Hansen Medical Appoints Will Sutton as Chief Operating Officer Responsible for Engineering and Manufacturing
MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 02/14/13 -- Hansen Medical, Inc. (NASDAQ: HNSN), a global leader in intravascular robotics, today announced the recent appointment of Will Sutton to the newly created position of Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Sutton will report directly to Bruce Barclay, President and Chief Executive Officer. His responsibilities will include the management and oversight of the engineering and manufacturing functions. The creation of this position provides the benefit of enhanced collaboration on product development and manufacturing, which is consistent with the Company's strategic imperative to bringing new, innovative products and capabilities to the market with improved product margins.
Mr. Sutton brings over 25 years of product development and manufacturing experience in the medical technology industry. Prior to joining Hansen Medical, Mr. Sutton served in increasingly senior positions at St. Jude Medical over the past 10 years. In his most recent role as Vice President of Research and Development of the Atrial Fibrillation (AF) Division, Mr. Sutton directed day-to-day and strategic R&D activities for global interventional electrophysiology products and was responsible for managing a department of 270 employees across five locations, as well as a portfolio of over 30 annual projects. During his six years in this role, revenue in the AF Division of St. Jude Medical grew more than six-fold from $145 million to over $880 million. Earlier in his career at St. Jude Medical, he served as the Director of R&D for the Cardiac Surgery Division and Vice President of Program Management for the AF Division, where he was responsible for overseeing day-to-day strategic R&D activities and ensuring project performance to timeline, budget, features, and success metrics.
Mr. Sutton has also held multiple executive management positions in both R&D and manufacturing at Vascular Solutions, Urologix and C.R. Bard. He began his career as a development engineer in the Diagnostics Division of Abbott Labs, and holds a B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.
"Will has extensive operations, research, product development, and manufacturing experience in the medical technology space, both in capital equipment and disposables, and within both the EP and vascular markets," said Bruce, President and CEO of Hansen Medical. "His background is ideal for the newly created COO position. As Hansen Medical sharpens its operational and commercial focus, it is imperative that we have the organizational structure, and experienced leadership to maximize profitability and ensure long-term commercial success. Will's appointment, as well as the recently announced appointment of Bob Cathcart to the position of Senior Vice President of Global Sales, provides Hansen Medical with two additional, highly experienced senior executives with proven commercial success in support of this objective. I am confident that Will's expertise will be invaluable to our Company as we expand the launch of our Magellan Robotic System, and continue to advance our product pipeline."
"I am excited to join the Hansen Medical team at such an important inflection point in the Company's history," said Mr. Sutton. "I look forward to utilizing my experience in operations management, research, product development, and manufacturing to help Hansen Medical achieve operational and commercial excellence."
About Hansen Medical, Inc.
Hansen Medical, Inc., based in Mountain View, California, is the global leader in intravascular robotics, developing products and technology designed to enable the accurate positioning, manipulation and control of catheters and catheter-based technologies. The Company's Magellan Robotic System, Magellan Robotic Catheter and related accessories, which are intended to facilitate navigation to anatomical targets in the peripheral vasculature and subsequently provide a conduit for manual placement of therapeutic devices, have undergone both CE marking and 510(k) clearance and are commercially available in the European Union, and the U.S. In the European Union, the Company's Sensei® X Robotic Catheter System and Artisan Control Catheter are cleared for use during electrophysiology (EP) procedures, such as guiding catheters in the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF), and the Lynx® Robotic Ablation Catheter is cleared for the treatment of AF. This robotic catheter system is compatible with fluoroscopy, ultrasound, 3D surface map and patient electrocardiogram data. In the U.S. the Company's Sensei X Robotic Catheter System and Artisan Control Catheter were cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for manipulation and control of certain mapping catheters in EP procedures. In the United States, the Sensei System is not approved for use in guiding ablation procedures; this use remains experimental. The U.S. product labeling therefore provides that the safety and effectiveness of the Sensei X System and Artisan Control Catheter for use with cardiac ablation catheters in the treatment of cardiac arrhythmias, including AF, have not been established. Additional information can be found at www.hansenmedical.com.
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