EKF Diagnostics Holdings plc is a global medical diagnostics business with specialisms in point-of-care testing, central laboratory tests, enzyme manufacturing and the provision of contract manufacturing services to the healthcare industry.
EKF is listed on the London Stock Exchange's AIM market.
EKF Point of Care (POC) analyzers are designed for use within doctors' surgeries, clinics, blood banks and hospital and private laboratories to provide fast and accurate results at an affordable price.
EKF Central Laboratory division manufactures a wide spectrum of reagents for use in hospital laboratories. It also supplies benchtop automated and semi-automated analysers, as well as centrifuges and some rapid test kits.
EKF Life Sciences specializes in producing enzymes and contracted custom products for use in medical diagnostics, pharmaceuticals and industry. EKF Life Science facilities are based in two locations in Indiana, USA.
EKF Contract Manufacturing provides specialized services to the diagnostics and healthcare industries for the production of custom kits. With facilities in the US, UK and Germany EKF is able to provide bulk formulation, dispensing and kitting services, as well as provide advice and guidance on Regulatory requirements. EKF's end-to-end service also includes sourcing, print and compilation of packaging, IFUs and labelling.
EKF Diagnostics’ Hemo Control is a point-of-care hemoglobin analyzer designed to provide quantitative, lab quality results within 25 seconds.
Hemo Control uses the industry-standard photometric azide methemoglobin method to provide lab accurate results (CV <2%).
Hemo Control is used in blood banks, hospitals and doctors’ offices for routine screening for anaemia. And, due to its integrated rechargeable battery and robust design, it is the perfect analyzer for community programs in field settings.
In addition to providing hemoglobin measurement Hemo Control also calculates hematocrit.
Hemo Control analyzer can be upgraded to provide a complete data management solution. The Hemo Control ‘Add Pack’ is ideal for customers who require immediate implementation into a hospital or lab system or who are planning upgrading their POC devices to connect to LIS but are not yet in a position to do so for technological or budgetary reasons.
The analyzer’s bi-directional interface uses a public standard protocol that allows direct integration with third party software.
EKF's Hemo Control and Hemo Control Light software remain available for customers who wish to use data management and data export functions without LIS integration.
Data management functions preinstalled at delivery:
The EKF Hemo Control hemoglobin analyzer uses the innovative NXT microcuvettes. NXT microcuvettes have been designed with a large opening to collect the blood sample, meaning that users can hold the cuvette at almost any angle to gather the sample from the patient. The NXT microcuvette also features a slot at the rear of the sample chamber that allows trapped air to escape.
Trapped air in a blood sample will deliver inaccurate results, so by getting it right first time the Hemo Control NXT microcuvette keeps costs and patient discomfort to a minimum.
Once a sample has been taken the Hemo Control's built-in ‘soft-load’ microcuvette holder ensures that blood does not splash out when it is inserted into the analyser. This minimises the risk of contaminating the analyser for future use.
Anemia is a condition in which the number of red blood cells or their oxygen-carrying capacity (hemoglobin) is insufficient.
Iron deficiency is thought to be the most common cause of anaemia although other conditions such as folate, vitamin B12 and vitamin A deficiencies, chronic inflammation, parasitic infections and inherited disorders can all cause anaemia.
Anemia can cause symptoms such as fatigue, weakness, dizziness and shortness of breath. In its severe form it is associated with chest pain, angina, heart attack and fainting. Pregnant women and children are particularly vulnerable.
EKF is a leading point-of-care diagnostics and central laboratory assay manufacturer with an estimated 80,000 hemoglobin, hematocrit, HbA1c, glucose and lactate analyzers in regular use across more than 100 countries.
EKF specialises in developing tests for use in diabetes and anemia diagnosis and management, as well as providing a portfolio of reagents for use in clinical chemistry analyzers. During the COVID-19 pandemic EKF developed and expanded its contract manufacturing capabilities in three countries to be able to provide a full suite of services to third party customers.
The EKF range of HbA1c analyzers and glucose analyzers deliver fast and reliable results that provide both diabetes practitioners and patients with the information they need to make clinical or lifestyle decisions in minutes.
EKF offers an extensive range of hemoglobin and hematocrit analyzers that provide physicians, blood bank professionals, and nutritional and paediatric nurses with fast and accurate results they can rely on. Choose between analyzers with different measuring methodology, features and connectivity options to suit your budget and requirements.
The EKF women’s health range aims to improve healthcare outcomes for women and children by providing physicians with a suite of products including pregnancy testing, anemia screening, fetal scalp lactate testing and post birth creamatocrit measurement.
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EKF Diagnostics is also a global manufacturer of central laboratory products including Stanbio Chemistry reagents, benchtop laboratory analyzers, rapid tests and centrifuges. Stanbio chemistry reagents can be used on the majority of analyzers found in hospital laboratories around the world.
EKF Life Sciences' has been offering high quality enzyme fermentation and contract manufacturing services for over 20 years. Our facilities in Elkhart and South Bend, Indiana, are designed to produce a wide range of clinically important enzymes used in many diagnostic applications. EKF Life Sciences contract fermentation enzymes can be provided either in bulk or supplied in customer branded packaging.
EKF provides tailored services for third party business seeking to outsource their bulk formulation, kitting and logistics requirements. With sites across three countries, including multiple locations in the USA, EKF is able to provide scalable manufacturing solutions as well as advice on regulatory and marketing issues that often provide significant challenges to businesses.
“EKF is one of the most responsive medical device suppliers we have ever worked with as a distributor. For us it has been an absolute pleasure to work with EKF Sales and marketing team for the last 10 years. Staff changes, level of service remains high. The open and friendly communication with sales and logistics, backed by excellent marketing support and technical service helps us to easily overcome the challenges we face with on our local market. Our customers are delighted with their best-in-class Biosen devices for measuring glucose and lactate. In my opinion, the Biosen product is unbeatable for the moment”
EKF Distributor in Bulgaria
“We distribute the Hemo Control product in Peru and we find it to be a very reliable, resistance and versatile product that works brilliantly for us. Peru is a country of difficult geography and our teams have had to endure extreme cold, unbearable heat and vast differences in altitude (from sea-level right up to 4,500 meters). The Hemo Control analyzers are installed in sea-level establishments operating in temperatures over 35°C and in the mountains, at more than 4,500 meters above sea level at far lower temperatures. We also have establishments in the jungle, with the Hemo Control operating in the hot and humid climate”
EKF Distributor in Peru
"We have been enjoying working with EKF Diagnostics as their distributor in the Philippines for more than 5 years. They have good quality products that satisfy our clients, and they have a top notch sales and support team"
EKF Distributor in Philippines
We have written a series of guides to help medical professionals understand more about point-of-care testing for anemia, diabetes, ketosis and lactate measurement.
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EKF Diagnostics Holdings plc is listed on the London Stock Exchange. The ordinary shares are traded on the AIM market. For Investor Announcements, Company information and background to the Board of Directors and Advisors view the Investors section of this website.
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