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Former CEO of Roche Molecular Diagnostics Joins Shrink Nanotechnologies

Published on July 1, 2009 at 3:45 AM

Shrink Nanotechnologies, Inc., a platform nanotechnology company developing technologies for a number of diverse fields ranging from medical diagnostics to solar cell concentrators, announced that Heiner Dreismann, Ph.D., has joined the company's Board of Directors and will chair Shrink's Business Advisory Board.
Dr. Dreismann is the former Chief Executive Officer of Roche Molecular Diagnostics (Roche), a division of F. Hoffmann-La Roche.

Shrink CEO Mark L. Baum said, "Dr. Dreismann is one of the top industry experts in the field of molecular and medical diagnostics. He has a proven track-record of leadership in the development, commercialization and adoption of diagnostics, and brings valuable real-world experience as we begin integrating our breakthrough metal-enhanced fluorescence technologies into diagnostics and other life sciences products that can make a difference in people's lives. Dr. Dreismann, throughout his impressive career and consistent successful track record, has developed numerous domestic and international industry contacts which we believe will open doors for our company. We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Dreismann to Shrink and look forward to his active participation and contribution to our success."

The company noted that Roche pioneered the clinical implementation of molecular diagnostics. While at Roche, Dr. Dreismann led the introduction in Europe of the company's PCR (polymerase chain reaction) and, now industry-standard, real-time PCR-based tests. PCR is a Nobel-prize winning technology which has been recognized as one of the most important scientific developments of our generation. PCR allows scientists to copy a single segment of DNA billions of times, making it possible to take a specimen, copy its genetic sequence, and, within hours, generate a test sample sufficient to perform a detailed analysis of a specific genetic question.

Under Dr. Dreismann's leadership as Chief Executive Officer, leading a team of more than 1,500 professionals, Roche evolved into one of the world's leading molecular diagnostics companies with annual sales to over US $1.2 billion and the significant expansion of their portfolio of diagnostic tests and hardware. Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Dreismann held other senior positions within Roche in the areas of Global Business Development, Business Unit Manager for PCR and Microbiology, as well as R&D positions in microbiology and infectious diseases and in manufacturing.

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