Nominations now open for the Bakken Invitation Award

Patients and patient ambassadors are invited to submit nominations for the Bakken Invitation Award. Inspired by Medtronic co-founder Earl Bakken’s question “What are you doing with your extra life?,” the Bakken Invitation Award recognises patients, who with the help of medical technology, have overcome health challenges and are now selflessly giving back to their communities.


The Award annually honours 10 inspirational people with a $20,000 charitable grant, donated to a non-profit organisation selected by the honouree, and a trip to Hawaii in January 2016 for a celebration event to meet Earl Bakken. Applications for the 2015 Award will be accepted through July 31, 2015 and the Bakken Award applicant criteria is:

1. Be individuals who, with the help of medical technology, are giving their time and talent to improve the quality of life for others.
2. Be 14 years or older.
3. Currently use an approved medical device therapy to treat heart disease, diabetes, spinal disorders, chronic pain, or neurological, gastroenterological and urological disorders. There is no restriction on device manufacturer.
4. Have an established relationship of involvement with a legal nonprofit organization for six months or more.

If you know a patient that would be interested in applying for the Bakken Invitation Award, nominate them at