VANCOUVER, March 20 /CNW/ - Response Biomedical Corporation (TSX: RBM, OTCBB: RPBIF) today announced that it plans to move to its new state-of-the-art global headquarters located at 1781 - 75th Avenue West, Vancouver, British Columbia on March 31, 2008.
The 46,000 square foot single-occupant specialized use facility was specifically designed and constructed for development and GMP manufacturing and distribution of point-of-care (POC) medical diagnostic test kits. Response Biomedical designs, develops, manufactures and distributes rapid POC tests for use with its portable RAMP(R) platform for clinical and environmental applications. The new facility should allow manufacturing scale-up from approximately 500,000 tests currently manufactured per year to four million tests per year by mid-2008, based on partner demand. In this new facility, the Company believes it can eventually escalate test-manufacturing capacity to over 15 million tests per year.
"We are very pleased to be moving to our new home," said S. Wayne Kay, Chief Executive Officer. "This new facility is expected to meet the demands of our current partners, 3M Company and Shionogi & Co. of Japan, as well as the projected demands of our planned cardiovascular partner."
The new facility features multiple specialized laboratories with environmental controls and monitoring systems required for product development, manufacturing and distribution in compliance with requirements established by global organizations such as the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and individual regulatory authorities such as the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Health Canada and the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare in Japan.
The Company announced in May 2007 that it had entered into a long-term agreement with Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. to lease the single-tenant facility. Initial capital modifications to the facility were financed by Alexandria and managed by Response Biomedical.
About Response Biomedical
Response Biomedical develops, manufactures and markets rapid on-site diagnostic tests for use with its portable 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 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(R) clinical tests are commercially available for the early detection of heart attack and congestive heart failure.
In late 2006, the Company formed a strategic alliance with 3M Company to commercialize rapid infectious disease tests. 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. 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 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 www.responsebio.com.
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