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Thoratec Seeks 'Cultural Revolution' As Rival HeartWare Makes Strides

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

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The long-time leader of the ventricular assist device market Thoratec is implementing plans to get back on track for future growth, while rival HeartWare recently reported rapid global expansion and aggressive R&D investments.

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