SOURCE: Pacific Biometrics, Inc.

January 22, 2008 13:17 ET

Pacific Biometrics' Chief Scientific Officer, Elizabeth Leary, PhD, Has Co-Authored the BONES Study Recently Published in the December 2007 Issue of The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism

SEATTLE, WA--(Marketwire - January 22, 2008) - Elizabeth Leary, PhD, the Chief Scientific Officer and co-founder of Pacific Biometrics, Inc. (OTCBB: PBME) ("PBI"), has recently been published in the December 2007 issue of The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism. Dr. Leary co-authored the article along with international opinion leaders and researchers in the study of osteoporosis and related musculoskeletal diseases. The study entitled, "Effects of atorvastatin on bone in postmenopausal women with dyslipidemia: a double-blind, placebo-controlled, dose-ranging trial," was designed to evaluate whether or not the most widely prescribed medication used for lowering high cholesterol, atorvastatin (Lipitor®, made by Pfizer), had an effect on bone mineral density (BMD) or biomarkers indicative of bone turnover. While atorvastatin has proven to be effective in improving clinical outcomes in patients with high cholesterol, the authors concluded that the therapeutic doses of the drug "had no effect on bone mineral density or biochemical indices of bone metabolism in this study, suggesting that such oral agents are not useful in the prevention or treatment of osteoporosis."

"This study is another example of PBI's preeminent position in providing specialty lab testing for clinical drug development in the fields of dyslipidemia and musculoskeletal disorders," commented Mario Ehlers, MD, PhD, PBI's Chief Medical Officer. "This study required an unusual combination of expertise in both lipid and bone metabolism, and I believe PBI is one of the few specialty central labs in the world with an established reputation in both areas. We are very pleased to have performed the efficacy testing for this trial and to have contributed to this important publication."

About Pacific Biometrics, Inc. (PBI)

Established in 1989, PBI provides specialized central laboratory and contract research services to support pharmaceutical and diagnostic manufacturers conducting human clinical trial research. The company provides expert services in the areas of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, arthritis, and nutrition. The PBI laboratory is accredited by the College of American Pathologists, and through its non-profit affiliate Pacific Biometrics Research Foundation, is one of only three U.S.-based members of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Cholesterol Reference Method Laboratory Network. PBI's clients include many of the world's largest pharmaceutical, biotech, and diagnostic companies.

Pacific Biometrics also owns several patented and patent-pending technologies, including monitoring devices for glucose and changes in bone turnover, an advanced, proprietary, isothermal DNA amplification technology, and a gene-based cell viability technology to distinguish live from dead cells in a broad range of diagnostic applications.

For more information about Pacific Biometrics, visit the company's web site at www.pacbio.com.

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    Pacific Biometrics, Inc.
    Ron Helm
    CEO
    (206) 298-0068

    Kari Charbonnel
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