Company Strengthens Leadership Team with Addition of Experienced Global Sales Executive
BOSTON, MA – December 2, 2013 – InspireMD Inc. (NYSE MKT: NSPR) (“InspireMD” or the “Company”), a leader in embolic protection systems, today announced the appointment of Rick Olson as Vice President of Global Sales Operations based in the United Kingdom.
Mr. Olson, 52, will be responsible for fully implementing the global sales strategy the Company has developed over the past several months. Also, his extensive experience in coronary, vascular and peripheral product sales will enable the Company to begin to advance commercial efforts across all three therapeutic areas.
Mr. Olson is a 25-year global sales, marketing and management executive with expertise in developing and executing strategies to achieve scalable growth for an array of novel medical device technology companies, including Boston Scientific and Covidien. Prior to joining InspireMD, Mr. Olson served as the Director of International Strategy and HPMS (High Performance Management System) at Covidien. Before it was acquired by Covidien, Mr. Olson was Director of International Neurovascular Marketing & Sales Force Development at ev3, Inc., where he initiated market development and sales execution strategies for all OUS markets. During his tenure with ev3, revenues increased from less than $5 million to over $400 million in sales leading up to the acquisition of ev3 by Covidien in 2008. Prior to that, Mr. Olson spent nine years at Boston Scientific where he served in various sales and marketing leadership positions both in Europe and the United States. Mr. Olson holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Oregon State University.
“We are delighted to have Rick join the team at this important time in the Company’s commercialization efforts” commented Alan Milinazzo, Chief Executive Officer of InspireMD. “Rick has a strong track record of building successful sales organizations in the coronary, vascular and peripheral therapeutic markets. His ability to positively lead our organization in all three therapeutic areas is a tremendous benefit to our commercial efforts as we enter the next phase of our selling activities. Further, Rick’s success in implementing highly efficient and successful sales strategies has spanned virtually all geographies. This allows us to advance our current market strategies but to evaluate new markets across all therapeutic areas.”
In connection with his appointment, InspireMD made an inducement grant to Mr. Olson pursuant to a stand-alone award agreement outside of InspireMD’s 2011 Umbrella Option Plan as an inducement material to Mr. Olson entering into employment with InspireMD in accordance with Section 711(a) of the NYSE MKT Company Guide. The inducement grant was approved by the compensation committee of InspireMD’s board of directors, which is comprised solely of independent directors. Mr. Olson’s inducement grant consists of a stock option to purchase up to 150,000 shares of InspireMD’s common stock, with a per share exercise price equal to the closing price of the Company’s common stock on December 2, 2013, the first trading day following the effective date of Mr. Olson’s employment with InspireMD. Mr. Olson’s option vests and becomes exercisable in three equal annual installments beginning on the one-year anniversary of the date of grant, subject to his continuous service through each vesting date. The option has a term of 10 years from the date of grant.
About Stenting and MGuard™ EPS
Standard stents were not engineered for heart attack patients. They were designed for treating stable angina patients whose occlusion is different from that of an occlusion in a heart attack patient.
In acute heart attack patients, the plaque or thrombus is unstable and often breaks up as the stent is implanted causing downstream blockages (some of which can be fatal) in a significant portion of heart attack patients.
The MGuard EPS is integrated with a precisely engineered micro net mesh that prevents the unstable arterial plaque and thrombus (clots) that caused the heart attack blockage from breaking off.
While offering superior performance relative to standard stents in STEMI patients with regard to ST segment resolution, the MGuard EPS requires no change in current physician practice – an important factor in promoting acceptance and general use in time-critical emergency settings.
The MGuard EPS is CE Mark approved. It is not approved for sale in the U.S. by the FDA at this time. This release is for the sole purpose of informing the investing community and is no way intended to market or promote the MGuard EPS or any other InspireMD product to consumers or prospective patients in the U.S
About InspireMD, Inc.
InspireMD seeks to utilize its proprietary MGuard™ technology to make its products the industry standard for embolic protection stents and to provide a superior solution to the key clinical issues of current stenting in patients with a high risk of distal embolization, no reflow and major adverse cardiac events.
InspireMD intends to pursue applications of this technology in coronary, carotid and peripheral artery procedures. InspireMD’s common stock is quoted on the NYSE MKT under the ticker symbol NSPR.
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