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Cepheid Extends Rapid Molecular Diagnostics' Leadership with FDA Clearance of Xpert Clostridium difficile/Epi
Date:4/11/2011

vid Persing, M.D., Ph.D., Cepheid's Chief Medical and Technology Officer. "The use of Cepheid's special nucleic acid chemistry capability was critical to achieving the required performance levels of this sophisticated next-generation test, which targets two toxin genes and a regulatory point mutation."

The Xpert C. difficile/Epi test, which runs on the GeneXpert® system, is Cepheid's tenth Xpert test to receive FDA clearance. It is expected to be available for shipment the week of May 16.

About CepheidBased in Sunnyvale, Calif., Cepheid (Nasdaq: CPHD) is a leading molecular diagnostics company that is dedicated to improving healthcare by developing, manufacturing, and marketing accurate yet easy-to-use molecular systems and tests. By automating highly complex and time-consuming manual procedures, the company's solutions deliver a better way for institutions of any size to perform sophisticated genetic testing for organisms and genetic-based diseases. Through its strong molecular biology capabilities, the company is focusing on those applications where accurate, rapid, and actionable test results are needed most, such as managing infectious diseases and cancer. For more information, visit http://www.cepheid.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are not purely historical regarding Cepheid's or its management's intentions, beliefs, expectations and strategies for the future, including those relating to product performance, future products and future market opportunities. Because such statements deal with future events, they are subject to various risks and uncertainties, and actual results could differ materially from the company's current expectations. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include risks and uncertainties such as those relating to: unforeseen manufac
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