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DIANON SYSTEMS REPORTS INCREASE IN FOURTH-QUARTER SALES

 DIANON SYSTEMS REPORTS INCREASE IN FOURTH-QUARTER SALES
 SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Dianon Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: DIAN) today reported record sales for the fourth quarter ended Dec. 31, 1991.
 Speaking at the Hambrecht and Quist Life Sciences Conference in San Francisco, Jack Davis, president of Dianon, reported that sales for the fourth quarter will show the largest quarter-to-quarter increase in the company's history. While declining to provide specific results for the quarter, Davis indicated that sales for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 1991, are expected to be approximately $7.9 million, which would represent an increase of approximately 15 percent from the third quarter of 1991 and an increase of approximately 35 percent from the same quarter of the prior year.
 In addition, Davis repeated that the company's management expected to meet the earnings projections of $.10 per share for the fourth quarter made the underwriting syndicate during the company's initial public offering.
 Davis also indicated that final results for the quarter and the year ended Dec. 31, 1991, are not expected to be available until after Feb. 15, 1992.
 Dianon Systems is a leading provider of oncology testing services and diagnostic information to a focused audience of 12,500 cancer- treating physicians in the United States. The company is headquartered in Stratford, Conn., and has recently opened a European laboratory in Amsterdam.
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 /CONTACT: Richard A. Sandberg, chairman and CEO of Dianon Systems, 203-381-4022/
 (DIAN) CO: Dianon Systems, Inc. ST: Connecticut, California IN: HEA SU: ERP


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