Boston Scientific Corp. (NYSE:BSX) COO Samuel Leno announced his retirement as executive VP and chief operating officer after three years with med-tech giant.
Leno made the announcement internally on Friday, Oct. 28, according to documents filed with the SEC.
Leno joined Boston Scientific in June 2007 as executive VP of finance and information systems and CFO. In March 2010, he was appointed executive VP and COO.
Electronic neural bridge enables paralyzed rats to walk: As MedGadget reported last year, researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles, are working on spinal neurostimulation to make spinal cord injured persons walk again. They have advanced a bit further and now use a “neural bridge” that carries neural signals across spinal cord injury lesions. Currently the researchers are in a stage where they can make rats with severed spinal cords and completely paralyzed hind legs run on all four legs again.
When Yoel Fink began his groundbreaking work with mirrors at MIT in the late 1990’s, he didn’t know he would be creating a material that would be used to carry lasers into areas as hard to reach as the inner ear or brain. He was working on a problem that the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, the research and development arm of the U.S. military, wanted solved. For reasons still unknown to Fink, DARPA wanted large-area, low-cost surfaces more reflective than a mirror that could reflect light from all angles. Eventually, his work led to a PhD thesis and OmniGuide, the company where he is currently chairman. OmniGuide, which employs 120 workers, just last week celebrated its 10th year of business.