Eight medical device companies with operations in the Bay State made Forbes magazine’s “Global 2000” list.
The annual list ranks the world’s largest companies using a series of metrics including sales, profits, assets and market value.
Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. is the highest-ranking firm, at 422nd, with true roots in the Commonwealth. It was founded by George Hatsopoulos in 1956 as Thermo Electron with a $50,000 loan while he was still an engineering student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Last year, the company pulled in $10.5 billion in sales and employed over 34,000 people.
Other companies on the list include:
253: Medtronic, which has officers in Danvers and Lowell.
445: Covidien, which has its world headquarters in Mansfield.
672: Becton, Dickinson & Co., which has its
opthalmic division in Waltham.
792: Boston Scientific.
1,274: C.R. Bard Inc.’s electrophysiology division calls Lowell home.
1,479: Smith & Nephew, which has its endoscopy division in Andover.
1,698: Waters Corp. of Milford.