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Experts Report that Abbott's New PLEX-ID Assay Offers Important Testing Capabilities for Biothreat Defense
Date:11/1/2011

argeted bacteria and viruses including several important subspecies.

Rapid identification and characterization of potential biothreat agents is critical and was cited by speakers at the Medical Biodefense Conference as an attribute of the PLEX-ID system.

About PLEX-ID

The PLEX-ID system combines the sensitivity of nucleic acid amplification with the accuracy of high-performance electrospray ionization mass spectrometry followed by base-composition analysis to identify a broad array of microorganisms, including bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites.  Certain PLEX-ID assays also provide information about drug resistance, virulence, and strain type.  Anticipated public health and biodefense applications include epidemiologic research and identification of emerging or previously unknown agents. In addition, the system is being used for forensic characterization of human samples. In 2009, PLEX-ID was recognized by both The Scientist and the Wall Street Journal as a top scientific innovation of the year. Since its development in 2005, PLEX-ID technology has been deployed in sites around the United States, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

About Abbott  

Abbott (NYSE: ABT) is a global, broad-based health care company devoted to the discovery, development, manufacture and marketing of pharmaceuticals and medical products, including nutritionals, devices and diagnostics.  The company employs nearly 90,000 people and markets its products in more than 130 countries.

Abbott's news releases and other information are available on the company's Web site at www.abbott.com.


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