Health Discovery Corporation (OTCBB: HDVY) announced today that on December 18, 2012, the Board of Directors appointed Dr. John Norris as its new CEO. He succeeds Dr. Stephen Barnhill, who founded HDC, served as Chairman and CEO for 9 years and brought the Company to profitability in Q3 2012.
Dr. Norris, 65, until his appointment as CEO, was Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, and Chief Regulatory Officer of Health Discovery Corporation and had served in that capacity for the past three years.
“I look forward to assuming the role of CEO at Health Discovery Corporation and leading the Company to its next level of success,” stated John A. Norris, JD, MBA, Chief Executive Officer of Health Discovery Corporation, “and I want to personally thank Dr. Stephen Barnhill for his many years of dedication to and leadership of HDC as Chairman and CEO from its inception through its profitability. I also want to acknowledge his contribution as an inventor of some 40 of HDC’s patents which are valuable assets of the Company. I look forward to receiving his guidance and advice as I transition into my role as CEO.”
Dr. Norris is a Former Principal Deputy Commissioner (second-in-command) and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration), where with Former FDA Commissioner, Dr. Frank Young, he co-led the last major reform of the FDA. This work was performed under the overall leadership of President Ronald Reagan, HHS Secretaries Margaret Heckler and Dr. Otis Bowen, FDA Commissioner Dr. Frank Young, Senator Orrin Hatch, and Congressman Paul Rogers.
Dr. Norris is a Former Director and Co-Leader of the turnaround of Summit Technology (NASDAQ: BEAM), inventor of computer-driven (semi-automated) laser eye surgery. The FDA approved Summit’s version of LASIK using the Summit Apex Plus Excimer Laser Workstation. Alcon Laboratories Inc. (NYSE: ACL), the eye-products unit of Nestle, S.A., acquired Summit Technology, Inc., for $893 million. Summit Technology, based in Waltham, Massachusetts, had sales of $111 million.