Retractable Technologies, Inc.

511 Lobo Lane
75068-0009 Little Elm, Texas

Phone: +1 972 2941010
Fax: +1 972 2923600


Company Figures
Number of employees 100-499
Sales volume 10-49 Mio US $
Year of foundation 1994
Area of business Electronical Equipment / Medical Technology

Facility Management

Company Profile

About us
In 1989, Retractable’s founder, Thomas J. Shaw, saw a television news segment about a doctor who had contracted HIV from an accidental needlestick injury. The doctor complained that design engineers were insensitive and unresponsive to the dangers faced daily by frontline healthcare workers.

Shaw, a mechanical and structural engineer, was struck by the doctor’s criticism and felt compelled to act. After spending a year developing preliminary design concepts, Shaw was awarded a $50,000 grant by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, a subsidiary of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), to further develop his design concepts. Later he was awarded a $600,000 grant to commercialize the production of one of his retractable syringe designs and to produce 10,000 samples for clinical trials.

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