DURHAM, N.C., July 14, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Bioventus Inc. (Nasdaq: BVS) (“Bioventus” or the “Company”), a global leader in innovations for active healing, has announced the appointment of Mary Kay Ladone to the Company’s Board of Directors, effective July 15, 2021. In addition, she was appointed to the Board’s Audit and Risk Committee (the “Audit Committee”) and Compensation Committee. Ladone, an accomplished executive serving large global health care companies over her more than 30-year career, will join the Board as an independent director.
“We are very pleased to welcome Mary Kay to our Board as she will provide valuable experience and insights as we execute our strategy of growth acceleration through new product development and M&A,” said Ken Reali, CEO, Bioventus. “Her global financial, strategic planning and business development experience, as well as her strong track record of leading best-in-class investor relations programs, will be invaluable to Bioventus.”
Currently Ladone serves as Corporate Officer, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development Strategy & Investor Relations, Hillrom Holdings, Inc., and began her career there in 2016 as Vice President and Investor Relations Officer.
“I am honored to serve on the Board of Bioventus and eager to leverage my experience to help guide the company as it builds on its strong foundation, grows its current business and delivers more innovations for active healing to patients, physicians and payers around the world,” said Ladone.
“We are excited to have Mary Kay join the Bioventus Board,” stated William Hawkins, Chairman of the Bioventus Board of Directors. “Her experience and strong track record of success will be a significant addition and complementary to our current Board.”
Previously, Ladone served as Senior Vice President and Corporate Officer, Investor Relations of Baxalta, Inc., a global biopharmaceutical company spun out from Baxter International in 2015. She began her career in Finance at Baxter International, Inc., and went on to serve in several progressive financial, operational and communication roles at the company. Ladone was promoted to Corporate Vice President and Corporate Officer, Investor Relations, and led Baxter’s investor relations program from 2004 to 2015.
Ladone has consistently been recognized by the investment community as a top investor relations professional, including numerous designations by Institutional Investor. She has served on the Board of Trustees of Edward-Elmhurst Health System since 2009 as a member and/or chair of the Executive, Finance and Investment Committee, and held the position of Vice Chairman of Edward Health Services Corporation from 2012 to 2013.
Ladone received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame.
Bioventus delivers clinically proven, cost-effective products that help people heal quickly and safely. Its mission is to make a difference by helping patients resume and enjoy active lives. The Innovations for Active Healing from Bioventus include offerings for pain treatment & joint preservation, restorative therapies and bone graft substitutes. Built on a commitment to high quality standards, evidence-based medicine and strong ethical behavior, Bioventus is a trusted partner for physicians worldwide. For more information, visit www.bioventus.com, and follow the Company on LinkedIn and Twitter.
Bioventus and the Bioventus logo are registered trademarks of Bioventus LLC.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements contained in this press release that do not relate to matters of historical fact should be considered forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements concerning Bioventus’s future growth and strategy and the expected contributions of Ms. Ladone to the Company’s Board. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as “aim,” “anticipate,” “assume,” “believe,” “contemplate,” “continue,” “could,” “due,” “estimate,” “expect,” “goal,” “intend,” “may,” “objective,” “plan,” “predict,” “potential,” “positioned,” “seek,” “should,” “target,” “will,” “would” and other similar expressions that are predictions of or indicate future events and future trends, or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology, although not all forward-looking statements contain these words. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, some of which cannot be predicted or quantified. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in this press release include, but are not limited to, the adverse impacts on our business as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; our dependence on a limited number of products; our ability to develop, acquire and commercialize new products, line extensions or expanded indications; the continued and future acceptance of our existing portfolio of products and any new products, line extensions or expanded indications by physicians, patients, third-party payers and others in the medical community; our ability to differentiate the hyaluronic acid (“HA”) viscosupplementation therapies we own or distribute from alternative therapies for the treatment of osteoarthritic; the proposed down-classification of non-invasive bone growth stimulators, including our Exogen system, by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”); our ability to achieve and maintain adequate levels of coverage and/or reimbursement for our products, the procedures using our products, or any future products we may seek to commercialize; our ability to recognize the benefits of our investments; our ability to complete acquisitions or successfully integrate new businesses, products or technologies in a cost-effective and non-disruptive manner; competition against other companies; the negative impact on our ability to market our HA products due to the reclassification of HA products from medical devices to drugs in the United States by the FDA; our ability to attract, retain and motivate our senior management and qualified personnel; our ability to continue to research, develop and manufacture our products if our facilities are damaged or become inoperable; failure to comply with the extensive government regulations related to our products and operations; enforcement actions if we engage in improper claims submission practices or in improper marketing or promotion of our products; the FDA regulatory process and our ability to obtain and maintain required regulatory clearances and approvals; failure to comply with the government regulations that apply to our human cells, tissues and cellular or tissue-based products; the clinical studies of any of our future products that do not product results necessary to support regulatory clearance or approval in the United States or elsewhere; and the other risks identified in the Risk Factors section of the Company’s public filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including Bioventus’ Annual Report on Form 10-K for the period ended December 31, 2020, as such factors may be updated from time to time in Bioventus’ other filings with the SEC, which are accessible on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and the Investor Relations page of Bioventus’ website at ir.bioventus.com. Except to the extent required by law, the Company undertakes no obligation to update or review any estimate, projection, or forward-looking statement. Actual results may differ from those set forth in this press release due to the risks and uncertainties inherent in the Company’s business.
Mike Piccinino, CFA, IRC
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