CAMBRIDGE, MA--(Marketwire - November 30, 2010) -  On December 8, the MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge will present The Covidien Story: Commitment to Innovation, New Ideas and Technology, featuring a keynote presentation by Richard J. Meelia, Covidien's chairman, president and CEO. Covidien is a leading global healthcare products company that creates innovative medical solutions for better patient outcomes and delivers value through clinical leadership and excellence.

Following the presentation, a panel of medtech investors will discuss start-up strategies and the potential for acquisition. The panelists will discuss whether the end-game strategy of acquisition is a good idea for medtech companies; what large medtech companies are seeking in a potential company to acquire; and how entrepreneurs can best prepare, promote and position their technology for an acquisition strategy.


  • Richard J. Meelia is the chairman, president and CEO of Covidien, a leading $10 billion global healthcare products company. Covidien manufactures, distributes and services a diverse range of medical devices, supplies, imaging products and pharmaceuticals, sold under industry-leading brand names.


  • Ed Cahill, is a partner at HLM Venture Partners, providing venture capital to emerging companies focused on health care information technology, health care services and medical devices.
  • Jed Cohen, is the managing director of investment banking, medical devices at Leerink Swann, an investment bank to both emerging and established healthcare companies.


  • Richard Smith is a partner at Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge law firm where he counsels medtech companies on corporate issues including mergers and acquisitions, corporate formation, venture capital and other financing, joint ventures, university licensing and intellectual property strategies.

The evening will be sponsored by Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
5:30pm: Networking mixer & appetizers
6:15-8:00pm: Program
8:00-9:00pm: Networking reception

Where: MIT Stata Center (Building 32), Kirsch Auditorium, 32 Vassar St., Cambridge, MA

Registration and information:

Pricing: Forum members: $25, Non-members: $45. Students from all universities are free with college ID. Pre-registration is encouraged.

Contact Information:

Trish Fleming
MIT Enterprise Forum of Cambridge