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Cepheid Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2008 Results
Date:2/5/2009

sociated Infections, and we enter 2009 with a broadened - and expanding - test menu that we believe will enable continued adoption of our GeneXpert system even in today's tough economic environment."

"With the potential for on-going economic uncertainty, we have executed a series of actions designed to optimize our opportunity for growth in our Core Clinical sales while reducing our 2009 spending levels and supporting our profitability improvement objectives. These actions included: a reduction-in-force totaling 47 positions that impacted employees, contractors and replacement positions; the implementation of a hiring freeze with the exception of specified positions in sales, marketing and manufacturing; and the suspension of annual salary increases for 2009."

"Without detriment to our near-term strategic imperatives, we have postponed certain facility expansions and selectively slowed development of some of our longer term strategic projects. Our near-term projects were not impacted by these actions. Notably, development of our Clostridium difficile test, our vanA/vanB Xpert test for vancomycin-resistant enterococci (or VRE), and our MRSA/SA nasal pre-surgical test are on-track and are expected to be released in the United States in the second half of 2009. In addition, in the first half of the year, we expect the European release of our Xpert TB test which simultaneously detects TB along with multi-drug resistance."

Operational Overview

  • Fourth quarter of fiscal 2008 Core Clinical sales of $24.7 million grew 53% from $16.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2007, while total fourth quarter of fiscal 2008 product sales of $36.1 million were down 2% from the same quarter a year ago due to anticipated declines in our biothreat business. For the full year 2008, total product sales of $159.4 million grew 37% from $116.5 million reported for the full year
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