BOERNE, TX, December 14, 2011 – The Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS)
has chosen Stanbio Laboratory to supply more than 3,500 of its point-of-care
HemoPoint® H2 meters and related cuvette supplies for its IMSS OPORTUNIDADES
program. The IMSS OPORTUNIDADES initiative is a government health program
focused on underserved populations throughout Mexico’s 31 states. IMSS is the largest
social security institution in Latin America.
The goal of the IMSS OPORTUNIDADES program is to improve quality of life through
preventive diagnostics by identifying conditions such as diabetes, malnutrition, high
blood pressure, high cholesterol, anemia, and other epidemiological diseases. The
program will care for a broad range of Mexico’s 10.4 million IMSS program members,
including the unemployed, farmers, single mothers, and the population’s lowest income
“It is an honor and a privilege to be selected by Mexico’s IMSS department to provide
our HemoPoint® H2 point-of-care system for their IMSS OPORTUNIDADES program,”
said Stanbio Laboratory President, William R. Pippin. “Our instruments and cuvettes are
regarded as the premium choice for near-patient hemoglobin testing in U.S. public health
clinics, physician offices and hospitals because of their ease-of-use, accuracy and
reliability. We are extremely proud to be partnering with the IMSS and government of
Mexico to help provide this much needed healthcare product and service to its most
deserving people,” Pippin added.
The IMSS OPORTUNIDADES program assists in providing care in 3,595 clinics, 270
urban attention centers, 225 itinerant units, and 79 hospitals across the Mexican territory.
Testing for anemia with the HemoPoint® H2 meter is expected to grow at a rate of 15 –
20% per year throughout Mexico during a five year period.
Founded in 1960 and headquartered in Boerne, Texas, Stanbio Laboratory manufactures and
markets medical testing and diagnostic devices including clinical chemistry, pregnancy, strep A, serology,
urinalysis, and point-of-care hemoglobin tests. Stanbio Laboratory’s Quality System is ISO 13485
registered and its facility operates under USFDA current GMP requirements. Stanbio also offers OEM and
private labeling capabilities and distributes products in over 125 countries worldwide. This year the
company celebrates its 51st year in business. To find out more about Stanbio, review its news, or learn more
about its products, visit www.stanbio.com.
EKF Diagnostics Holdings plc is a worldwide manufacturer of near-patient care equipment for the
measurement of glucose, lactate, hemoglobin, hematocrit and glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c). It offers its
products to the professional clinical and research laboratories, doctors’ offices, sports clinics, and athletic
testing sites. The company is headquartered in London, the United Kingdom.
IMSS is the largest social security institution in Latin America and a fundamental pillar for
individual and collective well-being and critical for the redistribution of the nation’s wealth. As a service
provider, the institution promotes the health of the nation’s insured working population, workers’ families,
pensioners and students through a comprehensive system of services that includes preventive and curative