EnteroMedics Inc. Appoints Mark Bullivant as Vice President of Marketing

EnteroMedics Inc. Appoints Mark Bullivant as Vice President of Marketing  ST PAUL, MN -- (Marketwired) -- 04/09/14 --  EnteroMedics Inc. (NASDAQ: ETRM), the developer of medical devices using neuroblocking technology to treat obesity, metabolic diseases and other gastrointestinal disorders, is pleased to announced that Mark Bullivant has joined the organization as Vice President of Marketing. He will report to Greg S. Lea, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Most recently, Mr. Bullivant was Vice President of Global Marketing and International Sales at Terumo Heart Inc., a subsidiary of Terumo Corporation where he was responsible for developing strategic sales and marketing plans with focus on expanding the business in US and International markets. Mark brings 20 years of product management experience in both the medical and surgical fields.   "I am pleased that Mark is joining us at such an important time for the company as we begin to build our commercial infrastructure in anticipation of possible FDA approval of VBLOC Therapy later this year," said Greg S. Lea, Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. "His extensive marketing experience, both in and outside of the United States, will be a huge asset to the team as we translate our international experience into a US commercialization effort."  About EnteroMedics Inc.   EnteroMedics is a medical device company focused on the development and commercialization of its neuroscience based technology to treat obesity and metabolic diseases. EnteroMedics' proprietary technology, VBLOC(R) vagal blocking therapy, delivered by a pacemaker-like device called the Maestro(R) Rechargeable System, is designed to intermittently block the vagus nerves using high-frequency, low-energy, electrical impulses. VBLOC allows people with obesity to take a positive path towards weight loss, addressing the lifelong challenge of obesity and its comorbidities without sacrificing wellbeing or comfort. EnteroMedics' Maestro Rechargeable System has received CE Mark and is listed on the Australian Register of Therapeutic Goods.  Forward-Looking Safe Harbor Statement:   This press release contains forward-looking statements about EnteroMedics Inc. Our actual results could differ materially from those discussed due to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors including our limited history of operations; our losses since inception and for the foreseeable future; our lack of commercial regulatory approval for our Maestro(R) System for the treatment of obesity in the United States or in any foreign market other than Australia and the European Community; our preliminary findings from our EMPOWER(TM) and ReCharge pivotal studies; our ability to comply with the Nasdaq continued listing requirements; our ability to commercialize our Maestro System; our dependence on third parties to initiate and perform our clinical studies; the need to obtain regulatory approval for any modifications to our Maestro System; physician adoption of our Maestro System and VBLOC(R) vagal blocking therapy; our ability to obtain third party coding, coverage or payment levels; ongoing regulatory compliance; our dependence on third party manufacturers and suppliers; the successful development of our sales and marketing capabilities; our ability to raise additional capital when needed; international commercialization and operation; our ability to attract and retain management and other personnel and to manage our growth effectively; potential product liability claims; potential healthcare fraud and abuse claims; healthcare legislative reform; and our ability to obtain and maintain intellectual property protection for our technology and products. These and additional risks and uncertainties are described more fully in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, particularly those factors identified as "risk factors" in the annual report on Form 10-K filed March 27, 2014. We are providing this information as of the date of this press release and do not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this document as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.  Caution - Investigational device. Limited by Federal (United States) law to investigational use.   The implantation procedure and usage of the Maestro(R) System carry some risks, such as the risks generally associated with laparoscopic procedures and those related to treatment as described in the ReCharge clinical study informed consent.   Contact: EnteroMedics Inc. Greg S. Lea (651) 789-2860 ir@enteromedics.com