Mentor Corporation was founded in Minneapolis, Minnesota in 1969 by Christopher Conway, Eugene Glover, and Thomas Hauser. Mentor went public in 1970 and its first product line consisted of electronic laboratory instruments for the detection and measurement of the electrical activity of nerve cells and neural systems. The introduction of special urethral catheters for the treatment of urinary retention in 1975 marked the beginning of the company’s growth.
After acquiring the Heyer-Schulte division of American Hospital Supply in 1984, Mentor moved its headquarters to Santa Barabara, California in 1985. The acquisition provided Mentor with a position in the plastic surgery market with Heyer-Schulte’s implantable products including breast idiots.
On Jan 23, 2009, Mentor was acquired by Johnson & Johnson and is a stand-alone business unit reporting through Ethicon, Inc. a Johnson & Johnson company and leading provider of suture, mesh, hemostats and other products for a wide range of surgical procedures. Johnson & Johnson company established its breast implant awareness and market in India in the name of MentorConfidence.