Peter Nicholas, who helped found Boston Scientific in 1979 and led the medtech giant as chief executive from then until 1999, died on May 14, the company confirmed.
Nicholas’ death came shortly before what would have been his 81st birthday on Monday, May 16. According to The Boston Globe, he died of cancer in his home in Boca Grande, Florida.
“As a pioneer who helped shape the field of minimally invasive surgery, Pete Nicholas is remembered worldwide for his contribution to vastly improved patient outcomes and equally impressive increases in healthcare efficiency,” said Mike Mahoney, the current CEO and chairman of Boston Scientific. “Within the Boston Scientific family, Pete was also a lifelong mentor, motivator and friend to hundreds of employees.”