ORLANDO, Fla., Dec. 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- GeneLink BioSciences, Inc., (OTC Bulletin Board: GNLK) a leading consumer genomics and biotechnology company ( www.genelinkbio.com), is pleased to announce the appointment of David L. Macdonald as its interim Chief Executive Officer, effective December 28, 2009.
Mr. Macdonald is a proven entrepreneurial leader with more than 25 years of experience building high performance teams and achieving aggressive goals in technical product and service environments. He will be applying his skills, which are reflected by an impressive track record in the successful commercialization of proprietary healthcare related technology, international expansion, operational excellence, regulatory compliance, product development and execution of licensing opportunities. Mr. Macdonald will help GeneLink develop and execute its plan to exploit its position as a scientific leader in consumer genomics.
Prior to joining GeneLink, Mr. Macdonald served as the President and Chief Operating Officer at Nichols Institute Diagnostics (NID). Upon acquisition of NID by Corning Life Sciences and the eventual spinout of Quest Diagnostics, Mr. Macdonald became a Vice President at Quest where, along with having responsibility for NID, he was a senior team member of Quest – a $5 billion laboratory services business with 30,000 employees. He also served as CEO and Director at AltheaDx, CEO, President and Director at Nanomix, Senior Vice President of Global Operations and Business Development at Nanogen, and as CEO, President and a member of the Board of Directors at Progeny Systems.
Monte E. Taylor, Jr., who has served as the CEO of both GeneLink and its wholly owned subsidiary GeneWize, will continue as the CEO of GeneWize. Bernard L. Kasten, MD, GeneLink's Executive Chairman reflected, "We wish to acknowledge that the success that GeneWize has enjoyed is largely due to the tireless efforts of Monte Taylor. By developing an enhanced infrastructure at GeneLink to support GeneWize, Mr. Taylor will be able to focus his efforts toward growing GeneWize. GeneLink, led by Mr. Macdonald, is committed to supporting Mr. Taylor, his GeneWize management team, our marketing affiliates and our customers."