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 News Release - July 26, 2007

Ventana Responds to Roche's Unsolicited Tender Offer Extension

TUCSON, Ariz.--(HSMN NewsFeed)--Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: VMSI ), the global leader in tissue-based cancer diagnostics, today issued the following statement regarding Roche's decision to extend its unsolicited tender offer to acquire all outstanding shares of Ventana for $75.00 in cash per common share:

"The situation has not changed - our Board of Directors continues to believe that Roche's bid is wholly inadequate and recommends that stockholders not tender any of their shares to Roche. Not only is the offer significantly below our current market price, it does not even come close to reflecting the intrinsic value of the Company, its strong growth prospects in an accelerating market, and the synergy value of Ventana to Roche."

ABOUT Ventana MEDICAL SYSTEMS, INC.

Ventana develops, manufactures, and markets instrument/reagent systems that automate tissue preparation and slide staining in clinical histology and drug discovery laboratories worldwide. The Company's clinical systems are important tools used in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and infectious diseases. Ventana's drug discovery systems are used to accelerate the discovery of new drug targets and evaluate the safety of new drug compounds.

SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT

This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a safe harbor for forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expected, depending on a variety of factors, such as risks associated with the development, manufacturing, marketing, and sale of medical products, competitive factors, general economic conditions, legal disputes, and government actions. Please refer to our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), and all subsequent SEC filings, for a more detailed discussion of applicable risks and uncertainties.

Ventana'S STOCKHOLDERS SHOULD READ THE COMPANY'S SOLICITATION/RECOMMENDATION STATEMENT ON SCHEDULE 14D-9, WHICH WAS FILED WITH THE SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION ("SEC") ON JULY 11, 2007, AND ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO. THE COMPANY'S SOLICITATION/RECOMMENDATION STATEMENT SETS FORTH THE REASONS FOR THE RECOMMENDATION OF THE Ventana BOARD AND RELATED INFORMATION. THE SOLICITATION/RECOMMENDATION STATEMENT AND OTHER PUBLIC FILINGS MADE FROM TIME TO TIME BY THE COMPANY WITH THE SEC ARE AVAILABLE WITHOUT CHARGE FROM THE SEC'S WEBSITE AT WWW.SEC.GOV, AT Ventana'S WEBSITE AT WWW.VentanaMED.COM OR FROM Ventana'S INFORMATION AGENT, INNISFREE M&A INCORPORATED AT (888) 750-5834.

Visit the Ventana Medical Systems, Inc., website at www.Ventanamed.com.


Source: Ventana Medical Systems

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