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Quest Diagnostics CE Marks Simplexa™ Test for Cytomegalovirus for Sale in Europe
Date:11/15/2011

MADISON, N.J. and CYPRESS, Calif., Nov. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Quest Diagnostics Incorporated (NYSE: DGX), the world's leading provider of diagnostic testing, information and services, today announced that its Focus Diagnostics business has CE marked its new Simplexa Cytomegalovirus (CMV) molecular test kit on the 3M™ Integrated Cycler for distribution to approximately 35 countries in Europe. The test is designed to enable hospital labs to perform advanced molecular testing for cytomegalovirus (CMV), a potentially fatal virus infection in patients with compromised immunity, particularly those undergoing organ transplantation.

Focus Diagnostics will showcase the Simplexa CMV and other Simplexa tests at the MEDICA 2011 International Trade Fair with Congress – World Forum for Medicine, to be held November 16-19, 2011, in Dusseldorf, Germany (Booth 3/C16-1, Hall 3).

The Simplexa CMV test employs real-time polymerase chain reaction to quantitatively detect CMV in whole blood specimens and plasma. With the CE mark of the Simplexa CMV test, Focus Diagnostics has one of the most comprehensive molecular transplant-testing menus in the European marketplace. In early 2011, Simplexa EBV and Simplexa BK quantitative assays were granted CE-IVD status. Focus Diagnostics also offers molecular primer pairs for the development of laboratory tests, including JC virus, Varicella-Zoster Virus (VZV), adenovirus and human herpesvirus-6 (HHV-6).

"The ability to detect and quantify CMV and other viruses known to affect organ transplant and other immunocompromised patients is critical to patient care," said Jay M. Lieberman, M.D., medical director, infectious disease, Quest Diagnostics and Focus Diagnostics. "With our Simplexa CMV and other test products, physicians in hospitals and other facilities with molecular labs can more quickly get the laboratory results they need
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