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Shionogi, Response Biomedical to Conclude Sales Agreement for Rapid BNP Test.

Tokyo, Japan, May 19, 2006 - (JCN) - Shionogi has concluded a sales agreement with Canadian company Response Medical for the sale of SHIONOSPOT BNP, a point-of-care test reagent, and the SHIONOSPOT Reader in Japan.

SHIONOSPOT BNP, which is based on fluorescent immunochromatographic assay, can measure the levels of B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) in the blood. BNP is a kind of hormone that reflects deterioration in heart functions.

Used in combination with the SHIONOSPOT Reader, the reagent can obtain results in about 16 minutes. Shionogi expects that the launch of SHIONOSPOT will contribute to the diagnosis and management of congestive heart failure at clinical sites.

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Date:May 19, 2006
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