Response Biomedical Announces Launch of RAMP(R) Technology in 3M(TM) Rapid Detection Flu A+B Test at ICAAC/IDSA Conference

    VANCOUVER, Oct. 30 /CNW/ - Response Biomedical Corporation (TSX: RBM,
OTCBB: RPBIF) announces the debut of its RAMP(R) technology in the 3M(TM)
Rapid Detection Flu A+B Test at the 48th Annual ICAAC(R)/IDSA 46th Annual
Meeting in Washington D.C., officially launching the RAMP(R) Influenza A/B
Assay in the United States. The test is branded by 3M as the 3M(TM) Rapid
Detection Flu A+B Test. This rapid flu test provides hospital and physician
office laboratories reliable and objective electronic results in approximately
15 minutes and in a clinical study has been shown to be more sensitive for
Influenza A and B than the leading hospital competitor, the BinaxNOW(R)
Influenza A & B Test.(1)
    "The 3M(TM) Rapid Detection Flu A+B Test, powered by the RAMP(R)
technology, is the first major clinical test to be launched by a partner in
the United States," said S. Wayne Kay, Chief Executive Officer. "It is further
evidence of the broad platform of the RAMP(R) technology that we have
developed to meet the market needs of our partners, such as 3M, Roche
Diagnostics and Shionogi. Besides the launch of the 3M product, we are excited
about the introduction of our comprehensive cardiac line by Roche Diagnostics,
expected in the first quarter of 2009."
    Response Biomedical is currently working with its partners to identify
further clinical applications in both infectious diseases and cardiac to add
to the platforms of 3M and Roche. The Company is also meeting with other
potential partners to discuss the opportunity for further menu breadth
expansion beyond infectious diseases and cardiac. The RAMP(R) System is
establishing a new performance standard in rapid clinical infectious diseases
and cardiovascular testing worldwide and there are many other clinical
applications to be explored.

    Flu Prevalence

    Influenza is a highly contagious and potentially life-threatening viral
respiratory infection affecting millions of Americans annually. It is
estimated that every year, up to 20 percent of the U.S. population becomes ill
with "the flu", according to the Center for Disease Control. In many
populations, the flu can lead to severe complications and results in more than
200,000 hospitalizations and approximately 36,000 deaths each year.

    About Response Biomedical

    Response Biomedical develops, manufactures and markets rapid on-site
diagnostic tests for use with its RAMP(R) Platform for clinical and
environmental applications. RAMP(R) 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(R)
system consists of a 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(R) clinical tests are commercially
available for the early detection of heart attack, congestive heart failure
and influenza.
    In late 2006, the Company formed a strategic alliance with 3M to
commercialize rapid infectious disease tests worldwide and in 2008 entered
into a strategic alliance with Roche Diagnostics to commercialize rapid
cardiovascular tests worldwide.
    In the non-clinical market, RAMP(R) 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.
Response has achieved CE Marking for its Reader and clinical tests and its
Quality Management System is registered to ISO 13485: 2003 and ISO 9001: 2000.
The RAMP(R) Influenza A/B Assay and RAMP 200 reader are not yet licensed for
clinical use in Canada.
    Response Biomedical is a publicly traded company, listed on the TSX under
the trading symbol "RBM" and quoted on the OTC Bulletin Board under the symbol
"RPBIF". For further information, please visit the Company's website at

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    (1) Clinical Evaluation of the 3M Rapid Detection Flu A+B Test, C.C.
        Ginocchio, M. Lotikar, L. Falk, M. Kowerska, S. Aurora and M.
        Bornfreund, North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, NY, 2008.

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For further information: Response Biomedical Contacts: Bill Wickson,
Manager, Investor Relations, Response Biomedical Corporation, Tel (604)
456-6073, Email:

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