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Beckman Coulter Announces Licensing Agreements for Molecular Tests with National University of Ireland, Galway
Date:1/22/2008

Contracts Give Access to Diagnostic Application of Research Technologies

FULLERTON, Calif., Jan. 22 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Beckman Coulter, Inc. (NYSE: BEC) announced today that it has signed four agreements with National University of Ireland, Galway (NUI Galway) to direct assay research and acquire licenses for intellectual property that will enable development of infectious disease tests for the company's future molecular diagnostic instrument. Under the terms of the three-to-five year agreements, research will begin in early 2008.

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"With these agreements, we will take a big step toward the launch of our 'sample-to-result' molecular diagnostic system, including a differentiated menu of moderately complex tests that address urgent clinical decisions," commented Mike Whelan, group vice president of Beckman Coulter's High Sensitivity Testing Group. "The agreements give us access to intellectual property for the development of tests for infectious diseases including sepsis; hospital-acquired infections; and sexually transmitted diseases, such as Chlamydia and Neisseria." Infectious disease testing comprises about 50 percent of the $2 billion molecular diagnostics market in the United States.

The assay development research relies on NUI Galway nucleic acid detection technology for both bacterial and fungal targets along with SPRI(R) (Solid Phase Reversible Immobilization) and other technologies from Beckman Coulter.

Whelan added, "The combination of NUI Galway technologies with ours gives us a glimpse of the next generation of molecular diagnostics. Our goal is that o
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