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Meridian Bioscience Receives FDA Clearance For New illumigene(R)C. difficile Pediatric Claim

March 2, 2011 at 2:59 PM EST


Meridian Bioscience, Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio (NASDAQ:VIVO) today announced that it has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a new pediatric claim for its illumigeneC. difficile (Clostridium difficile) molecular amplification test. C. difficile is a bacterium that is frequently associated with antibiotic therapy often causing diarrhea and, in severe cases, a life-threatening inflammation of the colon. The illumigenemolecular test is designed to target the region of the C. difficile DNA that is presented in all toxin A and/or toxin B producing strains. The illumigenetest provides highly accurate results in under an hour. Meridian Bioscience's illumigenetest is the only C. difficile test that is cleared by the FDA for use on children under the age of two.

Recent epidemiological data have indicated that the rate of community associated pediatric C. difficile increased by more than seventy percent from 1997 through 2006, which in turn is leading to increased hospitalizations among children. Rapid and accurate detection of C. difficile is critical in determining proper patient treatment. Meridian's new illumigeneC. difficile test provides a high level of sensitivity, with a simple workflow requiring less than two minutes of hands-on time per sample. The Company's illumigeneC. difficile testis available world-wide and its performance and customer acceptance has been very positive.

Jack Kraeutler, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Meridian is constantly working to provide our global customers innovative products that truly address their needs. As we monitored the C. difficile market, we recognized and acted upon the increasing prevalence of pediatric C. difficile in order to be able to address the growing needs of our clinical lab customers. Recently, we have completed another clinical study that evaluated a large number of random specimens from patients suspected of having C. difficile disease. We discovered that approximately 12% of these specimens were from children under two years of age. This new pediatric indicator for illumigene C. difficile will provide our customers with a critical tool to help detect and manage this devastating infection in young children. The early success of the illumigene technology, along with new claims and additional tests to be introduced in the near future using the illumigene technology, confirms our commitment to this unique molecular amplification technology."


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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 and diagnostic tests provide accuracy, simplicity and speed in the early diagnosis and treatment of common medical conditions, such as gastrointestinal, viral and respiratory infections. Meridian's 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, specialty biologicals and related technologies used by biopharmaceutical companies engaged in research for new drugs and vaccines. The Company markets its products and technologies to hospitals, reference laboratories, research centers, veterinary testing centers, diagnostics manufacturers and biotech companies in more than 60 countries around the world. The Company's shares are traded through NASDAQ's Global Select Market, symbol VIVO. Meridian's website address is

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Meridian Bioscience, Inc.
John A. Kraeutler, Chief Executive Officer, 513-271-3700