3M has been granted over 118,000 patents, and each year, more than 4,000 new patents are issued to the company worldwide. Getting one patent is a huge achievement, and in its 116-year history, only 18 3M inventors have reached the 100-patent mark. Audrey Sherman, a division scientist in the 3M Medical Solutions Division, is one of them. Audrey began her career at 3M as an intern while still in high school and got her first patent after being at the company for five years. Over the next 26 years, she was averaging nearly five patents per year. In 2017, Audrey became the first women at 3M to reach the 100-patent mark.