For over 150 years, Smith & Nephew has developed advanced medical devices for healthcare professionals around the world. Our pioneering technologies enable nurses, surgeons and other medical practitioners to provide effective treatment more quickly and economically.
Smith & Nephew operates in high growth markets driven by ageing demographics and technology's ability to enable patients to live longer and enjoy more active lives. With the help of our innovative equipment, patients enjoy improved mobility and rapid recovery from surgery.
Our product franchises - Orthopaedic Reconstruction, Advanced Wound Management, Sports Medicine (Endo) & Trauma - are at the forefront of innovation to create products that make life better for our customers and their patients
Our global infrastructure continues to expand each year. Substantial investment in our products and intensive research and development means that we are always ahead.
Smith & Nephew has a track record of bringing innovative new products to market that provide better clinical outcomes for patients and save costs for healthcare providers.
Our three main areas of the business are focused upon markets that are already substantial and offer significant growth potential, fuelled by the following factors:
Ageing populations worldwide
On average, people are living longer. To retain a high quality of life well into their later years, they are more likely to need joint replacements and treatment for other conditions.
An increasing trend towards minimally invasive surgery
New tools and techniques are enabling surgeons to operate more effectively and carry out procedures that were not previously possible. Crucially, patients experience less trauma and recover faster.
More informed patients demand improved treatments
The more that modern healthcare can promise people, the more they expect of it - a cycle that is stimulating demand and innovation.
Greater product innovation and sophistication
The key to satisfying the needs of patients and the medical profession is to develop technically advanced devices that offer new treatment possibilities, thereby expanding the market - as Smith & Nephew is committed to doing.
Close to customers and patients
To help patients regain their lives more quickly and fully, we work with healthcare professionals on emerging new technologies and techniques. Our world-class, specialized sales force provides frontline support to our customers and enables us to gain greater understanding of their needs. This commitment is underpinned by a unique range of education and training programs designed specifically for healthcare professionals. Strong relationships with healthcare professionals are fundamental to our business. To earn their trust and confidence we know we must always behave with absolute integrity.
Research and development
Our business strategy is based on researching, developing, manufacturing and marketing technically innovative and advanced medical devices. Our dedicated research facility, the Smith & Nephew Research Centre located in York (UK), provides specialized skills and resources. Our direct contacts with healthcare providers are a vital link in the chain. Clinicians' views of their present and future needs provide essential impetus for our own research work.