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Response Biomedical Receives Further U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Notice of Allowance for Key Patent
Monday, December 21, 2009
Vancouver, British Columbia -- Response Biomedical Corporation (TSX: RBM, OTCBB: RPBIF) announced that the Company has received a Notice of Allowance from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for a continuation of the patent entitled "Sensitive Immunochromatographic Assay". This patent covers key aspects of Response Biomedical’s lateral flow immunoassays with the proprietary RAMP® testing platform.
Dr. Paul Harris, Vice President, Research and Development stated, "The continuation for the competitive claims significantly expands our U.S. intellectual property to allow coverage of assays for small molecules. This opens up whole new major markets in the areas of Therapeutic Drug Monitoring, Drugs of Abuse and other markets. We will be looking intently into potential new partnerships to explore this opportunity."
The Fong Patent describes various methods to improve performance and correct intrinsic variability in lateral flow assays, providing more precise results than other lateral flow methods. The original Fong Patent has been issued in the United States and Australia and is pending in the European Union, China, Hong Kong, Japan and Canada.
About Response Biomedical
Response Biomedical develops, manufactures and markets rapid on-site diagnostic tests for use with its RAMP® Platform for clinical and environmental applications. RAMP® represents a new paradigm in diagnostics that provides high sensitivity and reliable information in minutes. It is ideally suited to both point of care testing and laboratory use.
The RAMP® system consists of a Reader and single-use disposable test cartridges, and has the potential to be adapted to more than 250 medical and non-medical tests currently performed in laboratories. RAMP® clinical tests are commercially available for the early detection of heart attack, congestive heart failure, influenza and RSV through our commercial partners, Roche and 3M Health Care respectively.
In the non-clinical market, RAMP® Tests are currently provided for the environmental detection of West Nile Virus, and Biodefense applications including the rapid on-site detection of anthrax, smallpox, ricin and botulinum toxin. Several other product applications are under development.
Response has achieved CE Marking for its Reader and clinical tests and its Quality Management System is registered to ISO 13485: 2003 and ISO 9001: 2008.
Response Biomedical is a publicly-traded company, listed on the TSX under the trading symbol "RBM" and quoted on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol "RPBIF". For further information, please visit the Company's website at www.responsebio.com.
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