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Data Suggests New Antigen-Antibody Combo Test Useful for High Volume Public Health Screening
Date:2/9/2009

o assay. "This study indicates that the HIV antigen- antibody combination assay could be an effective alternative to NAAT for identifying acute HIV infections," Hackett said.

The Abbott ARCHITECT(R) HIV Ag/Ab Combo assay is currently in development and not available in the United States.

About ARCHITECT

With its extensive menu of diagnostic tests, user-friendly software and advanced sample management capabilities, the ARCHITECT(R) family and the currently marketed flagship analyzer, ARCHITECT(R) ci8200(R), meet the needs of today's diagnostics laboratory by enhancing workflow and productivity. ARCHITECT instruments are designed with laboratory-focused features such as the capability to prioritize emergency tests, the ability to use common reagents among platforms and sample monitoring. These features not only minimize training, but also reduce inventory costs and sample contamination potential, leading to better results for laboratories, physicians and, ultimately, patients.

About Abbott's Diagnostics Businesses

Abbott is a global leader in in vitro diagnostics and offers a broad range of innovative instrument systems and tests for hospitals, reference labs, molecular labs, blood banks, physician offices and clinics. With more than 65,000 institutional customers in more than 100 countries, Abbott's diagnostic products offer customers automation, convenience, bedside testing, cost effectiveness and flexibility. Abbott has helped transform the practice of medical diagnosis from an art to a science through the company's commitment to improving patient care and lowering costs. Abbott's history is filled with examples of first-of-a-kind diagnostic products and significant technological and research advancements. More information about Abbott's diagnostics business is available at http://www.abbottdiagnostics.com
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