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AcroMetrix Renews Contract With Group Services for America's Blood Centers
Date:1/22/2008

BENICIA, Calif., Jan. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- AcroMetrix, a global leader in quality control materials for molecular and serological diagnostics, announced today that it will extend its contract with Group Services for America's Blood Centers (GSABC) through December 31st of 2009. Following the previous agreement from 2005, GSABC will continue to recommend and promote AcroMetrix as a recommended provider of quality control materials for GSABC's 77 members across the US and Canada.

"Because of the important nature of the infectious disease testing conducted by members of America's Blood Centers (ABC), all tests must be carefully monitored to ensure accurate performance," said GSABC Director of Contracting Susan Claffey. "The innovative quality control products provided by AcroMetrix serve this critical need and assure the accuracy and reliability of blood screening."

AcroMetrix currently provides many GSABC members with quality control products for molecular testing of HIV, Hepatitis C, Hepatitis B and West Nile Virus, as well as serology controls for all commonly screened analytes, including Chagas. These products provide a means by which to estimate accuracy and detect systematic errors in qualitative assays.

"We are excited to continue our valuable partnership with GSABC," said Michael J. Eck, President and CEO for AcroMetrix. "We consider this renewed agreement to be a testament to the quality of our products and the superior customer service AcroMetrix provides."

The contract includes all products for infectious disease testing performed at member community blood centers of GSABC, including EDCNet, AcroMetrix's online data management system. AcroMetrix will be working with all GSABC member labs to help subsidize their transition to AcroMetrix products.

About GSABC -- Group Services for America's Blood Centers is a cooperative wholly owned by America's Blood Centers, providing group purchasing enterprise expertise and resource sharing services to ABC members. GSABC is committed to member involvement and to providing its members meaningful benefit through resource management and financial returns. With an independent board of directors, GSABC is a member directed organization.

About AcroMetrix -- AcroMetrix, with facilities in Benicia, California and Alkmaar, the Netherlands, provides a comprehensive line of molecular and serological diagnostic quality control products that assist laboratories in meeting current regulations regarding quality. AcroMetrix maintains this leadership role by consistently developing innovative standards, external run controls, and validation kits for molecular and serological testing in clinical diagnostics and blood screening laboratories. For more information on AcroMetrix please visit the company web site at http://www.acrometrix.com.


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