On January 24th, 2011 TE announced that it had hired Rich (you don't mind if I call you Rich) Mueller as CTO. TransEnterix is a company that specializes in the development of minimally invasive surgical devices situated in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, also better known as the Raleigh area.
You know that famous saying, "one man's loss is another man's treasure." Well Todd Pope, CEO of TE has landed himself someone that truly knows the business and is one of the good guys in our industry. Rich gave five years (a lifetime) of his and his family's life to NuVasive, and as much as one has to love the San Diego area, it was time to move on. In addition to having NuVasive on his resume, Rich spent many years working at Theken (pronounced Taken if I may add and don't you forget it) Surgical as an integral member in developing their pedicle screw system and other systems.
In addition to the aforementioned companies, Rich also worked for Volk Optical and Proctor and Gamble. Good luck in your future endeavors, Go Tarheel's Go!