Fisher & Paykel Healthcare
Headquarters: Auckland, New Zealand
Industry sector: Medical devices
Founded in 1934 as an importer of household appliances, New Zealand’s Fisher & Paykel split in 2001 into separate white goods and medical device businesses. The predecessor company had a clear track record when it came to repurposing core intellectual property for new markets; collaboration with the public research sector in the 1960s led to the implementation of its humidification technology in respiratory care solutions. As a standalone company, Fisher & Paykel Healthcare continues this tradition today with an active patenting programme aimed at protecting fundamental technologies in the areas of respiratory health, sleep apnea treatment and surgical equipment – as well as innovations around those that could have applications in adjacent fields.