Australian ear, nose and throat surgeon, Dr Graeme Clark, had invented the world’s first multi-channelled implant and the Australian government wanted to bring the implant to the commercial market. The Australian government gave AU$4million to Paul Trainor is given to start the commercial development of the multi-channel cochlear implant.

Today, the company holds over 70% of the implant market share worldwide, with more than 250,000 people receiving one of Cochlear’s implants since 1982.