SAN CLEMENTE, CA / ACCESSWIRE / October 30, 2019 / ReShape Lifesciences Inc. (OTCQB:RSLS), a leading developer and distributor of minimally invasive medical devices to treat obesity and metabolic diseases, announced today the appointment of Thomas Stankovich as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) effective immediately.
"We are happy to have Tom join our senior leadership team as CFO," commented Bart Bandy, President and Chief Executive Officer of ReShape Lifesciences. "ReShape is in the midst of a broad transition as we re-establish our organization and our products in the marketplace and Tom's background of successfully leading financial organizations of life science companies through all stages of growth is a welcome and highly valued addition that we believe will advance our future growth."
Mr. Stankovich has over 25 years of executive leadership experience as the CFO for multiple public and private healthcare companies. Tom has spent the past nine years as the Global Senior Vice President and CFO of MP Biomedicals, a life sciences and molecular biology-diagnostics company. At MP Biomedicals he was responsible for financial planning and reporting, financial operations and strategy development along with the acquisition and integration of two international companies. Prior to MP Biomedicals, Tom served as CFO at Response Genetics where he successfully led the company through their initial public offering. Additionally, he served as CFO for Cobalis Corporation and for Ribapharm, where he also led the company through their initial public offering, which at the time became the second largest ever IPO in the biotechnology sector. Tom also held CFO positions at ICN International, which later changed names to Valeant Pharmaceuticals.
Mr. Stankovich is also the recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor for work completed in Eastern Europe related to U.S. capital markets and financial transformation. This honor is awarded annually to a group of distinguished American citizens who exemplify a life dedicated to community service.
"I am very excited to be joining the ReShape team," commented Thomas Stankovich, Chief Financial Officer of ReShape Lifesciences. "This is a pivotal time for the company and I look forward to the opportunity to work with this quality team and to have an impact on the future progress and growth of the company."
About ReShape Lifesciences Inc.
ReShape Lifesciences™ is a medical device company focused on technologies to treat obesity and metabolic diseases. The FDA-approved Lap-Band® Adjustable Gastric Banding System is designed to provide minimally invasive long-term treatment of severe obesity and is an alternative to more invasive surgical stapling procedures such as the gastric bypass or sleeve gastrectomy. The ReShape Vest™ System is an investigational, minimally invasive, laparoscopically implanted medical device that wraps around the stomach, emulating the gastric volume reduction effect of conventional weight-loss surgery, and is intended to enable rapid weight loss in obese and morbidly obese patients without permanently changing patient anatomy.
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