Daily Archives: August 30, 2016

Meridian Malaria Test Wins Prestigious Innovation Award

illumigene® Malaria Receives 1st Place Award at the Journées Internationales de Biologie /Association des Colloques Nationaux des Biologistes Conference in Paris

CINCINNATI, Aug. 30, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Meridian Bioscience, Inc. (NASDAQ:VIVO) was awarded 1st place for innovation in emergency treatment and point-of-care testing for its illumigene® Malaria test at the 2016 JIB/ACNBH Conference this summer. Innovations from worldwide companies contributing to the development of the Medical Biology industry were put under the spotlight at this year’s conference held in Paris, France, and were reviewed by worldwide expert members in the medical biology field.

The illumigene Malaria test is a major step forward in providing faster, more accurate diagnoses that can lead to prompt treatment and better patient outcomes, as malaria remains one of the top 3 killers of children globally, claiming one life every minute of every day. The test is up to 400 times more sensitive at detecting the malaria parasite than conventional tests, potentially revolutionizing malaria diagnosis and establishing a new gold standard for both the developed and developing world. By using molecular LAMP technology, illumigene Malaria provides results in less than one hour, and does not require refrigeration or heating of materials, nor a high level of technical expertise.

Professor Daouda Ndiaye, chief of the laboratory of parasitology and mycology at Cheikh Anta Diop University in Senegal, who presented the test at the event, commented; “This is not merely a scientific breakthrough. Faster and more accurate diagnosis is vital in the fight against malaria. Because of submicroscopic parasitemia carriage among the populations, a robust, sensitive and field community-deployable screening tool is needed to track the malaria reservoir in pre-elimination regions. The clinical trial I ran in Senegal for the validation of the test shows that illumigeneMalaria has this capacity.”

Meridian’s product development strategy is driven by three core concepts—speed, simplicity, and accuracy – that empowers healthcare providers around the world to improve patient care. Slava Elagin, Executive Vice President Research & Development for Meridian Bioscience, said, We are delighted that illumigene Malaria has been recognized as a breakthrough in emergency treatment and point-of-care testing and we look forward to more illumigene tests making a positive impact worldwide. We are evaluating a wide range of product ideas to assess which ones have the greatest potential to become the next breakthrough in diagnosis.”

The illumigene Malaria test received the CE Mark in January of this year, and is available in the European, Middle Eastern and African regions by Meridian Bioscience Europe and in additional international markets by the Company’s global distribution network. To read more about the JIB/ACNBH Medical Biology award, please visit http://www.jib-sdbio.fr/.

Meridian is a fully integrated life science company that develops, manufactures, markets and distributes a broad range of innovative diagnostic test kits, purified reagents and related products and offers biopharmaceutical enabling technologies. Utilizing a variety of methods, these products and diagnostic tests provide accuracy, simplicity and speed in the early diagnosis and treatment of common medical conditions, such as gastrointestinal, viral and respiratory infections and blood lead levels. Meridian’s diagnostic products are used outside of the human body and require little or no special equipment. The Company’s products are designed to enhance patient well-being while reducing the total outcome costs of health care. Meridian has strong market positions in the areas of gastrointestinal and upper respiratory infections; serology, parasitology and fungal disease diagnosis, and blood lead level testing. In addition, Meridian is a supplier of rare reagents, specialty biologicals and related technologies used by biopharmaceutical companies engaged in research for new drugs and vaccines. The Company markets its products and technologies to hospitals, reference laboratories, research centers, diagnostics manufacturers and biotech companies in more than 70 countries around the world. The Company’s shares are traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market, symbol VIVO. Meridian’s website address is www.meridianbioscience.com.

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For more information about Meridian Bioscience Europe, please visit http://www.meridianbioscience.eu/.

CONTACT:
Richard L. Eberly
President, Chief Commercial Officer
Meridian Bioscience, Inc. 
Phone: 513.271.3700
Rick.eberly@meridianbioscience.com

Cleobrothers & Company, Inc. opens pharmaceutical office in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Biotech company targets South America and Africa as part of global expansion goals

COLUMBUS, Ohio, Aug. 30, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Cleobrothers & Co., Inc. announced that it has recently opened a sales and marketing office in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil as part of its global expansion plan for promoting and distributing pharmaceuticals and hi-tech medical devices in South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East.

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/dcf12437-65fb-4d2f-a34d-6246da1f7ec6

According to Mr. Innocent Nweze, CEO of Cleobrothers and Co. Inc., “With a population exceeding 200 million people, Brazil provides tremendous potential for launching our brand of over-the-counter medications to retail and medical markets.”

The company currently has a portfolio of over-the-counter (OTC) cold relief and decongestant medications and over 80 Specialty Dermatology/Personal Skin Care Products that are specially formulated for tropical climates.

In addition, Cleobrothers offers a pipeline of two first-in-class technologies — a 24/7 proprietary Pregnancy Monitoring device and a new Combination Pharmaceutical for management of Type-2 Diabetes. Both technologies are currently in clinical trials with product launches planned for the first quarter of 2017.

The new office will be located at Av. Tancredo Neves, 450-15° andar, 16th Floor, Caminho das Árvores Salvador, BA 41819-900, Brazil. Phone: +55 (71) 3340-0600.

“Having access to U.S. manufactured and FDA approved medications adds a strong competitive advantage to our sales and marketing efforts in Brazil,” Mr. Nweze added.

The Brazilian office opening comes on the heels of the company’s recent announcement of a joint venture agreement with PGC Solutions, Ltd. to distribute, market and promote Cleobrothers branded products in Nigeria.

Cleobrothers & Co., Inc. is a Columbus based biotechnology company focused on researching and developing medical and healthcare innovations that are dedicated to helping people worldwide live better lives.

For more information about Cleobrothers and Co., Inc. visit www.cleobrothers.com

(Office Photo attached)

Contact: Innocent Nweze 
email: innocent.nweze@cleobrothers.com
Phone: 614.934.1367

South Africa: Premier Willies Mchunu Welcomes Mr Zhu Xiaodan, Governor of Guangdong Province, China

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu has welcomed to the province His Excellency Zhu Xiaodan, the Governor of Guangdong Province, from the People’s Republic of China. The governor was received at the King Shaka International Airport today by the Leader of Government Business and MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs Sihle Zikalala. He is leading a government and business delegation to explore investment opportunities in KZN.

Mchunu emphasized: “Local government elections are over and it is time to focus on building a stronger KZN socially and economically. We cannot afford to disappoint those who voted in the local government elections recently as they made it loud and clear that they want jobs and a better life.”

“Our main focus as the province is to attract foreign direct investment into all corners of the province. It is for these reasons that we have invited mayors, local chambers and entrepreneurs to interact with the delegation from Guangdong, a province regarded as a global manufacturing hub.”

“It is our considered view that for South Africa to create 11 million new jobs by 2030, KwaZulu-Natal will have to create 2.1 million jobs. To achieve this, we have to ensure that the KZN economy grows at an average of at least 4% per annum between now and 2030.”

“One of the areas we are focusing on is Foreign Direct Investment. As the province we have realized that countries like India, Brazil and China have grown at a higher rate because they are benefiting from foreign direct investment while others have not been able to attract as much FDI.”

“It should be noted that few years ago we hosted the BRICS Summit which paved the way for our economy to be integrated with economies of countries in the BRICS bloc. KwaZulu-Natal is continuously learning from these countries.”

“FDI is a source for economic development, income growth and employment creation. More importantly, FDI helps create a more competitive business environment and enhances enterprise development. All of these contribute to higher economic growth, which is the most potent tool for alleviating poverty.”

Source: South African Government.

South Africa: North West Legislature On Additional Resources for Cattle Breeders in Zeerust

North West Legislature Agriculture Committee to Approach Department of Agriculture for additional resources for cattle breeders Under “Tshimo ya Kgosi” programme at Zeerust

The North West Provincial Legislature’s Portfolio Committee on Rural, Environment and Agriculture Development will approach the Department of Rural Environment and Agricultural Development to provide agricultural resources which includes water supply; land for cattle breeding and additional training to cattle breeders under Tshimo ya Kgosi programme in Gopane and Motshana villages in Ramotshere Moiloa Local Municipality.

The Committee went to assess the programme which was launched by the MEC for the department, Manketse Tlhape in 2014 where amongst the beneficiaries, Kgosi Ikalafeng Lencoe of Moshana and Kgosi Kereeditse Gopane of Gopane villages received 25 pregnant heifers; 1 bull; feeds and medication.

The programme which is in line with the National Department of Agriculture’s Fetsa Tlala poverty alleviation programme, aims to encourage the use of arable land for agriculture and food production.

Kgosi Lencoe of Bahurutshe Ba Ga Lencoe said the farm where the cattle are kept, has scarce water and feeding recourses.

“We are situated near a desert-like environment which has experienced severe drought in the past years. Since the department brought cattle to our farm, they have not assisted us with any agricultural resources,” said Kgosi Lencoe.

Kgosi Gopane of Bahurutshe Bo Gopane raised a serious concern on lack of training on cattle farming which resulted in the community loosing several calves.

“I have requested more training from the department on how to improve our farming skills. We have also asked for a farm were we can keep the cattle as we do not own the current farm. Our communal land is overpopulated for grazing,” said Kgosi Gopane.

The Acting Chairperson of the Committee, Hon. Mahlakeng Mahlakeng assured the traditional leaders that all their complaints will be forwarded to the department and will arrange a joint oversight for re-visit some of the projects.

“We will convene a meeting with the department to fast track the matter of acquiring land for the cattle and additional training and feeds, as deemed fit for a Chiefs. The intended objective of this poverty alleviation programme will not be feasible if there is no land provided for the cattle to stay and graze on,”said Hon. Mahlakeng. The Committee has resolved to meet the department within 14 days.

Source: South African Government

South Africa: Hefty Sentence for Two Cop Killers, Another Arrested

Muntungani Mbatha (41) and Sabelo Similo (35) were each sentenced to a life imprisonment plus 75 years after they were found guilty of killing Lieutenant Colonel Knox Chauke by the Johannesburg High Court on Thursday last week.

Lt Col Chauke was on his way to work when he was shot and killed in front of his house by two hit men at Kagiso in 2014. Hawks’ investigations revealed that Mbatha and Similo were hired to kill Lt Col Chauke as a result of a family feud.

In a separate incident the Hawks in Mpumalanga have arrested a 23-year-old man in connection with the murder of a police officer and robbery on Saturday. Constable Sanyane Joseph Hlongwane , who was stationed at Vaalbank police station had responded to a robbery with his colleague on 18 July 2015.

When they arrived at the scene of crime around 2am the suspect fired shots at them, killing Constable Hlongwane instantly. The suspect is currently appearing before the Vaalbank Magistrate’s Court on charges of murder and robbery.

Source: South African Police Service.