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Molecular Biometrics Hires Denny Sakkas, PhD Renowned Yale Embryologist and International Thought-Leader, as Chief Scientific Officer; Opening U.S. Research Facility
Date:1/23/2008

CHESTER, N.J., Jan. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Molecular Biometrics, a privately-held company developing novel diagnostic tools to more accurately characterize biologic function in health and disease, today announced that Denny Sakkas, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Yale University School of Medicine, and Director of the embryology laboratory at Yale Fertility Center, has joined the company as Chief Scientific Officer. Molecular Biometrics is applying its proprietary metabolomics technology to bring new accuracy to diagnostics in five areas of medicine where there is a demonstrated need, including reproductive health, neurodegenerative disease (Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease), maternal fetal medicine, and drug discovery and development. The company's lead product candidates are diagnostic tests used to evaluate embryos, oocytes and sperm viability for in vitro fertilization (IVF).

Molecular Biometrics also announced that it is opening a new 2,200 square foot research facility, adjacent to Yale University, in January 2008. Dr. Sakkas will oversee the company's research and development activities from this new lab facility, which will initially be dedicated to the company's lead product candidate, ViaTest-E(TM). ViaTest-E is in late-stage development for the assessment of embryo viability in the field of IVF and assisted reproductive technology.

"Dr. Sakkas brings decades of research and clinical experience to our team. Denny is one of the top scientists in the field of embryology and has pioneered embryo culture, diagnosis and selection techniques, the analysis of cells to detect disease, and the development of tests for genetic disorders and chromosomal abnormalities," said James T. Posillico, PhD, President and Chief Executive Officer, Molecular Biometrics. "Denny will take on an integral role working with the company's scientific team to develop metabolomic-based diagnostic tools that offer more accurate, non-invasive methods for the embryol
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