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PathoGenetix Names Ann Merrifield as Chief Executive Officer and Prepares to Launch Unique Bacterial Identification Technology
Date:12/5/2012

Woburn, MA (PRWEB) December 05, 2012

PathoGenetix, Inc., a commercial-stage developer of an automated system for rapid identification and typing of bacteria strains, today announced that Ann Merrifield has joined the company as President and CEO. Ms. Merrifield takes the lead as PathoGenetix prepares to launch the first commercial system of its proprietary Genome Sequence Scanning (GSS) technology for food safety testing and outbreak investigation. PathoGenetix will provide its automated, benchtop technology to food industry and government customers beginning in 2013.

Ms. Merrifield has spent much of her career leading the development of high growth, profitable biotechnology businesses in biologics, diagnostic services and devices. Prior to PathoGenetix, Ms. Merrifield spent 18 years at Genzyme Corporation, a diversified, global biotechnology company, where she served as President of both the Genzyme Biosurgery and Genzyme Genetics businesses. Prior to Genzyme, Ms. Merrifield was a partner with Bain & Company, Inc.

“Ann Merrifield is the ideal leader to set direction, drive commercialization and develop partnerships for PathoGenetix as we transition from technology development to commercial application of Genome Sequence Scanning,” said PathoGenetix board member, Steve Gullans, Ph.D. “Ann’s success in ramping revenues for revolutionary scientific products is a perfect match for PathoGenetix at this stage.” Dr. Gullans is a co-founder and partner at Excel Venture Management, and was a faculty member at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital for nearly 20 years.

Originally developed to identify microbial bioterrorism threats, Genome Sequence Scanning is a breakthrough in bacterial identification technology that offers new levels of speed, automation and accuracy for
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