SOURCE: Chembio Diagnostics, Inc.

March 14, 2007 09:12 ET

Chembio Issued U.S. Patent for Dual Path Immunoassay Device & Method

'New Path' for Rapid Test Development & Partnering

MEDFORD, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 14, 2007 -- Chembio Diagnostics, Inc. (OTCBB: CEMI) has been issued United States Patent Number 7,189,522 for its "Dual Path Immunoassay Device" and is now beginning to actively seek collaborations for this exciting new technology platform. Additional patent protection is also pending both in the U.S. and worldwide.

Lawrence Siebert, President and CEO of Chembio commented, "I am very pleased with the issuance of this new patent. The Dual Path Immunoassay system, which we will brand as the DPP™ test, gives us a great opportunity to enhance shareholder value and bring a new generation of lateral flow rapid tests to a wide variety of markets. I am most appreciative of the commitment of Javan Esfandiari, our Vice President of Research & Development, as well as the entire Chembio R&D team, for designing this proprietary platform which has several advantages over well established conventional single path lateral flow rapid test systems."

The patent, which has an issue date of March 13, 2007, describes a device and method for detection that includes a separate, second flow path for application of the sample material to be tested versus other solutions used in developing lateral flow rapid tests. Based upon a number of studies conducted at Chembio which have compared DPP™ test devices to conventional single path lateral flow devices, this separate, second flow path, enables the development of diagnostic tests that can (1) increase sensitivity; (2) extend the spectrum of useful sample types beyond just the more typical sources such as blood, serum and plasma (e.g., oral fluid, sputum, urine, feces, animal meat juices, etc.); (3) improve results when testing for multiple conditions and/or different parameters of one related condition, and; (4) reduce the amount of expensive reagents required, as well as other advantages. A video animation of Chembio's oral fluid HIV test employing DPP™ test technology can be viewed at http://www.chembio.com/newtechnologies.html.

Based upon these advantages, patent-protected DPP™ tests can now be developed and/or licensed by Chembio for a diverse range of rapid tests. As Chembio's core competency is in development and manufacture of serological tests for infectious diseases, studies demonstrating the advantages of the DPP™ test have so far focused in this area; an oral fluid HIV test, an HIV confirmatory test, a screen-and-confirm rapid test for syphilis (in conjunction with the United States Centers for Disease Control), and new tests for human tuberculosis, Chagas Disease and a number of other neglected diseases, are all in the pipeline.

Chembio's approved PMAs for two rapid HIV tests by the CBER division of the FDA and the expected approval by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) for its facility and first product line for veterinary tuberculosis should also facilitate new business development activities for rapid tests developed using the DPP™ test technology. With these approvals, Chembio cannot only license and/or develop products for others, but also manufacture these regulated products in a facility already inspected by these agencies. Chembio further believes that the DPP™ test technology will be attractive in other fields, such as the detection of antigens in biological samples, food and the environment. Studies are in progress in order to confirm advantages expected of DPP™ tests in these areas as well.

Finally, Chembio believes that this patent provides it with the freedom to operate outside of all single path lateral flow technologies, a field that is unusually crowded with many overlapping patents issued over the last 20 years. Chembio believes that products developed within the scope of the Dual Path Immunoassay System claims are outside of the scope of all existing single path lateral flow patents. As such, prospective licensees will enjoy a lower overall cost of goods as compared to the cost of multiple single path lateral flow patent licenses, assuming single path lateral licenses are even available.

ABOUT CHEMBIO

Chembio Diagnostics, Inc. is a developer and manufacturer of rapid diagnostic tests for infectious diseases. The Company has received marketing approval from the FDA for two of its rapid HIV tests. The Company also manufactures rapid tests for both human and veterinary Tuberculosis and Chagas Disease, and has developed a patented technology, the Dual Path Platform (DPP™) test, for its next generation HIV and other rapid tests. References to Chembio Diagnostics, Inc. may also include its wholly owned operating subsidiary, Chembio Diagnostic Systems, Inc. For additional information please visit www.chembio.com.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

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