Spiration Promotes Finance Chief Greg Sessler to COO

Xconomy Seattle — 

Spiration, the Redmond, WA-based medical device company, said today it has promoted Greg Sessler from chief financial officer to chief operating officer. Sessler takes on the new responsibility two months after Spiration won FDA clearance to sell its first product—a tiny valve that doctors insert to block off air to damaged parts of the lung. The initial approval is for a small group of patients who suffer from air leaks after lung surgery, and the company is working to expand the market through a clinical trial of 250 patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.