ReShape Lifesciences Assembles World Class Scientific Advisory Board
SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., June 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- ReShape Lifesciences Inc. (NASDAQ: RSLS), a developer of minimally invasive medical devices to treat obesity and metabolic diseases, announced today the formation of the Company's Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), which includes the following five internationally recognized experts:
- Dr. Scott Shikora, Professor of Surgery Harvard Medical School & Director, Center for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, ASMBS Past-President
- Dr. Jaime Ponce, Bariatric Surgeon, Medical Director of Bariatric Surgery CHI Memorial Hospital, Chattanooga, TN, ASMBS Past-President
- Dr. Philip Schauer, Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, and Director of the Cleveland Clinic Bariatric and Metabolic Institute, ASMBS Past-President
- Dr. Natan Zundel, Professor of Surgery, Vice-Chairman Department of Surgery, Florida International University, Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, IFSO Past-President
- Dr. John Morton, Chief of Bariatric and Minimally Invasive Surgery, Associate Professor of Surgery (General Surgery) at the Stanford University Medical Center, ASMBS Past-President
"We are pleased to welcome these world-renowned bariatric surgeons and leaders in weight loss and metabolic surgery to the ReShape Lifesciences™ team," said Dan Gladney, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of ReShape Lifesciences. "Creating the SAB represents another important step forward for the company. These advisors will work closely with our leadership team – providing their valuable experiences and insights - as we drive forward to be the leading provider of technologies to serve the continuum of care in obesity."
The SAB will provide scientific insight and advice as the Company expands the reach of its obesity technologies through both commercialization of its FDA-approved ReShape vBloc™ and ReShape Balloon™ products, as well as the development of additional products such as the ReShape Vest™.
"There is an incredible unmet need for an effective and durable solution for millions of people struggling to lose weight, but for whom diet, exercise or drug therapy are not working," commented Dr. Schauer. "The ReShape Lifesciences minimally invasive technologies have strong potential to meet this unmet need in the near future."
About ReShape Lifesciences Inc.
ReShape Lifesciences™ is a medical device company focused on technologies to treat obesity and metabolic diseases. The FDA-approved ReShape Balloon™ System involves a non-surgical weight loss procedure that uses advanced balloon technology designed to take up room in the stomach to help people with a 30-40 kg/m2 Body Mass Index (BMI) and at least one co-morbidity lose weight. ReShape vBloc™ Therapy, delivered by an FDA-approved pacemaker-like device called the ReShape vBloc System, is designed to help patients with a 40-45 kg/m2, or a 35-39.9 kg/m2 BMI and at least one co-morbidity feel full and eat less by intermittently blocking hunger signals on the vagus nerve. 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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