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ROHM enters into marketing alliance with A. Menarini Diagnostics to commercialise the B-analyst micro-blood analysis system in Europe

(PresseBox) (Kyoto/Japan - Willich-Münchheide/Germany, ) Semiconductor manufacturer ROHM Co., Ltd., (Satoshi Sawamura, President and CEO) has entered into a marketing alliance with A. Menarini Diagnostics (head office: Florence, Italy; General Manager Crescenzio Izzo ) to commercialise ROHM-branded micro-blood analysis system in Europe. The B-analyst, manufactured by ROHM Co., Ltd., will be marketed through the extensive sales network belonging to A. Menarini Diagnostics, as of January 2013. A. Menarini Diagnostics is a member company of the Menarini Group and currently markets diagnostics products throughout Europe. The product will be commercialised in 19 countries*1 as the B-analyst through a distribution network covering most of Europe. The two partners plan to sell the B-analyst S1 centrifugal clinical chemistry analyser along with three dedicated reagents: B-analyst HbA1c (a glycosylated hemoglobin A1c kit), B-analyst CRP (a C-reactive protein kit), and B-analyst hsCRP (a C-reactive protein kit).

Recent increases in the number of diabetes patients worldwide are driving the demand for micro-blood analysis systems, which provide instant results while minimising patient discomfort. The difficulty of using low-precision systems to verify improvements brought about through daily treatment makes a simple system with high measurement precision particularly desirable. In developing this high-precision micro-blood analysis system, launched in Japan in 2008, ROHM drew on micromachining technology cultivated in the course of its extensive LSI development experience and µTAS (Micro TAS) technology*2 accumulated over the past decade while developing bio-chips. The B-analyst micro-blood analysis system, which delivers a level of testing precision approaching that of conventional large testing systems, has earned high praise from clinics and other customers, driving steady sales growth. ROHM plans to follow up on the product’s European launch by progressively expanding sales channels to the Asian and North American markets, thereby bringing its micro-blood analysis system business to the global market.

The sales alliance with ROHM will allow Menarini Diagnostics to expand its significant range of analytical systems for the control and monitoring of Diabetes. Such a range includes self testing meters, continuous glucose monitors for professional use and high throughput laboratory systems. Furthermore the B-analyst will allow Menarini to expand its offer of important diagnostics tests in small laboratories and doctor’s offices.

*1 Sales region (19 countries)
Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

*2 µTAS (Micro TAS)
Micro Total Analysis System. This system permits the efficient and rapid performance of a series of chemical manipulations through the buildup of various liquid devices on a chip that is several millimeters to several centimeters square.

About A. Menarini Diagnostics

Established in 1976 and headquartered in Florence, Italy, A. Menarini Diagnostics, a diagnostics company with approximately 1000 employees and consolidated sales in excess of 300 million Euro through a network of 14 fully owned affiliates all over Europe. Menarini Diagnostics is part of the Menarini Group For additional information, please visit the company website at http:// www.menarinidiagnostics.com

About Menarini

Established in 1886 and headquartered in Florence, Italy, the Menarini Group has a consolidated turnover of 3.0 billion euros with 16,000 employees (FY2011). The Menarini Group is present in more than 100 countries worldwide through affiliates and distributors. Menarini is the number 1 Italian pharmaceutical company, 17th in Europe and the 34th worldwide. The Menarini Group operates in the fields of research and development, manufacture and marketing of pharmaceuticals. For additional information, please visit the company’s website at http://www.menarini.com

ROHM Semiconductor GmbH

ROHM Semiconductor is a global company of 304,6 billion yen (3,8 Billion $) revenue with 21,295 employees in the last fiscal year ending March 2012. ROHM Semiconductor develops and manufactures a very large product range from the Ultra Low Power Microcontroller, Power Management, Standard ICs , SiC Diodes, Mosfets and Modules , Power Transistors and Diodes, LEDs to passives components such as Resistors, Tantalum Capacitors and LED display units, thermal Printheads in state-of-the-art manufacturing plants in Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, China and Europe.

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