About Us

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Innovize excels in tailored development and manufacturing, covering the entire product lifecycle from initial concept through to full-scale production and forward-thinking product evolution. Upholding the strictest compliance standards, including ISO 13485 certification, Innovize ensures top-tier regulatory adherence for medical devices. As your partner, we deliver innovative solutions in personal care, patient care, diagnostics, and much, much more.

Company Profile

Pioneering your product’s journey from concept and development to packaging, Innovize specializes in manufacturing subassembly components and complete devices, accommodating everything from short runs to full-scale production.

Established in 1958 as GML, we embraced our new identity as Innovize in 2009, marking our evolution and commitment to innovation in the industry.

Our Associates

At Innovize, we deeply value our associates and recognize them as the bedrock of our success. Our company thrives on a culture that embraces dynamism and collaboration, where the fusion of diversity and innovation is not just encouraged but celebrated. We are committed to excellence, providing a nurturing environment where our team is empowered to initiate and lead transformative changes. This supportive atmosphere champions professional growth and work-life harmony. United in purpose, we form not merely a workforce but a community, steadfast in our mission to generate positive outcomes inside and beyond our organization.

Innovize’s Legacy of Hope and Healing

Innovize is proud to maintain a philanthropic partnership with M Health Fairview Masonic Children’s Hospital, a cornerstone of our Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) commitment. Throughout the year, we host a series of fundraising events to support the hospital, embodying our dedication to social responsibility and community engagement. Our associates come together with enthusiasm, assembling tie blankets, art therapy kits, and various items that provide comfort and support to patients and their families during their stay. This collaboration not only underscores our commitment to making a positive societal impact but also strengthens our bond as a community, reinforcing our values of empathy, support, and collective well-being.

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Leadership Team

Julie Cameron

CEO

Patrick Thielen

CFO & CIO

John Freedman

VP of Sales & Marketing

Jim Gaffney

General Manager

Jeff Noren

Director of Commercial Operations

Ethel Garcia

Director of HR

Company History

1958

1958

GML Specialties

Scott Leady founded GML Specialties in his basement in Falcon Heights, MN, naming the company after his wife, Gail Mordaunt Leady. Initially, Scott designed and produced rotating tables for the State of Minnesota, turning his hobby into a business.

1964

1964

GML, Inc.

GML Incorporates as a contract manufacturer, supporting the computer industry in St. Paul, Minnesota.

1987

1987

New Home

Land was purchased in Vadnais Heights and GML broke ground on the 500 building, the first of the now three-building campus.

1994

1994

Growth Surge

Rising demand necessitated more manufacturing equipment and space. Innovize seized the opportunity to expand into the 450 building across the street.

2001

2001

Shifting Focus

With a medical device hub in the Twin Cities, GML strategically shifted to exclusively focus on medical products. Some of the first customers were local medical device companies.

2009

2009

Name Change

Combining “Innovate” and “Customize,” GML changed its name to Innovize. This new name better reflects the company’s role as a contract manufacturer of medical devices and component parts.

2014

2014

Growing Still

After leasing space in a neighboring building for a few years, Innovize purchased the 410 building, completing the current three-building campus.

2022

2022

New Ownership

As former owners John Leady and Dave Jessen prepared for retirement, Innovize was sold to Excel Scientific, a manufacturer of microplate sealing films and foils based in California.

2023

2023

International Expansion

Innovize expands into Europe, establishing a presence to better serve international clients and explore new market opportunities in the medical device industry.

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2024

2024

Unified Vision

Innovize and Excel Scientific unified their values and purpose to create a cohesive entity with two strong brands, strengthening the commitment to innovation and excellence in serving the life sciences industry.

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