IDEXX M. bovis Ab Test Earns USDA Approval [Trade]

The first commercially available antibody assay to test bovine samples for tuberculosis

WESTBROOK, Maine, March 28, 2013—IDEXX announces that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has approved the IDEXX M. bovis Ab Test for the detection of bovine tuberculosis in TB-affected herds.

“Since releasing the IDEXX M. bovis Ab Test in 2011, we’ve worked closely with the USDA to meet its stringent standards,” says Olivier te Boekhorst, Vice President General Manager, IDEXX Livestock and Poultry Diagnostics and IDEXX Dairy. “We’re proud to have earned their approval. Now, state veterinarians can enlist the services of National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) across the United States to choose a robust, reproducible tool for their disease management programs.”

The IDEXX M. bovis Ab Test offers a fast, 3-hour protocol that delivers objective, quantitative results compatible with typical laboratory data management systems. Its easy-to-use ELISA format requires no specialized training or handling requirements and can be automated for high-volume use. In addition to earning USDA approval, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has added the IDEXX M. bovis Ab Test to its registry of tests in June 2012.

For more information on the IDEXX M. bovis Ab Test, visit idexx.com/mbovis or contact Lisa Lemieux, U.S. Sales Manager, IDEXX Livestock and Poultry Diagnostics and IDEXX Dairy, at 1-207-556-4376 or lisa-lemieux@idexx.com.

About IDEXX Livestock and Poultry Diagnostics
For more than 25 years, IDEXX Livestock and Poultry Diagnostics has focused on improving the health of the world’s food animals. Personnel around the globe work closely with customers, key opinion leaders, regulatory officials and agency heads to set up diagnostic testing programs. Rigorous quality control includes ISO certification and approvals from the USDA and international regulatory agencies that ensure quality, repeatability and reliability of test results. A global distribution network, an intimate knowledge of local conditions and languages and a seasoned, experienced staff make IDEXX uniquely qualified to provide laboratories, veterinarians and producers with diagnostic tests and technologies they can trust. The IDEXX portfolio addresses more than 50 pathologies affecting bovine, small ruminant, porcine, poultry and equine species.

About IDEXX Laboratories
IDEXX Laboratories, Inc. is a leader in pet healthcare innovation, serving practicing veterinarians around the world with a broad range of diagnostic and information technology-based products and services. IDEXX products enhance the ability of veterinarians to provide advanced medical care, improve staff efficiency and to build more economically successful practices. IDEXX is also a worldwide leader in providing diagnostic tests and information for the livestock and poultry industries as well as tests for the quality and safety of water and milk. Headquartered in Maine, IDEXX Laboratories employs approximately 5,400 people and offers products to customers in over 175 countries.


Contact:

IDEXX Laboratories
Lisa Lemieux
U.S. Sales Manager, IDEXX Livestock & Poultry Diagnostics and IDEXX Dairy
1-207-556-4376
lisa-lemieux@idexx.com