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Cepheid Receives Health Canada Medical Device License for Xpert MRSA(TM) Test and GeneXpert(R) System
Date:1/29/2008

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Canadian infection control officers have recommended that hospitals make prevention of healthcare acquired infections a patient safety priority, and should commit adequate resources to screening and implementation of other preventative measures. According to the March 2007 Ontario Provincial Infectious Disease Advisory Committee (PIDAC) recommendations, high-risk patients, as well as other patients as defined by local epidemiology and risk factors, should be actively screened for MRSA.

Xpert MRSA is Cepheid's second test to receive Health Canada license, following Smart GBS in October of 2007.

About the GeneXpert Molecular Diagnostic Platform

The GeneXpert System is a closed, self-contained, fully-integrated and automated platform that represents a paradigm shift in the automation of molecular analysis, producing accurate results in a timely manner with minimal risk of contamination. The GeneXpert System is the only system to combine on-board sample preparation with real-time PCR (polymerase chain reaction) amplification and detection functions for fully integrated and automated nucleic acid analysis. The system is designed to purify, concentrate, detect and identify targeted nucleic acid sequences thereby delivering answers directly from unprocessed samples. Modular in design, the GeneXpert System has a variety of configurations to meet the broad range of testing demands of any clinical environment.

About Cepheid

Based in Sunnyvale, Calif., Cepheid (Nasdaq: CPHD) is an on-demand molecular diagnostics company that develops, manufactures, and markets fully-integrated systems for genetic analysis in the clinical, industrial and biothreat markets. The company's systems enable rapid, sophisticat
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