TEL AVIV, Israel, Jan. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- InspireMD, Inc. (OTC BB: NSPR) (the "Company" or "InspireMD"), a medical device company focusing on the development and commercialization of its proprietary stent platform technology for use in patients with Acute Myocardial Infarctions, today announced the appointment of Dr. James Barry to its Board of Directors as an independent director. Dr. Barry is an experienced medical technology executive and former senior executive at Boston Scientific with a proven track record of bringing products to market, including the TAXUS® paclitaxel-eluting coronary stent.
Ofir Paz, InspireMD's Chief Executive Officer and co-founder, commented, "We are pleased to have Dr. Barry join the Board of Directors. His extensive medical technology experience and reputation, in particular with interventional cardiology products, will be great assets to InspireMD. As we move forward with the further development of our MGuard™ stent technology and position the company for worldwide commercial launch, we continue to seek out seasoned industry experts who can provide support and guidance."
"I am thrilled about joining InspireMD's Board at this exciting stage in the Company's development," said Dr. Barry. "I believe that InspireMD is poised to become an important global player in interventional cardiology and look forward to assisting in the Company's advancement."
Dr. Barry has over 20 years of experience in leadership roles in the medical device industry. He is currently Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Arsenal Medical Inc. Prior to joining Arsenal, Dr. Barry was Senior Vice President, Corporate Technology Development at Boston Scientific where he was in charge of the Corporate R&D and Pre-clinical Sciences functions. Dr. Barry joined Boston Scientific in 1992 and oversaw its efforts in the identification and development of drug, device and biological systems for applications with implantable and catheter-based delivery systems. Under Dr. Barry's leadership, the company developed the TAXUS® paclitaxel-eluting coronary stent that became one of the most successful medical devices launched, achieving first year sales in excess of $3 billion.
Prior to Boston Scientific, Dr. Barry worked at Howmedica (Division of Pfizer) and Kontron Instruments. He has authored multiple articles in peer reviewed publications, including several clinical journals in the cardiovascular field. He currently serves on a number of advisory boards including the College of Biomedical Engineering at Yale University, the College of Sciences at University of Massachusetts-Lowell, and the Massachusetts Life Science Center. Dr. Barry received his Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Massachusetts-Lowell and holds a B.A. degree in Chemistry from Saint Anselm College.
About InspireMD, Inc.
InspireMD is a medical device company focusing on the development and commercialization of its proprietary stent system technology, MGuard™. InspireMD intends to pursue applications of this technology in coronary, carotid and peripheral artery procedures. InspireMD's common stock is listed on the OTC BB under the ticker symbol "NSPR".
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