EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--SurModics, Inc. (Nasdaq:SRDX), a leading provider of surface modification and in vitro diagnostic technologies to the healthcare industries, today announced the retirement of Board Chair Robert C. Buhrmaster, 65, effective at the conclusion of the Company’s 2014 Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held in February 2014. At that time, current Board member Scott R. Ward will assume the chairmanship. The Board intends to fill the vacancy in due course.
“On behalf of SurModics, I want to thank Bob for his outstanding leadership since 2008, when he joined our Board. He has played a significant role in positioning the company for future growth, and we wish him all the best”
“On behalf of SurModics, I want to thank Bob for his outstanding leadership since 2008, when he joined our Board. He has played a significant role in positioning the company for future growth, and we wish him all the best,” said Gary Maharaj, president and CEO. “We also look forward to welcoming Scott to his new role of Board Chair in February. As we pursue our business strategy to grow SurModics’ core businesses and expand beyond the core, Scott’s extensive medical device and business experience will be invaluable.”
Commented Buhrmaster: “I am confident that this is the right time to pass the baton to a new Board Chair. I believe that Scott is the right person to guide SurModics to new levels of growth in its medical device and in vitro diagnostics businesses. I am proud of the Company’s accomplishments and excited to watch its future progress.”
Ward, 53, has been a Director of SurModics since 2010. He is a Managing Director at SightLine Partners and the Founder of Raymond Holdings. Ward has more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry, including 15 years as a senior operating business leader, most recently at Medtronic, Inc., where he served as Senior Vice President and President of its CardioVascular business. Previously, Ward was Medtronic’s Senior Vice President and President of the Neurological and Diabetes businesses; Vice President and General Manager of the Medtronic Drug Delivery Business; and Director of Medtronic NeuroVentures. Ward serves on the boards of Creganna-Tactx Medical, Inc. (as Chairman), Impedimed, Inc., and several other early stage private companies.
About SurModics, Inc.
SurModics’ mission is to exceed our customers’ expectations and enhance the well-being of patients by providing the world’s foremost, innovative surface modification technologies and in vitro diagnostic chemical components. The Company partners with the world’s leading and emerging medical device, diagnostic and life science companies to develop and commercialize innovative products designed to improve patient diagnosis and treatment. Core offerings include surface modification coating technologies that impart lubricity, prohealing, and biocompatibility capabilities; and components for in vitro diagnostic test kits and microarrays. SurModics is headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. For more information about the Company, visit http://www.surmodics.com. The content of SurModics’ website is not part of this press release or part of any filings that the Company makes with the SEC.
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