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Axial Biotech Appoints Dr. Roberto Macina to Vice President of Research and Development
Date:2/24/2009

Respected Researcher Provides Extensive Experience In Molecular Diagnostics

SALT LAKE CITY, Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Axial Biotech, Inc., a company revolutionizing spine care through the development of molecular diagnostic technologies, announced today that Roberto A. Macina, Ph.D., has joined the executive management team as the company's new Vice President of Research and Development. Dr. Macina will report directly to Kenneth Ward, M.D., Chairman and Chief Scientific Officer for Axial Biotech.

"With over thirteen years of extensive professional experience in the fields of molecular biology, genomics, cancer research, and molecular diagnostics, Dr. Macina will be a valuable addition to Axial's management and research and development teams," said Dr. Ward. "Dr. Macina made a major contribution to the development of patent protected diagnostic products with high clinical value at diaDexus, Inc. His experience will greatly benefit Axial, as the company expands the indications for ScoliScore(TM) AIS Prognostic Test, the company's first DNA based assay."

Dr. Macina holds a B.S. degree in Biology and a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina. Dr. Macina completed his Post-Doctoral Fellowship at The Wistar Institute. Previous to joining Axial Biotech, Dr. Macina worked with the molecular diagnostics department at SmithKline Beecham in the discovery and characterization of novel genes differentially expressed in different cancers.

"Dr. Macina's decision to join Axial strengthens our company's position as a major player in the molecular diagnostic arena," said John Climaco, President and CEO. "He is joining our senior management team during a period of significant progress and advancement. I am confident that his experience, talent, and energy will very quickly make him a key factor in achieving rapid and efficient advancement of our promising diagnostic products."


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