Headquarters: San Diego, United States

Industry sector: Medical

Founded in 1989 on the back on a single invention, Australian medical device provider ResMed offers a range of market-leading solutions for the prevention and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea and other sleep disorders. These include diagnostic tools, ventilators, humidifiers and ‘sleep diary’ data management software. It is committed to ongoing innovation and each year ring-fences 7% to 8% of its revenues for R&D to ensure a steady pipeline of inventions. It is also a staunch defender of the intellectual property underpinning both the hardware and software of its products: it recently prevailed in an ITC suit against APEX Medical Corp over infringing masks and flow generators, securing a consent decree from its Taiwanese rival. It has since taken action in the same forum against Chinese medical device manufacturer BMC Medical and its distributors over alleged infringement of masks and other proprietary RESmart devices.