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Axis-Shield announces change in management structure


Dundee, Scotland, 3 January 2007: Axis-Shield (LSE:ASD, OSE:ASD), the international in vitro diagnostics company, today announces the promotion of Dr Ian Gilham to the new position of Chief Operating Officer with effect from January 1st 2007. Ian was previously Managing Director of the Laboratory Division and in his new role he will also assume responsibility for the Point-of-Care and Distribution Divisions. Ian will continue to report to Svein Lien, Chief Executive Officer, who will focus on strategy and business development. Prior to joining Axis-Shield in 2001, Ian held senior positions at GlaxoSmithKline, Abbott Laboratories, Celltech and Amersham International.

Svein Lien commented: “I am very pleased to announce this change which represents recognition of Ian’s strong performance managing the Laboratory Division since 2001. Ian’s key focus will now be on the day to day operation of the whole Group and ensuring that Axis-Shield achieves its ambitious growth targets, encompassing the commercialisation of our new Afinion™ Point-of-Care system and our AxSYM® xtra product roll-out programme.”

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Axis-Shield is a global manufacturer of in vitro diagnostic kits with a focus on new markers in cardiovascular, rheumatoid, infectious and alcohol-related diseases, diabetes, dementia and near patient testing to facilitate improved patient management. News releases and company information are available at


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