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Epitope Adds Robert J. Zollars to Board of Directors

    BEAVERTON, Ore., Feb. 23 /PRNewswire/ -- Epitope, Inc. (Nasdaq: EPTO)
today announced that Robert J. Zollars, executive vice president and group
president of Cardinal Health, Inc., Dublin, Ohio, has been appointed to
Epitope's board of directors.
    Mr. Zollars joins the Epitope board having nearly twenty years of health
care industry experience with major organizations such as Cardinal Health,
Baxter International and American Hospital Supply Corporation.  Through his
prior business experience, he has gained an extensive understanding of the
health care industry and medical diagnostic markets, and has developed
numerous domestic and international contacts that will assist in expanding
Epitope's business around the world.  Additionally, Mr. Zollars has a
demonstrated ability to manage complex businesses to improve overall value and
returns.  A graduate of Arizona State University and John F. Kennedy
University, he has been active in professional and community affairs
throughout his business career.
    "I am extremely pleased that Bob Zollars has agreed to join us," said John
Morgan, president and chief executive officer of Epitope.  "He will make a
tremendous contribution to the company and bring a new level of health care
industry experience to our board.  We expect that his energy and his
enthusiasm about our business will be of great value in helping Epitope
accomplish its strategic initiatives."
    Mr. Zollars was appointed to the board of directors to fill a vacancy left
by the previously announced retirement of R. Douglas Norby on
February 17, 1998.  Mr. Zollars' initial term will run until the 1999 annual
meeting of shareholders, at which time he will stand for election for a full
three-year term.
    Epitope, Inc., is an Oregon based corporation that develops and markets
medical diagnostic products.  Its principal products, including the OraSure
oral specimen collection device, focus on the use of oral fluid to detect HIV
infection and other conditions, and are marketed primarily in the life
insurance and public health sectors.

Source: EPITOPE Inc.


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