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Calypte Biomedical and Maxim Biomedical Announce Joint Distribution of Incidence Testing Assays

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PORTLAND, Ore., April 25, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Calypte Biomedical Corporation (OTCBB:CBMC) and Maxim Biomedical Inc. today announced a reciprocal distribution agreement under which customers may purchase from either company, on the same terms, both Calypte's Aware™ BED EIA HIV-1 Incidence Test and Maxim's HIV-1 Limiting Antigen (LAg)-Avidity EIA Kit.

The two assays are produced by their respective manufacturers under license from the Centers for Disease Control (Atlanta, GA), and use different biomarkers to classify HIV-positive blood, serum or plasma specimens as either recent or long-term infections. This information can be used to derive a measure of the number of new HIV infections in a given population (that is, "HIV incidence").

"Traditional measures of incidence, such as cohort studies, are expensive and time consuming. Cross-sectional assays such as the BED and LAg offer public health authorities faster, more cost effective access to information that is critical for monitoring the epidemic, allocating resources and evaluating intervention programmes," said Adel Karas, Chairman and CEO of Calypte.

The LAg assay is a newer methodology which is still being validated, whereas the BED assay has the advantage of more than half a decade's worth of predicate data. The partners anticipate that many laboratories which are familiar with BED will want to make their own side-by-side comparisons. In addition, recent research has indicated that algorithms which use both BED and LAg in series can provide significant improvements in specificity.

About Calypte Biomedical Corporation:

Calypte Biomedical Corporation develops in vitro testing products to improve the diagnosis of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) infection and other sexually transmitted and chronic diseases. Calypte's product line includes both point-of-care rapid tests and the BED incidence test. Founded in 1988, Calypte is a pioneer in non-blood-based HIV antibody testing.

About Maxim Biomedical, Inc.:

Maxim Biomedical, Inc. (Maxim), located in Rockville, Maryland, was founded in May 2005. Maxim's mission is to develop and market in vitro diagnostic testing solutions that make positive contributions to public health and healthcare worldwide. Maxim's product lines include urine-based tests which are designed to be safe, cost-effective, and painless, as well as blood-based tests which offer proven solutions in a traditional format. Maxim's CMO/CRO services are supported by FDA cGMP and ISO 13485 certified facility and quality management system with technical expertise covering enzyme immunoassay, Western Blot, Recombinant ImmunoBlot Assay and Molecular PCR.

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CONTACT: Media Contact: Angela Baker Office: 503-726-2227 Email: abaker@calypte.com

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