State College, Pennsylvania, April 1, 2009 - QBC Diagnostics (QBC), a manufacturer of hematology and tropical disease diagnostics, has recently been named the 2008 growth company of the year by TECHQuest at the 17th annual Technology Awards Gala held at the Whitaker Center for the Arts and Sciences in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. The Technology Awards Gala is the largest event of its type in Pennsylvania for technology companies and industry professionals. Ken Moscone, President and CEO accepted the award on behalf of QBC.

QBC was formed in 2005 when Mr. Moscone purchased the existing hematology diagnostic business from Becton, Dickinson and Company (BD) located in Sparks, MD. The BD diagnostic instruments as well as the associated disposables, along with a number of fluorescence microscopy products are now manufactured by QBC along side The Drucker Company facility located in Philipsburg, PA. The Drucker Company is a centrifuge manufacturing company also owned by Mr. Moscone. Both companies' products are distributed to a worldwide network of authorized dealers. The rapid expansion of the QBC business has resulted in the addition of (74) new employees including (19) in 2006, (29) in 2007 and (26) in 2008. Combined, both businesses employed a total of (110) employees at the end of 2008.

Mr. Moscone credits the Life Sciences Greenhouse, Chamber of Business and Industry of Centre County (CBICC), the Susquehanna Economic Development Association-Council of Government (SEDA-COG) and especially Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Northern and Central Pennsylvania (BFTP/NCP) for supporting his effort to acquire the hematology business. "The cooperation and guidance provided by these organizations throughout the last three years as well as the dedicated team of both the QBC and Drucker employees have been invaluable in growing these businesses to where we are today" said Moscone.