OPKO Health Announces Leadership Changes at BioReference Laboratories
MIAMI, Jan. 26, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Opko Health, Inc. (NASDAQ:OPK), announces that Gregory Henderson, M.D., Ph.D., has resigned from his position as President of BioReference Laboratories, an OPKO Health company and the third largest commercial laboratory in the United States, effective immediately. The Company has begun a search for his replacement and, in the interim, a committee of senior management will assume operational responsibilities.
“We thank Dr. Henderson for his work at BioReference Laboratories and wish him continued success in his endeavors,” said Phillip Frost, M.D., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OPKO Health. “The Company seeks to appoint an executive with the leadership skills and industry expertise consistent with OPKO’s vision for expanding BioReference’s role in the rapidly evolving diagnostic business.”
About OPKO Health, Inc.
OPKO Health is a diversified healthcare company that seeks to establish industry leading positions in large, rapidly growing markets. Our diagnostics business includes BioReference Laboratories, the nation's third largest clinical laboratory with a core genetic testing business and a 400 person sales and marketing team to drive growth and leverage new products, including the 4Kscore prostate cancer test and the Claros® 1 in-office immunoassay platform. Our pharmaceutical business features RAYALDEE, an FDA approved treatment for SHPT in stage 3-4 CKD patients with vitamin D insufficiency (launched in November 2016), VARUBI® for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (oral formulation and IV forms marketed by partner, TESARO); OPK88003, a once-weekly oxyntomodulin for type 2 diabetes and obesity that is a clinically advanced drug candidate among the new class of GLP-1 glucagon receptor dual agonists, and OPK88004, a selective androgen receptor modulator being developed for benign prostatic hypertrophy and other urologic and metabolic conditions. Our biologics business includes hGH-CTP, a once weekly human growth hormone injection (in Phase 3 and partnered with Pfizer), and a long-acting Factor VIIa drug for hemophilia in Phase 2a. We also have various production and distribution assets abroad, multiple strategic investments and an active business development strategy. More information is available at www.opko.com.
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