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MDS Sciex Signs Distribution Agreement with Biolab

MDS Sciex Signs Distribution Agreement with Biolab


MDS Sciex Signs Distribution Agreement with Biolab for Australian and New Zealand Market - Biolab to Distribute ProteoSpin(TM) Consumable Kits

MDS Sciex, the analytical instrumentation and technology solutions division of MDS Inc. (TSX: MDS; NYSE:MDZ), and Biolab, Australasia's largest and leading provider of scientific instruments and consumables to the scientific and medical markets, announced the signing of a distributorship agreement for MDS Sciex's new line of protein purification products called ProteoSpin(TM). Biolab will have the sales and marketing and support rights for this product line in Australia and New Zealand.

"MDS Sciex's unique ProteoSpin technology represents an exciting new development in the area of protein purification and preparation. Biolab is delighted to be distributing this innovative range of products from a company synonymous with quality," said Dallas Hartman, Biolab's Australasian Manager of Biosciences.

"The Biolab Group offers a comprehensive range of products and solutions supported by technical expertise in the life sciences market. Biolab's experienced customer support team and specialized sales approach have proven to be very successful," said Murray Wigmore, MDS Sciex Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing. "We are pleased to have Biolab as our distributor of the ProteoSpin product line for Australia and New Zealand."

Biolab will unveil the ProteoSpin technology at the 29th Lorne Conference on Protein Structure and Function from February 8 to 12, 2004 in Lorne, Australia.

About ProteoSpin

ProteoSpin is a newly launched protein separation product line available in spin column format. ProteoSpin is based on a new, patent-pending technology for protein purification using processed silicon carbide (SiC) as a chromatographic matrix. This unique technology improves productivity in small scale protein preparation while providing cost-effective and high performance purification and protein recovery for a variety of downstream applications including gel electrophoresis and mass spectrometry.

The ProteoSpin product line includes three kits - CBED (concentration, buffer exchange and desalting) Micro Kit, Detergent Clean-up Micro Kit and Inclusion Body Isolation Micro Kit.

About MDS Sciex and MDS Inc.

MDS Sciex is the analytical instrumentation and technology solutions division of MDS, Inc. At MDS Inc., our 10,000 highly skilled people provide services and products which enable health sciences organizations to enhance the well being of people around the world. We focus on helping discover and test new drugs, assisting doctors to diagnose and treat patients and preventing the spread of disease. Find out more about MDS Inc. (TSX: MDS; NYSE: MDZ), at www.mdsintl.com or by calling 1-888-MDS-7222, 24 hours a day.

About Biolab

Biolab's products and services are marketed through five business divisions: Biosciences, Analytical & Industrial, Laboratory, Medical and Environmental. Biolab employs over 250 people across Australia and New Zealand and is part of the Alesco Corporation. Detailed information about the company is available on the Biolab Web site at www.biolabgroup.com.au.

SOURCE MDS Sciex; MDS Inc.

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