Abbott's Robert Ford: Device Chief Looks Ahead After St. Jude Deal
In an interview with Medtech Insight at this year's JP Morgan Healthcare Conference, the executive VP of medical devices for Abbott Laboratories discussed the firm's recent mega-acquisition of St. Jude Medical, the opportunity in cardiovascular, value-based business models, cybersecurity, and more.
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