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EPITOPE UNIT FORMS GRAPE INDUSTRY ADVISORY BOARD

 BEAVERTON, Ore., Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Epitope Inc. (AMEX: EPT) today announced that its agricultural unit, Agritope Inc., has appointed a grape industry advisory board to provide guidance for development of its grape biotechnology program. The board consists of Stephen Cousins, president, Buena Vista Winery; Clem Firko, president, Hess Collection Winery; Pete Opatz, director of vineyard operations, Chateau St. Jean Vineyards and Winery; Chuck Wagner, vice president and winemaker, Caymus Vineyards; and Mike Walsh, president, Walsh Vineyard Management.
 Agritope's grape biotechnology program addresses the need for high- quality replacement of grape stock in disease-infested portions of the United States grape-growing regions. The program is aimed at providing disease-free, phylloxera-resistant grape plants through proprietary micropropagation techniques.
 "We have established a grape industry advisory board to assure that our science continues to meet the needs of the industry. The individuals selected as advisors have consistently demonstrated leadership and innovation in addressing the technical and business issues facing the grape industry," said Adolph J. Ferro, president and chief executive officer of Agritope.
 Epitope Inc. is an Oregon corporation utilizing biotechnology to develop diagnostic products for the detection of AIDS and other indications and, through its agricultural unit, Agritope Inc., superior new plant varieties.
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 /CONTACT: Mary Hagen of Epitope, 503-641-6115; or Shari Annes of Annes Associates, 415-728-5400, for Epitope/
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