Boston Scientific Corp. co-founder John Abele, in the first installment of a lengthy interview, on the company's origins in the basement of a church rectory, its connection to a famous Czech mystic and how it overcame doctors' early skepticism about its catheter-based technology.
There aren't many multi-billion-dollar companies that can say they got their start in the basement of a Catholic church rectory. Still fewer can claim a connection to a famous Czech mystic credited with pioneering research into human consciousness (and, not incidentally, with inventing the steerable catheter).
But according to co-founder John Abele, Boston Scientific Corp. (NYSE:BSX) can. The Natick, Mass.-based medical device maker got its start with the steerable catheter invented by Itzhak Bentov, leveraging the platform into a family of catheter-based products that changed the way medicine is practiced.