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ENZO Biochem Announces New York State Approval of First Flowscript™ Assay For Improved Detection of Cervical Cancer Progression

Company Anticipates Additional Products Stemming from Platform for Wide Range of Uses
NEW YORK, March 13, 2015 – Enzo Biochem, Inc. (NYSE:ENZ) today announced that the New York State Department of Health has granted conditional approval for Enzo Clinical Labs’ use of the FlowScriptassay in detection of mRNA from HPV oncogenes, E6 and E7. Overexpression of these HPV oncogenes promotes the growth of malignant cells leading to the development of cervical cancer. As a result, Enzo Clinical Labs may now begin to offer the assay to its clientele. In addition, relevant reagents will be marketed though Enzo’s Life Sciences division.
The FlowScript™ technology platform is a proprietary, flow cytometry-based, molecular detection system for the multiplex analysis of cell function and identity, and was developed by cross-functional teams at Enzo Biochem. The HPV E6/E7 assay is the first product to utilize this novel platform.  Analysis is performed on a small volume of a liquid cytology specimen and can thus be easily incorporated as a reflex test measure following abnormal Pap smear results.

The assay, and the platform on which it is based, allows for the simultaneous analysis of several different genes expressed in every cell in a given sample. In this manner, it is possible to produce clinically relevant data at the single cell level. Unlike other assays that study mRNA expression, FlowScript™ assays are performed by a homogenous system that eliminates washing steps that can reduce fluctuation of results.  Additionally, the assay’s use of external control improves run-to-run consistency. As a result, both hands on time and the number of steps are reduced, allowing for improved economics.  In data presented at a recent pathology conference in Italy, Enzo’s assay was shown to produce reliable and consistent results near the limit of assay detection.  Furthermore, Enzo anticipates applying this platform to a multiplicity of uses such as the study of other cancers, the evaluation of an individual immune state as well as products targeted to the drug development market, among others.

“We believe this assay will be used to help guide providers in assessing the risk of progression to cervical cancer and whether colposcopy or follow-up screening should be the preferred course of action,” said Dr. Elazar Rabbani, Enzo’s Chairman and CEO. “The approval of this assay strengthens our commitment to utilize our proprietary technology and bring forward clinically relevant diagnostics that can inform patient and physician decision-making, with potential to reduce spending associated with advanced stage disease. Moreover, it is indicative of how well we are executing on our strategy of utilizing our integrated structure to produce products that are relevant to today’s evolving healthcare marketplace.”
Human papillomavirus is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases and is thought to be the major cause of cervical cancer.  Current medical guidelines recommend high risk HPV testing for cervical cancer in women over 21 who have abnormal PAP smears and in screening women over 30 years of age when used in conjunction with a Pap smear. Enzo has long been a global leader in the development of products and services for the identification of HPV. Industry reports have estimated the worldwide cervical cancer screening market to be in excess of $1 billion.

About Enzo Biochem
Enzo Biochem is a pioneer in molecular diagnostics, leading the convergence of clinical laboratories, life sciences and therapeutics through the development of unique diagnostic platform technologies that provide numerous advantages over previous standards. A global company, Enzo Biochem utilizes cross-functional teams to develop and deploy products systems and services that meet the ever-changing and rapidly growing needs of health care both today and into the future. Underpinning Enzo Biochem’s products and technologies is a broad and deep intellectual property portfolio, with patent coverage across a number of key enabling technologies.
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