Abbott Labs' Dissolving Heart Stent Helps Improve Recovery

Abbott Labs’ heart stent dissolves into the body, enabling a more natural recovery

Innovator: John Capek
Age: 51
Title: Executive vice president, medical devices, Abbott Laboratories
Form and function: A stent the size of a ballpoint pen’s spring, delicate enough to hold a cardiac artery open after surgery. It dissolves in the body, enabling more natural recovery without the threat of long-term damage from a standard metal stent.