on

$49.9B Covidien deal left some shareholders with tax bills they say were unfair.


Kay Fahey dies at 77 after battling cancer for 30 years

Defying expectations was a running theme in her life.


Boston Scientific warns of $40 million hit from coronavirus outbreak

Coronavirus could disrupt its supply chain and lead to revenue declines, it cautions.


Kevin McHale among group suing Glen Taylor in dispute over hearing aid firm

The firm's majority owner Glen Taylor denies the allegations in lawsuit.


Medtronic gets OK to sell next generation of pacemakers that fit inside the heart

Medtronic's device goes inside the heart and cuts many sources of complications.


Heart valve invented in Roseville allows new kind of treatment

Device invented in Roseville allows replacement of mitral valve without invasive open-chest surgery.


Minnesota health care companies raise $1 billion-plus in private funding in 2019

Early-stage health care companies in Minnesota raised more than $1 billion in private funding last year, a record driven by digital-health companies like Minneapolis insurer…


Minnesota companies starting to feel sting of coronavirus outbreak in China

3M, Medtronic and others are adjusting operations as companies across the U.S. get ready to pivot should the outbreak cause longer-term slowdowns.