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Morgan Joins Epitope as Chief Executive Officer

    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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