BETHLEHEM, Pa., Nov. 28, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OraSure Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:OSUR), the market leader in oral fluid diagnostics, announced today that it has appointed Kathleen G. Weber as the Company's Senior Vice President and General Manager, Consumer Products. Her appointment is the culmination of an extensive national search which began this past July following the Company's receipt of U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of its OraQuick ® In-Home HIV Test.
Ms. Weber will be responsible for the growth and success of OraSure's OraQuick® In-Home HIV Test and for expanding the Company's consumer products franchise. Ms. Weber will report to Douglas A. Michels, OraSure's President and Chief Executive Officer.
"We are very excited to have Kathy join OraSure to lead our Consumer Products business," said Mr. Michels. "Kathy brings extensive consumer healthcare experience to her role at OraSure. Her leadership will be instrumental in supporting the successful U.S. launch of our OraQuick® In-Home HIV Test and expanding our consumer products business in both the U.S. and international markets."
Ms. Weber has nearly 25 years of direct to consumer health care and marketing experience. She most recently served as Senior Vice President at Pfizer Consumer Healthcare where she directed the Global Rx-to-OTC switch team and managed the $700 million U.S. Analgesics and Respiratory businesses including the Advil® brand. While at Pfizer, Ms. Weber also managed topical healthcare businesses including the Neosporin®, Bengay®, Desitin®, Purell® and Cortizone-10® brands.
Prior to Pfizer, Ms. Weber served as Vice President, Marketing for Johnson & Johnson Consumer Healthcare where she headed up the $1.3 billion oral care and sanitary protection categories for the Listerine®, REACH®, Stayfree® and Carefree® brands. Earlier in her career, she led critical aspects of the largest ever Rx-to-OTC switch at Schering Plough when Claritin® went over the counter.
Ms. Weber received a B.S. degree in business administration from Georgetown University and earned an MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business.
OraQuick® In-Home HIV Test National Television Advertising Campaign
The Company also announced today that it will launch its OraQuick® In-Home HIV Test television advertising campaign on December 1st, to coincide with World AIDS Day. The campaign will air on major cable networks, a sampling of which includes MTV, A&E, BET, E!, Bravo and Logo and also on the nation's number one rated reality show NBC's The Voice on December 17th. The TV advertising campaign will complement the digital advertising campaign already in progress and comes at a time when retail distribution efforts have reached optimal levels.
The TV advertising campaign, originally scheduled to commence in January 2013, is not expected to impact OraSure's previously announced financial guidance for the fourth quarter.
About OraSure Technologies
OraSure Technologies is a leader in the development, manufacture and distribution of oral fluid diagnostic and collection devices and other technologies designed to detect or diagnose critical medical conditions. Its innovative products include rapid tests for the detection of antibodies to HIV and HCV at the point of care and testing solutions for detecting various drugs of abuse. In July 2012, the Company received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the Company's OraQuick® In-Home HIV Test for sale directly to consumers in the over-the-counter (OTC) market – making it the first and only rapid OTC HIV test approved in the U.S. In addition, the Company is a leading provider of oral fluid sample collection, stabilization and preparation products for molecular diagnostic applications. OraSure's portfolio of products is sold globally to various clinical laboratories, hospitals, clinics, community-based organizations and other public health organizations, research and academic institutions, distributors, government agencies, physicians' offices, and commercial and industrial entities. The Company's products enable healthcare providers to deliver critical information to patients, empowering them to make decisions to improve and protect their health.
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