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Four new senior executives will support growth strategy focused on multi-channel EsoGuard commercialization
NEW YORK, May 06, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- PAVmed Inc. (Nasdaq: PAVM, PAVMZ) (“PAVmed” or the “Company”), a highly differentiated, multi-product, commercial-stage medical technology company, today announced that its major subsidiary Lucid Diagnostics Inc. (“Lucid” or the “Company”) has substantially expanded its commercial leadership team, adding four senior industry veterans to support one pillar of its growth strategy focused on expanding commercialization of its EsoGuard® Esophageal DNA Test across multiple channels.
“Shaun O’Neil, our Chief Commercial Officer, and I are delighted to welcome four new members of our commercial leadership team,” said Lishan Aklog M.D., Lucid’s Executive Chairman and PAVmed’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Each of these highly experienced professionals will play a critical role in helping us execute our recently announced growth strategy, which expands the commercialization of our groundbreaking EsoGuard diagnostic test across multiple channels by targeting primary care physicians and consumers in addition to GI specialists.”
“Messrs. Rubano, Ridge, Denney and Wickern bring over seventy-five years of collective commercial experience, each with specific skills and expertise directly relevant to our ongoing EsoGuard commercialization efforts, including in sales and marketing, sales training, market access, reimbursement and payor coverage,” Dr. Aklog continued.
John Rubano – Director of Sales
Mr. Rubano brings two decades of sales and marketing experience, the majority in the medical device industry. He has held various leadership roles in which he was responsible for building high performance sales teams, commercializing disruptive medical technologies, including the market leading Barrx technology to treat dysplastic Barrett’s Esophagus, an esophageal precancer. Most notably, he spent over a decade in the gastroenterology space at Medtronic and Barrx Medical (acquired by Covidien and subsequently acquired by Medtronic) where he was a perennial recipient of sales performance awards. He previously specialized in endoluminal interventions and diagnostics at Boston Scientific Endourology.
Mr. Rubano will oversee a growing Lucid team of full-time regional sales managers and independent sales representatives who currently call on GI specialists. He will lead the expansion of Lucid’s sales team to include two groups of full-time territory managers, one calling on GI specialists and the other on primary care physicians. He will work closely with the executive leadership team as Lucid builds its own network of EsoCheck testing sites to accommodate EsoGuard referrals from primary care physicians and patient self-referrals.
John Ridge – VP, Market Access and Reimbursement
Mr. Ridge brings twenty-five years of experience as a leader in the complex area of market access and reimbursement for diagnostic tests, with a proven track record of success securing insurance reimbursement and driving revenue. He notably served as Senior Director of Reimbursement and Managed Care at Exact Sciences at an important period during which he secured coding, payment, and coverage for its Cologuard early cancer detection test, including through the CMS and FDA Parallel Review Process. He had similar success in senior-level positions at multiple other companies including at Roche Diagnostics, Ventana Medical Systems and WL Gore. He is an acknowledged expert in his area, having published and lectured extensively on reimbursement and market access across the U.S.
Mr. Ridge will oversee EsoGuard market access and reimbursement activities at a similarly important period for Lucid which recently secured effective CMS payment of $1938.01 and awaits CMS local coverage determination. He will also leverage his experience by advancing the important task of securing EsoGuard private payor insurance payment and coverage. He will lead Lucid’s first advisory board meeting of private payor medical directors scheduled for later this month.
Brian Denney – National Sales Training Manager
Mr. Denney brings over two decades of experience in medical device sales and sales training, including over a decade in the gastroenterology space. He notably served as an area sales director and national sales training manager at CDx Diagnostics, which markets the widely utilized WATS3D device, a proprietary upper GI endoscopic tool to enhance the diagnosis of Barrett’s Esophagus. He had previously led training of large sales teams at multiple other companies including EndoChoice, Baxter and J&J-Synthes.
Mr. Denney oversees sales training of Lucid’s rapidly expanding full-time and independent sales teams. He also serves as Lucid’s Central regional business manager.
Paul Wickern – Strategic Accounts Manager
Mr. Wickern brings over a decade of experience in gastroenterology sales. He also comes to Lucid from CDx Diagnostics, where he served as a regional sales manager and grew WATS3D device sales in his region over 700% in just over two years. He previously served in sales roles at Cogentix Medical and one of its predecessors, Vision Sciences, a transnasal endoscopy company, where he won multiple awards for sales performance in his territory. Mr. Wickern also brings a strong clinical perspective to his role having served as a surgical tech earlier in his career, assisting in thousands of oncology procedures.
Mr. Wickern serves as Lucid’s Strategic Account Manager overseeing the targeting, opening and support of major strategic accounts across the U.S. He also serves as regional business manager covering Texas and surrounding states.
About PAVmed and Lucid
PAVmed Inc. is a highly differentiated, multi-product, commercial-stage medical technology company with a diversified product pipeline addressing unmet clinical needs encompassing a broad spectrum of clinical areas with attractive regulatory pathways and market opportunities. Its major subsidiary, Lucid Diagnostics Inc., markets the first and only commercial tools for widespread early detection of esophageal precancer and cancer – the EsoGuard® Esophageal DNA Test and EsoCheck® Esophageal Cell Collection Device. Its GI Health division also includes the complementary EsoCure™ Esophageal Ablation Device with Caldus™ Technology. Its Minimally Invasive Interventions markets its CarpX® Minimally Invasive Device for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. Other divisions include Infusion Therapy (PortIO™ Implantable Intraosseus Vascular Access Device and NextFlo™ Intravenous Infusion Set), and Emerging Innovations (non-invasive laser-based glucose monitoring, pediatric ear tubes, and mechanical circulatory support). For more information, please visit www.pavmed.com, follow us on Twitter, connect with us on LinkedIn, and watch our videos on YouTube. For more information on our majority owned subsidiary, Lucid Diagnostics Inc., please visit www.luciddx.com, follow Lucid on Twitter, and connect with Lucid on LinkedIn. For detailed information on EsoGuard, please visit www.EsoGuard.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
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