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Wilmington, January 17, 2005

New Data Merging Option and Database Update Available for RiboPrinter® System from DuPont Qualicon

The RiboPrinter® Data Merging Workstation is a new option available from DuPont Qualicon for advanced microbial tracking. Customers who use several RiboPrinter® systems in their labs can now combine records from each system into one integrated database for comprehensive comparison, grouping and identification of unknown bacteria. For regulated industries, a Data Merging Validation package of ready-made protocols is also available.

Additionally, DuPont Qualicon has released an update to the RiboPrinter® system identification database, adding over 400 new RiboPrint™ patterns of critical interest to the pharmaceutical industry.

“We created the new options in direct response to customer requests for a fast and convenient way to share data,” said Kevin Huttman, president of DuPont Qualicon. “And each database expansion moves the RiboPrinter® closer to becoming the easiest, most demanded identification system in the industry today.”

The RiboPrinter® system uses powerful genetic information to provide an automated genetic snapshot, or RiboPrint™ pattern, of any bacterium in less than eight hours. With over 6,400 patterns in the identification database, electronic data security and characterization below the species level, the RiboPrinter® system surpasses U.S. Food and Drug Association guidelines for preventing contamination and assuring consistency in aseptic processing.

In addition to the RiboPrinter® system, DuPont Qualicon markets the award-winning BAX® detection system, an innovative DNA-based technology for screening food and environmental samples for pathogens or other organisms. The BAX® detection system provides polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays to screen food and other samples for Salmonella, Listeria monocytogenes, Listeria spp., E. coli O157:H7 and Enterobacter sakazakii.

DuPont is a science company. Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere. Operating in more than 70 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture, nutrition, electronics, communications, safety and protection, home and construction, transportation and apparel.