Strategic Diagnostics finalizes distribution agreement with European firm

Strategic Diagnostics Inc., a provider of antibody products and analytical test kits for the food-safety and water-quality markets, signed a distribution agreement with MicroBioTests Inc., a European supplier of complementary test kits. Under the agreement, SDI becomes the exclusive distributor for the Toxkit product lines of MBT in the United States and Canada...

NEWARK, DE, Dec. 22, 2004 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Strategic Diagnostics Inc., a provider of antibody products and analytical test kits for the food-safety and water-quality markets, has signed a distribution agreement with MicroBioTests Inc. (MBT), a European supplier of complementary test kits. Under the agreement, Strategic Diagnostics becomes the exclusive distributor for the ToxkitTM product lines of MBT in the United States and Canada.

"We are delighted to enter into this agreement with MicroBioTests," commented SDI president Matthew Knight. "This agreement continues to position SDI as the single source solution for rapid, on-site toxicity and environmental tests. The product line offers our customers requiring cultural methods an alternative to expensive and labor intensive protocols, allowing users to save both time and money while maintaining quality test results.

"SDI recently exhibited the Toxkits product during the SETAC World Congress with favorable customer response. Attendees were enthusiastic about the availability of new cultural toxicity testing methods. The addition of several new toxicity models will complement the SDI's Microtox® platform, just as our recent addition of the MTI Metals System has expanded our environmental testing offering."

Dr. Guido Persoone, president of MicroBioTests Inc., stated "Through our agreement with SDI, MicroBioTests will be able to expand its growing customer base in North America. There has been a tremendous paradigm shift around the world, such that toxicologists believe a 'battery approach' to toxicity is needed to truly understand the environmental impacts of contamination. This partnership allows SDI to provide complementary systems to their Microtox line, benefiting the end user, and strengthening both SDI and MBT."

Established in 2001, MicroBioTests Inc., a Belgium-based company, has commercialized cost-effective, culture/maintenance free toxicity tests. Its Toxkits have been adopted worldwide by toxicology professionals, and thousands of scientific papers have been published on the use of the kits.

Strategic Diagnostics' Microtox test methods for determining toxicity in freshwater, marine, and terrestrial environments are used by industry, regulators and researchers to rapidly and cost-effectively monitor and control manufacturing processes, waste discharge, and guard against environmental impact and the effects of contaminants.

About Strategic Diagnostics Inc.
SDI (www.sdix.com) is a 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.

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