MELA Sciences, a Leader in Melanoma Diagnostics, Appoints Rose Crane as President and Chief Executive Officer and a Director, Effective as of Monday, November 11th

IRVINGTON, N.Y., Nov. 6, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MELA Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq:MELA), the medical device company that has developed and is commercializing MelaFind®, an optical diagnostic device using proprietary technology that enables dermatologists to "see" below the surface of a patient's skin to aid in the diagnosis of melanoma, today announced that the Company has appointed Rose Crane as its President and Chief Executive Officer and a director, effective as of November 11, 2013. At such time Interim CEO, Robert Coradini, will assume the Chairman's role and thereafter is planned to provide ongoing active consulting while current Chairman, David Stone, will resume his director's role on the Board.

Rose Crane was most recently Partner at Appletree Partners where she was responsible for assessing and recommending products to build the Appletree portfolio, consisting of pharmaceutical products, medical devices and healthcare services. Previously, Rose was Chief Executive Officer and President of Epocrates, where she developed the strategic plan to advance and promote growth at the company. She also organized and directed the efforts for a successful IPO for Epocrates in 2011. Rose served as Company Group Chairman of OTC/Nutritionals at Johnson & Johnson leading the largest worldwide OTC company. She also spent 20 years of her career at Bristol-Myers Squibb, most recently as President of US Primary Care where she managed an operating unit with annual sales of $7.5 billion.

"Rose is an experienced healthcare industry executive with an excellent track record for growing organizations, driving corporate development activities and successfully building commercial platforms to create value for shareholders," said Robert Coradini, Interim CEO of MELA Sciences. "We believe that her leadership and operational expertise will lead MELA Sciences during the next stage of our evolution in building our business and in the pursuit of establishing MelaFind as a standard of care in the fight against melanoma."

"I am pleased to be joining MELA Sciences, a company that is at an inflection point in its growth trajectory, building both a talented workforce and strong relationships with clinical partners and customers," said Rose Crane. "I look forward to working with the Board and the management team to strengthen the Company's operational performance, drive the commercialization of MelaFind and position MELA Sciences to achieve its full potential."

MelaFind is the first and only FDA-approved automated optical imaging device for melanoma detection used by dermatologists and was recognized by the Cleveland Clinic as a Top 10 Medical Innovation for 2013. MelaFind was featured in the Wall Street Journal, and recently received national attention on "The Rachael Ray Show". Consumers can learn more about the device or locate a MelaFind dermatologist in their area by visiting

About MELA Sciences, Inc.

MelaFind is the first and only FDA approved automatic (algorithm-based) optical diagnostic device for melanoma detection used by dermatologists.

MELA Sciences is an optical imaging medical device company focused on dermatology diagnostics. Our first and flagship product is MelaFind, though we plan to explore new uses and embodiments of the Company's innovative technology. MelaFind is a non-invasive diagnostic tool to provide additional information to dermatologists during melanoma skin examinations. The device uses multispectral light from visible to near-infrared wavelengths to evaluate skin lesions up to 2.5 mm beneath the skin. The device provides information on a lesion's level of morphologic disorganization to provide additional objective information that may be used by dermatologists in the biopsy decision-making process. MelaFind has been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for use in the US. In addition, MelaFind has received CE Mark approval and is approved for use in the European Union.

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