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BioMerieux unveils new subsidiary in South Africa

BioMerieux : 01 February, 2008  (New Product)
bioMerieux has opened a South African subsidiary based in Johannesburg to provide support to all of Sub-Saharan Africa.
The South African company is bioMerieux’s 36th subsidiary.

The move highlights the strategic importance of South Africa for bioMerieux. An exclusive distribution partner, Omnimed, has sold the company’s diagnostics solutions products there since 2001. The Omnimed in vitro diagnostics team will be integrated into the new subsidiary and the two companies will continue to work closely together.

“With an historic commitment to the fight against infectious diseases, it is only natural for bioMerieux to reinforce our presence in South Africa. We are very proud to have been entrusted with all of the country’s HIV viral load monitoring and will continue to provide molecular diagnostics and other advanced solutions to meet the region’s healthcare challenges,” stated Stephane Bancel, bioMerieux chief executive officer.

bioMerieux is also reinforcing its South African presence through partnerships with local research centres. The company will extend its customer training activities (over 1,500 trainees a year) to South Africa, investing in skills development programmes for health workers, laboratory technicians and biologists. A leader in microbiology testing techniques in South Africa, protecting patients from healthcare-associated infections will also be an area of focus for bioMerieux.

Furthermore, bioMerieux is building a global alliance with other companies to improve disease management for AIDS patients in South Africa. bioMerieux has been committed to the fight against HIV for over 20 years and was the first company to propose a test to monitor HIV viral load in real-time.
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