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OraSure Technologies Terminates Oral Fluid Drugs Of Abuse Assay Collaboration With Roche Diagnostics

Stocks in this article: OSUR

BETHLEHEM, Pa., Nov. 21, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- OraSure Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq:OSUR) announced today that its assay collaboration agreement with Roche Diagnostics has been terminated. As part of the termination, Roche will continue to supply certain of the assays developed under that collaboration on a transitional basis for use with OraSure's existing Intercept ® collection device.

Under the termination agreement, Roche will make an initial payment of $8.3 million to OraSure, will provide certain transitional product support services and will continue to supply the five FDA-cleared assays for a period of up to five years. OraSure has the right to stop the supply of assays prior to the end of the five-year period and could receive payment of up to an additional $5.5 million from Roche depending on how early in that five-year period the supply obligation is ended.

OraSure also announced today ( http://phoenix.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=99740&p=irol-newsarticle&ID=1878751 ) that it has reached an agreement with another party to develop and supply up to 12 homogenous fully automated oral fluid drugs of abuse assays to be used with a new Intercept ® oral fluid specimen collection device. This new agreement will replace the terminated collaboration with Roche.  

Updated Financial Guidance

As a result of the termination agreement announced today, the Company has updated its financial guidance to reflect the initial payment expected from Roche and is now projecting net income of $0.07 - $0.08 per share for the fourth quarter of 2013.

About OraSure Technologies

OraSure Technologies is a leader in the development, manufacture and distribution of oral fluid diagnostic and collection devices and other technologies designed to detect or diagnose critical medical conditions. Its innovative products include rapid tests for the detection of antibodies to HIV and HCV at the point of care and testing solutions for detecting various drugs of abuse. In July 2012, the Company received approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the Company's OraQuick® In-Home HIV Test for sale directly to consumers in the over-the-counter (OTC) market - making it the first and only rapid OTC HIV test approved in the U.S. In addition, the Company is a leading provider of oral fluid sample collection, stabilization and preparation products for molecular diagnostic applications. OraSure's portfolio of products is sold globally to various clinical laboratories, hospitals, clinics, community-based organizations and other public health organizations, research and academic institutions, distributors, government agencies, physicians' offices, and commercial and industrial entities. The Company's products enable healthcare providers to deliver critical information to patients, empowering them to make decisions to improve and protect their health.

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