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Eric Lai Joins Gen-Probe as Senior Vice President, Research and Development

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Gen-Probe Incorporated (Nasdaq: GPRO) announced today that Eric Lai, Ph.D., has joined the Company as senior vice president, research and development.

"We are very pleased to add Eric's scientific expertise and leadership to our already strong senior management team," said Carl Hull, Gen-Probe's president and chief operating officer. "We believe Eric will play an integral role in helping our R&D team drive short-, medium- and long-term product sales growth for the Company."

Dr. Lai, 51, was most recently vice president, pharmacogenetics experimental project coordination and analysis, at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). He was previously GSK's vice president for discovery and pipeline genetics. Before joining GSK in 1995, he was an assistant professor in the department of pharmacology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Dr. Lai earned a Ph.D. in pharmacology and microbiology from Columbia University, M. Phil. and M.A. degrees from the department of pharmacology at Columbia, and a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada.

About Gen-Probe

Gen-Probe Incorporated is a global leader in the development, manufacture and marketing of rapid, accurate and cost-effective nucleic acid tests (NATs) that are used primarily to diagnose human diseases and screen donated human blood. Gen-Probe has more than 25 years of NAT expertise, and received the 2004 National Medal of Technology, America's highest honor for technological innovation, for developing NAT assays for blood screening. Gen-Probe is headquartered in San Diego and employs approximately 1,000 people. For more information, go to

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    Michael Watts
    Senior director, investor relations and corporate communications

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