MENLO PARK, Calif., June 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- XTENT, Inc. announced today that Christopher M. Smith and Arthur T. Taylor have been appointed to the company's board of directors.
"We expect to benefit greatly from the complementary skill sets that Chris and Art will add to our board of directors," said Gregory D. Casciaro, XTENT's President and CEO. "Both are medical device industry veterans whose experience and insight will be invaluable as we move toward commercialization of the Custom NX(R) Drug Eluting Stent System."
Smith is currently president of Cochlear Americas, a developer of implantable hearing devices. From October 2003 to August 2004, he was a consultant for Warburg Pincus, a private equity firm. From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Smith served as group president for Gyrus Group Plc, (a UK listed company), and as president and CEO-Director of Gyrus Medical. Smith, who currently serves on the board of a private company, received his B.S. in Journalism and Marketing from Texas A&M University.
Taylor served as a senior executive at Kyphon Products, Spinal & Biologics Business at Medtronic Inc. from November 2007 to May 2008. Prior to that, he was chief operating officer of Kyphon, a medical device company, from 2006 until the company's acquisition by Medtronic in November 2007, having served as chief financial officer of Kyphon from 2004 to 2006. Prior to joining Kyphon, he was senior vice president and chief financial officer of Terayon Communication Systems (subsequently acquired by Motorola), a broadband access and video processing technology company. Taylor holds a B.S. in Business Administration from San Diego State University and an M.B.A. from the University of Southern California.
Robert "Robin" Bellas of Morgenthaler Ventures, a founding venture capital investor in XTENT and a board member since 2002, will leave his board position this month as the new members assume their duties. "Robin's support and service to XTENT since our first days as a company have been invaluable. We are grateful for his guidance and contributions to our growth and maturation as a company," added Casciaro.
XTENT, Inc. is a medical device company focused on developing and commercializing innovative customizable drug eluting stent (DES) systems for the treatment of coronary artery disease (CAD). CAD is the most common form of cardiovascular disease and the number one cause of death in the United States and Europe. XTENT(R) Custom NX(R) DES Systems are designed to enable the treatment of single lesions, long lesions and multiple lesions of varying lengths and diameters, in one or more arteries with a single device.
Forward Looking Statements
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