Washington, DC 20549





Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934


Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): January 29, 2020


TELA Bio, Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)


Delaware 3841 45-5320061

(State or other jurisdiction of 

incorporation or organization)

(Primary Standard Industrial 

Classification Code Number)

(I.R.S. Employer 

Identification No.)



1 Great Valley Parkway, Suite 24, Malvern,

(Address of principal executive offices) (Zip Code)


Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (484) 320-2930


Not Applicable

(Former name or former address, if changed since last report)


Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:


Title of Each Class   Trading Symbol   Name of Exchange on Which Registered
Common Stock, par value $0.001 per share   TELA   Nasdaq Global Market


Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:




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Item 8.01 Other Events


On January 29, 2020, TELA Bio, Inc. (the “Company”) issued a press release announcing the appointment of Peter Murphy as the Company’s Chief Commercial Officer. A copy of this press release is filed as Exhibit 99.1 hereto and incorporated herein by reference.


Item 9.01 Financial Statements and Exhibits.


(d) Exhibits


The following exhibits are being filed herewith:





99.1   Press Release of TELA Bio, Inc., dated January 29, 2020







Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


  By: /s/ Antony Koblish
  Name: Antony Koblish
  Title: President, Chief Executive Officer and Director


Date: January 29, 2020




Exhibit 99.1



TELA Bio Announces Appointment of New Chief Commercial Officer


MALVERN, Pa., January 29, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TELA Bio, Inc. (“TELA”) (Nasdaq: TELA), a commercial stage medical technology company focused on designing, developing and marketing a new category of tissue reinforcement materials to address unmet needs in soft tissue reconstruction, today announces the appointment of Peter Murphy to the newly created role of Chief Commercial Officer. In this position, Mr. Murphy will be responsible for the Company’s continued strategic expansion of its commercial operations.


“Peter brings tremendous experience at top healthcare companies to build on our momentum as a commercial organization and bolster our efforts in creating a cohesive commercial organization dedicated to serving the needs of our patients, surgeons and hospital customers,” said Antony Koblish, co-founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of TELA Bio. “His expertise will be a valuable addition to our leadership team.”


Mr. Murphy joins TELA with more than 20 years of commercial sales and marketing experience at leading medical device and pharmaceutical companies, including Medtronic Spine & Biologics, Stryker, and Smith Kline Beecham. Most recently, he was Vice President of Sales at Pacira Pharmaceuticals, where he led the development, management, expansion and execution of a product sales team in the U.S.


“I’m excited to join the TELA senior leadership team at this exciting and pivotal time, as the Company expands its marketing activities to support the ongoing commercialization of its OviTex and OviTex PRS product lines, bringing new and transformative soft tissue reconstruction options to patients,” said Mr. Murphy.


About TELA Bio, Inc.


TELA Bio, Inc. is a commercial stage medical technology company focused on designing, developing and marketing a new category of tissue reinforcement materials to address unmet needs in soft tissue reconstruction. TELA’s products are designed to improve on shortcomings of existing biologics and minimize long-term exposure to permanent synthetic material. TELA's portfolio is supported by quality, data-driven science and extensive pre-clinical research that has consistently demonstrated advantages over other commercially available products.





Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Statements


This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “may,” “might,” “will,” “should,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “continue,” “predict,” “forecast,” “project,” “plan,” “intend” or similar expressions, or statements regarding intent, belief, or current expectations are forward-looking statements and reflect the current beliefs of TELA’s management. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause actual results and events to differs materially and adversely from those indicated by such forward-looking statements including, among others: our ability to gain market acceptance for our products and to accurately forecast customer demand, our ability to enhance our product offerings, development and manufacturing problems, capacity constraints or delays in production of our products. These and other risks and uncertainties are described more fully in the “Risk Factors” section and elsewhere in our filings with the with the Securities and Exchange Commission and available at www.sec.gov, including in our prospectus dated November 7, 2019. Any forward-looking statements that we make in this announcement speak only as of the date of this press release, and TELA assumes no obligation to updates forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise after the date of this press release, except as required under applicable law.


TELA Bio Contact


Stuart Henderson

Vice President, Corporate Development and Investor Relations
TELA Bio, Inc.



Investor Contact


Peter Vozzo