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Gen-Probe Board of Directors Elects Carl Hull Chief Executive Officer

- Hank Nordhoff, CEO Since 1994, to Serve as Non-Executive Chairman of the Board -

SAN DIEGO, March 23 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Gen-Probe Incorporated (Nasdaq: GPRO) announced today that its board of directors has elected Carl W. Hull the Company's new chief executive officer (CEO), effective May 18, 2009. He also is expected to join the Company's board of directors at that time.

Mr. Hull, currently Gen-Probe's president and chief operating officer, will become president and CEO following the retirement of Henry L. Nordhoff as the Company's CEO on May 17, 2009. Mr. Nordhoff, who has served as Gen-Probe's chief executive officer since 1994, will become non-executive chairman upon his re-election to the board by stockholders at the Company's 2009 annual meeting.

"I'm delighted to announce the board's unanimous election of Carl as Gen-Probe's next CEO," Nordhoff said. "He brings unparalleled experience in our field and a deep understanding of molecular diagnostics. His keen intellect and unflagging energy will prove invaluable as he takes the helm of the Company."

"In nearly 15 years as CEO of Gen-Probe, Hank has presided over tremendous business growth, product innovation and shareholder value creation," said Armin Kessler, Gen-Probe's lead independent director and former chief operating officer of Hoffman-La Roche. "The Company has grown from a subsidiary of Chugai, with $61 million in annual revenues, to a public company with a market capitalization exceeding $2 billion and revenues of $473 million last year. Gen-Probe's customers, employees and shareholders owe him a debt of gratitude, and the board is fortunate to be able to continue benefiting from his guidance and leadership."

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
    Vice president, investor relations and corporate communications

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