TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Titan Medical Inc. (Nasdaq: TMDI; TSX: TMD), a medical technology company focused on the development and commercialization of an innovative single access robotic-assisted surgery system, announced that President and Chief Executive Officer David McNally has stepped down as President and CEO, and resigned from the Board of Directors effective today. Paul Cataford, Chair of the Board, has been appointed Interim President and CEO and Anthony J. Giovinazzo will assume the role of Lead Independent Director of the Board. The Board intends to commence a search process in early 2022 to identify a permanent CEO.
Mr. Cataford has several years of medical device product development, regulatory affairs planning and execution, and partnership development experience. Most recently, Mr. Cataford was the CEO and co-founder of Zephyr Sleep Technologies Inc., a medical device company specializing in the treatment and diagnosis of sleep-disordered breathing. As CEO, Mr. Cataford has led teams which have completed clinical trials and cleared medical devices through the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) De Novo and 510(k) clearance processes and which have created internationally certified medical device manufacturing operations. Mr. Cataford has served on a number of public boards of directors at companies listed on the TSX, Nasdaq and TSXV including Sierra Wireless, Inc., Trakopolis IoT Corp., SemiBioSys Genetics Inc., and AGJunction Inc. Mr. Cataford has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Queen’s University, an MBA specializing in Finance from Schulich School of Business at York University, and is a graduate of the Institute of Corporate Directors - Directors College, Rotman School of Business at the University of Toronto.
“We continue to be impressed with Titan’s strong fundamentals and look forward to starting clinical trials,” said Mr. Cataford. “With the development of the EnosTM robotic single access surgical system, we look to provide an enhanced experience for surgeons and patients in robotic assisted surgery. Furthermore, as an innovation leader in robotic surgery, our significant and growing intellectual property portfolio of over 190 patents and applications provide potential licensing opportunities in addition to the subset that has been licensed to Medtronic. The company’s entire IP portfolio, including those patents licensed to Medtronic, may be used in the company’s own products and services.”
“On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank David McNally for his service to the company; he has assembled a talented and capable management team and built a strong relationship with Medtronic” stated Mr. Cataford. “I look forward to working closely with this team and Medtronic to execute near-term priorities, such as the completion of the final Medtronic milestone associated with the development and license agreement by year end 2021. Additionally, Titan looks to secure additional funding in 2022, and to file the IDE application with the FDA, which upon receipt of approval would allow us to commence the clinical study for the Enos system,” concluded Mr. Cataford.
Investor Audio Webcast Information
Titan Medical will host an investor audio webcast at 8:30 a.m. ET tomorrow, December 2, 2021, to discuss today’s news. The webcast can be accessed via the Investor Relations section of the company’s website www.titanmedicalinc.com.
About Titan Medical
Titan Medical Inc. (Nasdaq: TMDI; TSX: TMD), a medical technology company headquartered in Toronto, Ontario and with product development and regulatory affairs activities at its facility in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, is focused on enhancing robotic assisted surgery using innovative technology through a single access point. The Enos™ robotic single access surgical system is being developed with an ergonomic focus to provide a surgical experience that imitates real-life movements that surgeons demand and includes multi-articulating instruments designed to allow surgeons an increased range of motion in a confined space, with dexterity and the ability to exert the forces necessary to complete common surgical tasks. With the Enos system, Titan intends to initially pursue gynecologic surgical indications. Certain aspects of Titan’s robotic assisted surgical technologies and related intellectual property have been licensed to Medtronic plc, while retaining world-wide rights to commercialize the technologies for use with the Enos system.
Enos™ is a trademark of Titan Medical Inc.
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