Form 8-K












Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): November 4, 2011



Gen-Probe Incorporated

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Charter)




Delaware   000-49834   33-0044608

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)



File Number)


(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

10210 Genetic Center Drive

San Diego, CA



(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)

(858) 410-8000

(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)



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Item 8.01. Other Events.

In August 2010, Gen-Probe Incorporated (the “Company”) submitted a Premarket Approval Application (“PMA”) for the Company’s PROGENSA PCA3 assay to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”). The Company was subsequently notified by FDA that the PROGENSA PCA3 assay would be submitted for review by the Immunology Panel of FDA’s Medical Devices Advisory Committee (the “Panel”).

On November 4, 2011, the Company received notice from the FDA that FDA has concluded Panel review is no longer necessary in connection with the PMA for the PROGENSA PCA3 assay, based on recent discussions between FDA and the Company with respect to product labeling and related issues. The Company expects to work interactively with FDA to address outstanding issues related to the PROGENSA PCA3 assay PMA. However, there can be no assurances as to whether the PROGENSA PCA3 assay will be approved for sale in the United States on a timeline consistent with the Company’s expectations, or at all.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


Date: November 7, 2011   GEN-PROBE INCORPORATED

/s/ R. William Bowen

    R. William Bowen

Senior Vice President, General Counsel and

Corporate Secretary