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UNM Technology Startup Avisa Diagnostics Announces New Chief Medical Officer

Avisa Diagnostics, a startup commercializing technology developed at the University of New Mexico, announced recently that Richard K. Murray, M.D. has joined their team as Chief Medical Officer. Dr. Murray is an experienced pulmonologist with over 25 years of industry experience. He previously served as Vice President and Deputy Chief Patient Officer at Merck & Co. and is a Fellow at the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University. He has managed all areas of medical affairs, including outcomes research, medical information, professional and academic affairs, field-based medical physicians, and investigator-initiated trials globally.

Avisa was formed to commercialize breath-test technology for early detection and treatment of lung infections developed by Dr. Graham Timmins, Associate Professor of Pharmaceutical Science at the University of New Mexico (UNM), and colleagues from UNM’s College of Pharmacy. The company has developed the Avisa BreathTest™ (ABT), an ultra-rapid, point-of-care biomarker breath test for the detection and monitoring of bacterial load in post-COVID-19 “long haulers” who can develop acute respiratory disease, and ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP). Avisa has established clinical proof-of-concept through their trials in cystic fibrosis, tuberculosis and community-acquired pneumonia.

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Avisa Diagnostics Appoints Dr. Richard Murray as Chief Medical Officer

Experienced Industry pulmonologist brings decades of respiratory experience

Santa Fe, NM and Malvern, PA, September 1, 2021. Avisa Diagnostics Inc. (CSE:AVBT) (Avisa), a clinical-stage medical device company developing an ultra-rapid, point-of-care biomarker breath test for the detection and monitoring of virulent bacterial lung infections, is pleased to announce that the Company has hired Richard K. Murray, M.D., to the newly created position of Chief Medical Officer (CMO).

Dr. Murray has over 25 years of industry experience. He worked at Merck & Co. for many years in positions of increasing responsibility, in a variety of business, medical and scientific areas. His most recent position was Vice President and Deputy Chief Patient Officer. Dr. Murray was also a Fellow at the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University. He has managed all areas of medical affairs, including outcomes research, medical information, professional and academic affairs, field-based medical physicians, and investigator-initiated trials globally. Prior to his industry career, he was a practicing physician in cardiovascular-pulmonary medicine and an asthma researcher at the Hospital of the Univerversity of Pennsylvania. Dr. Murray has an M.D. from Howard University and an M.A. in Chemistry and A.B. in Psychology from Clark University. Dr. Murray currently is Board Chair of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.

David S. Joseph, President and Chief Executive Officer of Avisa, said: “We are thrilled to have Richard join our team. He is a highly accomplished leader who brings a wealth of expertise to Avisa. He is a change driver who has led teams and major initiatives in a wide range of areas. His broad experience engaging hospitals and patients and managing client-facing teams and external relationships will be invaluable to Avisa as we advance development of the Avisa BreathTest™.”

Dr. Richard K. Murray, Chief Medical Officer of Avisa, added: “I am excited to join the Avisa team at this critical stage in the company’s development. Throughout my career, I have focused on addressing patient needs by listening to the patient and working with internal and external teams to find innovative solutions to optimize care. I believe that the Avisa BreathTest has the possibility of bringing better treatment to patients by identifying pathogens early so appropriate antibiotics can be given and by monitoring to ensure that patients get treated quickly to avoid a worsening of their disease. These efforts align very well with the critically important goal of antimicrobial stewardship.”

About Avisa Diagnostics Inc.
Avisa (CSE:AVBT) is a clinical-stage medical device company developing the Avisa BreathTest™ (ABT), a novel drug/device biomarker technology platform that enables the ultra-rapid detection of virulent bacterial pathogens, detecting and monitoring bacterial load after the patient inhales or ingests its proprietary drug substrates. The Company has established clinical proof-of-concept through trials in cystic fibrosis, tuberculosis and community-acquired pneumonia, which demonstrated positive safety and clinical efficacy results. Avisa is planning pivotal trials in Post-COVID-19 bronchiectasis and ventilator-associated pneumonia and plans to submit an Investigational Device Exemption application to the U.S. FDA for the first pivotal trial next year. For further information, visit http://avisadx.com/ and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Contact
Avisa Diagnostics Inc.
David S. Joseph
President and Chief Executive Officer
Phone: +1 610 947 0360
E-mail: info@avisadx.com
www.avisadx.com

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