TearLab Provides Update on 510(k) Filing for U.S. FDA Clearance of TearLab Discovery™ Platform

SAN DIEGO, April 11, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TearLab Corporation (OTCQB:TEAR) (“TearLab” or the “Company”) today announced that it has received written feedback from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on the requirements for 510(k) clearance of its TearLab Discovery™ Platform and test card measuring the inflammatory biomarker, MMP-9.

The FDA-cleared predicate chosen to establish 510k substantial equivalence measures the biomarker qualitatively, while the intended use of the TearLab Discovery MMP-9 test in the submission measures the biomarker quantitatively. The agency has requested that the company provide additional information to establish correlation to the predicate.

“The FDA’s feedback to our submission for the TearLab Discovery™ Platform was very helpful in establishing the steps needed to demonstrate substantial equivalence through the 510k process,” said Seph Jensen, TearLab’s Chief Executive Officer. “We believe we can address the comments raised in the FDA’s letter and plan to submit our response within the allowed 180 day timeframe. We remain on track to have a clearance decision sometime in the second half of 2018.”

About TearLab Corporation

TearLab Corporation (www.tearlab.com) develops and markets lab-on-a-chip technologies that enable eye care practitioners to improve standard of care by objectively and quantitatively testing for disease markers in tears at the point-of-care. The TearLab Osmolarity Test, for diagnosing Dry Eye Disease, is the first assay developed for the award-winning TearLab Osmolarity System. TearLab Corporation's common shares trade on the OTCQB Market under the symbol 'TEAR'.

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