EnteroMedics Inc (NASDAQ:ETRM), the developer of medical devices using neuroblocking technology to treat obesity, metabolic diseases and other gastrointestinal disorders, today announced the appointment of Scott Youngstrom as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer, effective October 3, 2016.  Scott will succeed Greg Lea, EnteroMedics’ current Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer, who will be retiring from the Company effective October 3, 2016, as previously announced.

“It is a privilege to welcome Scott as Chief Financial Officer and Chief Compliance Officer at this very exciting juncture here atEnteroMedics,” said Dan Gladney, Chief Executive Officer of EnteroMedics. “He is a highly accomplished executive with a strong background in financial and operational leadership within the medical device industry. His experience will be invaluable as we continue forward with efforts to secure broad reimbursement coverage for the vBloc® Therapy system, which will help ensure that this highly effective, proven therapy is as widely available as possible to patients in need. On behalf of everyone at EnteroMedics, I would like to thank Mr. Lea for his years of dedication and tireless efforts in helping to bring vBloc to the market, and we wish him well in all of his future endeavors.”

Mr. Youngstrom brings to EnteroMedics over 25 years of strategic financial and operational experience in a variety of medical device companies, most recently having served as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Finance at Galil Medical, a leading developer of cryotherapy technology. Prior to Galil Medical, from 2009-2014, Mr. Youngstrom served as Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, and Chief Financial Officer at DGIMED Ortho, Inc, a developer of orthopedic medical devices. Mr. Youngstromhas previously served as Chief Financial Officer and Vice President, Finance with Anulex Technologies, Enpath Medical, Compex Technologies, Acist Medical Systems, and Cardiotronics. Mr. Youngstrom serves on the Board of Directors of InnoVision, Inc.

“vBloc Therapy has consistently set itself apart as a safe and effective treatment for patients with morbid obesity, with the potential to serve as a key component within the obesity treatment paradigm,” said Mr. Youngstrom. “I look forward to joiningEnteroMedics at such an important time, and to helping the company realize its full potential and achieve the goal of maximizing shareholder value.”

vBloc Therapy works to control sensations of hunger using a pacemaker-like device that is implanted during a minimally-invasive procedure. This approach empowers people to eat less, make healthier choices and lose weight without the major lifestyle implications of traditional weight loss surgeries. vBloc Achieve is a comprehensive, personalized weight loss support program to help vBloc patients reach and maintain health goals. While vBloc Therapy addresses hunger signals and cravings, vBloc Achieve provides emotional support and helps patients make positive lifestyle changes, including healthy, balanced eating and regular exercise, that are essential to long-term weight-loss success.

vBloc Therapy is approved for use in helping with weight loss in people aged 18 years and older who are obese, with a BMI of 40 to 45 kg/m2, or a BMI of 35 to 39.9 kg/m2 with a related health condition such as Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels or obstructive sleep apnea. (Original Source)

Shares of Enteromedics are down nearly 5% to $0.13 in pre-market trading. ETRM has a 1-year high of $4.95 and a 1-year low of $0.12. The stock’s 50-day moving average is $0.19 and its 200-day moving average is $0.60.

On the ratings front, Roth Capital analyst Chris Lewis downgraded ETRM to Hold, with a price target of $0.50, in a report issued on June 9. The current price target represents a potential upside of 257.1% from where the stock is currently trading. According to TipRanks.com, Lewis has a yearly average return of 5.7%, a 58.3% success rate, and is ranked #502 out of 4147 analysts.

EnteroMedics, Inc. is a clinical development stage medical device company that engages in the design and development of devices that use neuroblocking technology to treat obesity, metabolic diseases and other gastrointestinal disorders. Its proprietary neuroblocking technology is designed to intermittently block the vagus nerve using high frequency, low energy, electrical impulses. Its initial product Maestro System, which uses VBLOC therapy to affect metabolic regulatory control, limit the expansion of the stomach, help control hunger sensations between meals, reduce the frequency and intensity of stomach contractions and produce a feeling of early and prolonged fullness.