ABK Biomedical Inc., a company dedicated to the research, development and commercialization of innovative embolic therapies, has announced the appointment of Michael J. Mangano as president and CEO.

Mangano will be responsible for leading global business activities, including the rapid development, regulatory approval and commercialization of ABK’s unique medical device technologies.

Mangano most recently served as president and CEO of ReShape Medical, a US venture-backed company focused on obesity where he increased organizational value and played a lead role in orchestrating the sale of the company to EnteroMedics in October 2017.

Prior to ReShape, Mangano was president of the Americas for Sirtex Medical, a leading publicly traded Australian biomedical company, where he grew the business nearly five-fold from $30 million to more than $140 million while building a team of 17 to more than 130 employees in six years. His leadership resulted in a dramatic increase in the company’s valuation, leading to the recently announced acquisition in progress of Sirtex Medical by CDH Investments for $1.4 billion USD.

Prior to Sirtex, Mangano spent 15 years with Boston Scientific in numerous senior management roles, including overseas assignments in Japan and Australia.

Mangano was recently appointed to the board of directors of Ellex Medical Lasers Limited (ASX:ELX), a global leader in medical devices for the diagnosis and treatment of eye diseases.

ABK Biomedical chair Dr. Aaron Berez commented, “Mike is an accomplished leader with a history of global success in building dynamic teams, leading organizational change, creating and shaping strategies and executing programs – all directly increasing shareholder value. His vast experience in sales and marketing management, product development, strategic planning, international business, M&A, project management and business model development will be invaluable as he takes the reins at ABK and leads the company into the next phase of our evolution.”

Mangano will continue to serve on the ABK board of directors.

“I am excited to join the team at ABK, which has outstanding experience in the medical device industry. The talent at ABK, coupled with an innovative technology platform and pipeline, provide a strong foundation and solid prospects for our future growth and success,” said Mangano. “I especially look forward to working with the interventional radiology and oncology communities to develop and market novel technologies that will help patients and physicians, and want to thank the founders and the board of ABK for their support.”

Dr. Bob Abraham, co-founder and former CEO, is a practicing interventional radiologist and will remain with the company as chief medical officer. He will continue to play a key role in product development and the clinical evolution of ABK’s key technology platforms.

About ABK Biomedical Inc.
ABK Biomedical is organized to research, develop and commercialize breakthrough medical device therapies to improve treatment outcomes and the lives of patients with benign and malignant hypervascular tumors. Specifically, ABK holds intellectual property in the focus area of inorganic polymer microspheres, targeted at the growing field of embolotherapy within the interventional radiology/interventional oncology medical disciplines. The company possesses advanced intellectual capital and its own R&D and manufacturing facilities for developing and commercializing unique, breakthrough embolotherapy products.

For more information, please contact:

Elizabeth Romero
Fleishman Hillard
919.457.0749
elizabeth.romero@fleishman.com

Gary Donofrio
ABK Biomedical Inc.
617.513.9575
g.donofrio@abkbiomedical.com

Halifax, Nova Scotia, July 30, 2018