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  • Reply to

    Preparing for commercial launch

    by robosurg Feb 10, 2015 2:15 AM
    pharmaapproved pharmaapproved Feb 11, 2015 9:06 AM Flag

    Inns, I hope your'e right. For some reason it seems like contract reps are much more motivated than in-house reps, not always though. Anyway, something tells me Brad has a lot of the right connections and will serve us well. I still believe the Docs themselves will be our best sales reps! I was more curious as to where they are listing these jobs at to get a feel of what requirements they're looking for. There has been no mention on their website or anywhere else I have looked mentioning they're hiring.

  • Reply to

    Preparing for commercial launch

    by robosurg Feb 10, 2015 2:15 AM
    pharmaapproved pharmaapproved Feb 10, 2015 5:20 PM Flag

    Can you tell us if they're using in-house or contract reps? And if they are using in-house reps do you know what resources they're using to hire? I have been checking daily on their website and other sources to see if they where hiring. TIA

  • Reply to

    ETRM

    by pcuauhtemoc Feb 10, 2015 9:35 AM
    pharmaapproved pharmaapproved Feb 10, 2015 5:18 PM Flag

    Speaking for myself. I am an investor, rarely trader, private I, researcher, weather man, air traffic controller you get the point, I like to know where my money is parked. When I'm told my money is leaving Minnesota headed for New York to mingle with more money, I pay attention! So when I'm told at the last minute when skies are clear over Minnesota, and flights to and from New York are running pretty normal they're not attending, I question their reasoning! That's where the "part-time weather man, part-time air traffic controller guy comes out in me!"

    One poster suggested they should have said "The dog ate his presentation!" And others have suggested why are they telling us this in a filing with the SEC? Did they tell us they where attending this event with an SEC filing? A simple PR would have been the route to go! A truthful one at that. Why leave us guessing when it's easily verifiable that "weather" with almost 100% certainty did not play a role in canceling.

    I have to date given the company time, and will continue giving them time to do what is needed making vbloc the huge success I think it can be. But these amateurish mistakes need to be cleaned up.

  • Reply to

    Very suspicious , what's really going on??

    by pharmaapproved Feb 9, 2015 7:29 AM
    pharmaapproved pharmaapproved Feb 9, 2015 3:32 PM Flag

    From the looks of things people need to pull out their maps. New York has been spared for the most part from any of the bad weather that Boston or surrounding are seeing. And again there have been no flights from Minn to New York affected by the weather.

  • Reply to

    Very suspicious , what's really going on??

    by pharmaapproved Feb 9, 2015 7:29 AM
    pharmaapproved pharmaapproved Feb 9, 2015 3:05 PM Flag

    Assuming he was departing from Minneapolis/St Paul early this morning. All flights from Minneapolis to New York are on schedule and have been all morning.
    Minneapolis-St Paul International/Wold-Chamberlain Airport (MSP)
    FAA Status: Normal
    General Departure Delays: Traffic is experiencing gate hold and taxi delays lasting 15 minutes or less.
    =======================================================
    John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
    FAA Status: Normal
    General Departure Delays: Traffic is experiencing gate hold and taxi delays lasting 15 minutes or less.
    General Arrival Delays: Arrival traffic is experiencing airborne delays of 15 minutes or less.
    ========================================================
    La Guardia Airport (LGA)
    FAA Status: Advisory
    Due to WEATHER / SNOW-ICE, there is a Traffic Management Program in effect for traffic arriving La Guardia Airport, New York, NY (LGA).
    General Departure Delays: Because a traffic management program is delaying some arriving flights, departing flight schedules may be affected. Check with your airline to determine if your flight is affected.

    General Arrival Delays: Due to WX:Snow/Ice, arrival traffic is experiencing airborne delay between 16 minutes and 30 minutes

  • Reply to

    My two cents on CANCELLATION.....

    by adelfig Feb 9, 2015 9:01 AM
    pharmaapproved pharmaapproved Feb 9, 2015 9:14 AM Flag

    No one else seems to be having travel troubles who are attending.

    John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
    FAA Status: Normal
    General Departure Delays: Traffic is experiencing gate hold and taxi delays lasting 15 minutes or less.

    General Arrival Delays: Arrival traffic is experiencing airborne delays of 15 minutes or less.
    This information was last updated: Feb 9, 2015 at 0:57 PM GMT+00:00
    ========================================================
    La Guardia Airport (LGA)
    FAA Status: Advisory
    Due to WEATHER / SNOW-ICE, there is a Traffic Management Program in effect for traffic arriving La Guardia Airport, New York, NY (LGA).
    General Departure Delays: Because a traffic management program is delaying some arriving flights, departing flight schedules may be affected. Check with your airline to determine if your flight is affected.

    General Arrival Delays: Due to WX:Snow/Ice, arrival traffic is experiencing airborne delay between 16 minutes and 30 minutes

  • Reply to

    Very suspicious , what's really going on??

    by pharmaapproved Feb 9, 2015 7:29 AM
    pharmaapproved pharmaapproved Feb 9, 2015 8:11 AM Flag

    I agree something is not right here. I cannot think of one reason why they're not attending. Well maybe one, so lets see what we hear in the next week or so.

    John F Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
    FAA Status: Normal
    General Departure Delays: Traffic is experiencing gate hold and taxi delays lasting 15 minutes or less.

    General Arrival Delays: Arrival traffic is experiencing airborne delays of 15 minutes or less.
    This information was last updated: Feb 9, 2015 at 0:57 PM GMT+00:00
    ========================================================
    La Guardia Airport (LGA)
    FAA Status: Advisory
    Due to WEATHER / SNOW-ICE, there is a Traffic Management Program in effect for traffic arriving La Guardia Airport, New York, NY (LGA).
    General Departure Delays: Because a traffic management program is delaying some arriving flights, departing flight schedules may be affected. Check with your airline to determine if your flight is affected.

    General Arrival Delays: Due to WX:Snow/Ice, arrival traffic is experiencing airborne delay between 16 minutes and 30 minutes

  • "Due to inclement weather affecting travel schedules, the presentation by EnteroMedics Inc. (the "Company") at the 17th Annual BIO CEO & Investor Conference scheduled for February 9, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time, has been cancelled"

    The weather in Minnesota looks fine. There is some snow and ice moving into New York, but I don't see any flight cancellations. They where supposed to present at 10:30 this morning so you would think they would have gotten into the city sometime over the weekend. i just checked around and other companies who are on the schedule are still attending. Something doesn't add up. This is one of the largest events for "INVESTORS, BANKERS AND THE LIKES" with deep pockets and at the last minute you cancel because of a little bad weather?? More to the story imo, stay tuned!!

  • Reply to

    Catalysts

    by kislapmata55 Feb 8, 2015 7:42 AM
    pharmaapproved pharmaapproved Feb 8, 2015 12:55 PM Flag

    Follow up to your post. New info for some, reminder for others.

    The new operations guy Brad Hancock Creds:
    Was Vice President and General Manager of the International Neuromodulation Division at St. Jude Medical, a role in which he managed the sales, marketing, regulatory, clinical, reimbursement, and financial functions for spinal cord and deep brain stimulation therapies. Prior to St. Jude Medical, Mr. Hancock built a nearly 20 year career at Medtronic, as Vice President Neuromodulation where he Held responsibility for sales of pain and movement disorder products to Neurosurgeons, Neurologist and Interventional Pain Physicians. Tasked with delivering consistent strong revenue growth through market share gain and market development. Brad integrated the Movement Disorder and Pain divisions into a single entity. Expanded the US Sales organization by 157 managers and sales reps to support rapid growth.

    "He successfully launched new Spinal Cord Simulator, Deep Brain Simulator, and Programmable Pump. Exceeding operating profit and maintaining margins during his tenure."

  • Reply to

    Conference on Monday

    by biotia Feb 5, 2015 10:28 AM
    pharmaapproved pharmaapproved Feb 6, 2015 12:51 PM Flag

    Agree with Warren $8k - $10K although this could be slightly lower initially. They said there would be incentives for early birds!

  • pharmaapproved pharmaapproved Feb 6, 2015 12:26 PM Flag

    Thanks Dr. for sharing and like you hope all docs are reading this.

    I know this is off topic and will not be well liked on this post, but I have a question for you. Would you mind openly or privately giving me your opinion of Vbloc?? There is a UCLA colleague of yours who speaks favorably about it, and your opinion would be much appreciated. Like I said, you can respond however you would like. This thread, a thread on ETRM board or privately, or not at all of course which I would understand.

  • Reply to

    Conference on Monday

    by biotia Feb 5, 2015 10:28 AM
    pharmaapproved pharmaapproved Feb 6, 2015 11:15 AM Flag

    Inns, If they're going it alone in the U.S. which at this moment seems to be the case, and they are indeed receiving far more interest than first thought, then yes, I could see more partnering hospitals being involved Remember though the "Mayo clinic network" is much larger than what we think when we think just mayo clinic.

    We know ETRM had envisioned rolling this out gradually, but when the news hit that the FDA approved the device it went viral, nationwide. ETRM wasn't ready for a nationwide roll out, so this should have them rethinking their roll out strategy.I believe the webinar was announced because of the "flood of calls!" This is going to be a great way to get all those interested in one place without having to send out multiple reps to meet with hundreds or thousands of doctors.

    I'm not sure what they do internationally. "Right now" I'm afraid any deal would be for peanuts until there are sales or more importantly a clearer path to reimbursement. I know they are working hard on Australian reimbursement and have someone in place who is working on it, so time will tell. Knudson has even said "I don't know why FDA approval has been a factor in this, and we will know more within the next Q/Q1/2"

    IMO: Any large deal with a partner will have to include U.S.

  • Reply to

    Conference on Monday

    by biotia Feb 5, 2015 10:28 AM
    pharmaapproved pharmaapproved Feb 6, 2015 9:53 AM Flag

    I'm hoping they discuss their financials Monday. At least putting that to rest for now. And if indeed they where raising funds as some of us suspect, that may be enough to drive us higher short term. Then the Q call should give us a clearer picture of how their roll out strategy is taking shape. I really hope they confirm for everyone on the call for all to hear what was said "Doctors are flooding them with calls who want to take part in offering the procedure" things like this are what investors big and small want to hear.

  • Reply to

    It is my opinionvious to me the

    by innsbrooklad Feb 3, 2015 5:04 PM
    pharmaapproved pharmaapproved Feb 5, 2015 4:54 PM Flag

    You know I deleted the post yesterday thinking we would let it go. But I see your'e still up to the same old #$%$! What's dumb is not reading articles, sec filings, or contacting the company when you have questions. All of which in one way or another you have admitted too. When the partnership or buy-out news hits the wires maybe then you'll understand why the company has been quite. They have told us all their going too, and what their market strategy is. And that's all we are going to get until some sort of announcement is made in the coming weeks.

  • Reply to

    It is my opinionvious to me the

    by innsbrooklad Feb 3, 2015 5:04 PM
    pharmaapproved pharmaapproved Feb 4, 2015 7:19 AM Flag

    Inns, I agree with just about everything you post. Like you I believe the company will be a success, and more importantly believe Vbloc will be a huge money maker for years to come. With that said, although flattered you give me far to much credit sometimes in your post as someone who knows more then I do. I'm just a regular guy who has been successful in the market by doing rigorous DD into the companies I invest in. I would say from reading your post for the past 7-8 months you are probably just as smart, if not smarter than I am when it comes to ETRM and how the market operates. Anyway, I have found the more people willing to share their DD makes us all smarter and more knowledgeable! I will continue to share my DD, opinions, thoughts, and what I pick up on from the various sources I use. I hope you and others will continue do the same as we keep the non-believers, and bashers like "splatguru" who's obviously only here for his love affair with Ade in check.

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  • Reply to

    VBOC Webinar

    by biotia Feb 3, 2015 10:00 AM
    pharmaapproved pharmaapproved Feb 3, 2015 1:44 PM Flag

    You: "I am not in the game of calling up companies to find out what should have released to the public nor do I have the time for that. It is an immature way to deal as a shareholder."

    "immature" I call it smart, staying on top my investments!
    ==================================================
    You: "Using terms that are open to ambiguity, unnamed persons."

    Unnamed person? Not true being it came from the company.

    Ambiguity? All I did was share with the board exactly what was said. You do realize the person i was in contact with is also the one taking questions from Doctors right?? Probably how she was able to disclose "they are being flooded with calls from doctors who are interested in proving the procedure!" Again, THOSE ARE NOT MY WORDS!!

  • Reply to

    VBOC Webinar

    by biotia Feb 3, 2015 10:00 AM
    pharmaapproved pharmaapproved Feb 3, 2015 11:21 AM Flag

    Good question, and not one that can be answered. However it does tell me maybe ETRM should re-think their roll-out strategy. ETRM wants to do a controlled roll-out over time which is fine But, I don't think they expected to have Docs from across the country who where going to be interested out the gate. I'm not sure why they where surprised though. Doctors are human and love the smell of money like we all do. Everyone's a winner here. The patients, Docs, and the facilities!! Investors in this ground floor opportunity are next!!

  • Reply to

    VBOC Webinar

    by biotia Feb 3, 2015 10:00 AM
    pharmaapproved pharmaapproved Feb 3, 2015 10:10 AM Flag

    Received my email confirmation this morning also. The nice thing is this event is for the "Doctors who have been flooding them with calls who want to be providers for the procedure, and the patients who are looking for a better alternative to having your insides altered or guts ripped apart!"

  • Reply to

    Pharma Biotia et al

    by innsbrooklad Feb 2, 2015 11:49 AM
    pharmaapproved pharmaapproved Feb 2, 2015 12:29 PM Flag

    I read it too, and agree reimbursement could come later this year. Something else I found encouraging was the FDA conducting their own study which played a role in their decision to approve Vbloc. Medicare already covers most options today. For this reason I believe Vbloc being less invasive while meeting the 5% or more threshold in weight loss will be next! Cheaper option for insurers with less risk!! If they have no intentions on selling the company, I would have to believe they are or will be working on the tweaking the device.

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