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CombiMatrix Appoints Jeremy M. Jones to Board of Directors

CombiMatrix Corporation

IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 26, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CombiMatrix Corporation (Nasdaq:CBMX), a molecular diagnostics company performing DNA-based testing services for cancer and developmental disorders, today announced that veteran healthcare services executive Jeremy M. Jones has been appointed to the Board of Directors, effective immediately. He fills a current vacancy on the Board, which with this appointment is now made up of six Directors.

Jones brings over 35 years of healthcare industry experience to the CombiMatrix Board. As a Director, Jones has served on Audit, Compensation, and Corporate Governance Committees and has a working familiarity with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002. During his career he has successfully led healthcare industry coalition efforts to unify the industry's splintered message to legislators, while building the largest homecare service provider in the nation, Apria Healthcare Group Inc., through merger, acquisitions and increased market dominance.

"We are pleased to welcome Jeremy to our Board. He is a seasoned and well respected healthcare executive with extensive experience in building and leading a number of successful healthcare companies," said Mark P. McGowan, Chairman of the CombiMatrix Board of Directors. "His diverse background, clinical laboratory and healthcare distribution experience combined with his large network of industry associates will be valuable resources as CombiMatrix pursues its strategy to become a world-class commercial laboratory, specializing in molecular diagnostic services."

Jones is well known for his exemplary track record of providing vision, expertise and leadership to successful healthcare organizations. Since 2000, he has been active as a strategic advisor, investor, and Director for healthcare distribution, home health care, clinical laboratory, disease management, and professional staffing businesses.

He is currently Chairman of NYSE-traded On Assignment Inc., a leading global provider of highly skilled, hard-to-find professionals in the life sciences, healthcare, and technology sectors, and he is on the Advisory Board of MedidaMetrics, provider of Exactcost Solutions. Jones was an investor in, and Chairman, of home health service companies, Byram Healthcare Centers Inc, and Lifecare Solutions, Inc, until their sale in 2008, and 2011. He has also served on the Board of US Labs, Inc., acquired by Lab Corp in 2005, Byram Healthcare, acquired by OPG Inc. in 2008 and Cardium Healthcare, acquired by CenCorp Health in 2006.

Jones has served two terms as Chairman of the Health Industry Distributors Association and was a Board Member of the National Association of Medical Equipment Services and founding Chairman of the Home Oxygen Services Coalition. He received the Dr. Jonas Salk Memorial Mentor in Medicine Award from the March of Dimes, recognizing him for his proven medical achievements as well as support of wellness programs aimed at the prevention of birth defects.

Jones lives with his family in Southern California and holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Iowa.

About CombiMatrix Corporation

CombiMatrix Corporation, through its wholly owned subsidiary, CombiMatrix Molecular Diagnostics, Inc. (CMDX), is a molecular diagnostics laboratory which offers DNA-based testing services to the prenatal, pediatric and oncology markets. The Company performs genetic testing utilizing Microarray, FISH, PCR and G-Band Chromosome Analysis. CMDX offers prenatal and pediatric testing services for the detection of abnormalities of genes at the DNA level beyond what can be identified through traditional technologies. CMDX was also the first commercial clinical laboratory in the United States to make comprehensive DNA-based genomic analysis of solid tumors, including breast, colon, lung, prostate and brain tumors, available to oncology patients and medical professionals. Additional information about CMDX is available at www.cmdiagnostics.com or by calling 1-800-710-0624.

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CONTACT: Company Contact: R. Judd Jessup President & CEO, CombiMatrix Corporation Tel (949) 753-0624 Media Contact: Len Hall VP, Media Relations Allen & Caron Tel (949) 474-4300 len@allencaron.com Investor Relations Contact: John Baldissera BPC Financial Marketing Tel (800) 368-1217

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