Chembio Diagnostics (CEMI)

Brian Johnston Investor Relations
Rick Eberle President and Chief Executive Officer
Neil Goldman Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Per Ostlund Craig-Hallum
Bruce Jackson Benchmark Company
Kyle Bauser Colliers Securities
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Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the Chembio Diagnostics First Quarter 2021 Earnings Conference Call and Webcast. [Operator Instructions] It is now my pleasure to turn the floor over to your host, Brian Johnston. Sir, the floor is yours. Brian Johnston. Sir the floor is yours.

Brian Johnston

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Neil Goldman

Thanks, Rick.

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Rick Eberle

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Per Ostlund

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Rick Eberle

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Per Ostlund

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Rick Eberle

So provide that Per, his I'll take at additional then a and shot let I'll input. Neil

and how focused the I XX% with have higher in margins. remarks can leadership not and of getting QX team margin products my markets in that am You just terms senior in here is from probably is acceptable. revenue growth prepared The gross tell

get about the average CPT selling very much codes you two United is talked terms lot the HIV-Syphilis. of team as that price We've the focused driving product higher for so in a And in States reimbursement. on

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doesn't that gross the solve problem. So margin

senior Neil, very and time. product of that the price overnight we're and outside got what commitment to Neil what change to have market focused team change and U.S. Chembio and average And States with at U.S. to the United we have going mix going Per, that. market the we to geographic question, selling higher you've on, to anything and me mix your happen over It's selling opportunities. but not the we're the add? leadership selling in the So answer

Neil Goldman

dimension prices. are I a Rick. one. though, number three really that's only summary, selling The and other Number average would think number good that I two Yes, reference,

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Per Ostlund

Very good. Thanks for the color both of you. Thanks.

Rick Eberle

you, Per. Thank


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Bruce Jackson

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to to maybe tests you'd through Waiver that CLIA and Waiver, us HIV-Syphilis and process. get the go are the major CLIA remind With could combo just you steps that have you in the where

Rick Eberle

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Bruce Jackson


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Rick Eberle

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Neil Goldman

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Bruce Jackson

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Rick Eberle

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Bruce Jackson

has they that UNICEF the then if wish? And Okay. to relationship ability extend

Neil Goldman

they Yes do.

Bruce Jackson

you very Thank Okay. much.

Neil Goldman

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Kyle Bauser

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Rick Eberle

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Kyle Bauser

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Rick Eberle

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Neil Goldman

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So those that's flow how along investments and always, the the measuring managing costs the accordingly. on flow, as and focused we're cash way. And

Kyle Bauser

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Rick Eberle

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Kyle Bauser

Thanks for my questions. and great. Okay, all for taking the updates

Rick Eberle

you, Thank Kyle


this time. And are questions at no there further queue in

Rick Eberle

your for thank evening. time time. for Okay. wish everyone and good again, And I you very Operator, a you today, thank the


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