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    Who are the investment bankers for Medtronic, Inc. and Guidant Corp.? Also, what are the roles of investment bankers?

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    THE INVESTMENT BANKERS FOR Medtronic, Inc. and Guidant Corp ARE Leerink Swann & Company
    About Medtronic, Inc.
    Medtronic is the world leader in medical technology providing lifelong solutions for people with chronic disease. We offer products, therapies and services that enhance or extend the lives of millions of people. Each year, 2.5 million patients benefit from Medtronic's technology, used to treat conditions such as heart disease, neurological disorders, and vascular illnesses. Medtronic is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
    About Guidant Corporation
    Guidant Corporation pioneers lifesaving technology, giving an opportunity for better life today to millions of cardiac and vascular patients worldwide. The company develops, manufactures and markets a broad array of products and services that enable less invasive care for some of life's most threatening medical conditions. Guidant is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana.
    September 28, 2004. This morning, Senior Analyst Jason Wittes resumed coverage of Medtronic, Inc. (NYSE:MDT) and of Guidant Corporation (NYSE:GDT) with a Market Perform rating
    About Leerink Swann & Company
    Leerink Swann & Company is an investment banking firm that provides healthcare equity research, corporate finance, and asset management services for institutional and high-net-worth clients. Leerink Swann & Company was voted the Best Firm in Biotechnology, Health Care Facilities, Medical Supplies and Devices, Pharmaceuticals/Major and Pharmaceuticals/Specialty in the December 2003 Institutional Investor poll ranking the best boutique and regional firms by sector.
    Through its consulting affiliate, MEDACorp, Leerink Swann & Company provides biomedical-consulting services to Life Sciences companies and to the institutional investment community. Its consulting business is comprised of 11,000 practicing biomedical professionals at the leading academic institutions and medical centers throughout the US. Leerink Swann & Company is a member NASD/SIPC.

    A financial institution that deals primarily with raising capital, corporate mergers and acquisitions, and securities trades.
    A financial intermediary that performs a variety of services. This includes underwriting, acting as an intermediary between an issuer of securities and the investing public, facilitating mergers and other corporate reorganizations, and also acting as a broker for institutional clients.
    The role ...

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