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Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. Receives FDA Approval for the First Fully Automated Diagnostic Assay for HER2 Gene Status Determination in Breast Cancer Patients
Date:6/14/2011

logists, making them extremely labor-intensive and time consuming.

The HER2 Dual ISH assay detects both HER2  and chromosome 17 on a single slide using a standard light microscope. Unlike FISH assays, this robust brightfield detection technology delivers a result which is easily interpreted and produces signals that don't fade over time - allowing results to be stored and shared between pathologists.

"By having both signals visible on a single slide using light microscopy, we can determine the HER2 gene status within the morphological context of the tumor," said Eric Walk, M.D., Chief Medical Officer at Ventana. "We believe this adds significant medical value for the patient and is an important advance toward improved patient focused solutions."

About Ventana Medical Systems, Inc.

Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. develops, manufactures, and markets instrument/reagent systems that automate tissue preparation and slide staining in clinical histology and drug discovery laboratories worldwide. The company's Smart Systems for anatomic pathology are important tools used in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and infectious diseases. Ventana drug discovery systems are used to accelerate the discovery of new drug targets and evaluate the safety of new drug compounds. In addition, the company offers premier workflow solutions designed to improve laboratory efficiency, providing safeguards to enhance the quality of healthcare. Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. is a wholly-owned member of the Roche Group. For more information on Ventana, visit www.ventana.com.

For further information, please contact:
Jacquie Bucher
Ventana Media Relations
520-877-7288  
jacquie.bucher@ventana.roche.com


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