THOROFARE, N.J., March 12, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Akers Biosciences, Inc. (LSE:AKR) (Nasdaq:AKER), (the "Company" or "ABI"), a leading designer and manufacturer of rapid diagnostic screening and testing products, today announces that President and CEO Thomas A. Nicolette will be stepping down from the board and leaving the Company, effective March 28, 2014. Mr. Nicolette is the principal of Nicolette Consulting Group Limited, a business management consulting firm specializing in capital raising and financial planning. Through a series of consulting agreements, Mr. Nicolette has held the position of ABI's President since February 2007 and Chief Executive Officer since April 2008. Most recently, he played an integral role in ABI's successful listing on the NASDAQ Capital Market raising $15 million to support ABI's growth. Raymond F. Akers, Jr. PhD, the Company's Co-founder and Executive Chairman of the Board will assume the duties of President and CEO effective March 28, 2014; Mr. Nicolette will assist in the transition.
Dr. Akers stated, "On behalf of Akers Biosciences, my fellow Board Members and our employees, I want to thank Mr. Nicolette for his tireless efforts on our behalf over the last seven years, especially as it relates to achieving the financial stability that now enables the Company to entirely focus on the execution of its business plan. We wish Tom much success in his future endeavors."
Dr. Akers continued, "With the benefit of our fully-subscribed NASDAQ IPO in January of this year, Akers Biosciences is well-positioned to move to its next phase of operational strategy focused on rapid commercialization of existing and near-term products, as well as new product development. We have a well-defined business plan in place for immediate execution, and we have begun a comprehensive search for proven leaders in medical device discovery and commercial development to achieve our staffing goals."
ABOUT AKERS BIOSCIENCES, INC.
Akers Biosciences develops, manufactures, and supplies rapid, point of care screening and testing products designed to bring healthcare information both rapidly and directly to the consumer or healthcare provider. The Company has advanced the science of diagnostics while responding to major shifts in healthcare through the development of several proprietary platform technologies. The Company's state-of-the-art rapid diagnostic assays can be performed virtually anywhere in minutes when time is of the essence. The Company has aligned with major healthcare companies and high volume medical products distributors to maximize product offerings, and to be a major worldwide competitor in diagnostics. Additional information on the Company and its products can be found at www.akersbiosciences.com.
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CONTACT: For more information: Raymond F. Akers, Jr. PhD Executive Chairman of the Board Akers Biosciences, Inc. Tel. +1 856 848 8698 Jon Cunningham RedChip Companies, Inc. Tel. +1 407 644 4256 x107 Antony Legge / James Thomas Daniel Stewart (Nomad and Broker) Tel. +44 (0)20 7776 6550 Ben Simons Vigo Communications Tel. +44 (0)20 7016 9574Source:Akers Biosciences, Inc.