InspireMD, Inc. ("InspireMD" or the "Company") (OTC: NSPRD) announced that Michael Berman joined its board of directors.
Mr. Berman previously served as a Senior Vice President of Boston Scientific Corp., Group President of its cardiology businesses, and a member of the Executive Committee.
Since leaving Boston Scientific, Mr. Berman co-founded or was a founding director of seven medical technology companies, three of which were sold for more than $350 million, plus $100 million in contingent payments. He currently serves on the board of eight other medical industry companies.
Mr. Berman's career-long experience in the field of interventional cardiology began in 1986 when he joined Scimed (now part of Boston Scientific in the U.S.) and led its global marketing efforts during a dynamic growth phase of the company.
In 1995, after Scimed's merger with Boston Scientific, Mr. Berman was named President of the merged company, Boston Scientific/Scimed. By then, Scimed's annual revenues had grown from zero in 1986 to $300 million. Under his leadership as President, the company increased worldwide sales five-fold to $1.5 billion.
"We are delighted to welcome Mike to our board", said Sol J. Barer, PhD, Chairman of the Board of InspireMD. "He's been an incredibly successful executive and entrepreneur in the field of medical devices and interventional cardiology and he has the kind of skill sets, experience and wisdom we all feel will bring valuable insights in strengthening and advancing our strategic focus." "I am also delighted Mike has joined our board as we near an inflection point for the company in both the commercial and clinical dimensions of our business", added Alan Milinazzo, InspireMD's CEO.
"Mike brings a wealth of firsthand experience in building global medical device businesses. Further, having previously worked directly with and for Mike, I know his contributions to growing our business will be both immediate and impactful." Mr. Berman earned a BS degree in Industrial and Labor Relations and an MBA at Cornell University. He and his wife Judith, a professor of molecular genetics at the University of Minnesota, reside in Minneapolis and have two sons.
Mr. Berman has been involved with a number of trade and business associations including the American-Israel Chamber of Commerce, Memorial Blood Centers Business Advisory Group, and the University of Minnesota Institute of BioMedical Engineering.
In addition, he served as Chairman of the Minneapolis Jewish Community Foundation from 2002-2005, a board member of the Minneapolis Jewish Day School, a member of the American Heart Association Executive Leadership team in 2006-2007, and Corporate Chair of the Juvenile Diabetes Association 1997 Walkathon.
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About InspireMD, Inc.
InspireMD is a medical device company focusing on the development and commercialization of its proprietary stent system technology, MGuardT.
InspireMD intends to pursue applications of this technology in coronary, carotid and peripheral artery procedures. InspireMD's common stock is quoted on the OTC under the ticker symbol NSPRD.
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