We’ve also been investing very heavily over the last several years into real exciting new opportunities, one of which is the development of a rapid test for hepatitis C. That product is fully developed. We developed it on the very same platform that our market rapid HIV test has been developed and has been very successful.
We believe that the market opportunity here in the United States for rapid hepatitis C test is in excess of $250 million. This test is now FDA approved. It’s the only rapid test for hepatitis C that’s CLIA waived and FDA approved here in the United States and we are in the midst of a launch of that product and I’ll talk a little bit more about that later on in the presentation.
In addition, over the last six or seven years, we’ve been investing in clinical studies which would ultimately lead to FDA approval. Although, our rapid HIV test produced by consumers per se OTC in retail pharmacies and in mass retailers across the United States. We believe the market opportunity for on a self test or HIV sold OTC is an excess of $500 million. We’ve been working on this like I mentioned for quite sometime. We have a very exciting event coming up a week from tomorrow and in Hattiesburg, Marlin where we’re going to present our final clinical data to the Blood Product Advisory Committee and we look forward to having that discussion with them and our hope is that that will ultimately lead to a positive recommendation and ultimate approval of this product and then obviously subsequent commercialization.
Let me make a couple of comments about our market-leading position in rapid HIV testing. This is our current flagship product or a quick advance. It’s a rapid $20 million test for HIV-1 and 2, it is the only FDA approved and clear way of rapid test here in the United States that can be used with both a blood sample and an oral specimen. The product has been FDA approved and clear wave since 2002 and it is the market-leading rapid test here in the United States. We sell the product primarily into hospitals and into the public health systems where we have leading shares and we sell this product directly. So we have a direct sales force that calls on public health, as well as hospitals.
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