Neoprobe Granted Pre-IND Meeting with FDA to Review RIGS Technology

-- Meeting Scheduled for 1st Quarter of 2011 --

DUBLIN, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Neoprobe Corporation (OTCBB: NEOP), a diversified developer of innovative oncology surgical and diagnostic products, today announced that it has requested and been granted a Type B pre-IND meeting with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding its RIGS® technology Biologic License Application (BLA). The pre-IND meeting request is another step in Neoprobe’s efforts to develop and commercialize the RIGS technology designed to enhance the surgical treatment of patients with solid tumor cancers.

“The pre-IND meeting request is one of several near-term activities that Neoprobe intends to complete with FDA to reactivate the development of the RIGS technology program,” said Rodger Brown, Neoprobe’s Vice President of Regulatory Affairs and Quality Assurance. “The FDA has confirmed a meeting date in the first quarter of 2011 and we are in the process of completing the briefing documents in preparation for this meeting. Once FDA has agreed with our RIGS development plans, and has assigned a new IND, we anticipate more extensively restarting our clinical, non-clinical and CMC efforts including pursuing the possibility of obtaining a Special Protocol Assessment (SPA) for the clinical evaluation of the RIGS technology.”

About RIGS®

Neoprobe’s RIGS technology involves the use of a radiolabeled tumor-specific targeting agent to alert surgeons to the existence of cancerous tissue, undetectable by traditional diagnostic and intraoperative techniques. The RIGS procedure may enable more effective colorectal cancer surgeries leading to improved patient treatment.

About Neoprobe Corporation

Neoprobe Corporation (OTCBB: NEOP) is a biomedical company focused on enhancing patient care and improving patient outcome by meeting the critical intraoperative diagnostic information needs of physicians and therapeutic treatment needs of patients. Neoprobe currently markets the neoprobe® GDS line of gamma detection systems that are widely used by cancer surgeons. In addition, Neoprobe holds significant interests in the development of related biomedical systems and radiopharmaceutical agents including Lymphoseek® and RIGScan. Neoprobe’s subsidiary, Cira Biosciences, Inc., is also advancing a patient-specific cellular therapy technology platform called ACT. Neoprobe’s strategy is to deliver superior growth and shareholder return by maximizing its strong position in gamma detection technologies and diversifying into new, synergistic biomedical markets through continued investment and selective acquisitions.

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