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.
Biosen analyzers perform lactate and glucose measurements used for monitoring performance in sport. Biosen analyzers are used by professional football clubs, national sporting institutes and in endurance sport to improve athlete performances over time.
Biosen analyzers use a special chip sensor technology to deliver fast measurement and high accuracy at a low cost per test.
Due to the long life of the sensor chip the system requires little maintenance and features such as the touch screen and large memory add to Biosen analyzer’s user-friendliness.
All Biosen analyzers are supplied with interface to connect to lab information systems (LIS). An integrated barcode reader and printer are also available with most configurations.
Biosen can measure blood, plasma or serum can be used to provide glucose and lactate measurements with excellent precision (less than >2% CV) over a wide measurement range.
The Biosen range includes three different models, each suited to different applications and volumes of testing:
Analyzers can be ordered as a one or two channel system allowing measurements of either glucose or lactate, or both.
Key features of Biosen glucose analyzers:
During endurance exercises such as long-distance running and cycling, when the demand for energy is high, lactate is produced faster than the ability of the tissues to remove it. As a result lactate concentration in the blood begins to rise.
The use of a lactate analyser helps coaches and athletes to determine optimum training programs, define training zones, and avoid inefficient training exercises.
Intense training teaches the body to use lactate as a source of fuel on a par with the carbohydrates stored in muscle tissue and blood sugar. Athletes increase their lactate threshold by training harder, this means their blood lactate increases later and they can maintain a higher work-load.
In fitness, sports, and cardio-rehabilitation measuring lactate is supportive to define training intensities for maximum fat catabolism, increases in endurance, and avoid critical over-exhaustion.
The measurement of lactate and glucose on Biosen analyzers is based on an electrochemical principle. The sample is precisely taken up by the user with a 20 µl end-to-end capillary and transferred into the EKF safe-lock cup prefilled with 1 ml of hemolysis solution.
The cup is then closed and gently shaken for mixture and hemolysis of the sample. After insertion into the analyser the sample is automatically taken up and moved to the sensor(s).
Here the ß-D glucose or L-lactate contained in the sample is converted enzymatically with the help of the immobilised enzyme glucose oxidase / lactate oxidase on the chip sensor. The H2O2 generated by the reaction is detected at the electrode. The amperometric signal (sensor current) is proportional to the glucose/lactate concentration in the sample. Following a short flush the system is ready for the next measurement.
The Biosen analysers are calibrated automatically with a solution of known concentration (EKF Multistandard). Efficient calibration schemes can be selected by the user.
EKF provides a complete range of test solutions for quality control to meet the standards of quality management. Separate quality control (QC) positions are available besides the regular sample positions for automated QC measurement and storage as QC results in the data memory (on all models except Biosen C-Line Sport).
A STAT position ensures that emergency samples can be analysed immediately at any time.
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.
Train like the best. Track athlete performance over time with regular lactate testing using Lactate Scout 4 and Biosen C-Line. As used by leading athletic institutes and world famous soccer clubs throughout Europe.
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.
Find out more about the different methods for testing, the symptoms, the associated conditions and understand how POCT can help deliver accurate results in minutes.
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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