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From Guidant to Abbott: An Interview with John Capek

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Some industry executives argue that the real winner in the battle between Johnson & Johnson and Boston Scientific for Guidant was Abbott, who came away with a bulked up interventional cardiology business and what promises to be the next big winner in drug-eluting stents. John Capek played a major role in growing Guidant's business and, post-sale, helped guide a successful integration within Abbott. Now, he's running all of Abbott's medical device businesses.

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