TEL AVIV, Israel, April 9, 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 Robert Ratini as its Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Mr. Ratini will develop and lead all global marketing strategies for InspireMD's proprietary stent system technology, MGuard™. Mr. Ratini will join InspireMD full time on June 1, 2012.
Mr. Ratini has over 20 years of experience in leadership roles in the medical device industry. He was previously Director of Marketing at Orbusneich Medical Hoevelaken in the Netherlands. Prior to that, he served as Vice President of Global Marketing and EMEA Sales at Biosensors International, Switzerland, where he established a global sales and marketing department and led the launch of the BioMatrix™ drug eluding stent. His experience also includes positions at Abbott Vascular Europe, CardiacAssist Inc., Europe and Boston Scientific, Switzerland. He also spent 10 years at Haemonetics SA, Switzerland, where his roles included Director of Marketing (Europe), Manager of Product Development, surgical division, and Software Development Engineer. Furthermore, Mr. Ratini has served as an independent business consultant, providing consulting services and advice to medical technology companies in Switzerland and France.
Ofir Paz, Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of InspireMD, commented, "We are pleased to welcome Robert to InspireMD, as he brings a vast array of skills and expertise to our management team. His appointment is a critical step in our efforts to strengthen and expand the sales and marketing infrastructure for MGuard™ and his experience will help us overcome the challenge of establishing MGuard™ as a significant product in the stent market. We look forward to the strategic contributions and the fresh insights Robert will bring during this exciting time for InspireMD."
"I am very pleased to join InspireMD, as the Company prepares for global commercialization of MGuard™," said Mr. Ratini. "I believe that MGuard™ is an exciting product with the potential of filling a large unmet need and becoming the standard of care for the interventional treatment of Acute MI patients."
Mr. Ratini holds a Master of Computer Sciences from the University of Applied Sciences (HES-SO) in Bienne, Switzerland and a Swiss Federal Diploma of Electronics from Ecole Technique Neuchâtel. In addition, he studied International Marketing at INSEAD in Paris and Management at CQM, Cambridge, USA.
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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