Dr. Michael A. Luther Joins Transgenomic’s Board of Directors
OMAHA, Neb.(March 19, 2014) -- Transgenomic, Inc. (OTCBB: TBIO), a global biotechnology company advancing personalized medicine in cardiology, oncology, and inherited diseases through diagnostic tests as well as clinical and research services, today announced the appointment of Michael A. Luther, Ph.D., to its Board of Directors. Dr. Luther will also become a member of the Board’s audit committee. His appointment became effective March 13, 2014.
“Dr. Luther brings a unique combination of scientific expertise, practical business experience, and effective leadership, and we are honored to welcome him to the Transgenomic Board” said Rodney S. Markin, M.D., Ph.D., Chairman of Transgenomic. “We believe Michael’s contributions will be invaluable as we continue to implement our strategic growth initiatives and advance our molecular diagnostic tests in the personalized medicine marketplace.”
“I am excited to join the Transgenomic Board during this period of strategic transformation,” said Dr. Luther. “Molecular diagnostics will play an integral role in the future of healthcare and Transgenomic is well-positioned to become a leader in personalized medicine. The Company has cutting-edge technology platforms, deep technical expertise, and an excellent management team. I look forward to working with the entire team and playing a role in the advancement of its portfolio of medically important genetic tests.”
Dr. Luther brings over 25 years of business experience to Transgenomic. He currently serves as Senior Vice President of Discovery and Development at Albany Molecular Research, Inc. (AMRI), a publicly-traded, global pharma services organization that provides discovery, development, and manufacturing to the biopharmaceutical industry. Dr. Luther joined AMRI from Charles River Laboratories where he served as Corporate Vice President of Global Discovery Research Services. Before joining Charles River Laboratories, he was President and a member of the Board of Directors of the David H. Murdock Research Institute. Previously, he held executive and managerial positions at Merck and GlaxoSmithkline.
Dr. Luther earned his Ph.D. in biochemistry from the St. Louis University School of Medicine; an M.B.A. from Duke University, Fuqua School of Business; and a B.Sc. in biology and chemistry from North Carolina State University. Dr. Luther has authored numerous scientific papers and has served on Boards of Directors for both academic and industry trade organizations, including the Chagas Disease Foundation, and the College of Life Sciences Research Foundation at North Carolina State University. He is also a Director for Islet Sciences.
About Transgenomic, Inc.
Transgenomic, Inc. (www.transgenomic.com) is a global biotechnology company advancing personalized medicine in cardiology, oncology, and inherited diseases. The Company has three complementary business units: Patient Testing, Biomarker Identification, and Genetic Assays and Platforms, which provide specialized diagnostic tests, contract research services for drug development, and equipment, reagents and other consumables for clinical and research applications in molecular testing and cytogenetics.
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