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Ingen Biosciences Appoints Research & Development Director

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Ingen Biosciences has announced that the company has appointed Dr. Karine Mignon-Godefroy as director of research & development.

Dr. Mignon-Godefroy joins Ingen Biosciences just at the point when the company has launched its first proprietary in vitro diagnostic (IVD) kit, as part of its drive to generate new revenue. Ingen Biosciences posted EUR 20 million revenues in 2009, derived mainly from sales of outsourced products.

The IVD kits that Ingen Biosciences develops and markets to detect infectious diseases in prosthetic replacements are based on its specialty knowledge in proteomics and expertise in synthesizing new recombinant antigens.

Dr. Mignon-Godefroy will be responsible for identifying clinically relevant recombinant antigens as potential markers for the detection of infectious diseases found in prosthetic replacements, and to develop innovative IVD kits for clinical use.

“We are delighted to have Dr. Karine Mignon-Godefroy join us as we prepare to take the development of products that detect infectious diseases in prosthetic replacements to the next level,” says Jean-Pierre Hermet, chairman and CEO of Ingen Biosciences. “Dr Mignon-Godefroy’s 15 years’ experience in biotechnology, depth of knowledge and skills will be a major contribution to our on-going R&D efforts. Her arrival will also strengthen the team, who have made significant inroads into developing products based on innovative technologies.”

Dr. Mignon-Godefroy, (43), joins Ingen Biosciences from the Blood Virus division of Bio-Rad, a manufacturer and distributor of products for a wide range of technologies including proteomics, where she was director of international projects for two years. Before Bio-Rad, she held the post of R&D manager at BMD, a developer of biomedical diagnostics from 2002 – 2008, where she was in charge of developing reagents based on Luminex technology. From 1995 to 2001, Dr. Mignon-Godefroy was group leader at Chemunex (known as AES-Chemunex), a company specializing in detecting microbiological contamination. She received her PhD in Immunology from the University of Pierre and Marie Curie (Paris).

“I am pleased to be joining a strong R&D team that is making key contributions in an area of growing importance,” said Dr. Mignon-Godefroy. “I look forward to using my experience, in particular my knowledge in developing diagnostic products based on Luminex technology, to help further the development of clinically relevant in vitro diagnostic kits.”