TORONTO, March 15, 2012 /CNW/ - China Health Labs & Diagnostics Ltd. ("China Health" or the "Company") (TSXV:CHO; OTCQX:CHLBF), is pleased to announce that it now has 906 BK Clinlabs installed or contracted for installation in eight provinces of China. In addition, it has delivered 63 Rural Mobile Labs to the Health Care Bureau in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. As previously announced, China Health increased its installed base of BK Clinlabs to 833 in five provinces of China at the end of 2011, compared to 210 labs in three provinces at the start of 2011 (see press release dated February 21, 2012). The additional 73 BK Clinlabs and 63 Rural Mobile Labs are expected to be delivered in the first and second quarters of 2012.
The Rural Mobile Labs are a new product developed to serve sparsely populated remote rural areas that do not have local hospitals. China Health worked with the customer, the Health Care Bureau in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, to develop a solution that integrates its lab diagnostic equipment, point of care technology and lab management system (LMS) into a vehicle equipped with an extensible treatment space. The Company expects to generate approximately RMB 11.8 million ($1.9 million) from the sale. The vehicles were provided by a separate supplier.
Included in the 906 BK Clinlabs are 44 that are being installed in Chongqing, China, 16 of which were installed in the fourth quarter of 2011. The Chongqing labs are being installed under a new business model, whereby the Company will install the labs in return for a five-year contract to provide testing reagents and maintenance services that is expected to generate revenues of RMB 17.7 million ($2.8 million).
Also included in the 906 BK Clinlabs are a total of 45 labs for customers in Hebei Province, Qinghai Province and Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, with installations expected to be completed before the end of the second quarter of fiscal year 2012.
The Company is also pleased to report that Biosino Bio-Technology and Science Inc. has been allocated five provinces in China (Sichuan, Jiangxi, Anhui, Shanxi and Shandong) to lead marketing of the BK Clinlab rural hospital total diagnostic lab solution, pursuant to the agreement signed in 2011. (See press release dated November 7, 2011.)
"Our track record of delivering a total diagnostic solution to rural hospitals in China has been the key to expanding our installed base to over 900 locations in eight provinces of China, compared to 86 locations in two provinces when we listed on the TSXV in October of 2010," said Wilson Yao, CEO of China Health. "Our diagnostic laboratory equipment, lab design and installation, proprietary LMS, training and ongoing service is providing rural hospitals with the ability to diagnose and treat patients and helping the Chinese government achieve its goal of providing improved health care to the rural population. Our team did a great job using our technology and knowledge of customer needs to develop the Rural Mobile Labs, a great solution for remote areas without access to hospitals. We plan to expand our installed base in the eight provinces where we have locations, and add new provinces in 2012."
About China Health Labs & Diagnostics Ltd.
China Health, operating in China as the Biochem Group, is a leading diagnostic lab solution provider for the public healthcare industry in China. The Company develops and sells Biochem Group branded and third-party medical diagnostic products and services to diagnostic facilities in China. Customers include large urban hospitals, rural hospitals, Chinese military and rescue operations, the Beijing government and third-party distributors.
In 2010, China Health had revenues of approximately $33.7 million, and intends to expand its business by focusing its efforts on expanding its sales network in three areas where it provides proprietary solutions, has limited competition and that are supported by Chinese government policy and budgets: BK Clinlab total lab solutions for rural hospitals and clinics, POCT solutions for military and emergency rescue services, and food safety solutions for large cities in China.
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