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IDRI and Chembio Collaborate to Develop a Low-Cost Test for Visceral Leishmaniasis
Date:5/11/2009

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IDRI is a Seattle-based not-for-profit organization committed to applying innovative science to the research and development of products to prevent, detect and treat infectious diseases of poverty. By integrating capabilities, IDRI strives to create an efficient pathway bringing scientific innovation from the lab to the people who need it most. For more information, go to www.idri.org.

IDRI has been working on leishmaniasis for more than 15 years, applying its expertise to the development of both vaccines and diagnostics. IDRI is actively developing a therapeutic leishmaniasis vaccine designed to be used in conjunction with chemotherapy. This candidate vaccine is currently being tested in several countries. If successful, both diagnostic and therapeutic tools would complement each other to provide an improved strategy against leishmaniasis.

About Chembio Diagnostics

Chembio Diagnostics, Inc. develops, manufactures, licenses and markets proprietary rapid diagnostic tests in the growing $5 billion point-of-care testing market. Chembio's two FDA PMA-approved, CLIA-waived, rapid HIV tests are marketed in the U.S. by Inverness Medical. Chembio markets its HIV STAT-PAK(R) line of rapid HIV tests internationally to government and donor-funded programs directly and through distributors. Chembio also has rapid tests for veterinary tuberculosis and Chagas disease. In 2007 Chembio received a U.S. patent for its Dual Path Platform (DPP(R)) technology which has significant advantages over lateral-flow technologies. This technology is providing Chembio with a significant pipeline of business opportunities for the development and manufacture of new products based on DPP(R). Headquartered in Medford, NY, with approximately 100 employees, Chembio is licensed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as well as the U
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