Molecular Diagnostics Veteran Heiner Dreismann, Ph.D., Joins PDI, Inc. Board of Directors

Aug 13, 2014, 16:05 ET from PDI, Inc.

PARSIPPANY, N.J., Aug. 13, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- PDI, Inc. (Nasdaq: PDII), a leading healthcare commercialization company, today announced that Heiner Dreismann, Ph.D., former president and chief executive officer of Roche Molecular Systems, Inc., has joined its board of directors. Effective immediately, his addition brings the total number of board members to seven.

Dr. Dreismann possesses more than 27 years of global diagnostics experience in various positions at Roche Diagnostics and later Roche Molecular Systems (RMS), a business unit of Roche Diagnostics. In his last role at RMS, Dreismann oversaw the doubling of the molecular in vitro diagnostics business to over $1 billion and had overall responsibilities for business, corporate and R&D functions, as well as the respective staff.

"Dr. Dreismann has been on the cutting edge of the molecular diagnostics industry for his entire career, and his experience will be invaluable as a member of PDI's board of directors," said Jerry Belle, Chairman of the Board, PDI, Inc. "Dr. Dreismann's extensive industry and technical knowledge, business acumen and ability to effect change perfectly aligns with our long term vision and strategy for PDI."

Dr. Dreismann also serves on the boards of directors of several other public and privately held companies, including GeneNews, Stratos Genomics, Magellan Diagnostics, Singulex, Celula, Inc. and Myriad Genetics, among others.

"I am honored at this election to PDI's board and look forward to contributing my insight and perspectives as a member," said Dreismann. "The company is truly evolving as an innovative healthcare company and as a commercially-oriented molecular diagnostics company.  I eagerly anticipate playing a role in helping to further its progress."

Dr. Dreismann received his Ph.D. (summa cum laude) in Microbiology/Molecular Biology and Master's degree in Biology from Westfaelische Wilhelms University, Muenster, and completed a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the French Center for Nuclear Research in Saclay.  He is a current member of the European Diagnostic Manufacturers Association, the American Society for Microbiology and New York Academy of Sciences.

About PDI, Inc.

PDI is a leading healthcare commercialization company providing superior go-to-market strategy and execution to established and emerging healthcare companies through its three core business units. PDI's Interpace Diagnostics subsidiary is working to develop and commercialize molecular diagnostic tests leveraging the latest technology and personalized medicine for better patient diagnosis and management. The company's Contract Sales business unit (CSO) is a leading provider of outsourced pharmaceutical, medical device and diagnostics sales teams. Its Group DCA division is a pioneer in insight-driven digital communication services and integrated multichannel message delivery.

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