Talis Biomedical Appoints Former Roche Molecular CEO Heiner Dreismann to Board of Directors, Announces Former Genomic Health CEO Kim Popovits as Lead Independent Director
REDWOOD CITY, Calif., May 23, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Talis Biomedical Corporation (Nasdaq: TLIS), a diagnostic company dedicated to advancing health equity and outcomes through the delivery of accurate infectious disease testing in the moment of need, at the point of care, today announced Heiner Dreismann has joined its board of directors, effective immediately. Talis Bio also recently appointed Kim Popovits, who has served as a member of the board since March 2020, as its lead independent director.
“Heiner’s entrepreneurial vision and track record leading multiple corporate functions over the course of his 20-year tenure at Roche Diagnostics are ideal for the opportunities Talis Bio is pursuing,” said Rob Kelley, chief executive officer at Talis Bio. “We look forward to benefiting from Heiner’s seasoned perspective and Kim’s continued support as we execute our plan to deliver multiple women’s and sexual health tests at the point of care.”
Dr. Dreismann has more than 35 years of experience in the diagnostic industry and is regarded as a pioneer in the early adoption of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) technique. From 1985 to 2006, he held multiple executive positions at Roche Diagnostics, including president and chief executive officer of Roche Molecular Systems, head of global business development of Roche Diagnostics and member of Roche’s Global Diagnostic Executive Committee. Dr. Dreismann currently serves on the boards of several public and private healthcare companies. He earned a Master of Science degree in Biology and his Ph.D. in Microbiology/Molecular Biology (summa cum laude) from the University of Munster in Germany.
“I believe there is a significant opportunity to decentralize molecular testing, beginning with some of the most pressing needs in women’s and sexual health that Talis Bio plans to address. I am impressed by the differentiated design of the Talis One® system and the manufacturing capabilities the company has established to support its commercial plan,” said Dr. Dreismann. “I look forward to collaborating with this impressive team to advance Talis Bio’s regulatory strategy and product roadmap.”
Ms. Popovits has been a member of the Talis Bio board of directors since March 2020 and has been elevated to be its lead independent director. She is the former chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer of Genomic Health. Under her leadership, Genomic Health became the world’s leading provider of genomic-based diagnostic tests that optimized the treatment of cancer, resulting in an acquisition by Exact Sciences for $3 billion in 2019. Prior to joining Genomic Health in 2002, Ms. Popovits held multiple senior management roles of increasing responsibility at Genentech. In addition to Talis Bio, she currently serves on the boards of several public and private healthcare companies.
“Talis Bio has made important progress and is now well positioned to execute on its plans for future growth and value creation. I welcome Heiner to Talis Bio and look forward to working with the board and the executive leadership team to deliver on our mission to address a critical need in serving patients at the point of care,” said Ms. Popovits.
About Talis Biomedical
Talis Biomedical is dedicated to advancing health equity and outcomes through the delivery of accurate infectious disease testing in the moment of need, at the point of care. The Company plans to develop and commercialize innovative products on its sample-to-answer Talis One® system to enable accurate, low cost, and rapid molecular testing. For more information, visit talisbio.com.
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