Strategic Diagnostics reaches distribution agreement with Monitoring Technologies International

Strategic Diagnostics Inc., which specializes in analytical test kits for the agricultural, water quality and food testing markets, signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Monitoring Technologies International (MTI) to market and sell in the United States MTI's PDV-6000 heavy metal analyzer and reagents, which are designed to rapidly detect multiple metal contaminants on-site in water, soil and food matrices...

NEWARK, DE, Sept. 14, 2004 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Strategic Diagnostics Inc., which specializes in analytical test kits for the agricultural, water quality and food testing markets, signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Monitoring Technologies International (MTI) to market and sell in the United States MTI's PDV-6000 heavy metal analyzer and reagents, which are designed to rapidly detect multiple metal contaminants on-site in water, soil and food matrices.

MTI, a United Kingdom-based company, has developed a highly effective system for the rapid detection of multiple heavy metals -- including arsenic, lead, chromium VI, and mercury, all at very low detection levels. The system has recently been verified by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Advanced Monitoring Systems Center, and validated under the EPA's SITE Program, where it had outstanding performance and met or exceeded all requirements for sensitivity and precision.

SDI will initially focus its sales efforts in the environmental assessment and remediation markets, a market in which it currently has relationships with 22 of the top 25 environmental consulting and engineering firms.

MTI President John Morris said, "We look forward to our association with SDI. We believe that Strategic Diagnostics' leadership position in the water quality and environmental safety and remediation markets for rapid assays fits extremely well with our technology. The combinations of MTI technology for metal detection and SDI assays for chemical contamination, gives the customer a high power tool box for addressing and solving environmental concerns."

Matthew Knight, Strategic Diagnostics' president and CEO, said, "Adding the MTI metals detection technology expands our total offering and enhances the ability of SDI to deliver real profit improvement solutions to our environmental safety and engineering customers. Rarely do contamination problems involve only one metal. The MTI system allows our customers to rapidly perform multiple metals analysis. The rapid accuracy, ease of use, and portability of the system allows analysts and project managers to reduce costs and compliments the benefits of our rapid environmental tests."

About Strategic Diagnostics Inc.
SDI is a leading provider of biotechnology-based diagnostic tests for a broad range of agricultural, industrial, and water treatment applications. Through its antibody business, Strategic BioSolutions, Strategic Diagnostics also provides antibody and immunoreagent research and development services. SDI's test kits are produced in a variety of formats suitable for field and laboratory use, offering advantages of accuracy, cost-effectiveness, portability, and rapid response. FeedChek, Trait Chek, GMO QuickChek, and GMO Chek are pending trademarks for SDI.

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