Bill Little, previously Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Neovasc, Inc. through its acquisition by Shockwave Medical in April 2023, will lead efforts to forge further strategic collaborations in newly created Executive Vice President (EVP) of Corporate Development and Strategy role
Andrew Taylor joins as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) with over 20 years of CFO experience with emerging growth companies, the last 15 of which were spent in the medical device sector
NEW HOPE, Pa., June 07, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Orchestra BioMed Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: OBIO, “Orchestra BioMed” or the “Company”), a biomedical company accelerating high-impact technologies to patients through risk-reward sharing partnerships, today announced the appointment of Bill Little as EVP of Corporate Development and Strategy and Andrew Taylor as CFO. Mr. Taylor succeeds former CFO Michael Kaswan, who will continue as a consultant to the Company during a transition period.
“It’s an honor to welcome Bill and Andrew to our executive team, two highly experienced medical device industry executives with a strong appreciation for our partnership-driven innovation and growth strategy,” said David Hochman, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Founder of Orchestra BioMed. “Bill brings an extraordinary depth of knowledge, expertise and relationships in the cardiovascular device industry that we believe will help us identify further opportunities to apply our business model for bringing medical innovations to life. Andrew and I have a long-standing professional relationship spanning more than six years, during which time he has proven to be a talented financial leader with highly relevant operational, capital markets and strategic perspective and experience. We look forward to generating additional value for our stakeholders with the aid of Bill and Andrew’s leadership. We are also very grateful to Mike for his many contributions, which helped us build a strong balance sheet to adeptly enter the public markets.”
The Orchestra BioMed business model is centered on risk-reward sharing partnerships to advance innovative medical technologies to market. The appointment of Mr. Little marks the establishment of a formal corporate development function within Orchestra BioMed focused on driving strategy for additional potential strategic collaborations and pipeline expansion. Mr. Little most recently served as COO at Neovasc, where he drove its successful acquisition by Shockwave Medical in April 2023. Prior to joining Neovasc in 2019, he spent 25 years in the medical device industry, including as a member of the leadership team at Abbott Vascular, where he served as Divisional Vice President of Global Marketing and Head of Customer and New Market Insights. Earlier in his career, Mr. Little served as Vice President of Global Cardiovascular Therapies for St. Jude Medical, where he oversaw marketing and strategy for the structural heart and vascular portfolios; Vice President, Global Marketing at Bard Peripheral Vascular; and in a variety of cardiovascular sales and marketing roles at Boston Scientific. Mr. Little holds a B.S. in Business Administration and Marketing from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Mr. Little commented, “There is a wealth of promising medical device technology that needs the right resources and expertise to advance through clinical development and ultimately serve patients and clinicians. The business model Orchestra BioMed is pursuing is designed to address a persistent, industry-wide challenge in the device space, presenting a unique solution to mobilize talent, capital and operational agility through structured collaborations with large device companies. In my new role, I look forward to working with David, Darren and the outstanding team they have assembled to thoughtfully pursue new technologies and partnerships so we can continue to accelerate innovation to patients who deserve improved clinical outcomes.”
Mr. Taylor joins Orchestra BioMed with over 20 years of CFO experience with emerging growth companies, the last 15 of which were in the medical device sector. He has worked closely with Mr. Hochman and Darren R. Sherman, President, COO and Founder of Orchestra BioMed, as a strategic advisor to the Company for over six years and is deeply connected to its mission. Prior to joining Orchestra BioMed, Mr. Taylor served as CFO of Motus GI Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: MOTS), where he helped lead the company’s 2018 IPO. Prior to Motus GI, Mr. Taylor spent 10 years as CFO and President of Avertix Medical, Inc. (f/k/a Angel Medical Systems, Inc.), where he is still a member of the Board of Directors. Prior to Avertix, he was a Practice Leader for AC Lordi Consulting (now part of BDO USA, LLP) and CFO and Corporate Director of Operations for Safe3w, Inc. (acquired by iPass). Mr. Taylor earned a high-honors MBA with a concentration in Accounting and Finance from Northeastern University and a B.A. in Political Science and Economics from McGill University.
Mr. Taylor commented, “I have watched the Orchestra BioMed story unfold from concept to exciting execution over the last six years as I worked alongside David and Darren in my role as CFO of Motus GI. I am honored and excited to join them as the Company’s CFO to help continue to drive an innovative and capital efficient business model supported by premier investors and global leaders in medical device development and commercialization. I look forward to working with the talented and passionate members of Orchestra BioMed’s team, as well as our strategic collaborators at Medtronic and Terumo as we seek to advance our high-impact BackBeat Cardiac Neuromodulation Therapy™ and Virtue® Sirolimus AngioInfusion™ Balloon programs.”
About Orchestra BioMed
Orchestra BioMed (Nasdaq: OBIO) is a biomedical innovation company accelerating high-impact technologies to patients through risk-reward sharing partnerships with leading medical device companies. Orchestra BioMed’s partnership-enabled business model focuses on forging strategic collaborations with leading medical device companies to drive successful global commercialization of products it develops. Orchestra BioMed’s flagship product candidates include BackBeat Cardiac Neuromodulation Therapy™ (CNT™) for the treatment of hypertension, a significant risk factor for death worldwide, and Virtue® Sirolimus AngioInfusion™ Balloon (SAB) for the treatment of atherosclerotic artery disease, the leading cause of mortality worldwide. Orchestra BioMed has a strategic collaboration with Medtronic, one of the largest medical device companies in the world, for development and commercialization of BackBeat CNT for the treatment of hypertension in pacemaker-indicated patients, and a strategic partnership with Terumo Corporation, a global leader in medical technology, for development and commercialization of Virtue SAB for the treatment of artery disease. Orchestra BioMed has additional product candidates and plans to potentially expand its product pipeline through acquisitions, strategic collaborations, licensing, and organic development. For further information about Orchestra BioMed, please visit www.orchestrabiomed.com, and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.
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