The new office represents the company's first office in the African continent and has been opened to collect and identify new and emerging strains of HIV amongst other infectious diseases. In addition to this prime directive, it will serve as a central procurement point for the collection of HIV Type 2 material. "We have had major success in the Guinea-Bissau for several years, and when we decided to increase our presence at a local level, Bissau was the obvious location for us", said Sixto Pacheco, CCRC, BCW's President & CEO. "The new office reflects our commitment to provide unparalleled global procurement capabilities", added Mr. Pacheco. "We have been providing material to customers for a number of years from Guinea-Bissau, and the new office will really help deliver on our ambitious business growth plans for the long term".