BEAVERTON, Ore., May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Epitope, Inc.(Nasdaq: EPTO) and LabOne, Inc. announced today that the two companies have signed an agreement for LabOne to provide oral fluid testing for HIV to Epitope's customers in the public health, corrections, military and college health markets using Epitope's OraSure(R) device. This agreement is an expansion of the two companies' current relationship in which LabOne performs substantial volumes of oral fluid HIV testing with Epitope's device in its insurance testing division. This product offering will include: a prepackaged kit containing the OraSure device, a requisition form and information about HIV testing, and materials needed to express ship the sample back to LabOne for testing. Epitope's sales representatives will market the OraSure device and the LabOne testing service in these markets. "This is an important development in allowing Epitope to reach customers who require quick reliable turnaround on test results, or are too small to have their own labs," said John W. Morgan, president and CEO of Epitope. "This program has already been successfully implemented, with a very positive response from the customers who have used this service." "We are pleased to provide diagnostic program management services for Epitope in these markets," said W. Thomas Grant, chairman, president and CEO of LabOne. "With this account, we will manage kit assembly, distribution, testing and reporting of results for Epitope. This is an exciting opportunity for LabOne to expand the services we provide." Epitope is an Oregon-based corporation that develops and markets medical diagnostic products. Its principal products, including the OraSure oral specimen collection device, focus on the use of oral fluid to detect HIV infection and other conditions, and are marketed primarily in the life insurance and public health sectors. LabOne markets clinical, substance abuse and insurance laboratory testing services in the United States and Canada.
Source: EPITOPE Inc.
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