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PLUS Diagnostics First National Laboratory to Offer Highly Specialized Gastrointestinal Tests
Date:6/1/2009

Company Expands Diagnostic Services with K9 Clone DOG-1 Immunohistochemical and H. pylori Monoclonal Antibody Tests

LAKEWOOD, N.J., June 1 /PRNewswire/ -- PLUS Diagnostics, a leading U.S. anatomic pathology company offering a full range of multi-specialty services, announced today that it is the first national laboratory to offer a highly specialized test that definitively diagnoses the rare gastrointestinal stromal tumor ("GIST"). Known as the K9 clone DOG-1 immunohistochemical assay, the new test is expected to identify up to 15 percent more people who suffer from the tumor than current tests.

PLUS Diagnostics also announced that it is the first U.S. laboratory to beta test an H. pylori monoclonal antibody test that detects H. pylori infection. Afflicting as many as 30 percent of Americans, H. pylori can be difficult to distinguish from other bacteria in routine staining assays. The infection, which is commonly caused by ingesting contaminated water or food, can cause peptic ulcer disease and gastric malignancy when left untreated. PLUS Diagnostics' new test is expected to reduce the number of false positive H. pylori cases.

"These tests are at the forefront of science and innovation, and support our goal of providing our customers with leading diagnostic services that enable them to offer their patients the highest quality of care," said Doug Berg, chief executive officer, PLUS Diagnostics. "We will continue to identify and invest in the newest tests and technologies that are uniquely tailored to supporting doctors and specialists with diagnosing a range of cancers and disorders."

Dr. Ali Riba, associate medical director for PLUS Diagnostics, added: "It is exciting to be part of a laboratory that is significantly investing in gastrointestinal services. We have the potential to help doctors save lives by definitively diagnosi
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