Biocept, Inc. (Nasdaq: BIOC), a leading provider of molecular diagnostic assays, products and services, announces the appointments of Samuel D. Riccitelli as Interim President and Chief Executive Officer, succeeding Michael W. Nall, and Antonino Morales as Interim Chief Financial Officer, succeeding Timothy C. Kennedy. Biocept also named M. Faye Wilson as Lead Independent Director of the company’s Board of Directors. Mr. Riccitelli remains Chair of the Board.
“I am grateful and excited to see Sam and Antonino stepping into their interim roles at a time when Biocept is fulfilling such an important mission for our current COVID-19 testing clients and I am even more excited about what their leadership will mean to malignant tumor patients as we pursue the clinical validation of the CNSide™ assay in identifying metastatic cancer originating from all solid tumors,” said M. Faye Wilson, Lead Independent Director of Biocept.
Mr. Riccitelli has served as a member of Biocept’s Board since October 2020 and as Chair of the Board since June 2021. Mr. Riccitelli has been in the healthcare industry for more than 35 years. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of Orthopediatrics, Inc. since 2017, a company focused exclusively on the orthopedic implant needs of children. He recently served as Chief Executive Officer of Pathnostics, LLC, a molecular diagnostics company focused on improving antibiotic stewardship, from 2019 to 2020. From 2017 to 2019, Mr. Riccitelli served as Chair of the Board of Directors of Precipio, Inc., a diagnostic services company. From 2012 to 2017, Mr. Riccitelli served as President and Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Signal Genetics, Inc., a publicly traded molecular diagnostic company that was ultimately sold to Miragen Therapeutics, Inc. Mr. Riccitelli was also previously the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Genoptix, Inc., a publicly traded diagnostic company that was sold to Novartis in 2011. Mr. Riccitelli served in a number of research and development and general management leadership positions for Becton, Dickinson and Company and as a vice president, general manager and board member for BD Ventures, LLC., a venture capital fund.
Mr. Morales has served as a member of Biocept’s Board since July 2021 and as a member of Biocept’s Audit Committee from August 2021 until his appointment as Interim Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Morales is a certified public accountant and has more than 30 years of broad leadership experience in the US and Latin America. Mr. Morales served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Apoyo Financiero, Inc. from June 2017 to March 2020. Mr. Morales provides operational, market development, and financial consulting services for early stage companies in the United States as well as Fortune 500 companies in the United States and Latin America. He has served in multiple senior management or consulting roles with various Fortune 100 companies including Citibank, Bank of America, Arthur Andersen, and Mazda North America.
Biocept, Inc. develops and commercializes molecular diagnostic assays that provide physicians with clinically actionable information to aid in the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of patients with cancer. In addition to its broad portfolio of blood-based liquid biopsy tests, the company has developed the CNSide™ cerebrospinal fluid assay, designed to diagnose cancer that has metastasized to the central nervous system. Biocept also is leveraging its molecular diagnostic capabilities to offer nationwide RT-PCR-based COVID-19 testing and services to support public health efforts during this unprecedented pandemic. For more information, visit www.biocept.com. Follow Biocept on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
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