VANCOUVER, April 25 /CNW/ - Response Biomedical Corporation (TSX-V: RBM,
OTCBB: RPBIF) today announced that it is presenting data from two
international studies at the Tenth Congress of Chest Pain Centers - The Chest
Pain Center - A Team Approach in ACS Care, April 25-28, 2007 in Nashville, TN.
The studies, conducted in France and Italy, both concluded that the RAMP(R)
NT-proBNP assays evaluated performed equivalently to the local laboratory
"Clinical Utility of the RAMP Whole Blood NT-proBNP Assay for the
Exclusion of Acute Heart Failure" showcases data from a clinical trial
conducted at the Laboratoire de Biochimie Générale et Spécialsée, Hôpital
Civil, Strabourg, France. The aim of the study was to compare the RAMP
point-of-care (POC) and laboratory based Dade Dimension RxL systems for
measurement of NT-proBNP levels in patients suspected of having heart failure
(HF). Clinical concordance analysis showed excellent clinical agreement
between the RAMP and the Dimension RxL. The RAMP NT-proBNP whole blood assay
was shown to be an accurate indicator that can be used to rule out acute HF in
the trial's patient population, with results comparable to the Dimension RxL,
laboratory analyzer. With results available in 15 minutes, the RAMP NT-proBNP
Assay allows for rapid initiation of appropriate patient treatment.
"Evaluation of RAMP Whole Blood Analyzer for POC Troponin I (TnI) and
NT-proBNP Testing" outlines data from a clinical trial conducted at the
Laboratorio di Chimica Clinica ed Ematologia, Ospedale S. Bortolo, Vicenza,
Italy. The study evaluated the performance of the RAMP POC whole blood tests
for TnI and NT-proBNP for the accurate and rapid measurement of bio-markers to
aid in the diagnosis of cardiovascular disease. Both RAMP assays showed strong
correlation with the respective laboratory assays (NT-proBNP R=0.945 and 0.981
for TnI and NT-proBNP respectively). Clinical concordance between the RAMP POC
and the laboratory systems was 87% for TnI and 97.6% for NT-proBNP. The
posters will be available on our Web site at www.responsebio.com later today.
About the Tenth Congress of Chest Pain Centers
The Congress is the premier educational forum for coronary healthcare
professionals in the developing discipline of chest pain management.
About Response Biomedical
Response Biomedical develops, manufactures and markets rapid on-site
diagnostic tests for use with its portable RAMP Platform for clinical and
environmental applications. RAMP represents a new paradigm in diagnostics that
provides high sensitivity and reliable information in minutes. It is ideally
suited to both point-of-care testing and laboratory use. The RAMP system
consists of a portable fluorescent reader and single-use disposable test
cartridges, and has the potential to be adapted to more than 250 medical and
non-medical tests currently performed in laboratories. RAMP clinical tests are
commercially available for the early detection of heart attack and congestive
In late 2006, the Company announced a strategic alliance with 3M Company
to commercialize rapid infectious disease tests. Clinical trials for Staph A
and Flu A/B Tests are now underway, with commercialization expected in 2007.
In the non-clinical market, RAMP Tests are currently provided for the
environmental detection of West Nile Virus, and biodefense applications
including the rapid on-site detection of anthrax, smallpox, ricin and
botulinum toxin. Several other product applications are under development. The
Company has achieved CE Marking and its Quality Management System is
registered to ISO 13485: 2003 and ISO 9001: 2000.
Response Biomedical is a publicly traded company, listed on the TSX
Venture Exchange under the trading symbol "RBM" and quoted on the OTC Bulletin
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