Ethicon, Inc. is a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. It was incorporated as a separate company under the Johnson & Johnson umbrella in 1949 to expand and diversify the Johnson & Johnson product line. Ethicon has manufactured surgical sutures and wound closure devices since 1887. After World War II, Ethicon’s market share in surgical sutures rose from 15% to 70% worldwide. In the United States, the market share is approximately 80%. Ethicon conducts business in 52 countries.