MOUNTAINSIDE, NJ, Jan 03, 2011 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- PROTEONOMIX, INC. (OTCBB: PROT), a biotechnology company focused on developing therapeutics based upon the use of human cells and their derivatives, is pleased to provide an update on the Company's addition to its Board of Directors. Proteonomix, Inc. is pleased to announce that Ian McNiece has been appointed to the Proteonomix Board of Directors effective today. Dr. McNiece, has served as Vice-President for Scientific Development and Chief Scientific Officer since November 11, 2009. He received his PhD in 1986 from the University of Melbourne undertaking his thesis work in studies of blood cell development at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute in Melbourne, Australia. He moved to the United States in July, 1986 to the University of Virginia as a postdoctoral fellow. In August, 1997 he was employed by Amgen, Inc, as a Research Scientist and then as a Laboratory Head. In September 1998, he left Amgen and moved to the University of Colorado as the Director of Research in the Bone Marrow Transplant Program. Subsequently, he joined JHU as a Professor of Oncology and Laboratory Director of the Graft Engineering Laboratory from January 2003 to May 2007. This laboratory is responsible for all processing of bone marrow, peripheral blood progenitor cell (PBPC) products and cord blood products for transplantation of cancer patients. He was actively involved in optimization of cellular grafts for patient treatment and the translation of basic research to clinical treatment. In July, 2007 he joined the Stem Cell Institute at U Miami as Director of the Experimental and Clinical Cell-Based Therapies and is presently Professor of Medicine at U Miami. Dr. McNiece on January 2, 2007 became a member of the Scientific Advisory Board and Chief Scientific Officer of Proteonomix.
In February, 2010, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of The Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT). Founded in 1996, FACT establishes standards for high quality medical and laboratory practice in cellular therapies. It is a non-profit corporation co-founded by the International Society for Cellular Therapy (ISCT) and the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT) for the purposes of voluntary inspection and accreditation in cellular therapy field. The major objective of FACT is to promote high quality patient care and laboratory performance in the belief that a valid accreditation must assess both clinical and laboratory aspects.
In 2000, recognizing the global impact of cord blood banking and transplantation, FACT co-developed international standards for cord blood collection, processing, testing, banking, selection and release. In 2006, FACT collaborated to establish international standards in the field of cellular therapy by international teams of experts in cellular therapy and cord blood banking fields. The standards contain the minimum guidelines for facilities and individuals performing cellular therapy product transplantation, cord blood banking, or providing support services for such activities. On-site inspections are carried out by a team of inspectors who are qualified by training and experience, have attended inspector training and who have a working knowledge of FACT. The inspection process is quality-oriented and follows the FDA's rules for current Good Tissue Practice.
Mr. Michael Cohen, Chairman and CEO of Proteonomix, noted, "The elevation of Dr. McNiece to the Board will allow Ian to play a greater role in developing corporate policy especially as it relates to the development and procurement of Intellectual policy ('IP'). Further, as BOD member, Dr. McNiece will have the ability to influence the development of other business strategies that affect the current portfolio of IP."
Dr. McNiece stated, "I look forward to serving on the Board of Directors and expediting the development and commercialization of our current and future products, especially as this relates to the Proteonomix portfolio of clinical applications."
About Proteonomix, Inc. and subsidiaries:
Proteonomix is a biotechnology company focused on developing therapeutics based upon the use of human cells and their derivatives. Proteoderm, Inc. a wholly owned subsidiary of Proteonomix has recently opened its retail web site, Proteoderm.com, and begun accepting pre-orders for its anti-aging line of skin care products. StromaCel, Inc.'s goal is the development therapeutic modalities for the treatment of Cardiovascular Disease (CVD). StromaCel, Inc. is pursuing the licensing of other technologies for therapeutic use. National Stem Cell, Inc. is Proteonomix' operating subsidiary. The Sperm Bank of New York, Inc., engaged in reproductive tissue banking, including sperm, ova, ovarian tissue and testicular tissue, is a subsidiary of National Stem Cell, Inc. Proteonomix Regenerative Translational Medicine Institute, Inc. ("PRTMI") intends to focus on the translation of promising research in stem cell biology and cellular therapy to clinical applications of regenerative medicine. Proteonomix intends to create and dedicate a subsidiary to each of its technologies. Please also visit www.proteonomix.com, www.proteoderm.com, www.otcqb.com and www.sec.gov.
Certain statements contained herein are "forward-looking statements" (as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). Proteonomix, Inc. cautions that statements made in this press release constitute forward-looking statements and makes no guarantee of future performance. Actual results or developments may differ materially from projections. Forward-looking statements are based on estimates and opinions of management at the time statements are made.