Oncocyte Announces the Appointment of John Peter Gutfreund as Independent Member of Its Board of Directors Effective July 28, 2022

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Aug 01, 2022

IRVINE, Calif., Aug. 01, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Oncocyte Corporation ( OCX), a precision diagnostics company with the mission to improve patient outcomes by providing personalized insights that inform critical decisions throughout the patient care journey, today announced the appointment of John Peter (JP) Gutfreund as an independent member of its board of directors, effective July 28, 2022.

“We welcome JP to our Board of Directors at what we believe to be an important time in the life of Oncocyte, as we anticipate bringing three major products through reimbursement and to market over the next four quarters,” said Ron Andrews, CEO of Oncocyte. “He brings a wealth of financial experience to our team, and his expertise will be immensely valuable as we look to balance our need to manage our cash while effectively executing on the growth phase ahead."

Since October 2019, Mr. Gutfreund has served as Managing Partner of Halle Capital Management, a growth oriented private equity firm focused on middle-market companies in the healthcare, consumer, and business services sectors. Mr. Gutfreund serves on the board of several Halle portfolio companies. Mr. Gutfreund is a trustee at Montefiore Health System, a New York based academic health system, where he serves as a member of the investment committee. Prior to joining Halle Capital Management, Mr. Gutfreund was the Director of Research at Glenview Capital Management from March 2013 to September 2019. Mr. Gutfreund worked in Investment Banking earlier in his career and holds a BA from New York University.

“I am thrilled to be joining the Oncocyte Board of Directors," said Mr. Gutfreund. "Oncocyte is on an exciting path, with multiple products in the pipeline, and I look forward to working with the Board to support management's vision for shareholder value creation.”

About Oncocyte
Oncocyte is a precision diagnostics company with a mission to improve patient outcomes by providing personalized insights that inform critical decisions throughout the patient care journey.

Through its proprietary tests and pharmaceutical services business, the Company aims to help save lives by accelerating the diagnosis of cancer and advancing cancer care. The Company’s tests are designed to help provide clarity and confidence to physicians and their patients at every stage. DetermaRx™ identifies early-stage lung cancer patients who are at high risk for cancer recurrence and who may benefit from adjuvant chemotherapy. DetermaIO™ is a gene expression test that assesses the tumor microenvironment to predict response to immunotherapies. The Company’s pipeline of tests in development also includes DetermaTx™, which will assess mutational status of a tumor, DetermaCNI™, a blood-based monitoring test, DetermaMx™, a long-term recurrence monitoring test, and VitaGraft™, a blood-based solid organ transplantation monitoring test. In addition, Oncocyte’s pharmaceutical services provide companies that are developing new cancer treatments a full suite of molecular testing services to support the drug development process.
DetermaRx™, DetermaIO™, DetermaTx™, DetermaCNI™, DetermaMx™ and VitaGraft™ are trademarks of Oncocyte Corporation.

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