Cindy Lynch, IP attorney veteran has been appointed general council of Simplify Medical Pty, Ltd. Simplify Medical, maker of the Simplify® cervical artificial disc, announced the news today. Ms. Lynch has nearly 15 years of experience providing strategic legal and intellectual property advice to medical device startups.
Ms. Lynch’s appointment comes at a time when Simplify is expanding commercial efforts in Europe and nearing completion of its two-level U.S. IDE clinical trial for the implantation of its cervical artificial disc. The Company completed enrollment of its one-level trial in February 2018 with 166 patients enrolled at 16 U.S. sites and anticipates complete enrollment of 200 patients at 18 centers in its two-level study by the end of 2018.
David Hovda, Chief Executive Officer of Simplify Medical, commented, “Cindy has led our intellectual property program for years, and we are very excited she has joined our team as General Counsel. While continuing to lead our IP program, which we believe is the largest and most impactful portfolio in cervical spine motion preservation, she will lead our overall legal strategy and continue to ensure our technology remains fully protected.”
Ms. Lynch specializes in intellectual property law and business venture advising. Prior to consulting for companies including Simplify Medical as in-house Counsel, she worked as the VP of Intellectual Property at Elixir Medical Corporation, Moximed, Inc., SpinalMotion, Inc., Conor Medsystems, Inc., and as a partner at Burns, Doane, Swecker & Mathis, LLP. Lynch will complete her M.B.A. from San Francisco State University in 2018 and earned her J.D. from George Mason University School of Law in 1995.
“I am thrilled to be part of the Simplify Medical team,” Cindy Lynch, J.D., said. “This is an exciting time to be working with Simplify as we near completion of the two-level Simplify Disc IDE trial enrollment and work toward the highly-anticipated commercial launch of the Simplify Disc, which will provide patients an innovative option for cervical disc replacement. As we continue to expand our commercial efforts, the protection of Simplify’s legal and IP interests is critical, and I look forward to working closely with the management team in these efforts.”