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Cepheid Announces Nomination of Geisinger Health System CEO and Renowned Oncology Researcher to Board of Directors
Date:3/15/2011

SUNNYVALE, Calif., March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Cepheid (Nasdaq: CPHD) today announced that Glenn Steele, Jr., MD, PhD, has been nominated for election to Cepheid's Board of Directors at the company's Annual Meeting of Shareholders to be held on April 26, 2011.

Dr. Steele has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Geisinger Health System, a physician-led health care system serving multiple regions of Pennsylvania, since 2001.  Before that, Dr. Steele served as the Richard T. Crane Professor in the Department of Surgery, Vice President for Medical Affairs, and Dean of the Biological Sciences Division and the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago.  In addition, Dr. Steele was previously the William V. McDermott Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, President and Chief Executive Officer of Deaconess Professional Practice Group and Chairman of the Department of Surgery at New England Deaconess Hospital.

"With extensive experience in the healthcare industry, as a noted surgeon, researcher and now CEO of a large hospital group, Glenn will bring an invaluable perspective to the Cepheid Board," said John Bishop, Cepheid's Chief Executive Officer.  "Additionally, as a renowned researcher in the fields of liver and colorectal cancers, Dr. Steele will also further strengthen our Board just as Cepheid is moving more aggressively to extend the reach of our Xpert® test portfolio into oncology."

Dr. Steele serves on the boards of Bucknell University, Temple University School of Medicine, Premier Inc. as Vice Chair, Weis Markets Inc., Wellcare Health Plans Inc., and the American Hospital Association Committee of Research.  

About CepheidBased in Sunnyvale, Calif., Cepheid (Nasdaq: CPHD) is a leading molecular diagnostics comp
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