Category: MassDevice Q&ASyndicate content

End of an era: Ray Elliott steps down as CEO of Boston Scientific

October 17, 2011 by Arezu Sarvestani

J. Raymond Elliott left an indelible mark on med-tech goliath Boston Scientific during two years in the corner office. As he passes the torch to interim CEO Hank Kucheman, MassDevice looks back on one of the most boisterous CEOs in the device space.

J. Raymond Elliott

In two years in the corner office at Boston Scientific Corp. (NYSE:BSX), J. Raymond Elliott left an indelible stamp on the medical device goliath. As he steps down today, handing the keys over to interim CEO Hank Kucheman, he leaves some mighty big shoes to fill.

MassDevice Podcast: AccuVein CEO Ron Goldman

October 12, 2011 by MassDevice staff

AccuVein CEO Ron Goldman tells MassDevice about his firm's hand-held vascular imaging technology.


Venipuncture – drawing blood or establishing an intravenous feed – is the most common invasive medical procedure. For many patients, it's a painful exercise in frustration when clinicians struggle to find a blood vessel, sometimes requiring multiple needle sticks.

AccuVein and CEO Ron Goldman aim to change all that with the company's AV300 vascular illumination device. The wireless, handheld module uses a pair of lasers to paint a patient's arm with light, making otherwise invisible or hard-to-find blood vessels apparent to the naked eye.

MassDevice Q&A: GI Dynamics CEO Stu Randle

October 5, 2011 by Brian Johnson

Stu Randle, CEO of GI Dynamics, discusses the company's recent Australian IPO in an interview with MassDevice.


GI Dynamics (ASX:GID) has been the talk of the medical device industry lately.

MassDevice Podcast: Mela Sciences' CEO on the MelaFind odyssey

October 3, 2011 by Arezu Sarvestani

Mela Sciences CEO Joseph Gulfo tells MassDevice about the path from nearly assured clearance in June 2009 to the brink of clearance more than two years later.

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EXCLUSIVE: Former Medtronic CEO Bill Hawkins on the one that got away

September 27, 2011 by Brad Perriello

Former Medtronic CEO Bill Hawkins, in an exclusive interview with, tells us about the one that got away: Guidant Corp.'s stent-making operation.

EXCLUSIVE: Former Medtronic CEO Bill Hawkins on the one that got away

There's no shortage of ink spilled over the feeding frenzy over Guidant Corp., which ended in Boston Scientific Corp.'s (NYSE:BSX) ill-fated $26 billion acquisition in 2006. But there's one nugget from the spectacle that hasn't received much attention.

Patent reform and med-tech: The America Invents Act promises to be a game-changer

September 19, 2011 by Arezu Sarvestani

Seasoned patent attorney David Dykeman takes us through the America Invents Act in a podcast interview highlighting the challenges and opportunities the reform bill poses for the medical device industry.

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This week President Barack Obama is expected to sign a patent reform bill marking the most dramatic changes to the patent system in decades, drawing adulation and ire from varying sectors of the innovation economy.

The American Invents Act, six years in the making, contains several sweeping changes, but the main bone of contention is a transformation of the U.S. patent system from a first-to-invent application process to a first-to-file process.

Boston Scientific's new CEO: Who is Michael Mahoney?

September 14, 2011 by MassDevice staff

Boston Scientific makes a generational move in choosing Johnson & Johnson executive Michael Mahoney, but who is the 46-year-old medical device veteran?

Michael Mahoney

Michael Mahoney

In naming Michael Mahoney as the heir apparent to J. Raymond Elliott, Boston Scientific Corp. (NYSE:BSX) fired another salvo in a long-running blood feud with Johnson & Johnson Corp. (NYSE:JNJ).

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