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Lucy Shapiro, Ph.D., Elected to Gen-Probe Board of Directors
Date:5/19/2008

SAN DIEGO, May 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Gen-Probe Incorporated (Nasdaq: GPRO) announced today that Lucy Shapiro, Ph.D., a renowned molecular microbiologist at Stanford University, has been elected to its board of directors. Gen-Probe's board now has eight members, including seven who are not Gen-Probe employees.

"We are delighted to add Lucy's expertise, intelligence and enthusiasm to an already strong Gen-Probe board, and we look forward to her making substantial contributions from day one," said Hank Nordhoff, the Company's chairman and chief executive officer.

Dr. Shapiro, 67, is the Virginia and D.K. Ludwig professor of cancer research, associate chair of the department of Developmental Biology, and director of the Beckman Center for Molecular and Genetic Medicine at Stanford University's School of Medicine. She is a senior fellow at the Institute for International Studies at Stanford and a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences.

Dr. Shapiro is a co-founder and director of Anacor Pharmaceuticals, a biopharmaceutical company developing novel small-molecule therapeutics to treat infectious and inflammatory diseases. She is also co-chair of the company's scientific advisory board. She was a non-executive director of GlaxoSmithKline from 2001 to 2006.

Dr. Shapiro has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Microbiology, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences for her work in the fields of molecular biology and microbiology. She received the Selman Waksman Award from the National Academy of Sciences in 2005. She received a B.A. from Brooklyn College and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

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 approximately 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 http://www.gen-probe.com.

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858-410-8673


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