Press release

Salvia BioElectronics Appoints Jan Pieter Heemels as Chief Commercial Officer


Eindhoven, November 16, 2023 – Salvia BioElectronics B.V. (“Salvia”), a medical device company pioneering neuromodulation therapies for migraine, today announced the appointment of Jan Pieter Heemels MSc, MBA, as Chief Commercial Officer, effective immediately. As CCO, Heemels will be a member of Salvia’s executive team and will drive the company’s market access and commercialization efforts.

“We are very pleased to welcome Jan Pieter to the Salvia team,” said Hubert Martens, CEO of Salvia. “His extensive experience in leadership roles in the development, evaluation and commercialization of active implantable medical devices, as well as his strategic insights, make him an invaluable asset to the Salvia team. His leadership in shaping and driving our global market access and commercialization strategy will be key to the success of our company.”

Heemels is an industry veteran with extensive experience in navigating active medical implantable devices, such as pacemakers and neurostimulators, from concept to global markets. He holds a Master of Science (Physics) from VU Amsterdam and a Master of Business Administration from the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

He joins Salvia from Mainstay Medical, where he was a member of the executive team for the past 12 years and was instrumental in driving innovation, evidence development, market access and the launch of a novel implantable restorative neurostimulation system for the treatment of people with debilitating chronic low back pain.

"With the first clinical trials now underway in Australia and Europe, I am thrilled to be joining Salvia at such an important inflection point," said Heemels. "The company's unwavering commitment to evidence development, which is essential to a successful market access and commercialization strategy, was an important motivation for me to join Salvia."

"I look forward to shaping the company's global market access and commercialization strategy and contributing to Salvia's mission to help people with migraine gain control over their debilitating condition" - Jan Pieter Heemels, Chief Commercial Officer of Salvia BioElectronics.

About Salvia BioElectronics
Salvia BioElectronics is a medical device company pioneering neuromodulation therapies for migraine. Salvia's unique, paper-thin implant is designed to reduce the frequency and intensity of migraine attacks by delivering gentle electrical pulses to the nerves associated with the condition. The company is currently in the clinical stage of development. In addition, Salvia is considering potential opportunities the device creates for the treatment of cluster headache and other neurological disorders. Salvia's device has received the Breakthrough Device Designation from the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which facilitates expedited market access for devices that treat life-threatening or irreversibly debilitating conditions.

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