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FirstMark Welcomes Renowned Cardiologist and Researcher Dr. Prediman K. Shah to Scientific Advisory Board
Date:6/13/2012

SAN DIEGO, June 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- FirstMark, the diagnostic division of GenWay Biotech, announced today that Dr. Prediman K. (PK) Shah has joined its Scientific Advisory Board.

Dr. Shah is Professor at Cedars-Sinai Professorial Series and Director of the Division of Cardiology. He also is the Director of the Oppenheimer Atherosclerosis Research Center at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center where he leads several studies that focus on heart disease prevention and treatment. Dr. Shah holds the Shapell and Webb Family Chair in Clinical Cardiology at Cedars-Sinai. Dr. Shah has been Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) since 1992. Between 1992 and 2005, Dr. Shah and his colleagues conducted revolutionary research on mutant apo-A1 protein, called Apo-A1 Milano that produced a form of HDL that provided greater protection against atherosclerosis and vascular inflammation. In separate studies conducted, Dr. Shah found that a vaccine created from LDL significantly reduced plaque buildup in animals that had high cholesterol levels.

"We are very pleased Dr. Shah has joined FirstMark's advisory team," said Thomas Silberg, President and CEO of GenWay Biotech. "His outstanding background in cardiovascular medicine, focus on prevention, and extensive experience in research will be a critical support as we continue to build clinical interest and application for FirstMark PREvent."

Dr. Shah joins the FirstMark Scientific Advisory Board that is composed of innovative and nationally recognized leaders in cardiology and research. Each of these individuals has made substantial contributions to the field of cardiology. The main focus of the Board is to provide guidance for further clinical development and validation of FirstMark's new cardiovascular test PREvent. PREvent is the first and only multiple biomarke
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