Healthcare Industry News: Kensey Nash
News Release - August 13, 2008
Spectranetics Takes Steps Targeted at Accelerating Vascular Intervention GrowthPromotes Sales VP with Proven Track Record, Streamlines Organization and Renews Focus on New Product Development
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Spectranetics Corporation (Nasdaq: SPNC ) today announced several organizational changes within its vascular intervention (VI) business designed to strengthen its leadership team, streamline the sales management organization, and focus on new product development.
The Company has also eliminated the Sales Director – VI position in order to flatten the sales management organization and enable Ms. Vaughan to work more closely with the Regional Managers that were previously reporting to two Sales Directors.
John Schulte, President and CEO of Spectranetics, commented, “I would like to thank Steve Okland for his significant contributions to the growth in our business during the last few years. Under his leadership and direction, our sales organization in the United States has expanded from 55 sales professionals when he joined the Company to its current level of 110 sales professionals.
“I’m very pleased to announce our new vascular-intervention leadership team. Mike’s demonstrated leadership, particularly within marketing and product development, combined with Jennifer’s sales-management abilities are ideally suited to lead our vascular-intervention business. Although we have continuing confidence in the strength of our vascular-intervention business, which has grown 28% through the first half of the year compared with the same period last year, we are particularly disappointed with sales of our TURBO-Booster™ product. We plan to address this with continuing sales focus under a strengthened sales-management team, as well as new product-development programs. We are in the early design phase of the next-generation TURBO-Booster™ and also are developing a new product to extend our QuickCross support catheter product line, which has been a growth driver within the vascular intervention business over the last several years. Lastly, we are steadfast in our commitment to sustained profitability as evidenced by the streamlining of our sales management structure. Further, we have taken additional steps to moderate growth in selling, general and administrative expenses during the second half of the year without compromising our ability to grow revenue."
Founded in 1984, Spectranetics manufactures and sells the only excimer laser approved in the United States, Europe and Japan for use in minimally invasive cardiovascular procedures. This technology treats complex cardiovascular conditions by photo-ablating multiple lesion types into tiny particles that are easily absorbed into the blood stream. The Company’s disposable catheters use high-energy “cool” ultraviolet light to vaporize arterial blockages in the legs and heart, as well as scar tissue encapsulating pacing and defibrillation leads. For more information visit www.spectranetics.com.
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