BEAVERTON, Ore., Sept. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Epitope, Inc. (Nasdaq: EPTO) today announced that John W. Morgan has been hired as President and Chief Executive Officer of the company. He will join Epitope in early October. Mr. Morgan was hired following a national search for an executive experienced in the management of high-growth, medical products businesses. Before accepting his position with Epitope, he was President-Americas of Regent Medical Products Group, Norcross, Georgia, for approximately two years. Regent, the U.S. subsidiary of London International Group, plc, manufactures and markets surgical gloves and supplies. As President-Americas, Mr. Morgan was responsible for Regent's business in North and South America. Before joining Regent, Mr. Morgan held various positions with Baxter Healthcare Corporation, where he worked for 14 years. From 1993 to 1996, he was President, Mid-American Regional Company, of Baxter, accountable for medical product revenues in excess of $450 million. "John's professional management experience and broad knowledge of the medical products business are important and timely additions to Epitope," commented Roger Pringle, Chairman of the Board. "Epitope is concentrating on commercializing its novel, oral fluid diagnostics technology in the U.S. life insurance industry and the public health markets. John will add to our strategic and operational strength in building sales in these markets. We are also moving ahead with development of additional product applications and markets, including international markets, areas that will draw on John's expertise." Mr. Morgan will succeed W. Charles Armstrong, an Epitope director who has served as president and chief executive officer on an interim basis since June 1997. Epitope, Inc. is a biotechnology company that develops and markets medical diagnostic products. Its Agritope, Inc. subsidiary specializes in the development of new fruit and vegetable plant varieties.
Source: EPITOPE Inc.
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