Our vision is simpleCONTINUOUS INNOVATION AND DEVELOPMENT
Through innovation, education, and the development of safe and reliable medical devices, Retractable Technologies, Inc. strives to be a catalyst in reducing the worldwide spread of infectious disease.Our mission is clearSETTING THE STANDARD FOR EXCELLENCE
Our history of innovationSTEADFAST IN ADVANCING HEALTHCARE SAFETY
- To build a model corporation for employees, customers, community, and shareholders based on performance, pride, and profit;
- To set a standard for excellence, effectiveness, and integrity in selling and delivering our products; and
- To establish mutually beneficial relationships with other companies who share our overall vision.
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 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 an additional grant to commercialize the production of one of his retractable syringe designs and to produce products for clinical trials.