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Cepheid Receives FDA Clearance for Xpert Flu, Delivering Simultaneous Detection and Differentiation of Flu A, Flu B, and 2009 H1N1 Strain
Date:4/26/2011

lighted the need for fast, accurate, and differentiating diagnostics," said Dr. Preveen Ramamoorthy, Director of Molecular Diagnostics, Advanced Diagnostic Laboratories at National Jewish Health in Denver CO. "An easy-to-use molecular Flu test can assist clinicians in making real-time medical decisions that can significantly improve patient management."

First detected in the United States in April 2009, the H1N1 influenza virus caused the first influenza pandemic by a new flu virus in more than 40 years. While the H1N1 influenza virus is no longer at pandemic levels, the CDC anticipates the virus will continue to spread for years to come along with the regular seasonal influenza virus.(2)

Xpert Flu is Cepheid's 11th Xpert test to receive FDA clearance, and will be available for shipment in two weeks. Xpert Flu is also available as a CE IVD Mark product under the European Directive on In Vitro Diagnostic Medical Devices. For more information on Xpert Flu and Cepheid's complete menu of accurate, rapid & easy-to-use molecular tests, please visit: http://www.cepheid.com/flu.

About CepheidBased in Sunnyvale, Calif., Cepheid (Nasdaq: CPHD) is a leading molecular diagnostics company that is dedicated to improving healthcare by developing, manufacturing, and marketing accurate yet easy-to-use molecular systems and tests. By automating highly complex and time-consuming manual procedures, the company's solutions deliver a better way for institutions of any size to perform sophisticated genetic testing for organisms and genetic-based diseases. Through its strong molecular biology capabilities, the company is focusing on those applications where accurate, rapid, and actionable test results are needed most, such as managing infectious diseases and cancer. For more information, visit http://
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