Fujirebio Diagnostics Launches First Blood Test for Mesothelioma

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2005-06-22 13:57

Mesothelioma

Fujirebio Diagnostics, Inc. (FDI), a world-leader in oncology testing, today announced that it has signed a distributor agreement with Australianbased Vital Diagnostics for its new blood test for mesothelioma , MESOMARKTM. The agreement marks the beginning of the company's commercial roll-out of MESOMARK, which is now available for the first time in Australia.

"The launch of MESOMARK is a significant event for Fujirebio Diagnostics and greatly enhances our product portfolio, underscoring our commitment to commercialize high quality diagnostic tools that improve cancer patient care," said Dr. Jeffrey Allard, vice-president and chief scientific officer at FDI. "MESOMARK is the first in-vitro diagnostic test for patients with mesothelioma and has the potential to improve survival rates and quality of life for patients with this aggressive and often fatal disease."

Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer in which fluid accumulates between the lining of the lungs and chest cavity. It is primarily caused by work-related asbestos exposure and has a latency period of up to 75 years. It is estimated that 10,000 new cases are diagnosed each year among industrialized countries.

MESOMARK is a manual enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for managing
mesothelioma. It works by identifying a group of molecular markers called soluble mesothelinrelated proteins (SMRP), which are released into the blood-stream by mesothelioma cells.

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