– BELGIUM, Mechelen – Biocartis Group NV (Euronext:BCART), an innovative molecular diagnostics company, today announces that Rudi Pauwels has expressed his preference to focus on the longer term strategy of the Company, including a pathway towards a Next-Generation Sequencing based product offering. Therefore, the Board has decided that Rudi Pauwels will take on the role of Chairman of a new Strategy Committee of the Board and that he will pass on the role of CEO to a successor. The Company is confident that a successor can be announced in the next few months. Hilde Windels, currently Deputy CEO, will assume the role of CEO until a successor is on board.
Rudi Pauwels, Founder of Biocartis, commented: “Ten years ago, we embarked on a journey to develop high precision molecular diagnostic solutions that by design would be more accessible to laboratories and healthcare settings around the globe. I had the pleasure to work intensely together with a great team on the development of the Idylla™ platform that has its roots at Philips. The CE-marking late 2014 was the beginning of the commercial phase and, fueled by a growing number of tests, the Idylla™ solution is now increasingly finding its way to customers in Europe and around the world. I am particularly pleased to see that the hard work during the development has translated into great performance of our first tests. Building further on these foundations, Biocartis must now increasingly focus on worldwide commercial expansion and on the pathway towards building significant top line revenue. I therefore feel it is time for me to hand over the torch as CEO and I am happy that Hilde Windels, with whom I have been working side-by-side over the last 6 years, is taking over from me as interim CEO. This will allow me to increase my focus on innovation and strategy even more, in another capacity. I look forward to continue to be involved with Biocartis and to assist the Company in its roll-out of innovative products and breakthrough solutions that I believe can make a significant contribution to the growing role of molecular diagnostics in healthcare.”
Rudi Mariën, Chairman of Biocartis, added: “We are thankful for Rudi’s dedication to Biocartis over the past years. Without him, Biocartis would not have been what it is today. Under his leadership, the Company launched its flagship program IdyllaTM, successfully raised EUR 115m in its IPO and established promising partnerships with healthcare leaders including amongst others Johnson and Johnson, Abbott, Amgen, Merck and Thermo Fisher Scientific. We are pleased to see that Rudi will remain active on the Board, which will enable Biocartis to continue to benefit from his visionary views and insights on how to continue to deliver on our promises while remaining at the forefront of innovation.”
Biocartis is an innovative molecular diagnostics (MDx) company providing next generation diagnostic solutions aimed at improving clinical practice for the benefit of patients, clinicians, payers and industry. Biocartis’ proprietary MDx Idylla(TM) platform is a fully automated sample-to-result, real-time PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) system that offers accurate, highly reliable molecular information from virtually any biological sample in virtually any setting. Biocartis launched the Idylla(TM) platform in 2014. Biocartis is developing and marketing a rapidly expanding test menu addressing key unmet clinical needs in oncology and infectious diseases. These areas represent respectively the fastest growing and largest segments of the MDx market worldwide. Today, Biocartis has eight oncology tests and two infectious disease tests in its product menu.
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