Tel Aviv, Israel – May 12, 2021 – InspireMD, Inc. (NYSE American: NSPR), developer of the CGuard™ Embolic Prevention System (EPS) for the prevention of stroke caused by the treatment of Carotid Artery Disease (CAD), today announced it has appointed seasoned marketing executive Kathryn (Katie) Arnold to its Board of Directors. With more than two decades of strategy and commercialization experience within the medical device industry, Ms. Arnold joins as the company advances global commercialization and enrollment in the U.S. IDE trial of its novel CGuard EPS technology.
“We are pleased to welcome Katie to the InspireMD Board. She is a proven marketing professional with a track record for delivering flawless launch execution and implementing key business strategies,” commented Paul Stuka, Chairman of the InspireMD Board. “Her wealth of knowledge and strong leadership will be instrumental in guiding our strategic plan and expand our commercial footprint.”
Ms. Arnold is the Founder and CEO of SPRIG Consulting, a strategic marketing consulting firm with over a decade of success in the medical space. Since its inception, the firm has engaged with over 200 medical companies ranging from venture-backed startups to Fortune 500 companies. Prior to founding SPRIG, Ms. Arnold held sales and marketing management roles with Guidant Corporation (acquired by Abbott Laboratories and Boston Scientific) and Kensey Nash Corporation (acquired by Spectranetics Corporation / Royal Philips). She has managed vascular and endovascular businesses, built strong commercial teams, and led numerous successful global product launches. Additionally, Ms. Arnold is an adjunct faculty member at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University where she teaches a course specific to medical product commercialization and financing. Ms. Arnold received a bachelor of arts in environmental science from the University of Vermont and a master’s degree from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
“I am excited to be joining InspireMD’s board at a time of significant organic growth and expansion through commercial and business development activities,” says Ms. Arnold. “Despite advances in the stenting space, a clear unmet need remains for a solution that effectively treats carotid artery disease. I am very impressed with the unique design of the CGuard stent and the robust clinical data validating its performance. I am excited to work with the management team and the board as we maximize opportunities for the company to reduce the worldwide stroke burden and transform the treatment of carotid artery disease.”
About InspireMD, Inc.
InspireMD seeks to utilize its proprietary MicroNet® technology to make its products the industry standard for carotid stenting by providing outstanding acute results and durable, stroke-free, long-term outcomes.
As of May 21, 2021, InspireMD’s common stock will be quoted on the Nasdaq under the ticker symbol NSPR.
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