DermTech, Inc. (NASDAQ: DMTK) (“DermTech” or the “Company”), a leader in precision dermatology enabled by a non-invasive skin genomics platform, today announced the appointment of Bret Christensen, previously chief commercial officer of Insulet, as president, chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors (the board). Mr. Christensen succeeds Dr. John Dobak, who stepped down as president, chief executive officer and a director of the board.
Mr. Christensen said, “I am excited to be leading the DermTech team. DermTech has an opportunity to transform dermatology with its revolutionary technology, strong demand and building momentum with commercial payers. Importantly, I am confident that we can improve lives and integrate our test into the melanoma care pathway. I look forward to working closely with the board and the DermTech team to drive our average selling price, grow revenue and scale our business.”
Commenting on Mr. Christensen’s appointment, Matt Posard, DermTech’s chairman said, “I’d like to welcome Bret to the team. Bret is well positioned to lead our growing company given his significant commercial, operations and market access experience. We are confident that Bret’s demonstrated success and expertise in the diagnostics industry align with DermTech’s strategy to fully capitalize on commercializing its genomic products and executing against its many growth opportunities. The board looks forward to working with Bret and the management team to create meaningful value for stockholders.”
“On behalf of the board, I want to thank John for his valuable contributions to DermTech,” said Mr. Posard. “John had the vision to see the life changing potential of the genomic revolution in dermatologic care and has brought us to this important inflection point for the Company. We are grateful for John’s service over the past decade.”
Dr. Dobak said, “I am grateful for the dedication and perseverance of our physician advocates, patients, stockholders and my colleagues. I have been privileged to lead a great team and am thankful for your support. I am excited for Bret to carry our vision forward. DermTech has a bright future.”
Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Christensen served as chief commercial officer of Insulet from May 2017 to May 2023 where he oversaw sales growth from approximately $367 million to $1.1 billion. Mr. Christensen has extensive experience in successfully scaling novel diagnostic companies and securing reimbursement with various types of payers. From August 2013 to May 2017, Mr. Christensen served as general manager of Preventive Care at Myriad Genetics, Inc. Prior to Myriad Genetics, Mr. Christensen held several executive positions at Hologic, Inc., including vice president of sales and marketing of its Gynecologic Surgical Products division. Prior to Hologic, Mr. Christensen led key market development and sales teams at Cytyc Corporation. Mr. Christensen earned a B.S. in business management from Utah Valley University and an MBA from the University of Utah.
DermTech is a leading genomics company in dermatology and is creating a new category of medicine, precision dermatology, enabled by its non-invasive skin genomics platform. DermTech’s mission is to improve the lives of millions by providing non-invasive precision dermatology solutions that enable individualized care. DermTech provides genomic analysis of skin samples collected non-invasively using our Smart StickersTM. DermTech markets and develops products that facilitate the early detection of skin cancers and is developing products that assess inflammatory diseases and customize drug treatments. For additional information, please visit DermTech.
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