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BD and PEPFAR Launch Labs for Life to Strengthen Laboratories in Regions Heavily Burdened by Disease
Date:7/26/2012

WASHINGTON and FRANKLIN LAKES, N.J., July 26, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) (NYSE: BDX), a leading global medical technology company, and the U.S. President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), today announced Labs for Life, a new collaboration to help strengthen healthcare and laboratory systems in the developing world.

The new collaboration, valued at $20 million, builds on a prior five-year public-private partnership (PPP) between BD and PEPFAR that focused on improving overall laboratory systems and services in sub-Saharan African countries severely affected by HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis (TB).

Labs for Life will include Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Mozambique and also expand outside of Africa to India. Senior officials from PEPFAR, CDC and BD announced the new collaboration at the International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C.

"The U.S. is strengthening health systems in developing countries for the long term by supporting national leadership in creating programs that are country-owned and respond to local needs," said Ambassador Eric Goosby, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator. "Our work with BD focuses on strengthening laboratories, which are a key element of health systems needed to help improve patient outcomes and save lives."

"Our work with PEPFAR over the last five years has demonstrated how the private sector can effectively apply its technologies and expertise to have a positive impact on healthcare in the regions most heavily burdened by disease," said Vincent A. Forlenza, Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President, BD. "We are honored that PEPFAR agreed to launch Labs for Life with us, and we look forward to our continued work togeth
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