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ABAXIS Announces Worldwide Animal Health Licensing Agreement for Rapid Test Technology

UNION CITY, Calif., Jan. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Abaxis, Inc. (Nasdaq: ABAX), a medical products company manufacturing point-of-care blood analysis instruments for both the medical and veterinary markets, announced today that it has entered into a license agreement for co-exclusive worldwide rights in the field of animal health diagnostics in the professional marketplace for certain technologies pertaining to lateral flow immunoassay devices and methods.

This license agreement provides Abaxis the co-exclusive opportunity to utilize these technologies to expand the Abaxis product portfolio and enter on a large scale the professional veterinary rapid diagnostic market. This includes point of care tests for infectious diseases, hormones and therapeutic drugs. The total market for these types of tests in the animal health and laboratory animal research is estimated to be over $100,000,000 in the United States alone.

"The VetScan brand is recognized in the research market and animal health industry worldwide as synonymous with quality, reliability and unparalleled cost effectiveness. The Abaxis rapid diagnostic product line now in development will extend these attributes into rapid test lateral flow devices and maintain Abaxis' standards of product excellence," said Clint Severson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. Kenneth Aron, PhD, Chief Technology Officer added, "With this license agreement we will now be able to develop and offer point of care tests for animal health in the professional marketplace in both our rotor format and in the popular "strip test" format. Having this license means that we can now move forward with an aggressive plan to develop and place our product offerings in the widest range of professional market segments throughout the veterinary industry."

About Abaxis, Inc.

Abaxis develops, manufactures and markets portable blood analysis systems for use in any veterinary or human patient-care setting to provide clinicians with rapid blood constituent measurements. The system consists of a compact, 5.1 kilogram (11.2 pounds), portable analyzer and a series of single-use plastic discs, called reagent discs that contain all the chemicals required to perform a panel of up to 13 tests on veterinary patients and 14 tests on human patients. The system can be operated with minimal training and performs multiple routine tests on whole blood, serum or plasma samples. The system provides test results in less than 12 minutes with the precision and accuracy equivalent to a clinical laboratory analyzer. The veterinary business also provides to the veterinarian and research market now a line of hematology instruments for point of care complete blood counts (CBC).

This press release includes statements that constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Abaxis claims the protection of the safe-harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Reform Act. Specific forward-looking statements contained in this press release include, but are not limited to, risks and uncertainties related to the market acceptance of the Company's products and the continuing development of its products, risks associated with manufacturing and distributing its products on a commercial scale, risks associated with entering the human diagnostic market on a larger scale, risks involved in carrying of inventory, risks from unexpected problems or delays in the Company's manufacturing facility, risks associated with the ability to attract and retain competent sales personnel, general market conditions, competition, risks and uncertainties related to its ability to raise capital in order to fund its operations and other risks detailed from time to time in Abaxis' periodic reports filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date the statement was made. Abaxis does not undertake and specifically disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

    Contact:  Clint Severson             Lytham Partners, LLC
              Chief Executive Officer    Joe Dorame, Robert Blum and Joe Diaz
              Abaxis, Inc.               602-889-9700

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