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Transgenomic Announces New Contracts for Phase II Trials With Two Major Pharmaceutical Companies

OMAHA, Neb., March 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Transgenomic, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: TBIO), a leading global genetic analysis company, today announced that it has entered into agreements with two major Pharmaceutical companies for three Phase II trials representing more than $500,000 in the first half of 2008.

"These new contracts and our growing pharmaceutical partnerships and project commitments reflect increasing customer validation of our unique mutation discovery and detection service capabilities," said Craig Tuttle, Transgenomic President and Chief Executive Officer. "We are focused on generating continued strong momentum in our Pharmacogenomics business and will continue fueling this growth through the recent addition of new business development professionals to expand our selling efforts. To complement our mutation detection expertise, we also have strong capabilities in biomarker development and mutation detection in cancer pathway genes which will aid in the development of true personalized medicine for our pharma partners."

About Transgenomic:

Transgenomic is a global biotechnology company that provides unique products and services for automated high sensitivity genetic variation and mutation analysis. Their offerings include systems, products, discovery and laboratory testing services to the academic and medical research, clinical laboratory and pharmaceutical markets in the fields of pharmacogenomics and personalized medicine. Specific offerings include WAVE(R) DHPLC Systems, related consumables and assay kits, cytogenetics automated systems, Transgenomic Molecular Clinical Reference Laboratory and Pharmacogenomics Research Services. Transgenomic's two laboratory services divisions utilize these technologies and expertise to provide a menu of mutation scanning tests for over 700 cancer-associated genes and more than 60 validated diagnostic tests to meet the needs of pharmaceutical and biotech companies, research and clinical laboratories, physicians and patients. For more information about the innovative systems, products and services offered by Transgenomic, please visit:

Transgenomic Cautionary Statements

Certain statements in this press release constitute "forward-looking statements" of Transgenomic within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such statements. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those with respect to management's current views and estimates of future economic circumstances, industry conditions, company performance and financial results, including the ability of the Company to grow its involvement in the diagnostic products and services markets. The known risks, uncertainties and other factors affecting these forward-looking statements are described from time to time in Transgenomic's reports to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Any change in such factors, risks and uncertainties may cause the actual results, events and performance to differ materially from those referred to in such statements. Accordingly, the company claims the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 with respect to all statements contained in this press release. All information in this press release is as of the date of the release and Transgenomic does not undertake any duty to update this information, including any forward-looking statements, unless required by law.

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