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Romer Labs Acquires SDIX Food Safety and GMO Business

October 01, 2012

Acquisition reinforces commitment to be a complete supplier of food safety solutions and accelerates Romer Labs’ move into food pathogen detection.

Tulln, Austria – October 1, 2012 - Romer Labs, a leading global supplier of food safety diagnostics, announced today it has entered into an agreement to acquire the assets of the food safety and GMO businesses of Strategic Diagnostics Inc. (NASDAQ:SDIX). The deal accelerates Romer Labs’ move into food pathogen detection and augments its product and service range, making it a complete supplier for food safety solutions.

SDIX Food Safety Business includes RapidChek® lateral flow test strips with proprietary enrichment media, the patented RapidChek® SELECT phage-based enrichment systems and RapidChek® CONFIRM immunomagnetic confirmation tools. These products are approved for the detection of pathogens such as Salmonella, Listeria and E. Coli in a variety of food, feed and environmental samples.

“The RapidChek® product family is a strong brand for food pathogen detection and has proven to be an accurate and reliable rapid test for the food industry worldwide. We are proud to integrate this renowned brand into our portfolio and are fully committed to expanding our range for food pathogen analysis in the future. The technology we are acquiring is solid and approved and has also been successfully performance tested by AOAC on various occasions.” says Michael Prinster, CEO of Romer Labs North America.

The acquisition also includes the GMO test kit business, in which SDIX already had an exclusive distribution partnership with Romer Labs. This was a logical consequence of a successful cooperation between the two companies, which had already been established in 2010. Transferring the GMO business to Romer Labs gives the customers more security that they can rely on a trustworthy partner that now also develops and manufactures the products.

Romer Labs’ international presence with locations in seven countries all over the globe, including fast growing markets such as China and Brazil, gives global customers great advantages, as the group is able to provide high quality products and technical support worldwide. Its international distribution network with partners in more than 80 countries makes sure the products can be supplied to every corner of the world.

Romer Labs will take over all the staff members of the SDIX food safety and GMO division, including those in R&D, sales & marketing and production. It will continue to run the business out of Newark, Delaware. “The people of the SDIX food safety team are experts in their field and were responsible for SDIX’s success in recent years. We are happy to welcome them into our team and look forward to working together on growing this business. ” concludes Hannes Binder, CEO of the Romer Labs Group.

About Romer Labs

Romer Labs, founded in Washington, MO, in 1982, is a leader in diagnostic solutions for food and feed safety. It develops, manufactures and markets test kits for food allergens, mycotoxins, veterinary drug residues and other food contaminants. The company also operates four accredited full-service laboratories on three continents. Romer Labs has facilities in Austria, Brazil, China, Malaysia, Singapore, UK and the USA. For more than 30 years, Romer Labs has been a trusted partner for the food and feed industry worldwide.

About SDIX

SDIX is a biotechnology company with a core expertise in creating better antigens, better antibodies and better assays for the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and food safety markets. For over 20 years, SDIX has been a leading immuno-solutions company, developing results-oriented and innovative antibody-based solutions that enable customers to meet high performance research, diagnostic and commercialization objectives.

In the life science market, SDIX’s technology and capabilities are being used to help discover disease mechanisms, facilitate development of new drugs and provide antibodies and assays for the diagnosis of disease.  In the food safety market, SDIX continues to expand its footprint as an international supplier of rapid pathogen test technologies that enable more accurate and cost-effective results.