MassDevice Q&A

June 30, 2009 by MassDevice staff

Q&A Features

08/23/2010 by Christian Holland

Absorption Systems CEO Patrick Dentinger dishes on growing a contract research organization amidst a recession and parlaying his drug testing business into the medical device development arena.

MassDevice Q&A: Absorption Systems CEO Patrick Dentinger

Absorption Systems LP is well-positioned in several sense of the word. The Exton, Pa. and San Diego-based contract research organization managed to expand during the Great Recession, buying medical device toxicology firm Perry Scientific last summer.

President and CEO Patrick Dentinger told MassDevice that his 100-employee firm, which profiles the absorption of pharmaceuticals into the human body before the drugs go to clinical testing, has barely had to paddle to catch a growing wave of...

08/16/2010 by Brad Perriello

Euan Thomson, president and CEO of Accuray Inc., on how his company managed to fare well despite the capital expenditure market's downturn, its distribution and R&D deal with Siemens and why healthcare reform could have a big upside for Accuray.

MassDevice Q&A: Accuray president and CEO Euan Thomson

Accuray Inc. (NSDQ:ARAY) has a tough row to hoe: Cultivate a market that crosses medical specialty lines for a product that costs millions. The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based company's CyberKnife system is a pioneering device in radiosurgery, using precisely targeted, massive doses of X-ray radiation to non-invasively destroy tumors.

Founded in the 1990, Accuray's device was based on an idea developed by a team of physicians at Stanford University, led by Dr. John Adler, in the late 1980s. Since its founding the company has seen its share of ups and downs, not least...

07/26/2010 by Brad Perriello

Rob Lyles, who heads up Cook Medical's peripheral intervention business, on the company's origins in a two-bedroom apartment, the impact of gift bans on the medical device industry and developments in treating diseased blood vessels in the legs.

MassDevice Q&A: Cook Medical vice president Rob Lyles

Cook Medical Group and Boston Scientific Corp. (NYSE:BSX) both got their start with catheter-based devices, but the medical device giants' similarities don't stop there. As Boston Scientific founder John Abele told MassDevice last month, his firm got its start in an unlikely place: the basement of a Catholic Church in Belmont, Mass.

Cook, the world's largest privately held medical device maker, had similarly humble origins. Founders Bill and Gayle Cook started their company out of one of the two bedrooms of their Bloomington, Ind., apartment in 1963. Rob Lyles, vice president and global leader of Cook Medical’s...

07/09/2010 by Christian Holland

Abiomed president and CEO Michael Minogue on his company's Impella heart pump and its prospects for gaining a larger share of the cardiac assist market.

MassDevice Q&A: Abiomed CEO Michael Minogue

Abiomed Inc. (NSDQ:ABMD) makes cardiac assist devices powerful enough to pump more than a gallon of blood through the heart each minute and small enough to be placed inside the heart via catheter. It's a highly specialized, highly competitive market that's difficult to break into.

At an investors meeting in Boston last week, the company sought to deliver the message that its devices offer a less invasive option than ventricular assist devices and don't need to be combined with inotropic drugs as is often the case with intra-aortic balloon pumps. It's been two years since Abiomed won 510(k) clearance from the Food & Drug...

06/30/2010 by Christian Holland

MassDevice talks to LifeImage president and CEO Hamid Tabatabaie about his company's e-sharing application for medical imaging.

MassDevice Q&A: LifeImage CEO Hamid Tabatabaie

If you’ve ever had a CT scan, X-ray or MRI, you were likely given a CD to tote around in case you wanted a second opinion. That’s because there isn’t a universal network or database for medical image files, even in an industry that demands standardization.

Hamid Tabatabaie and Amy Vreeland founded a company that aspires to solve this problem, which has existed ever since the first X-ray was digitized. Their company, LifeImage, lets patients, physicians and institutions search, share and access medical imaging records across different networks. LifeImage, which works with storage giant EMC (NYSE:EMC) for its cloud-...

06/10/2010 by Brad Perriello

Boston Scientific Corp. co-founder John Abele, in the second installment of a lengthy interview, on the early days with Peter Nicholas, his take on demands for increased transparency and his frustration with some of the company's recent low points.

MassDevice Q&A: John Abele, Part II

Boston Scientific Corp. (NYSE:BSX) co-founder John Abele told us about the origins of the medical device giant in the first installment of a lengthy chat with MassDevice, detailing its start in the basement of a famed Czech mystic's lab in a Catholic church rectory.

In the second installment, Abele touches on how he and co-founder Peter Nicholas engineered the Boston Scientific's launch, how his involvement with the Natick, Mass.-based company evolved over the years and how being a "cheap son of a bitch" helped drive creativity and innovation in the early days.

Abele also gave us his take on the...

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