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DiaTech Life Sciences Announces Medical Advisory Board
Date:11/30/2011

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Nov. 30, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- DiaTech Life Sciences has announced the formation of a Medical Advisory Council to advance the use of the Microculture Kinetic (MiCK) assay for apoptosis, a new assay designed to predict which chemotherapy is most effective for cancer patients. DiaTech has introduced this technology for individual patient testing and recently developed a model to assist pharmaceutical companies in validating new drugs that may be more effective.

Franklyn G. Prendergast M.D., Ph.D., will lead the Advisory Board. Dr. Prendergast obtained his medical degree (with honors) from University of the West Indies in 1968, his BA and MA in Physiology from the University of Oxford (as a Rhodes Scholar) and Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Mayo Graduate School/University of Minnesota. He has been on staff of the Mayo Clinic since 1977 and has served in many scientific and administrative capacities there, most notably: Chair, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology; Mayo Clinic Rochester Board of Governors; Mayo Clinic Board of Governors; Mayo Foundation's Board of Trustees; Director, Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer Center; Director, Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine. He has been the Edmond and Marion Guggenheim Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology since 1986. He also has an extensive history on review and advisory committees of the National Institutes of Health and has been a member of the Board of Directors of Eli Lilly and Co since 1996. Dr. Prendergast has published more than 300 papers and abstracts.

Roy S. Herbst M.D., Ph.D., will also join the DiaTech Advisory Board. He recently accepted the position to lead medical oncology at Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven and was previously at University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Herbst is best known for his work in linking genetic abnormalities of cancer ce
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