MEDFORD, N.Y., Nov. 10, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Chembio Diagnostics, Inc. (Nasdaq:CEMI), a leader in point-of-care ("POC") diagnostic tests for infectious diseases, today reported financial results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2016. John J. Sperzel III, Chief Executive Officer, stated, "The Company made important advances in multiple areas during the third quarter of 2016, intended to prepare the Company for growth: commercialization, regulatory approvals, product development grants, and equity financing. With respect to Chembio's commercial infrastructure, the Company appointed two seasoned executives to build our worldwide sales and marketing capabilities, with immediate focus on the United States, Latin America, Asia Pacific and Africa. The Company expanded its distribution network by appointing Isla Lab, the largest distributor of diagnostic products in the Caribbean, as its exclusive distributor in that region. "Chembio recently secured two important regulatory approvals. In July 2016, the Company obtained a CE mark for the DPP ® Zika IgM/IgG Assay and DPP ® Micro Reader, allowing the products to be marketed and sold in 17 European countries, including the United Kingdom, Germany, and France, as well as a majority of the Caribbean nations. In late October 2016, the Company received approval by Brazil's health regulatory agency, Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária (ANVISA) for DPP ® Zika IgM/IgG Assay. These regulatory achievements follow the milestone which occurred at the end of the second quarter of 2016, when Chembio's DPP ® HIV 1/2 Assay was accepted for the World Health Organization (WHO) list of prequalified in vitro diagnostics. "In August 2016, Chembio completed an equity financing which provided gross proceeds of approximately $13.8 million, which provides the Company with capital needed to advance its product development programs and invest in the sales and operational infrastructure needed to support sustained growth. Also in August 2016, Chembio was awarded a contract for up to $13.2 million in total funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR); Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) to develop and commercialize the Company's DPP ® Zika IgM/IgG Assay and Zika-related products. "Subsequent to the 2016 third-quarter end, Chembio entered into an agreement to acquire RVR Diagnostics Sdn Bhd (RVR), a Malaysian, privately-held manufacturer and distributor of POC diagnostic tests for infectious diseases. Subject to satisfaction of conditions to closing, completion of the RVR acquisition will provide the Company with a strategically located and cost-effective manufacturing facility, an additional revenue source, and the potential to accelerate important product registrations in Southeast Asia, which we believe will be important in serving a number of global markets."