RICHMOND, Calif., Sept. 08, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ekso Bionics Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:EKSO), a robotic exoskeleton company, today announced the appointment of Matthias Stief as Managing Director of Ekso Bionics Europe GmbH effective immediately. In this position, Matthias will lead and manage all sales and marketing activities in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) region.
"It is a privilege to welcome Matthias to build our European business at this very exciting juncture for Ekso Bionics," said Tom Looby, Chief Executive Officer of Ekso Bionics. "He is a highly accomplished executive with a strong background leading international organizations within the medical device industry, whom I have had the privilege of working closely with in the past. His experience will be invaluable as we continue to build the Ekso Bionics business outside the U.S.”
Mr. Stief brings to Ekso Bionics over 20 years of international sales, marketing and operational experience in a variety of medical device companies, most recently having served as Managing Director EMEA for EndoChoice, a developer of innovative endoscopy systems and single-use products. Prior to EndoChoice, from 2004-2013, Mr. Stief served in many positions at Given Imaging, a developer of video capsule endoscopy products, where he developed a sales and marketing team and distributor market in EMEA, ultimately as Vice President of Marketing and Sales EMEA. Mr. Stief previously served in various sales and marketing positions for Pentax Europe, Siemssen & Co and Hoyer Medizintechnik.
"The Ekso GT has consistently set itself apart as a safe and effective rehabilitation tool for patients recovering from stroke and spinal cord injury, with the real potential to become standard of care for the rehabilitation paradigm," said Mr. Stief. "I look forward to joining Ekso Bionics at such an important time and to helping the company realize its full potential and achieve the goal of maximizing shareholder value."
About Ekso Bionics®
Ekso Bionics is a leading developer of exoskeleton solutions that amplify human potential by supporting or enhancing strength, endurance and mobility across medical, industrial and defense applications. Founded in 2005, the company continues to build upon its unparalleled expertise to design some of the most cutting-edge, innovative wearable robots available on the market. Ekso Bionics is the only exoskeleton company to offer technologies that range from helping those with paralysis to stand up and walk, to enhancing human capabilities on job sites across the globe, to providing research for the advancement of R&D projects intended to benefit U.S. defense capabilities. The company is headquartered in the Bay Area and is listed on the Nasdaq Capital Market under the symbol EKSO. For more information, visit: www.eksobionics.com.
About Ekso™ GT
Ekso™ GT is the first FDA cleared exoskeleton cleared for use with stroke and spinal cord injuries from L5 to C7. The Ekso GT with smart Variable Assist™ (marketed as SmartAssist outside the U.S.) software is the only exoskeleton available for rehabilitation institutions that can provide adaptive amounts of power to either side of the patient’s body, challenging the patient as they progress through their continuum of care. The suit’s patented technology provides the ability to mobilize patients earlier, more frequently and with a greater number of high intensity steps. To date, this device has helped patients take more than 55 million steps in over 120 rehabilitation institutions around the world.
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