(Nasdaq:CBMX) announced today that Dr. Karine Hovanes has joined its wholly
owned subsidiary, Combimatrix Molecular Diagnostics (CMDX), as its Laboratory
Director. Dr. Hovanes is a Diplomat of the American Board of Medical Genetics
in Clinical Molecular Genetics and Clinical Cytogenetics and is also licensed
in New York and California in both cytogenetics and molecular genetics. Dr.
Hovanes joins CMDX from Laboratory Corporation of America, otherwise known as
"It is a pleasure for me to join the expert management and extended scientific
team of Combimatrix Molecular Diagnostics. Array CGH testing has been the latest
methodology to advance our knowledge of the human genome and has significantly
contributed to the fields of genomic research and medical diagnostics. While
there are undoubtedly several diagnostic service laboratories attempting to
establish themselves as esoteric genome test providers, few have the legitimate
claim to innovative leadership that CMDX does," said Dr. Hovanes. "I
am certain that the microarray platforms and test menu offered by CMDX are ideally
positioned to enable physicians to make better treatment decisions regarding
their patients and enormously contribute to clinical research and discovery.
The sentiments and referrals that I have received from several of CMDX's growing
portfolio of customers confirm my assessment of CMDX," concluded Dr. Hovanes.
"I am delighted by the addition of Dr. Hovanes to our already stellar
staff of medical and clinical experts," said Dr. Mansoor Mohammed, President
and Chief Executive Officer of CMDX. "Dr. Hovanes brings an impressive
set of clinical diagnostic expertise to our company, which spans the molecular
and cytogenetic underpinnings of both oncology and childhood development disorders
and ideally mirror our industry leading portfolio of tests. The appointment
of Dr. Hovanes helps us ensure that we can continue to deliver our industry
leading quality of service with unsurpassed turn-around times and client-customized
services, in spite of our growing test menu and concomitant increase in monthly
test volumes," concluded Dr. Mohammed.
Dr. Hovanes earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, Irvine, and
then completed her postdoctoral clinical training in both cytogenetics and molecular
genetics at the Intercampus Medical Genetics Training Program of the University
of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Hovanes's academic accomplishments are highlighted
by the fact that she was a recipient of both a predoctoral grant from the NCI
(National Cancer Institute) and a postdoctoral grant from the NIH (National
Institute of Health). Prior to joining CMDX, Dr. Hovanes was the Assistant Laboratory
Director at Esoterix and subsequently the Assistant Laboratory Director at U.S.
Labs (acquired by LabCorp). Dr. Hovanes joins the clinical and medical staff
at CMDX that include, Dr. Shelly Gunn, M.D., Ph.D., Medical Director; Dr. Ryan
Robetorye, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Medical Director; Dr. Phil Cotter, Ph.D.,
Associate Laboratory Director; and Dr. Mercedes Gorre, Ph.D., Vice President
of Scientific Affairs.