Palo Alto, Calif. – January 3, 2023 – ReCor Medical, Inc. (“ReCor”) and its parent company, Otsuka Medical Devices Co., Ltd. (“Otsuka Medical Devices”) today announced the appointment of Lara Barghout as President and Chief Executive Officer of ReCor. Ms. Barghout will lead the ReCor business strategy and organization in an exciting new direction: the global commercialization of ReCor’s Paradise™ Ultrasound Renal Denervation (“uRDN”) System for the treatment of hypertension.
Ms. Barghout brings more than 20 years of experience leading global businesses in the medical device industry. She joins ReCor from Siemens Healthineers, where she was Senior Vice President and Head of Advanced Therapies, successfully leading the image guided therapy business in North America. Prior to Siemens Healthineers, Ms. Barghout held several escalating roles at Terumo Cardiovascular, developing a wealth of experience in building high-performance global commercial organizations, leading cultural transformations, and rising to become Senior Vice President, Global Commercial Operations.
“I am honored to lead the extraordinary team at ReCor at an exciting time in the company’s growth,” said Ms. Barghout. “High blood pressure is a leading contributor to cardiovascular disease burden worldwide, resulting in increased patient risk and higher costs to health systems. I look forward to leading our focus to advance uRDN as a treatment for hypertension and the global commercialization of the Paradise uRDN System. We believe our Paradise uRDN technology to be a true game changer in improving hypertension therapy, with the potential to offer a new option for physicians to help improve blood pressure outcomes for their patients on a global scale.”
Ms. Barghout succeeds Andrew Weiss, who joined ReCor in 2013 and led ReCor in the development of the Paradise uRDN System from its early clinical trials, to the acquisition of ReCor by Otsuka in 2018, through the RADIANCE trial successes and the recent submission to the U.S. FDA for Pre-Market Approval.
“We are delighted to name Ms. Barghout President and CEO of ReCor. She is a highly experienced leader with a track record of commercial success across a range of medical device businesses, coupled with extensive experience in global leadership,” said Noriko Tojo, Executive Director of Otsuka Holdings Co., Ltd. and President of Otsuka Medical Devices. “We are very excited for Ms. Barghout to lead ReCor into its next phase of global growth. Her deep commercial experience and adept leadership make her ideal to build on the technology development and clinical trial successes of the ReCor team, guiding the business to realize its therapeutic and commercial potential. I would like to thank Andy for his outstanding leadership and countless contributions over the past 10 years.”
The Paradise uRDN System bears the CE mark for the treatment of hypertension in Europe and is an investigational device in the United States and Japan.
About ReCor Medical, Inc.
ReCor Medical, headquartered in Palo Alto, CA, a wholly owned subsidiary of Otsuka Medical Devices Co., Ltd., is a medical technology company focused on transforming the management of hypertension. ReCor has pioneered the use of the Paradise Ultrasound Renal Denervation (uRDN) System for the treatment of hypertension. The Paradise System is an investigational device in the United States and Japan and bears the CE mark in the EU. ReCor has reported positive outcomes in three independent, randomized, sham-controlled studies of the Paradise System in patients with mild-to-moderate and resistant hypertension, and has submitted an application for PMA approval in the United States with the U.S. FDA. In addition, ReCor has begun the Global Paradise System (“GPS”) Registry in the European Union, with plans to expand globally.
About Otsuka Medical Devices Co., Ltd.
Otsuka Medical Devices focuses on the global development and commercialization of medical care products including endovascular devices that provide new therapeutic options in areas where patient needs cannot be met through pharmaceutical or other conventional treatment. Otsuka Medical Devices Co., Ltd. is a subsidiary of Otsuka Holdings Co., Ltd. (www.otsuka.com/en), a global healthcare company listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange (JP 4578).