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Douglas A. Michels, President and Chief Executive Officer of OraSure Technologies was sworn in yesterday by U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, as a new member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). Individuals and organizations around the world reach to Michels' appointment below. You can read the full press release on the appointment here. You can also watch the video of the swearing in ceremony and PACHA's initial meeting here.

Video: The Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) is sworn in and holds its initial meeting.
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Senator Arlen Specter (PA-D)
"I am pleased that Mr. Michels has been appointed to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. I am also proud to count OraSure Technologies, one of Pennsylvania's leading small businesses, among the companies that are making an impact on the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. Under Mr. Michel's leadership, Orasure is helping to save lives with its innovative oral fluid diagnostic products."

Senator Bob Casey (PA-D)
"It is honor to have a Pennsylvania business leader among those selected to advise the President and the Secretary on the critically important issue of HIV/AIDS. Through his leadership of one of the Commonwealth's leading diagnostics companies, Mr. Michels has demonstrated a keen business acumen and a dedication to fighting the HIV/AIDS epidemic. He will make an excellent addition to the Council."

Congressman Charles W. Dent (PA-15)
"As a lifelong resident of the Lehigh Valley and the representative of the 15th District of Pennsylvania, I applaud the appointment of Douglas Michels, President and Chief Executive Officer of OraSure Technologies based in Bethlehem, Pa., to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. Doug has been an exemplary local and global business leader, and under his guidance, OraSure's innovative diagnostics technology has had a significant impact on the HIV/AIDS crisis in our country and around the world."

Andrew Young, Co-Chairman, Goodworks International, former Ambassador to the United Nations and Mayor of Atlanta
"As a former Ambassador to the United Nations and Mayor of one of America's great cities, I understand and recognize the devastating impact that HIV/AIDS is having on our communities both here and abroad. Understanding the complexities of this epidemic and to have the passion and knowledge to work collaboratively to fight this disease is critical and Mr. Doug Michels is perfectly suited to take on that challenge as a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. I commend President Obama and Secretary Sebelius on his appointment."

Julie Scofield, Executive Director, National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors
"On behalf of the National Alliance of State and Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD), we congratulate Doug Michels on his appointment to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.  As a respected leader in the diagnostics industry, and an individual deeply committed to having a positive impact on those communities most affected by the disease, Mr. Michels' perspective will be a valuable resource to the Council and the Administration.  Particularly important will be Mr. Michels' experience in working with public health and the health sector overall to expand the availability of HIV testing along with his leadership in recognizing the need to build the capacity of public health to respond to the intersecting epidemics of HIV and hepatitis C."

Frank Oldham Jr., President and CEO, National Association of People with AIDS
"I commend President Obama's appointment of Doug Michels to the President's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. Mr. Michels' extraordinary business acumen, his keen understanding of the disease and its impact on our communities and his deep professional and personal dedication to advancing this country's public health will be an invaluable resource to the committee. I believe that the HIV/AIDS epidemic, here in the U.S. and abroad, is best fought through a strategic partnership between government, corporate and advocacy organizations working together to support and address those communities most affected by the disease. OraSure Technologies, under Doug Michels' exemplary leadership, has proven time and time again that they are committed to working in partnership with organizations such as NAPWA to increase access to HIV testing and prevention education.  By working together we are saving lives from the destruction of HIV/AIDS. All of us are proud of Doug's appointment."

C. Virginia Fields, president and CEO of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS
"As the President of the National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, I have had the pleasure to work side-by-side with Doug Michels in his capacity as CEO of OraSure Technologies, one of the corporate leaders in the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic.  Through his work, Mr. Michels has demonstrated not only a deep commitment to advancing HIV prevention, but also a dedication to specifically addressing the challenges that exist in the communities most impacted by the AIDS epidemic.  I am confident that his contribution to the Presidential Advisory Council will be extremely valuable to the Administration in its development and implementation of a global AIDS strategy."

Guillermo Chacon, President, Latino Commission on AIDS
"On behalf of the Latino Commission on AIDS, I applaud President Obama's appointment of Doug Michels to the President's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS. Under Mr. Michels' leadership, OraSure has been a true pioneer and innovator in HIV diagnostics, helping to identify thousands of individuals who have HIV and might otherwise not know their status. As the fastest growing minority in the U.S., Hispanics are disproportionately affected by HIV/AIDS, and OraSure has worked hand-in-hand with us to address this health crisis. We enthusiastically support Mr. Michels' appointment and are confident that he will be an invaluable member of the Council."

 

Barbara Joseph, co-chair of the National Black Women HIV/AIDS Network
"The National Black Women HIV/AIDS Network congratulates Doug Michels on his appointment to the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS.  Having worked with Mr. Michels and the team at OraSure Technologies, Mr. Michels is deeply committed to fighting this epidemic and will bring the perspective, and compassion needed in our fight against HIV/AIDS."