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                                LICENSE AGREEMENT

This License Agreement is entered into this March 31, 1999, by and between

ORGANON TEKNIKA B.V. (hereinafter referred to as "Teknika"), acorporation of the
Netherlands, having its principal place of business at Boseind 15, 5281 RM
Boxtel, The Netherlands


LIFE SCIENCES INC., (hereinafter referred to as "LICENSEE"), a corporation of
the U.S.A., having its registered offices at 2900 72nd Street North, St.
Petersburg, Florida 33710, U.S.A..

WHEREAS, Teknika is the equitable owner of all the right, title and interest in
and to certain Patent Rights (as hereinafter defined) owned by its ultimate
holding company Akzo Nobel N.V. (a corporation organized under the laws of the
Netherlands) including, but not limited to, the exclusive right to grant
licenses under such Patent Rights.

WHEREAS, LICENSEE desires to obtain a license from Teknika under the Patent
Rights for the purposes stated herein below.

NOW THEREFORE, the parties agree as follows:

1.       Definitions

1.1      The term "NASBA" means isothermal transcription based enzymatic nucleic
         acid amplification procedure, method or system.

1.2      The term "NASBA Technology" means a technology employing the NASBA
         principle, including, but not limited to, the information contained in
         the patents and/ or the claims of the patents and/or patent
         applications included in the Patent Rights.

1.3      The term "Boom Technology" means a technology employing the Boom
         principle, including, but not limited to, the information contained in
         the patents and/ or the claims of the patents and/or patent
         applications included in the Patent Rights.

1.4      The term "Licensed Products" shall mean any in vitro diagnostic test,
         assay, method or kit, the development, manufacture, use or sale of
         which make use of the NASBA Technology, the Boom Technology and / or
         the NASBA and Boom Technology and are covered by one or more claims of
         the Patent rights.

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1.5      The term "Patent Rights" shall mean the patents and patent applications
         described in the attached ANNEX A and B hereto and any patents
         subsequently granted as well as any substitutions, divisions,
         continuations, continuations in part, renewals, reissues, confirmations
         or registrations, foreign counterparts and extensions of the foregoing.

1.6      The term "Net Sales" means the gross amount actually charged by
         LICENSEE, on sales, or other dispositions for value, of Licensed
         Products, less value added taxes and less a lump sum to cover all usual
         deductions such as discounts, sales, use and similar taxes, allowances
         or credits for returned products actually allowed and taken, custom
         duties, transportation, shipping and handling charges, etc. which shall
         be 5% of the invoice amount for the Licensed Products. Sales or other
         transfers of Licensed Products to Affiliated Companies or between
         Affiliated Companies and resold to third parties, shall not constitute
         Net Sales of Licensed Products until the Licensed Products are sold to
         parties who are not Affiliated Companies.

1.7      The term "Field of Use" shall mean clinical diagnostic tests for
         detection of pathogens for HIV, Hepatitis and other sexually
         transmitted diseases in human subjects.

1.8      The term "Territory" shall mean the Peoples Republic of China and other
         territories under the administrative control of Central Chinese
         Governmental Authorities, together with the Republic of China {Taiwan}.
         With the mutual consent of the parties to this agreement the geographic
         limits of the "Territory" may from time to time be extended to
         accommodate the sale of the same tests as sold in the "Territory" in
         other areas as well as the sale of specific additional NASBA based
         tests to be sold in named geographic locales other than the
         "Territory". The parties shall agree on the terms and conditions for
         such possible extension in good faith negotiations.

1.9      The term "Affiliated Company" means any company which, by means of
         ownership of 50% or more of shares or at least 50% interest in income
         or otherwise, directly or indirectly controls, is controlled by or is
         under common control with either party.

2.       Licensing of Patent Rights and Proprietary Technology

2.10     Teknika hereby grants to LICENSEE a non-transferable, non-exclusive
         license, without the right to sublicense, to use the NASBA Technology
         and / or the Boom Technology and / or the Patent Rights for the sole
         purpose of manufacturing, using, selling and/or having sold by
         independent resellers Licensed Products under its own label or the
         label of an Affiliated Company in the Clinical Diagnostic Testing in
         the Field of Use in the Territory for the life of this Agreement.
         Commencing with the execution

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         and delivery of this Agreement, Teknika shall use its reasonable
         efforts to transfer to LICENSEE any relevant know-how, including, but
         not limited to, the NASBA and Boom Technologies in order that LICENSEE
         may successfully utilize the technology contemplated to be licensed to
         it under this Agreement.

3.       Royalties, Records and Accounting

3.1      In consideration of the rights granted under Article 2, LICENSEE shall
         pay Teknika according to the schedule set out in Annex C of this
         Agreement a non-refundable, non deductible payment of USD 300,000 {US
         Dollars three hundred thousand}, which payment shall not act as prepaid
         royalties creditable toward any running royalties due under this
         Paragraph as and when such royalties are due and payable.

3.2      Furthermore LICENSEE shall pay Teknika as from the Effective Date
         hereof, a running royalty of 8% of the Net Sales to end-users of
         Licensed Products utilizing NASBA Technology. The LICENSEE shall pay
         Teknika a running royalty of 10% of the Net Sales to resellers for
         utilizing NASBA Technology. The LICENSEE shall pay Teknika a running
         royalty of 3% of the Net Sales for Licensed Products utilizing Boom
         Technology whether such sales are to end-users or to independent
         resellers. Royalties due on sales of Licensed Products made during the
         periods prior to the LICENSEE achieving annual sales of USD 5 million
         of the Licensed Products may be offset by license fees payable to the
         LICENSEE by Teknika for Teknika's access to trade secrets or other
         intellectual property developed by the LICENSEE and its affiliates. The
         election to license such trade secrets or intellectual property is to
         be made at Teknika's sole discretion. The LICENSEE's anticipated
         integrated NASBA cassette shall be excluded from the technologies made
         available to Teknika via this construction.

3.3      LICENSEE agrees to keep or cause to be kept accurate records and books
         of account in accordance with good accounting practice, showing the
         information required to permit calculation of Net Sales and the
         royalties under this Article. These books and records shall be
         preserved for at least six {6} years from the date of the royalty
         payments to which they pertain.

3.4      On or before the 45th day of each calendar quarter during the term
         hereof LICENSEE shall prepare and send to Teknika royalty reports for
         the previous quarter. Said reports shall indicate total sales and Net
         Sales per country under this Agreement for the previous calendar
         quarter, per Licensed Product, and shall show the amount of royalty due
         with sufficient information to enable confirmation by Teknika, and
         LICENSEE shall include payment of the amount of royalties shown to be
         due with such report.

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3.5      Periodically {i.e., each calendar quarter}, LICENSEE shall provide to
         Teknika customer lists, enabling Teknika to closely follow-up and keep
         track of which customers are being served by LICENSEE.

3.6      Upon ten (10) days written notice and not more than once per calendar
         year, LICENSEE agrees to permit one or more Certified Public Account
         {s} appointed by Teknika {except one to whom LICENSEE has a reasonable
         objection}, to enter upon the premises of LICENSEE during all usual
         business hours of LICENSEE at any time following the 60th day of any
         calendar quarter in order to inspect files and records pertaining to
         Net Sales and royalties under this Agreement, and to make on LICENSEE's
         premises and retain copies of any and all parts of the records and
         accounts kept by LICENSEE pursuant to this Article, including invoices
         which are relevant to any reports required to be rendered by LICENSEE.

3.7      Said copies shall be provided to the Certified Public Accountant {s} at
         no expense to Teknika. Said Certified Public Accountant {s} shall keep
         all information received from LICENSEE confidential; however, it will
         provide Teknika with the Net Sales, per country, for each type of
         Licensed Product, specifying the sales and the application of the
         appropriate royalty rate so that royalties due Teknika may be
         calculated. The information obtained by the Certified Public Accountant
         {s} shall be retained for a period of seven {7} years.

         In the event any audit results in a change upward in any royalty
         payment of as much as five percent {5%} for any annual period, LICENSEE
         shall pay the costs of such audit for such annual period, otherwise
         such audit shall be at Teknika's expenses.

3.7      Payment of all royalties hereunder shall be made at Teknika's option in
         Dutch Guilders or Euro at the mean rate of exchange existing on the
         last day of the quarter to which the payment applies as published in
         the Wall Street Journal {European Edition}.

4.       Duration

4.1      This Agreement shall become effective as of June 1, 1999, {Effective
         Date} and shall remain in effect until the last to expire of the Patent

4.2      In the event either party breaches this Agreement, in addition to all
         other rights and remedies which either party may have, the party not in
         default may terminate this Agreement by written notice. Such
         termination shall become effective on the date set forth in the notice
         of termination, but in no event shall it be earlier than sixty (60)
         days from the date of mailing

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         thereof and shall have no effect if the breach has been cured within
         the said period of notice.

4.3      The termination of this Agreement shall not relieve LICENSEE from its
         obligation to pay Teknika all royalties that shall have accrued up to
         the effective date of termination.

5.       Assignment

         Teknika shall have the right to assign this Agreement to, or delegate
         its obligations hereunder to be performed by any successor or
         Affiliated Company of Teknika, provided that Teknika warrants that the
         terms and conditions for LICENSEE remain unchanged. This Agreement is
         not assignable by LICENSEE without the prior written consent of

6.       Entirety Clause

         As of the date hereof, this Agreement supersedes all previous oral and
         written agreements between the parties, and constitutes the only and
         entire understanding to exist between the parties with respect to the
         subject matter of this Agreement, and no amendment shall be implied or
         proven from or evidenced by negotiations between the parties heretofore
         or hereinafter conducted or agreements of the parties heretofore or
         hereafter executed, unless in writing and signed by the parties hereto.

7.       Warranty

7.1      Teknika represents and warrants to LICENSEE that it has the full right
         and power to grant the license to LICENSEE as set forth in this

7.2      Except as specifically set forth in Paragraph 7.1 herein, Teknika makes
         no representations or warranties, either express or implied, arising by
         law or otherwise, including, but not limited to, implied warranties of
         merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. In no event will
         Teknika have any obligation or liability arising from tort, or for loss
         of revenue or profit, or for incidental or consequential damages.

         In particular, with no limitation nothing in this Agreement will be
         construed as:

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                  (i)   A warranty or representation that anything made, used,
         sold or otherwise disposed of under the license granted in this
         Agreement is or will be free from infringement of patents of third

                  (ii)  Conferring the right to use in advertising, publicity,
         or otherwise any trademark, trade name, or any contraction,
         abbreviation, simulation, or adaptation thereof, of Teknika; or

                  (iii) Conferring by implication, estoppel, or otherwise any
         license or rights under any patents of Teknika other than the Patent
         Rights, regardless of whether the patents are dominant or subordinate
         to Patent Rights.

7.3      In the event LICENSEE becomes aware of infringement of the Licensed
         Patents by a third party, it will immediately notify Teknika thereof.
         Teknika intends to use such reasonable efforts, as it in its sole
         discretion determines, to pursue infringers and enforce its rights
         under the Licensed Patents. LICENSEE, at Teknika's request, shall
         render all reasonable assistance and cooperation in that regard. Any
         recoveries resulting from such action by Teknika shall be Teknika's

8.       Applicable Law: Severability

8.1      This agreement shall be deemed to have been made in and shall be
         construed in accordance with the laws of the Kingdom of the
         Netherlands, for all matters other than scope and validity of the
         Patent Rights, as to which the laws of the particular country where the
         Patent Rights are in dispute shall apply.

8.2      Any dispute, controversy or claim arising under, out of or relating to
         this contract and any subsequent amendments of this Contract,
         including, without limitation, its formation, validity, binding effect,
         interpretation, performance, breach or termination, as well as
         non-contractual claims, shall be submitted to mediation in accordance
         with the WIPO Mediation Rules. The language to be used in the mediation
         shall be English.

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         If, and to the extent that, any such dispute, controversy or claim has
         not been settled pursuant to the mediation within 60 days of the
         commencement of the mediation, it shall, upon the filing of a Request
         for Arbitration by either party, be referred to and finally determined
         by arbitration in accordance with the WIPO Arbitration Rules.

         Alternatively, if, before the expiration of the said period of 60 days,
         either party fails to participate or to continue to participate in the
         mediation, the dispute, controversy or claim shall, upon the filing of
         a Request for Arbitration by the other party, be referred to and
         finally determined by arbitration in accordance with the WIPO
         Arbitration Rules. The arbitral tribunal shall consist of a sole
         arbitrator. The place of arbitration shall be Geneva, Switzerland. The
         language to be used in the arbitral proceedings shall be English. The
         arbitration shall be in lieu of any other remedy and the award shall be
         final, binding and enforceable by any court having jurisdiction for
         that purpose.

9.       Miscellaneous Provisions

9.1      All notices which shall or may be given hereunder shall be in writing
         in English and shall be prepaid registered mail addressed to the
         recipient at the addresses herein stated, or at such other address as a
         party may from time to time designate:

         Organon Teknika B.V.
         Boseind 15
         5281 RM Boxtel
         The Netherlands
         Attn: President


         Life Sciences Inc.
         2900 72nd Street North
         St. Petersburg,
         Florida  33710, U.S.A.
         Attn: President

9.2      Payment of Lump sum fees and royalties, due under this agreement, are
         to be made to Organon Teknika B. V., Boxtel, The Netherlands, to its
         account with ABN Amro Bank, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, account no.

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9.3      Confidentiality

         Each party to this Agreement agrees that any information obtained by it
         from the other party pursuant to this Agreement shall be kept in the
         strictest confidence and shall only be used for the proper performance
         of this Agreement, except that this obligation shall not apply to:

                  a) information which is in or becomes part of the public
         domain otherwise than by breach of this Agreement; or

                  b) information which the recipient can show was in its
         possession at the date of signing of this Agreement; or

                  c) information which was received by the recipient on a
         non-confidential basis from a third party having the legal right to
         transmit the same; or

                  d) is independently developed by the recipient or its
         Affiliated Companies without the benefit of any disclosure by the
         disclosing party; or

                  e) is required to be disclosed by court order or other process
         of law.

The foregoing obligation shall cease five (5) years after termination or
expiration of this Agreement.

As agreed at Boxtel                         As agreed at St. Petersburg
ORGANON TEKNIKA B.V.                        LIFE SCIENCES, INC.

/s/ J. Dopper                               /s/ Alex Burns
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R. Salsmans                                 Alex Burns
p.o. J. Dopper                              Vice President
Executive Vice President

/s/ A.J.F. Stap
A.J.F. Stap
Vice President
Strategic Affairs