MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA--(Marketwire - November 29, 2012) - Genetic Technologies Limited (ASX: GTG) (NASDAQ: GENE) announced today the appointment of Dr. Mal Brandon to the position of Chairman. In addition, Ms. Alison Mew, the Company's Chief Operating Officer will now serve as Acting Chief Executive Officer and Mr. Tom Howitt will continue in his role as Chief Financial Officer. These appointments follow the departure of Directors, Dr. Mel Bridges, Mr. Huw Jones and Mr. Greg Brown along with Dr. Paul MacLeman, Chief Executive Officer.
"On behalf of the Board and management team, I wish to extend our gratitude to the departing Directors for their service and, in particular, to Paul MacLeman who was integral in transforming Genetic Technologies into a commercial stage women's health company. Moving forward, the strategy for corporate growth remains unchanged as we continue to ramp-up BREVAGen™ sales and our overall U.S. operations while driving the Company's successful global licensing program," commented Dr. Mal Brandon, Chairman of Genetic Technologies.
The departure of the aforementioned Directors and Chief Executive Officer was announced on November 27th as part of the Company's Annual General Meeting results held on November 26th in Melbourne, Australia.
The BREVAGen™ breast cancer risk stratification test is a novel genetic test panel that examines a patient's DNA to detect the absence or presence of certain common genetic variations (SNPs) associated with an increased risk for developing breast cancer. The test is designed to help physicians assess aggregate breast cancer risk from these genetic markers, plus factors from a standard clinical assessment based on a patient's family and personal history, thus giving a clearer picture of an individual woman's risk of developing breast cancer. The BREVAGen™ test may be especially useful for women predisposed to hormone dependant breast cancer, including those who have undergone breast biopsies, as the test will provide information that can help physicians recommend alternative courses of action, such as more vigilant, targeted surveillance or preventive therapy, on a personalized patient-by-patient basis. For more information, please visit http://www.brevagen.com, or http://www.brevagen.com.au
About Genetic Technologies Limited
Genetic Technologies is an established diagnostics company with more than 20 years of experience in commercializing genetic testing, non-coding DNA and product patenting. The Company has operations in Australia and the U.S. and is dual-listed on the ASX (GTG.AX) and NASDAQ (GENE). Genetic Technologies is focused on the commercialization of its patent portfolio through an active out-licensing program and the global expansion of its oncology and cancer management diagnostics assets. Its U.S. subsidiary, Phenogen Sciences, offers novel predictive testing and assessment tools to help physicians proactively manage women's health. Phenogen's lead product, BREVAGen™, is a first in class, clinically validated risk assessment test for non-familial breast cancer. For more information, please visit http://www.gtglabs.com, or http://www.phenogensciences.com.
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