UPDATE 1-CombiMatrix names new chief executive

* Names Judd Jessup as CEO effective Aug. 23

* Says Q2 diagnostic lab rev up 51 pct

* Cuts restructuring costs by 50 pct to about $1 mln

Aug 16 (BestGrowthStock) – Biotechnology firm CombiMatrix Corp
(CBMX.O: ) named Judd Jessup as chief executive, more than a
month after its former CEO resigned as part of a restructuring,
and said its diagnostic lab revenue for the second quarter rose
51 percent.

Jessup, a veteran in the healthcare and managed care
industries, was formerly CEO of US Labs, a division of
Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings (LH.N: ). He will join
CombiMatrix on Aug. 23.

The company’s former CEO Amit Kumar stepped down on June 30
as part of a restructuring to cut costs and focus on its
diagnostic business. Chairman Mark McGowan was interim CEO.

The Irvine, California-based company lowered its cash
restructuring cost to $975,000 from previous estimate of $1.5
million and said the second quarter includes an impairment
charge of $20.3 million.

Shares of the company, which have lost 64 percent of their
value since touching a year high in late January, closed at
$2.83 Friday on Nasdaq. They have shed more than 40 percent in
value since the restructuring was revealed on April 19.
(Reporting by Himank Sharma in Bangalore; Editing by Gopakumar
Warrier)

UPDATE 1-CombiMatrix names new chief executive