Joe Carlson covers medical technology and med-tech companies for the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Joe’s stories focus on people and companies in Minnesota that are driving technological innovation in medicine. He’s covered medical robots, cybersecurity, value-based care delivery and mavericks making do-it-yourself diabetes devices in their kitchens. He’s covered famous studies, secret studies, successful studies and failed ones. He’s seen living tissue being fashioned into medical devices, and watched as doctors unfurled foldable metal gadgets inside the heart and brain to repair valve stenosis and brain hemorrhages without major incisions.
Minnesota is the ideal home for a med-tech journalist, offering access to a famed cluster of med-tech companies and entrepreneurs, and health care organizations that are household names like the Mayo Clinic, UnitedHealth Group and Medtronic.
A Minnesota native, Joe has covered health care full time since 2008, working at publications in Chicago, Indiana and Pennsylvania before to moving back to the Twin Cities in 2014 to work at the Star Tribune.