University of Minnesota


Earl E. Bakken
Medical Devices Center

Encore Mentor

Born and raised in White Bear Lake, MN. Graduated from Hill-Murray High School and then the University of St. Thomas in Strategic Marketing Management.

I’ve been working in the manufacturer’s representative business since 2000, and have been working in the medical device space for most of that time. Our firm, Peterson Enterprises, represents companies in all types of mechanical components and assemblies, as well as electronics, wearables, and custom therapeutic garments. We then bring those companies to our customers as potential suppliers.

During my tenure, I’ve been working with all varieties of medical device companies, from startup to large, multi-national corporations, and from supply chain to engineering and quality.

I am married with two children, whom are currently in school in the University of Minnesota system. My father graduated from the U of Minnesota Medical School, and three of my siblings graduated from the U of Minnesota in other disciplines. My interests include coaching hockey, golf, water sports, and tennis.

Special Skills and Experience:

  • Machining (swiss)
  • molding (plastic/metal/amorphous metal/silicone/urethane dip, rubber/elastomeric)
  • casting (v-process, die, perm mold, investment)
  • catheter tipping and fabrication
  • sheet metal fabrication for enclosures
  • medical converting
  • precision stamping
  • fine blanking, powdered metal
  • custom stitching/sewing/RF sealing
  • tubular insulation
  • springs/wire forms
  • cold heading

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