Royal Philips Electronics N.V. Scoops Up RespirTech, Job Cuts Expected

Published: May 23, 2017

Philips, the Dutch health technology conglomerate, said Monday it would buy Respiratory Technologies Inc., a St. Paul-based provider of electronic-pulsating vests used to fight respiratory diseases.

Dr. James Ehlen, chief executive of the firm known as RespirTech, told employees that he expects Philips to grow the business significantly.

RespirTech, with 220 employees, manufactures vests initially developed at the University of Minnesota that improve circulation for patients with chronic breathing conditions, such as chronic obstructive respiratory disease and cystic fibrosis. T

Back to news