TORONTO, Dec. 8 /CNW/ - China Health Labs & Diagnostics Ltd. ("China Health" or the "Company") (CHO: TSXV), is pleased to announce a three year research and development (R&D) agreement (the "Agreement") to develop Point of Care Technology ("POCT") solutions and products for military and rescue diagnostic field lab applications. Under the Agreement China Health will work with the Chinese Military Medical Equipment Research Institute (the "Institute"), based in Tianjin, and with the Third Military Medical University (the "University"), based in Chongqing. The program has four main goals: to improve the Type B diagnostic field lab; to develop a new mobile diagnostic lab to be contained in a vehicle; to evaluate and improve reagents; and to develop a standard training program for military POCT field applications. The R&D work is expected to commence in early 2011.
The budget for the three-year program is RMB 10 million ($1.5 million) with China Health providing RMB 2 million ($0.3 million) and the Chinese military providing RMB 8 million ($1.2 million). China Health will also provide three research scientists and the core technology. The R&D will be conducted in labs provided by the Institute and the University in Tianjin and Chongqing, including full science and technology teams.
Under the Agreement, China Health will own all intellectual property resulting from the R&D, including any improvements to the Company's existing technology and solutions. In addition, China Health will own all marketing and manufacturing rights, and will have no restrictions on China domestic and international markets.
"This R&D Agreement shows the commitment of the Chinese military to improving and expanding their rescue and military field medical diagnostic capabilities with products co-developed and manufactured by China Health," said Wilson Yao, CEO of China Health. "The Chinese military has now purchased 52 of our Type A diagnostic field labs which were developed in conjunction with the Chinese military and deployed with strong operating results in the number of rescue missions and military exercises. The R&D Agreement marks the strengthening of our relationship with the Chinese military as we work together to develop a full POCT product line for the military and strive to become the standard for all military POCT diagnostic field lab solutions. As previously announced, our sales of POCT solutions to the Chinese military have more than doubled in 2010, with most of the products delivered in the fourth quarter. With the expanded product line and success to date, we expect our POCT business with the Chinese military and other customers to be an important source of growth."
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