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Epitope Reschedules Annual Meeting

    BEAVERTON, Ore., April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Epitope, Inc. (Nasdaq: EPTO)
announced today that its 1997 annual meeting of shareholders, originally
scheduled for Tuesday April 29, 1997, will be adjourned and rescheduled for
Tuesday June 17, 1997.  Shareholders of record as of March 7, 1997 will be
eligible to vote at the meeting.
    At the meeting, shareholders will be asked to elect three Class I
directors to serve until the year 2000 and to approve amendments to the
company's stock award plan and employee stock purchase plan.  A proposal to
create a new class of common stock called Agritope common stock has been
withdrawn.
    "The adjournment is necessary due to recent developments at Andrew and
Williamson Sales, Co. (A&W) which Epitope acquired on December 12, 1997 in a
merger transaction, and Epitope's resultant suit to rescind the
A&W transactions," said Adolph J. Ferro, president and chief executive officer
of Epitope.  "We will be circulating additional proxy materials to assure that
shareholders have all information necessary to make an informed decision on
the measures to be acted upon."
    The company also announced that it has completed a $1,000,000 private
placement of Vinifera, Inc. (Vinifera) common stock in exchange for a
10% equity interest in Vinifera.  Purchasers of the common stock will be given
an opportunity to convert their Vinifera holdings into shares of Agritope
Common Stock if the proposal to create such stock is approved in the future.
The proceeds from the placement will be used to expand production capacity of
the Vinifera greenhouse facilities in California.
    Epitope, Inc. is a biotechnology company that develops and markets medical
diagnostic products through its Epitope Medical Products group.  Its Agritope
group is focused on the development and commercialization of novel
agricultural products using plant genetic engineering and other modern
methods.

Source: EPITOPE Inc.


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