InnerPulse, a developer of new technology for the treatment of abnormal heart rhythms, has hired a University of North Carolina at Chapel hill researcher for the newly created position of chief medical officer.

W. Eugene Sanders Jr., an MD, will assume the InnerPulse position in September. He is the director of clinical cardiac electrophysiology and pacing as well as other positions at UNC-CH. He has more than 15 years of experience in cardiology.

InnerPulse closed on $50 million in new venture financing in January.

"We are delighted to have someone with Dr. Sanders’ extensive experience join our executive team at this important juncture of the Company’s evolution,” said InnerPulse Chief Executive Officer Daniel Pelak.

“His background and reputation are critical to our success as we initiate our clinical studies and move closer to gaining regulatory approval of our novel defibrillator technology,” Pelak added.

Sanders is a UNC-CH medical school graduate.