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DIADEXUS ISSUED U.S. PATENT FOR LP-PLA2 ACTIVITY-BASED ATHEROSCLEROSIS DIAGNOSTIC TEST

May 31, 2006
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DiaDexus, Inc. announced today that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued U.S. Patent No. 7,052,862, covering methods of diagnosing a patient's susceptibility for developing an atherosclerotic disease, including myocardial infarction and stroke, by analyzing a sample of a patient's blood for the presence and activity of Lipoprotein Associated Phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2) enzymatic activity to determine a patient's susceptibility to developing atherosclerotic disease, including stroke and myocardial infarction. Lp-PLA2, an enzyme associated with atherosclerotic plaque, was discovered by scientists at GlaxoSmithKline (GSK). This patent is one of several GSK patents to which diaDexus has an exclusive commercial diagnostic license.
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