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Siemens Receives FDA Approval for the VERSANT 440 Molecular System
Date:2/18/2008

Siemens Offers Next Generation Molecular Viral Load Testing to the U.S.

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DEERFIELD, Ill., Feb. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Siemens Healthcare (http://www.siemens.com/diagnostics) announced today that its VERSANT(TM) 440 Molecular System has been approved for marketing by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for use with the VERSANT HCV RNA 3.0 assay for management of HCV-infected patients undergoing antiviral therapy. The VERSANT 440 Molecular System represents the next generation in automated viral load testing, providing laboratories with greater throughput and less hands-on time, maximizing productivity to meet the evolving needs of the clinical laboratory.

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"We are pleased to offer clinical laboratories leading-edge solutions in molecular diagnostics that support cost-effective and timely screening and treatment of infectious disease," said Jim Reid-Anderson, Chief Executive Officer, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics Division. "The VERSANT 440 Molecular system provides clinical laboratories and physicians an outstanding tool that enables quantitative monitoring of Hepatitis C and the delivery of personalized treatment that addresses the unique needs of every patient."

The VERSANT 440 Molecular System is a branched DNA (bDNA) system designed for flexible walk-away automation. Its single room technology and consolidated footprint allow the system the flexibility to fit anywhere in the clinical laboratory. The VERSANT 440 System streamlines workflow by integrating bar code data entry, automated reagent processing, signal amplification detec
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