SOURCE: Ventana Medical Systems, Inc.

January 31, 2007 11:45 ET

First Symphony High Definition H&E Study Published

TUCSON, AZ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- January 31, 2007 --Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: VMSI) today announced the results of a multi-center study across 120 cases of prostatic carcinoma comparing Symphony High Definition H&E slide staining to routine H&E staining methods. The study, conducted by Dr. Jonathan Epstein of Johns Hopkins Hospital, concluded that, "The underdiagnosis of limited adenocarcinoma of the prostate on needle biopsy is one of the most frequent problems in urologic pathology. Although various IHC studies can aid in the diagnosis of prostate cancer, each has its false positives and negatives, and the cornerstone of establishing a diagnosis of prostate cancer rests on its H&E appearance. The Ventana Symphony H&E staining protocol consistently highlights nucleoli in cancer to a greater extent than routine H&E stains and may increase the likelihood of making a diagnosis of limited adenocarcinoma of the prostate in challenging cases."

The results of the study showed that in all 120 cases, the Symphony H&E stain was superior to the standard H&E with regard to visualization of nucleoli and demonstrated an approximate twofold increase in the identification of prominent nucleoli compared to conventional methods.

In addition to Johns Hopkins Hospital, the multi-center analysis included the Cleveland Clinic Foundation; University of Pittsburgh Medical Center; University of Maryland Medical Center; Quest Diagnostics; and Dianon Systems.

"We are very pleased with the results of this first study, which will be published in Modern Pathology and presented at the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) meeting in March," stated Christopher Gleeson, Ventana President and CEO. "Demonstrating the Symphony's diagnostic and workflow value to laboratories and pathologists is important and we look forward to the outcomes from several additional studies to be undertaken with a focus on productivity and efficiency together with clinical utility," Gleeson further commented.

ABOUT VENTANA

Ventana develops, manufactures, and markets instrument/reagent systems that automate tissue preparation and slide staining in clinical histology and drug discovery laboratories worldwide. The Company's clinical systems are important tools used in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and infectious diseases. Ventana's drug discovery systems are used to accelerate the discovery of new drug targets and evaluate the safety of new drug compounds.

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Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Christopher M. Gleeson
    President and CEO
    (520) 229-3787

    Nick Malden
    Chief Financial Officer
    (520) 229-3857

    VENTANA MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC.
    1910 E. Innovation Park Drive
    Tucson, Arizona 85755
    (520) 887-2155