OPKO Health Appoints Jane Pine Wood as Chief Legal and Compliance Officer of BioReference Laboratories

MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)– OPKO Health, Inc. (Nasdaq: OPK) announces the appointment of Jane Pine Wood, Esq. as Chief Legal and Compliance Officer of its wholly owned subsidiary, BioReference Laboratories, effective October 1, 2016.

Ms. Wood is a nationally respected healthcare attorney who has been practicing law for 29 years. She specializes in laboratory regulatory and compliance matters, and has counseled more than 500 pathology groups and 350 clinical laboratories. For the past 28 years she has been with the multi-state law firm McDonald Hopkins LLC, where she is a member of the firm’s board of directors. Ms. Wood is a frequent speaker at national and state laboratory and pathology meetings, is a contributor to association publications and is regularly quoted in the national press. Ms. Wood graduated from the Vanderbilt University School of Law.

“We are delighted to welcome Jane to the BioReference Laboratories team. She has a distinguished legal career, having counseled a multitude of pathology practices and clinical laboratories across the country; she is considered one of the leading legal experts in the field. Her diverse experience and insight on matters impacting the diagnostics and laboratory industries will be of great value as we continue to deliver high quality diagnostic services to improve patient care,” said Gregory S. Henderson, M.D., Ph.D., President of BioReference Laboratories.

About BioReference Laboratories, Inc.

BioReference Laboratories is one of the largest and fastest growing full-service diagnostic laboratories in the world, providing clinical testing services to physician offices, clinics, hospitals, long-term care facilities and employers while also advancing drug discovery and development with disease foundations, academic and pharmaceutical partners. BioReference’s comprehensive testing capabilities and expertise spans molecular diagnostics, anatomical pathology, women’s health, oncology and rare disease genetics. For more information, visit www.bioreference.com.

About OPKO Health

OPKO Health, Inc. is a diversified healthcare company that seeks to establish industry-leading positions in large, rapidly growing markets. Our diagnostics business includes BioReference Laboratories, the third-largest clinical laboratory in the U.S. with a core genetic testing business and a 420-person sales force to drive growth and sell new products, such as the 4Kscore® prostate cancer test and the Claros® 1 in office immunoassay platform. Our pharmaceutical business features RAYALDEE®, an FDA-approved treatment for stage 3-4 CKD patients with secondary hyperparathyroidism and vitamin D insufficiency, and VARUBI™ for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (oral formulation launched by partner Tesaro and IV formulation PDUFA is January 2017). Our biologics products under development are hGH-CTP, a once-weekly human growth hormone for injection (partnered with Pfizer), long-acting Factor VIIa for hemophilia (in Phase 2a) and a long-acting oxyntomodulin for diabetes and obesity (in Phase 1). OPKO has production and distribution assets in several countries abroad, strategic investments and an active business development strategy. More information is available at www.opko.com.

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