October 18, 20017
Dune Medical Devices has appointed Skip Ashmore as Chief Commercial Officer. Ashmore joins Dune with 25 years of experience in the medical device industry including engagements with Covidien, CryoLife, Baxter Healthcare and Motus GI.
Lori Chmura, Dune Medical CEO notes, “Having worked with Skip at Covidien, I have seen first-hand his ability to integrate his background in the sciences with a market driven, customer focus to the business. Chmura said, “His expertise enhances our team’s ability to execute against our commercial strategy, pursue reimbursement and develop our next generation products. Skip’s addition to the leadership team is the next step in building a world class medical device company.”
MarginProbe, Dune Medical’s first commercial product based on its proprietary Radiofrequency (RF) Spectroscopy technology, has been helping surgeons ensure clean margins in lumpectomy procedures since 2013. Multiple peer-reviewed studies have demonstrated MarginProbe’s ability to reduce re-excision rates in women undergoing breast conserving surgery by up to 79 percent.
“Realizing that 1 in 4 women undergoing breast conserving surgery must have a repeat surgery to remove undetected cancer was a top reason to join the Dune Medical team,” says Ashmore. “Achieving standard of care status in margin detection to improve outcomes and reduce costs is a compelling mission that I am honored to lead.”
Dune’s next product earned a €3 million grant from the EC 2020 Horizon program in 2016. It will expand the company’s surgical oncology portfolio to include a soft tissue biopsy system with its first indication in breast tissue.
“Longer term, we believe our RF Spectroscopy platform can improve clinical outcomes and reduce the total cost of care across multiple cancers,” Ashmore says.
Dune has also appointed Susan Turner as V.P. Healthcare Economics and Reimbursement. Turner joins Dune with 19 years of experience in the medical device industry where she was responsible for Payer Relations and Managed Care with Hologic, Cytyc and Proxima Therapeutics.
“As the healthcare system seeks ways to improve quality and reduce spending, MarginProbe brings a necessary benefit to the delivery of care in women with breast cancer,” says Turner. “By reducing costly repeat surgeries, Dune’s technology helps advance the move from volume-based to value-based healthcare. It is important that payers recognize the value Radiofrequency Spectroscopy offers by supporting coding, payment and coverage decisions to improve access to this technology,” Turner concluded.