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Pioneers of the Medical Device Industry in Minnesota Oral History Project: Interview with Manuel Villafaña
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Manuel Villafaña was born and attended school in New York. He worked for Medtronic as sales manager for Latin America. He is an entrepreneur who has begun several medical device companies. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Conversazione: One in a series of informal talks on the medical device industry held at the Bakken Library and Museum. Audio interviews: Early life, school experiences; early interest in science and technology; first jobs; experiences with Medtronic; customer services representative; international aspects of the business and product information; service as first international employee and then as representative and manager for Latin America; life in Argentina; Medtronic mission statement; selling methods and prowess; relationships with doctors; importance of education in selling technical products; starting up Cardiac Pacemakers, Inc. (pacemaker with lithium battery); St. Jude Medical (bileaflet heart valve made from pyrolitic carbon); GV Medical [Grabek Villafaña] (laser angioplasty system); Helix Bio-Core precursor to ATS [Advancing the Standard]: product, management/support staff, technical expertise, funding, and selling; views on venture capital; impressions of famous heart doctors.
6 hours sound cassette
65 pages transcript
Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
03:57:33 running time
Interviewee: Villafaña, Manuel
Interviewer: Rhees, David J. Ph.D.
Made in: Plymouth, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Creation: 11/20/1997 - 05/20/1998 (Conversazione (informal talk) conducted 11/20/1997; audio interview 1/21/1998 and 5/20/1998.)
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 87 (Library Call Number)
AV2001.104.14 (Accession Number)
MNHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Pioneers of the Medical Device Industry in Minnesota Oral History Project'