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China Medical Technologies Completed the Development of Prostate Cancer FISH Reagent
Date:4/3/2008

BEIJING, April 3, 2008 /Xinhua-PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- China Medical Technologies, Inc. (the "Company") (Nasdaq: CMED), a leading China-based medical device company that develops, manufactures and markets advanced in-vitro diagnostic products and high intensity focused ultrasound tumor therapy systems, today announced the completion of development of the Prostate Cancer FISH Detection Kit (the "Kit"), a prostate cancer-specific molecular diagnostic test based on the Fluorescent in situ Hybridization ("FISH") technology. The Company expects to launch the Kit in July 2008.

The Kit is designed to detect TMPRSS2 and ETS gene fusions in prostate pathological tissues. Dysregulation of ETS family members through fusions with TMPRSS2 are implicated as cancer-causing gene rearrangements in prostate cancer, which can aid in the detection of early prostate cancer. The Kit consists of three dual-color probe sets, namely TMPRSS2/ETV1 probes, TMPRSS2/ERG probes and TMPRSS2/ETV4 probes. Studies have shown that TMPRSS2/ETS gene fusions occur in approximately 80 percent of prostate cancer cases, indicating that the application of TMPRSS2/ETS gene fusions as specific biomarkers can significantly increase the sensitivity for prostate cancer diagnosis. In addition, it has been reported that the TMPRSS2/ERG fusion may have prognostic significance.

"The successful development of the Kit is a milestone in expanding our FISH reagent portfolio, which represents the first significant product developed by our researchers since the FISH acquisition in 2007," said Mr. Xiaodong Wu, Chairman and CEO of the Company. "Our FISH business has become an important growth driver of the Company and we believe the continual launch of new FISH reagents with huge po
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