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Cellestis Responds to World Health Organization Guidance on Use of Blood Tests for Active Tuberculosis
Date:7/25/2011

iddle East, Africa, South America and Asia.

About Cellestis Limited

Cellestis Limited, a listed Australian biotechnology company founded in 2000 in Melbourne, Australia, develops and manufactures the QuantiFERON-TB Gold  (QFT) test, a breakthrough blood test for the detection and control of tuberculosis. The QuantiFERON technology is a patented method for detecting cell mediated immune (CMI) responses of T-cell lymphocytes using whole blood samples. In comparison to existing methods of measuring CMI, this unique technology provides accuracy and sensitivity along with major savings in operator time, labor and reagents. Using its patented QuantiFERON technology, Cellestis develops diagnostics tests that measure immune function for diseases with an unmet medical need.

Cellestis is proud to be exploring opportunities to enhance the global effort to eliminate TB. Cellestis is an industry partner of FIND (the Foundation for Innovative New Diagnostics) and the Stop-TB Partnership.

For more information, please visit www.cellestis.com and www.TackleTB.com.

REFERENCES

(1)  World Health Organization. Tuberculosis. World Health Organization, 2011. Available at: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs104/en/.

(2) Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Difference Between Latent TB Infection and Active TB Disease. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 2011. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/tb/publications/factsheets/general/LTBIandActiveTB.htm.

(3) Diel R, Loddenkemper R, Niemann S, Meywald-Walter K, Nienhaus A. "Negative and positive predictive value of a whole-blood IGRA for developing active TB – an update." Am J Respir Crit Care Med (2008).
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