China Medical Successfully Develops Down Syndrome Diagnostic Reagents
China Medical Technologies, Inc. (the “Company”) (NASDAQ: CMED), a leading China-based medical device company that develops, manufactures and markets high intensity focused ultrasound products and advanced in-vitro diagnostic systems, today announced that it has successfully completed the development of two Down syndrome diagnostic reagents that use chemiluminescence immunoassay technology. The Company is expected to introduce these two new reagents in early 2007, bringing the Company’s total kit offering to 58 from 56.
The two new Down syndrome reagents are designed to measure the free beta subunit of human Chorionic Gonadotrophin (“Free hCGβ”) and Pregnancy Associated Plasma Protein A (“PAPP-A”), respectively, in maternal serum, which are important markers of Down syndrome. These two reagents can be used to improve the efficacy of assessment of fetal anomalies within the first trimester of pregnancy. The human Alpha-fetoprotein (“AFP”) reagent which the Company currently offers can be used in combination with the Free hCGβ kit for determining if a fetus is affected by Down syndrome in the second trimester of pregnancy.
According to statistics from the Chinese Ministry of Health, there were approximately 16 million newborn infants in China in 2005. Every year, approximately 6% of new babies are born with congenital disorders. Given this high rate of occurrence, prenatal assessment has become a commonly recommended diagnostic procedure in China. Prenatal risk assessment and early detection programs increase treatment and management options for parents and China Medical believes that the introduction of the Down syndrome reagents will strengthen early detection of fetal anomalies during pregnancy.
“We are pleased to expand our capabilities in the high growth areas of maternal health screening,” stated Mr. Xiaodong Wu, Chairman and CEO of China Medical. “Our innovative screening technologies are expected to improve parental options during pregnancy and deliver high value to the Company.”
About China Medical Technologies:
China Medical Technologies is a leading China-based medical device company that develops, manufactures and markets products using high intensity focused ultrasound for the treatment of solid cancers and benign tumors and advanced in-vitro diagnostics products using enhanced chemiluminescence technology, to detect and monitor various diseases and disorders. For more information, please visit our website at www.chinameditech.com.
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