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Transgenomic Expands Distribution of SURVEYOR® Scan K-RAS Mutation Detection Kit With CE IVD Mark
Date:9/13/2010

OMAHA, Neb., Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Transgenomic, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: TBIO) today announced that it completed the requirements for CE IVD labeling and has significantly expanded distribution of its SURVEYOR® Scan K-RAS mutation detection kit throughout most of the European Union. The SURVEYOR Scan K-RAS CE IVD kit is a member of Transgenomic's family of mutation detection kits, which features proprietary SURVEYOR endonuclease technology.  The SURVEYOR Scan is a novel approach to mutation detection, which has been shown to provide comparable sensitivity and greater specificity than other commercially available kits.  CE IVD designation is required for commercial sales. The CE IVD labeled kit will be available in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.  The Company will also continue to offer worldwide a research use only version of the kit.

"The key advantage of SURVEYOR Scan is that it is able to detect all mutations present in the entire amplified gene fragment versus looking only at a subset of the most common mutations," said Transgenomic's technical director, Dr. Katherine Richardson.  "Being able to identify all mutations, including point mutations, insertions and deletions, in the amplified region increases the clinical sensitivity of the kit, as it will find genetic changes other kits will miss.  In addition, the detection of all mutations will result in a mutation 'signature' for the amplified gene region.  Compiling these mutation signatures may become necessary when using drug cocktails for individualized therapy, since the complete knowledge of the mutation profile for specific tumors and/or genes may be necessary to determine the specific make-up of the drug cocktail."


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