CombiMatrix Hires R. Weslie Tyson, M.D., as Chief Medical Officer

Veteran Pediatric and Perinatal Pathologist With Strong Focus on Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

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IRVINE, Calif., March 10, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CombiMatrix Corporation (Nasdaq:CBMX), a molecular diagnostics company specializing in DNA-based testing services for developmental disorders and cancer diagnostics, today announced that veteran pediatric pathologist R. Weslie Tyson, M.D. (Wes), has been hired as Chief Medical Officer, effective April 8, 2014. Dr. Tyson, 56, will report directly to CombiMatrix President and CEO Mark McDonough.

He will replace Richard D. Hockett, Jr., M.D., as Chief Medical Officer, whose resignation was disclosed in a Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on February 24, 2014.

Dr. Tyson has been a practicing pediatric and perinatal pathologist for 24 years, and has practiced perinatal and pediatric pathology in the Denver community for the past 20 years. He was with The Children's Hospital in Denver from 1993 to 1998. He comes to CombiMatrix from UniPath, a multispecialty pathology group that staffs eight metro hospitals and a large central laboratory. Dr. Tyson founded the Pediatric/Neonatology section of UniPath and has directed the pediatric and perinatal service for UniPath since 1999.

"We continue to add talent to an already outstanding medical team and are very pleased to welcome to our executive team a pediatric pathologist with Dr. Tyson's background and passion for preventing recurrent pregnancy loss, who also understands the demands of clinicians," McDonough said. "We believe Wes' background and experience will be invaluable as we continue to execute our strategy to establish a dominant position in the prenatal and pediatric markets and become the premier independent laboratory focused on delivering microarray technologies."

Dr. Tyson began his clinical practice at the Kosair Children's Hospital and the University of Louisville and was there from 1990 to 1993.

He has published multiple articles, given extensive presentations and has been recognized by families and peers for his work and expertise in the area of perinatal pathology and poor pregnancy outcome.

Dr. Tyson attended medical school at the University of Colorado where he received his M.D. degree and also undertook his residency in anatomic pathology. He spent a fourth year at the University of Colorado Medical School specializing in clinical genetics followed by a two-year fellowship in pediatric and perinatal pathology at the University of British Columbia Women and Children's Hospitals. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Alpha Omega Alpha, and the Society of Pediatric Pathology.

About CombiMatrix Corporation

CombiMatrix Corporation provides valuable molecular diagnostic solutions and comprehensive clinical support to foster the highest quality in patient care. CombiMatrix specializes in miscarriage analysis, prenatal testing and pediatric genetics, offering DNA‑based testing for the detection of genetic abnormalities beyond what can be identified through traditional methodologies. CombiMatrix performs genetic testing utilizing a variety of advanced cytogenomic techniques, including chromosomal microarray, standardized and customized fluorescence in situ hybridization ("FISH") and high-resolution karyotyping. CombiMatrix is dedicated to providing high-level clinical support for healthcare professionals in order to help them incorporate the results of complex genetic testing into patient-centered medical decision making. Additional information about CombiMatrix is available at www.combimatrix.com or by calling 1-800-710-0624.

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Company Contact:
Mark McDonough
President & CEO, CombiMatrix Corporation
Tel (949) 753-0624

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