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Swiss Experts Recommend QuantiFERON(R)-TB Gold for Tuberculosis Infection Screening Prior to Initiating anti-TNF-a Therapy
Date:11/14/2007

fficial journal of the Swiss Society of Infectious Diseases, the Swiss Society of Internal Medicine and the Swiss Respiratory Society.

References

Swiss Med Wkly 2007; 137:621-622.

http://www.smw.ch/docs/pdf200x/2007/43/smw-11939.pdf

About QuantiFERON(R)-TB Gold (QFT(TM)):

QFT(TM)- - a simple blood test -- is the first major advancement in TB diagnosis since the introduction of the tuberculin skin test (TST) over 100 years ago. The QFT(TM) test is based on measurement of a cell mediated immune response in TB-infected individuals. The T cells of these individuals are sensitized to TB, and respond to stimulation with peptides simulating those expressed by the TB causing bacteria, secreting a cytokine called interferon- a. QFT(TM) accurately measures the interferon-a response in a sensitive enzyme assay. QFT(TM) is unaffected by previous BCG vaccination and most other mycobacteria.

Unlike the TST, it requires only one patient visit, is a controlled laboratory test, and provides an objective, reproducible result that is not subject to interpretation based on a patient's relative risk factors for TB exposure.

About Cellestis:

Cellestis is a listed Australian biotechnology company commercializing QuantiFERON(R) technology for diagnosing TB and other diseases worldwide. The Company operates through subsidiaries in the USA, Europe and Australia.

For more information, visit http://www.cellestis.com or please contact one of our local spokespersons at:

Cellestis International

AUSTRALIA

Tel: +61 3 9571 3500 (tel)

quantiferon@cellestis.com

(Contact Mr. George Dragovic)

Cellestis Europe

GERMANY

Tel: +49 6151 428 590

europe@cellestis.com

(Contact Mr.
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