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NEWTOWN, Pa., March 17, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Helius Medical Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:HSDT) (TSX:HSM) (“Helius” or the “Company”), a neurotech company focused on neurological wellness, today announced the appointment of Sherrie Perkins, effective March 15, 2021.

“Ms. Perkins’ career history includes over 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry, including significant experience advising neuromodulation companies on their commercial and marketing activities,” said Blane Walter, Chairman of Helius’ Board of Directors. “We are pleased to expand our Board of Directors with the appointment of Ms. Perkins and look forward to leveraging her expertise and strategic insight as Helius prepares its next phase of market development activities.”

“I am delighted to join the Board of Directors of Helius Medical Technologies and appreciate the opportunity to help the company advance its unique therapy in ways that provide meaningful benefit to patients, physicians, and payers,” said Ms. Perkins.

Ms. Perkins currently serves as a member of the Venture Mentoring Service at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, providing guidance and perspective on commercialization-related topics that are important and relevant to the progression of various ventures.

From 2017 to 2019, Ms. Perkins served as a consultant to LivaNova, PLC (NASDAQ: LIVN), a global medical technology company that designs, develops, manufactures and sells innovative therapeutic solutions in the fields of neuromodulation and cardiovascular disease. She previously spent 17 years at LivaNova and its affiliates in several roles, including serving as Vice President in the sleep apnea, new ventures space within the company from 2015 to 2017, and as Vice President of Marketing and New Business Development of Cyberonics, Inc. from 2011 to 2015.

Ms. Perkins received a B.S. in Medical Technology from Mississippi State University and an M.A. in Management from Central Michigan University.

About Helius Medical Technologies, Inc.

Helius Medical Technologies is a neurotech company focused on neurological wellness. The Company’s purpose is to develop, license and acquire unique and non-invasive platform technologies that amplify the brain’s ability to heal itself. The Company’s first commercial product is the Portable Neuromodulation Stimulator (PoNSTM). For more information, visit www.heliusmedical.com.

About the PoNS™ Device and PoNS Treatment™

The Portable Neuromodulation Stimulator (PoNS™) is authorized for sale in Canada as a class II, non-implantable, medical device intended as a short term treatment (14 weeks) of gait deficit due to mild and moderate symptoms from multiple sclerosis (MS), and chronic balance deficit due to mild-to-moderate traumatic brain injury (mmTBI) and is to be used in conjunction with physical therapy. The PoNS™ is an investigational medical device in the United States, the European Union (“EU”), and Australia (“AUS”). The device is currently under review for de novo classification and clearance by the FDA. It is also under premarket review by the AUS Therapeutic Goods Administration. PoNS™ is currently not commercially available in the United States, the European Union or Australia.

Investor Relations Contact:

Westwicke Partners on behalf of Helius Medical Technologies, Inc.
Jack Powell, Vice President
investorrelations@heliusmedical.com

Cautionary Disclaimer Statement: 

Certain statements in this news release are not based on historical facts and constitute forward-looking statements or forward-looking information within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and Canadian securities laws. All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this news release are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking statements are often identified by terms such as “believe,” “continue,” “look forward,” “will,” “committed to,” “goal,” “expect,” “remain,” “hope” and similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements include, among others, statements regarding the Company’s future growth and operational progress, the next phase of the Company’s market development activities, clinical and regulatory development plans for the PoNS device, and potential regulatory clearance of the PoNS device, including expected timing for the FDA to resume its review of our request for de novo classification and clearance and expected timing for receipt of the FDA’s decision on such request.

These statements involve substantial known and unknown risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that such statements will prove to be accurate and actual results and future events could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the Company’s expectations include uncertainties associated with the clinical development process and FDA regulatory submission and approval process, including that the Company’s request for de novo classification and clearance may be declined by the FDA, that the FDA is not required to and may not respond to the Company’s request in the timeframe indicated by its de novo review goals or in the time the Company expects, whether the Company’s response will be satisfactory to the FDA, whether the FDA will require additional information, whether the Company will be able to provide it in a timely manner and whether such additional information will be satisfactory to the FDA, uncertainties regarding the Company’s capital requirements to achieve its business objectives, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, uncertainties associated with future clinical trials and other development activities, and other risks detailed from time to time in the filings made by the Company with securities regulators, including the risks and uncertainties described in the “Risk Factors” sections of the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 and its other filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and the Canadian securities regulators, which can be obtained from either at www.sec.gov or www.sedar.com.The reader is cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statement. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are made as of the date of this news release and the Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement or to update the reasons why actual results could differ from such statements except to the extent required by law.

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