Company News: Curetis AG Signs Up BioLine LLC as Exclusive Distribution Partner for Russia
– Partners to start registration process and market launch in Russia –
Curetis today announced that it has signed up BioLine LLC as an exclusive distribution partner for Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Belorus. BioLine is a major player in these markets and distributor for global companies such as Becton Dickinson, Leica Microsystems and many others.
BioLine is preparing the registration of the Unyvero™ Solution and the Unyvero™ P50 Pneumonia Application with the Russian Ministry of Health for regulatory clearance to sell the CE-marked IVD in Russia.
There is a huge unmet medical need for better pneumonia diagnostics in the region. According to the WHO, 1.5 million cases of pneumonia occur in Russia each year, of which only about 0.3 to 0.4 million are registered with the authorities. 25-33% of patients experience prolonged duration due to antibiotic resistances. Diagnosis is still poor: it is estimated that 20% of all patients diagnosed with severe flu in Russia are in fact suffering from pneumonia. Mortality from pneumonia is huge, reaching 14-20% in the elderly (≥ 60 years) and up to 25% in young children.