CombiMatrix Corporation Names Karen Warner, RN, Vice President Of Reimbursement

IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 20, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CombiMatrix Corporation (Nasdaq:CBMX), a molecular diagnostics company specializing in DNA-based testing services for pre- and postnatal developmental disorders, today announced the appointment of Karen Warner, RN, as Vice President of Payer Access and Reimbursement. Ms. Warner joined on January 19, 2015 and will be responsible for managed care, payer access, and reimbursement.

"Karen joins CombiMatrix at a very exciting time for the company with the recent additions of new products to our prenatal testing portfolio and our continued sales growth," said Mark McDonough, President and Chief Executive Officer of CombiMatrix. "Karen's expertise in payer relations and reimbursement will be a critical asset as we work to expand coverage of our service offerings across payer types and geographies nationwide."

Ms. Warner has more than 30 years of experience in the healthcare industry. She joins CombiMatrix from Bako Integrated Physician Solutions where she served as Director of Payer Relations and was responsible for national market access for all payers, including Medicare, Medicaid, commercial and other government program and private institution payers. Within 12 months at Bako, she secured direct multi-year national agreements at preferred pricing with six large national payers and 27 key regional/state Blues plans. Prior to Bako, Ms. Warner was president of Touch Point Consulting, a payer relations consulting company in molecular diagnostics, genetics and personalized medicine. Ms. Warner has previously held various positions in payer relations and reimbursement at Genoptix Medical Laboratories, Alkermes and Sanofi-Synthelabo. Ms. Warner is a Registered Nurse and holds a BSN from the University of Bridgeport.

About CombiMatrix Corporation

CombiMatrix Corporation provides valuable molecular diagnostic solutions and comprehensive clinical support for the highest quality of care – specializing in miscarriage analysis, prenatal and pediatric healthcare. CombiMatrix offers comprehensive testing services for the detection of abnormalities of genes at the DNA level beyond what can be identified through traditional technologies. The Company performs genetic testing utilizing microarray, FISH, PCR and G-Band chromosome analyses. Additional information about CombiMatrix is available at or by calling 1-800-710-0624.

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CONTACT: Company Contact: Mark McDonough President & CEO, CombiMatrix Corporation (949) 753-0624 Investor Contact: Robert Flamm, Ph.D. Russo Partners, LLC (212) 845-4226 Media Contact: David Schull or Lena Evans Russo Partners LLC (212) 845-4271

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