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Cepheid GeneXpert(R) System and Xpert(TM) MRSA Selected for up to 11 Victoria, Australia Hospitals in Rollout of 'Start Clean' Strategy
Date:7/28/2008

rting of HAIs, judicious use of antibiotics, hospital cleanliness and hand hygiene.

In addition to the current recommendation for the screening of all high-risk patients, as defined by the 2005 multi-resistant organism consensus conference, the 'Start Clean' strategy also allocates funds to help hospitals implement systems to rapidly diagnose MRSA and other significant organisms.

Other Australian states are closely monitoring the rollout of Victoria's 'Start Clean' strategy. Further trials are underway and are expected to be complete by the end of 2008. This may lead to the rollout of a similar strategy in other states.

About the GeneXpert Molecular Diagnostic System

The GeneXpert System is a closed, self-contained, fully-integrated and automated platform that represents a paradigm shift in the automation of molecular analysis, producing accurate results in a timely manner with minimal risk of contamination. The GeneXpert System is the only system to combine on-board sample preparation with real-time PCR (polymerase chain reaction) amplification and detection functions for fully integrated and automated nucleic acid analysis. The system is designed to purify, concentrate, detect and identify targeted nucleic acid sequences thereby delivering answers directly from unprocessed samples. Modular in design, the GeneXpert System has a variety of configurations to meet the broad range of testing demands of any clinical environment.

About Cepheid

Based in Sunnyvale, Calif., Cepheid (Nasdaq: CPHD) is an on-demand molecular diagnostics company that develops, manufactures, and markets fully-integrated systems for genetic analysis in the clinical, industrial and biothreat markets. The company's systems enable rapid,
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