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November 7, 2008 at 1:01 PM EST

Quidel Announces Promotion of John Tamerius, Ph.D. to Senior Vice President, Clinical/Regulatory Affairs

SAN DIEGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 7, 2008--Quidel Corporation (NASDAQ: QDEL), a leading provider of point-of-care rapid diagnostic tests, announced today that John D. Tamerius, Ph.D., currently vice president, clinical/regulatory affairs, has been promoted to senior vice president, clinical/regulatory affairs, effective November 10, 2008.

"It is a pleasure to recognize John's expertise and success by naming him senior vice president, clinical/regulatory affairs. Under his leadership, the company has developed strong relationships with key thought leaders in the medical community and improved the clinical efficacy of our products. John's promotion is well deserved," said Caren Mason, president and chief executive officer of Quidel Corporation.

Dr. Tamerius has been an integral part of Quidel for 25 years. He has served as vice president, clinical/regulatory affairs since 2005, and previously held a variety of executive roles including responsibility for research and development and general management of Northern California operations.

Dr. Tamerius originally joined Quidel in 1983 with the acquisition of Cytotech, Inc. where he was president. Prior to working at Cytotech, Dr. Tamerius was a research associate at Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation. Dr. Tamerius has been awarded a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Science, and a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology, all from the University of Washington.

About Quidel Corporation

Quidel Corporation serves to enhance the health and well being of people around the globe through the discovery, development, manufacturing and marketing of rapid diagnostic solutions at the point of care (POC) in infectious diseases and reproductive health. Marketed under the leading brand name of QuickVue(R), Quidel's portfolio of products currently includes tests that aid in the diagnosis of several disease or condition states, including influenza, respiratory syncytial virus, Fecal Occult Blood, Strep A, pregnancy, bacterial vaginosis, H. pylori and Chlamydia. Quidel's products are sold to healthcare professionals with a focus on the physician office lab and acute care markets through leading medical distribution partners on a worldwide basis. Quidel's Specialty Products Group (SPG) develops research products in the fields of oncology and bone health with potential future point-of-care applications. By building value in rapid diagnostic tests, Quidel provides leadership to the industry and among healthcare professionals allowing for the movement of patient testing out of the central laboratory setting and into the physician office, urgent care and other outpatient settings where rapid testing and treatment has an impact on clinical outcomes and provides an economic benefit. For more information, visit www.flutest.com, www.quidel.com, or www.colorectal-test.com.

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    CONTACT: Quidel Corporation
             John Radak, Chief Financial Officer
             Porter Novelli Life Sciences
             Shirley Chow, 212-601-8308

    SOURCE: Quidel Corporation