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Meridian Bioscience Recognized as One of Ohio's Top Exporters in 2004

CINCINNATI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 29, 2004--Meridian Bioscience, Inc., (Nasdaq:VIVO) today announced that it has been recognized by the Governor of the State of Ohio, the Honorable Bob Taft, as one of Ohio's top exporters in 2004.

Meridian was honored with a Governor's Excellence in Exporting Award ("E" Award) in a ceremony on June 24, 2004. The Governor's "E" Award recognizes Ohio companies that have increased sales through exports, have increased Ohio-Based employment as a direct result of export activity, or have developed and implemented a strategy to expand their international sales. This is the third time that Meridian has been recognized with the Governor's "E" Award.

"Ohio is an export leader in the highly competitive global economy," Taft said. "The winners of this year's "E" Awards are setting a record pace by aggressively selling their products throughout the world."

Meridian is a fully integrated life science company that manufactures, markets and distributes a broad range of innovative diagnostic test kits, purified reagents and related products and offers biopharmaceutical enabling technologies. Utilizing a variety of methods, these products provide accuracy, simplicity and speed in the early diagnosis and treatment of common medical conditions, such as gastrointestinal, viral, urinary and respiratory infections. All Meridian diagnostic products are used outside of the human body and require little or no special equipment. The Company's products are designed to enhance patient well-being while reducing the total outcome costs of healthcare. Meridian has strong market positions in the areas of gastrointestinal and upper respiratory infections, serology, parasitology and fungal disease diagnosis. In addition, Meridian is a supplier of rare reagents and specialty biologicals along with proteins and other biologicals used by biopharmaceutical companies engaged in research for new drugs and vaccines. The Company markets its products to hospitals, reference laboratories, research centers, veterinary testing centers, physician offices and diagnostics manufacturers in more than 60 countries around the world. The Company's shares are traded through Nasdaq's National Market, symbol VIVO. Meridian's website address is www.meridianbioscience.com.

CONTACT: Meridian Bioscience, Inc.
John A. Kraeutler, 513-271-3700

SOURCE: Meridian Bioscience, Inc.