Quidel Corporation (Nasdaq: QDEL) is a California-based leading diagnostic healthcare manufacturer serving to enhance the health and well-being of people around the globe through the development of diagnostic solutions that can lead to improved patient outcomes and provide economic benefits to the healthcare system. Quidel commenced operations in 1979 and launched its first products in 1984. Since that time, Quidel has expanded its product base through internal development and acquisition with a focus on increasing its research and development efforts to accelerate the rate of new product introductions. Our core competencies and capabilities include immunoassay development, automated manufacturing, monoclonal antibody characterization and development, and molecular assay development. Our current products fall generally into these categories: (1) lateral flow, where we are market leaders in infectious disease and reproductive health; (2) direct fluorescent antibodies (DFA), with expertise in infectious disease and virology; (3) micro-titer production, with a focus on bone and complement pathway markets; (4) fluorescent immunoassay products (Sofia); and (5) molecular diagnostic products including the world’s first FDA-cleared handheld molecular device, AmpliVue. Additional molecular and Sofia tests are currently in development or in clinical trials as part of a robust product pipeline. The companys products include many globally sold branding assays such as QuickVue®, Thyretain® and the new Sofia® and AmpliVue® brands, which focuses on diagnosing influenza, thyroid disease and many other diseases and can improve the healthcare quality of hospitals.