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Axis-Shield named “Vendor of the year” award for Afinion by PSS in the USA for the second consecutive year

Dundee, Scotland, Oct 27, 2010: Axis-Shield plc (LSE:ASD, OSE:ASD) (“Axis-Shield” or “the Company”), the innovative international in-vitro diagnostics (IVD) company, today announces that it has been named “Vendor of the Year” for Afinion by Physician Sales & Service, Inc. (PSS), the largest distributor of medical supplies and services to office-based physicians in the United States, for an unprecedented second consecutive year. 


Recognizes revenue growth

PSS, the physician business of PSS World Medical (NasdaqGS: PSSI), is the exclusive distributor of the Afinion Point-of-Care System in the USA, working alongside Axis-Shield’s own sales force which has trebled in size since March 2010, when the Company repurchased the US Afinion distribution rights from Abbott. PSS is a vital partner to Axis-Shield in the growing commercial success of the Afinion product in its key US marketplace. The “Vendor of the Year” award recognizes revenue growth compared to the previous year, development and support of products and programmes designed to innovate and differentiate customer solutions, creating quality products and providing quality field support.


Comments from CEO, Ian Gilham

Ian Gilham, Axis-Shield’s Chief Executive Officer, commented: “To win this prestigious award for the second consecutive year is a reflection of the excellent qualities of the Afinion system and the strength of Axis-Shield’s own reinforced sales team and its close relationship with PSS. We are very pleased to receive this award again having recently strengthened the support we provide to PSS and look forward to continuing to work closely together in this very important marketplace.”