Gold Standard Diagnostics Expands ThunderBolt® Laboratory Automation International Sales and Marketing Network

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Strong domestic and international sales expected for 2013 and beyond.

Davis, CA, March 19th, 2013 – Gold Standard Diagnostics, Corp. (GSD,, a leading manufacturer and marketer of clinical laboratory instrumentation and assays for the in vitro diagnostics market, today announced it has established distribution partnerships for the ThunderBolt® Automated Immunoassay Analyzer in 18 countries throughout Europe, Latin America, Asia and the Middle East since the official global launch in early 2012. ThunderBolt® sales in the U.S. market also continue to grow as laboratories recognize the powerful and seamless automation solutions that Gold Standard Diagnostics offers.

Mature and emerging markets alike have responded to the comprehensive suite of fully automated features that the compact and cost-effective ThunderBolt® offers. As a result, the global sales and marketing network has grown substantially over the past year. Established markets, such as those in Europe, have widely accepted the ThunderBolt® with installations in Germany, Spain, Finland, Austria, Switzerland and Belgium. Additional countries with installed units include South Korea, Mexico, Vietnam, and Puerto Rico. Distribution partnerships and sales in China, Brazil, India and Canada are also imminent.

“The ThunderBolt® platform is fast gaining global acceptance and becoming the solution of choice for many markets. Having so many advanced features available in a compact and affordable system has resonated with our partners. They are excited to bring the benefits of ThunderBolt® ownership to customers around the world,” said JG Singh, VP of International Business Development.

World-Wide Service & Support
Investments in global support infrastructure have been substantial, but the collective benefits to distribution partners, global customers and to GSD far outweigh the cost. GSD’s comprehensive service and support team has logged thousands of miles to train the partners that install and service the ThunderBolt® globally. Distribution partners provide training, support and assay validation for laboratories using the ThunderBolt® in their countries.

Increased Manufacturing Capacity
As the ThunderBolt® expands its share of the in vitro diagnostics market, GSD has increased U.S.-based manufacturing capacity to meet demand. As an ISO 13485 certified medical device manufacturer, GSD employs a comprehensive quality management system to ensure that the high quality and consistency of the ThunderBolt® is maintained. The ThunderBolt® has also received CE marking and has numerous patents filed to protect the unique features and design.

According to Karl Benjamin, GSD’s Production Manager, “Adhering to ISO standards lets our customers know that the ThunderBolt® is manufactured using best practices in a quality controlled and equipped environment. Having an independent standards organization like ISO give GSD their stamp of approval gives the customer total confidence in the quality our product.”

International Assay Availability
In addition to world-wide availability of the ThunderBolt®, GSD is also developing relationships to make its portfolio of nearly 200 assays available for sale internationally. GSD’s product portfolio consists of many FDA-Cleared (510k) products developed by GSD, as well as many products sourced from assay manufacturers around the world.

About the ThunderBolt®
Through a host of patent-pending features, the ThunderBolt® delivers exceptional power and flexibility in a small size. The dual function analyzer provides complete, walk-away automation of 192 patient samples in only a 2’ by 2’ space. Completely open architecture allows any EIA or CLIA protocol to be programmed, and up to eight different protocols to run in a single batch. Intuitive and robust software further enriches the ThunderBolt®, making it the total laboratory automation solution.

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