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Bakken Invitation

By elevating patient perspectives, we can influence positive health outcomes for the underserved globally.
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Meet the 2018 bakken invitation honorees

These incredible individuals gained “extra life” thanks to medical technology, and now they are working to transform healthcare―they are individuals who are determined to affect change.

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Our inspiration

Medtronic co-founder Earl Bakken himself survived a life-threatening condition thanks to medical technology. His commitment to use his “extra life” to give back to his community is the enduring dream that continues to inspire our work in big and small ways.


Our Stories our work

Hear the stories of Bakken Invitation Honorees firsthand. Find out what inspires them, and why they are stronger together.

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Official Rules

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do you qualify?

Have you overcome a health challenge and used your "extra-life" to help others? If so, you're an ideal candidate.