MedMira Wins Government Tender in Russia
Further Establishes Niche for Multiplo 3-in-1 Test
HALIFAX, Dec. 6,
2007 - MedMira Inc., ("MedMira") (TSX Venture: MIR,
NASDAQ: MMIRF), a global market leader in premium rapid diagnostic solutions,
announced today that it has won an official government tender in the Republic
of Tatarsan with its Multiplo(TM) Rapid HBV/HIV/HCV Antibody Test (Multiplo
HBV/HIV/HCV). This success is the first in the Company's drive to penetrate
the government tender market in the Russian Federation and former CIS states
with its unique 3-in-1 test. This achievement is a direct result of the
ongoing efforts of its Russian distributor and the World Trade Center in
"Our Multiplo(TM) Rapid HBV/HIV/HCV Antibody Test is the world's only
rapid test that can simultaneously detect markers to more than one disease,
with instant results. Therefore, our product has no true competitors in the
global diagnostic market," said Hermes Chan, President and CEO, MedMira. "This
leading edge comes from the truly unique capability of our recently patented
Multiplo(TM) flow-through technology platform, which can be adapted to detect
just about any disease or condition.
Chan continued, "Our success in Russia is the first step in the full
realization of our current and future Multiplo(TM) product lines, and the
expansion of this product offering into the private sector market both in the
Russian Federation and globally."
First introduced at XVI International AIDS Conference in Toronto,
Ontario, in August 2006, the MultiploTM product line includes a suite of rapid
diagnostic tests for the simultaneous detection of more than one disease
The Republic of Tatarstan is situated in the center of the Russian
Federation on the East-European Plain at the confluence of the two greatest
rivers - the Volga and the Kama. One of the most economically developed
republics of the Russian Federation, the Republic of Tatarstan is located in
the centre of the largest industrial region of the Russian Federation, at the
intersection of most important highways, connecting East and West, North and
South of the country. The Republic of Tatarstan boasts a wealth of natural
resources, including crude oil, land, and water resources, powerful and
diversified industry, high intellectual potential and qualified labour. In a
total population of approximately 4 million, representatives of over 70
nationalities reside in the Republic of Tatarstan, with Tatars and Russians
being the most numerous.
MedMira is a leading developer and manufacturer of flow-through rapid diagnostics. The company's tests
provide hospitals, labs, clinics and individuals around the world with reliable, rapid diagnosis for diseases
such as HIV and hepatitis C in just three minutes. The company's tests are sold under the RevealŽ,
MiraWellŽ, MiraCareT and MultiploT brands in global markets. MedMira's rapid HIV test is the only one
in the world to achieve regulatory approvals in Canada, the United States, China and the European Union.
In January 2006, MedMira launched the Maple Biosciences division to develop and commercialize diagnostic
instruments based on two revolutionary biosensor-based technology platforms. The solutions developed by
Maple Biosciences will enable routine laboratory tests to be performed in a matter of minutes, increasing
laboratory automation, streamlining the diagnosis of multiple conditions and diseases and positioning
MedMira to be a leading participant in the emerging fields of personalized medicine and molecular
diagnostics. For more information visit .
MedMira's corporate offices and manufacturing facilities are located in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada with a
representative office in China. Maples Biosciences' labs are located in Toronto, Ontario. For more
information visit MedMira's website at .
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company's current expectation regarding future events. Actual events could materially differ from those
projected herein and depend on a number of factors including, but not limited to, changing market conditions,
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Contacts:Dr. James Smith, Investor Relations & Corporate Affairs
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