How Medtronic Sets The Pace

Its heart devices have spawned a host of new products

By the time Maurice Long put in an appearance before a Food & Drug Administration panel last year, he could joke about the wires running from his brain to a pacemaker-like device implanted in his chest. The contraption had ended the debilitating tremors that cut short his career as a financial-services executive and reduced his life to that of a hermit on his Hutchinson (Kan.) farm. Now, Long could keep his hands still. He could even play golf.

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