Gen-Probe Receives European CE Mark for Molecular Test to Detect Common Sexually Transmitted Disease Trichomonas Vaginalis

By Gen-probe Incorporated, PRNE
Tuesday, June 29, 2010

SAN DIEGO, June 30, 2010 - Gen-Probe Incorporated (Nasdaq: GPRO) announced today that it has
received a European CE mark for its APTIMA(R) assay for Trichomonas
vaginalis, a common parasitic sexually transmitted disease.

Gen-Probe's APTIMA Trichomonas assay utilizes the same nucleic acid
amplification technologies as the APTIMA COMBO 2(R) assay, the Company's
market-leading test for chlamydia and gonorrhea, and studies have shown that
Gen-Probe's Transcription-Mediated Amplification (TMA) technology provides
greater sensitivity than existing tests for Trichomonas vaginalis. In
addition, the APTIMA Trichomonas assay may be used on the fully automated
TIGRIS system to test the same female specimens as those used with the APTIMA
COMBO 2 assay, which makes testing more convenient for physicians and

"Trichomoniasis is a common sexually transmitted infection that can lead
to serious health consequences in the genital tract if left untreated," said
Dr. Angelika Stary, University Professor, Outpatient Center for STD
Diagnosis, Vienna, Austria. "The APTIMA Trichomonas assay offers clinicians
and laboratorians a new method of detection that is significantly more
sensitive than current tests."

With this CE mark, Gen-Probe is allowed to market the assay in European
Union countries. The test has not been cleared for marketing in the United
, but the Company has completed its US clinical trial and remains on
track to submit a regulatory application later this year.

About Trichomonas vaginalis

Trichomonas vaginalis is a sexually transmitted parasite that can cause
vaginitis, urethritis, premature membrane rupture in pregnancy, and increased
persistence of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), which causes cervical cancer.
Trichomonas vaginalis also makes women more susceptible to infection with

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that there are 180 million
new cases of Trichomonas vaginalis infection annually worldwide, with over 10
million of those new cases occurring in Europe, making it more prevalent than
chlamydia and gonorrhea combined.

Screening for Trichomonas vaginalis is limited today, due in part to the
limitations of traditional testing techniques such as culture and wet mount
microscopy, which are much less sensitive than molecular tests.

About Gen-Probe

Gen-Probe Incorporated is a global leader in the development, manufacture
and marketing of rapid, accurate and cost-effective molecular diagnostic
products and services that are used primarily to diagnose human diseases,
screen donated human blood, and ensure transplant compatibility. Gen-Probe
has approximately 27 years of expertise in nucleic acid testing (NAT), and
received the 2004 National Medal of Technology, America's highest honor for
technological innovation, for developing NAT assays for blood screening.
Gen-Probe is headquartered in San Diego and employs approximately 1,300
people. For more information, go to

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    Jori Tulkki
    Associate director, government and
    corporate affairs

Jori Tulkki, Associate director, government and corporate affairs of Gen-Probe Incorporated, +1-858-410-8660

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