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Abaxis Announces First Ever CLIA-Waived Comprehensive Metabolic Panel
Date:11/8/2007

dered in the U.S." said Clint Severson, Chairman, President and CEO of Abaxis. "By removing the barriers associated with moderately complex chemistry analysis, a host of non-traditional healthcare environments such as retail clinics, mobile clinics and home healthcare professionals can now conduct comprehensive health screenings at the point of care."

Dr. Dennis Bleile, Director of Assay Performance and Compliance for Abaxis, Inc. said, "The data collected to achieve CLIA waiver for 20 of our test methods has validated our belief that any medical practice using our Piccolo analyzers can achieve lab-accurate results at the point of care. The Piccolo analyzer and the complement of available CLIA waived diagnostic tests now broaden the capabilities for a wider variety of healthcare professionals to make critical, on-site patient triage recommendations without the expense, resources and documentation required for a moderately complex laboratory."

The Abaxis CLIA waived menu of health panels now includes:

-- Comprehensive Metabolic Panel

-- Basic Metabolic Panel

-- Electrolyte Panel

-- Kidney Check

-- Lipid Panel

-- Lipid Panel Plus

-- Liver Panel Plus

-- General Chemistry 6

-- General Chemistry 13

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 equi
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