Medela AG

About us

Medela: A Successful History

For more than 50 years, Medela has developed from a small family owned company in Switzerland to a global producer of the most technologically advanced breastpumps and Medical Vacuum Solutions.

Further Development of our Breastfeeding Products

Throughout our history, we have been pushing the boundaries to create safe and efficient products based on research. In the business unit Breastfeeding we have introduced the world's first quality manual breastpump in 1983, and the world's first phototherapy system for the treatment of neonatal jaundice. More recently, we introduced the 2-Phase Expression Technology, the world's only research-based breastpump technology that mimics a baby's natural sucking rhythm, resulting in getting mothers more milk in less time.

Expertise in Medical Technology

The business unit "Healthcare" offers innovative solutions for digital thoracic drainage systems, Negative Pressure Wound Therapy and Professional Vacuum Systems. In the "Healthcare" business unit, we have developed Thopaz, the groundbreaking research-based digital thoracic drainage system. It supports the early mobilization of the patient after thoracic surgery.

Our key to Success

A key aspect of our past and present success is a relentless focus on research-based medical technology, which will ensure, on an ongoing base, innovations in the fields of Breastfeeding and Medical Vacuum Solutions.

Medela operates internationally

Medela has been founded in 1961 by Olle Larsson. Since then, the company manufactures its key products in Switzerland and the USA and has further subsidiaries in Europe, North America and Asia. The company employs over 1.800 people worldwide.

Intercultural Competence

Subsidiary companies on three continents and intensive collaboration with over 90 independent companies all over the world give Medela a strong market presence. Thanks to regular communication with its partners, systematic training, and good contacts with local organizations, we meet the expectations of different cultures in our business areas.

We place great emphasis on the quality of our products and developed solutions. The quality characteristics of Medela company philosophy include:

- Qualified employees who continually undergo further training
- Employees who exchange information between production sites, sales partners, research institutes and customers.
- This is reflected in our expert advice and prompt customer service.

Research – making the products of tomorrow possible

Medela company philosophy focuses strongly on our own research. For the further development of our breastpumps, we work with leading universities, in particular with a team at the University of Western Australia.

Attractively designed products

Aesthetics and design are important, also in medical technology. Medela offers customers products which stand out not only through their functions but also their attractive design. If people like something, they will also use it. The Medela company philosophy is: Products which are cleverly designed can be used more easily.

International design awards

Medela works with renowned product designers. We integrate them in the development process in which they incorporate their unique flair for form and colour and detail design. It is a high art form to be able to combine the practical with the beautiful. Medela has mastered this – several products have already been awarded international design awards.

We want to improve people’s quality of life with our products! That’s one part of the Medela company philosophy.

"Looking at nature is not a fashion trend – but the most fascinating story ever to be discovered. Spending time to look at natural behaviour and then using what you have learned to develop something truly helpful for mother and baby lasts more than a lifetime."
Olle Larsson, Founder of Medela
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