Mike Roman, 3M CEO (Credit: 3M)

3M plans to spin out $8.5B health­care di­vi­sion in­to its own com­pa­ny

While its name brings to mind sticky notes and pack­ag­ing tape, 3M al­so man­u­fac­tures a range of con­sumer and com­mer­cial prod­ucts from ban­dages to bio­med­ical pu­rifi­ca­tion sys­tems. Now the man­u­fac­tur­er plans to spin out its health­care prod­ucts di­vi­sion in­to a sep­a­rate pub­licly trad­ed com­pa­ny.

The Min­neso­ta-based man­u­fac­tur­er an­nounced last week that it plans to con­tin­ue in the ma­te­r­i­al sci­ence sec­tor, fo­cused on mak­ing prod­ucts re­lat­ed to wound care, health­care IT, oral care and bio­phar­ma fil­tra­tion. In the bio­phar­ma in­dus­try, 3M’s prod­ucts are used in the man­u­fac­tur­ing of vac­cines and re­com­bi­nant pro­teins.

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