NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 5, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/  -- Pathfinder Therapeutics, a medical device company with first to market products for "surgical GPS" of the abdomen, is pleased to announce that it has hired Jim Cloar as President and CEO, effective immediately. Mr. Cloar previously held the position of General Manager of the Navigation and Imaging division at Medtronic. Under his leadership, the division globally launched numerous new products in the field of Cranial Neurosurgery, ENT, Spine and Orthopedics. Jim's leadership provided the drive to successfully acquire and integrate Breakaway Imaging, expand partnerships with synergistic organizations and develop a highly successful service organization leading to rapid growth during a very difficult time for capital equipment. Mr. Cloar has held increasingly complex leadership positions in device company leaders including Medtronic Sofamor Danek, Depuy Orthopaedics, Smith & Nephew and C. R. Bard.
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"We conducted a nationwide search to find the best leader at this critical time in our company's history, to take the company to the next level of commercial success," said Marc Buntaine, Executive Chairman of Pathfinder. "We are thrilled to have Jim on board, and we look forward to exciting growth for the company."
Mr. Cloar takes this key leadership role in advance of the American Hepato Pancreato-Billary Association (AHPBA) conference, where Pathfinder will showcase their image-guided liver surgical products utilized across the United States in leading cancer centers daily. The first installations of Pathfinder's systems are at UPMC, Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Barnes Jewish Hospital and NIH.
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