Inside the largest medical device acquisition in history

medtronic-covidien-large-3x2In June 2014, Medtronic and Covidien shook the medical technology industry with the announcement of a merger of unprecedented scale. OCTANe’s Medical Investor Forum, held in Irvine, Calif., Oct. 27-28, featured a conversation between Geoff Martha, who led Medtronic’s team for the $50 billion merger, and Brett Wall, former president of Covidien and current president of the Neurovascular business at Medtronic. The pair provided an inside look at the deal, how it happened, and what they would have done differently. For the most part, in keeping with OCTANe’s conference model, Wall acted as the interviewer.

Medtronic was 3 years into the leadership of Omar Ishrak and looking at what was coming down the pipeline, Martha explained. There were issues in the healthcare space, particularly in costs and meeting the needs of providers, payers, and government, that Medtronic leaders felt it couldn’t solve with its current model.

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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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