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Advanced Cell Diagnostics and Leica Biosystems Begin Co-Marketing Fully Automated RNA in Situ Hybridization Assay

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA & HAYWARD, CALIFORNIA, August 13, 2014 – Leica Biosystems and Advanced Cell Diagnostics, Inc. (ACD) have announced the co-marketing of ACD's RNAscope® LS ISH assays with Leica Biosystems' BOND RX research staining platform*. This agreement provides researchers with an integrated and fully automated ISH solution. The market-leading RNAscope LS reagent kits and ISH probes are available from ACD while the BOND RX instrument and associated reagents are supplied by Leica Biosystems.

ACD's RNAscope assays represent a major technological advance for in situ RNA detection. For the first time, robust single RNA molecule detection is available for formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue. Since their commercialization three years ago, these assays have been adopted across the globe by major pharma biotech companies and leading research institutions for drug discovery, translational research, and the development of clinical and companion diagnostic tests. The RNAscope LS assays are fully automated on the BOND RX platform. This open and flexible system automates staining to provide a fast, high throughput workflow with exceptional consistency and minimal hands-on time.

"Automation is essential for pharmas, biotechs, translational labs and academic institutions to apply the RNA ISH technology to a wide range of biomarker analysis applications." said Dr. Yuling Luo, President and CEO of ACD. "We are very pleased to work with Leica Biosystems to expand our automated RNAscope solutions in response to the needs of our rapidly growing customer base."

Dr. David Atkins, VP Advanced Staining at Leica Biosystems added: “Leica is excited to announce the availability of ACD's RNAscope Assays fully automated on the BOND RX. This is another example of how, with its openness and flexibility, the BOND RX is providing researchers with enhanced tools to help speed-up important discoveries and improve cancer diagnostics".

*For Research Use Only. Not for use in diagnostic procedures.

About Leica Biosystems

Leica Biosystems is a global leader in workflow solutions and automation, striving to advance cancer diagnostics to improve patients’ lives. Leica Biosystems provides anatomical pathology laboratories and researchers a comprehensive product range for each step in the pathology process, from sample preparation and staining to imaging and reporting. Leica’s easy-to-use and consistently reliable offerings help improve workflow efficiency and diagnostic confidence. The company is represented in over 100 countries. It has manufacturing facilities in 7 countries, sales and service organizations in 19 countries, and an international network of dealers. The company is headquartered in Nussloch, Germany. Further information can be found at www.LeicaBiosystems.com.

About Advanced Cell Diagnostics

Advanced Cell Diagnostics, Inc. (ACD) is a leader in the emerging field of molecular pathology, developing cell and tissue‐based diagnostic tests for personalized medicine. The company’s products and services are based on its proprietary RNAscope® technology, the first automated multiplex chromogenic and fluorescent in situ hybridization platform capable of detecting and quantifying RNA biomarkers in situ at single‐molecule sensitivity. RNAscope assays are currently used by hundreds of customers, including all of the global top 10 pharmaceutical companies, world leading academic institutions and many cutting edge biotechnology companies to validate biomarkers for the management of cancer and other diseases. ACD’s industrial partnerships provide the foundation for ACD to develop companion diagnostic tests in conjunction with partners’ targeted therapeutics. ACD also pursues internal programs to develop and commercialize proprietary diagnostic tests in cancer management. Learn more about ACD and RNAscope technology at www.acdbio.com.

Media Contact –- ACD

Steve Chen, Ph.D., Chief Operating Officer,

schen@acdbio.com, +1 (510) 259-9802